Bandit9 is a boutique motorcycle company based in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The custom shop is helmed by one Daryl Villanueva. Bandit9 has released its new futuristic custom, the L Concept. The L Concept is a Sci-Fi bike powered by an air-cooled Honda 125cc engine mated to a 4-speed transmission, and concealed in a floating case that was inspired by Star Trek’s USS Enterprise.
Born in the Philippines, Villanueva founded the boutique motorcycle company in Beijing, before moving operations to Ho Chi Minh. His creations are all functional works of art that can be ridden. Famous for sleek, radical styling and detail-oriented craftsmanship, Bandit9 is now selling 9 units of the L Concept.
“It was tough to manage the shape and the angle to perfectly fit underneath the cover. It looks like nothing but that alone is a nightmare to make,” said Villanueva.
Horizontally laid, flat dual shocks serve as the rear suspension of the L Concept, and are linked to a custom swingarm. A stainless steel housing holds the 6,000K crystal white LED headlamp as well as the custom speedometer. A grid of red LEDs serve as the brake lights as well as the rear turn signals.
Villanueva calls the custom handlebars “Maneuver Controls” which are meant to make you feel like you’re “piloting a speeder than riding a motorcycle.” The custom grips were hand-chiseled from solid aluminum. Another Bandit9 signature, the unibody motorcycle was hand-built from one uninterrupted piece of stainless steel from tank to tail. The simple teardrop saddle was constructed out of Italian calf leather.
The Bandit9 L Concept rolls on two 21-inch wheels with disc brakes. It weighs in at 135 kg, and is sold at $10,950 USD. Only 3 of the 9 units are still available.
Other Bandit9 motorcycles include the Eve, Project Odyssey, and Dark Side. See more of Villanueva’s work on his website (https://www.bandit9motors.com/).