The Black Pearl was unveiled at the Bigtwin Bike Show in Rosmalen, Holland, next to a poster of Captain Jack Sparrow. But unlike the legendary sea vessel of the silver screen, this Black Pearl is a land vehicle powered by a steam engine. Constructed by Dutch company Revatu Customs, the two-wheeled locomotive is a fully functioning motorcycle, albeit a slow one.
We've seen some pretty eye-catching motorcycles in recent months, including a Tron light cycle replica
, the exotic Feline One
, and the quirky Dryvtech 2x2x2
. That said, all of those bikes have one glaring shortcoming – none of them were co-designed by William Shatner. The actor who brought us the character of Captain James T. Kirk is
, however, one of the creative forces behind the limited-edition Rivet. And judging by what he's told us, he's pretty proud of it.
The 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show
may have just wrapped up, but that doesn't mean we're no longer hearing about interesting small-batch bikes. Belgian industrial designer Tobias Knockaert recently told us about his stainless steel Erembald bike, that he's producing along with partner Karel Vincke. In order to keep prices down, its frame is cut by lasers and put together like a puzzle.
Ever since its beginnings in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show
has invited boutique bicycle builders from around the world to show off their finest, most innovative creations. Over the past few days, we've shared a number of the highlights from this year's show. Here's a quick look at some other awesome NAHBS bikes, that also caught our eye.
Every year, artisan bicycle builders from all over the world descend upon a different US city to show their wares at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show
. This year, we traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to take in the event. We decided to begin our coverage with a very
eye-catching one-of-a-kind bike that was built especially for the show, by Copenhagen-based Cykelmageren.
The OnePlus One was the sleeper smartphone of 2014 that very few people were able to get their hands on, which is a shame, because several months later we've found that it's still among the best devices out there despite a few big flaws.
Morgan's vehicles, such as the Plus 8 Speedster
and the 3 Wheeler
, fuse British eccentricity with high-quality design. The new SP1 is no different, showcasing the company's commitment to traditional craftsmanship and modern technology.
and the US Army
have done it with military vehicles, and Volkswagen has done it with a hovering car concept
– they've turned to laypeople for design ideas. Now, Nissan is doing the same thing with the next generation of its off-road capable Titan truck. The automaker claims that it will be the world's first crowd-sourced pickup.
If you've ever been thundering along on your mountain bike and suddenly had one of your hands slip off the handlebar, you'll know just how "unsettling" it can be. The guys at UK-based TMR Designs certainly know, which is why they developed Imprint Bicycle Grips. Utilizing a proprietary material, they can be custom-molded to the size and shape of each of your hands.
As technology progresses, we're seeing more and more tangible objects being replaced by digital alternatives. Letters have given way to e-mails, paperbacks have become e-books, and postcards have become trip photos on Facebook. The fact is, though, people still like getting stuff
. Postcard on the Run builds on that idea, allowing users to create and mail their own custom physical postcards, from anywhere.