Akrapovič Full Moon Is Basically One Big Exhaust With A 30-Inch Wheel

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Making a splash as an exhaust company isn't exactly easy. You're basically hawking metal tubes of various shapes and sizes. So to cut through the clutter of a bike show, you've got to go big, and for Akrapovič, that meant making this monster streamliner with a 30-inch wheel and a slightly unfortunate name.

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That name – the Full Moon – was inspired by the enormous aluminum and carbon fiber front wheel, complete with a composite perimeter brake that's larger than the rollers of almost any other bike on the road.

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But even that plays second fiddle to the sleek, hand-formed body. It basically acts as a housing for the twin Akrapovič pipes, made entirely out of sheetmetal and taking over 800 hours to complete. It's so massive, even the 1,524cc S&S Knucklehead V-twin nestled in the middle looks positively tiny.

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The Full Moon also has its share of show bike flourishes, including a hydraulic suspension that drops the bike on its bodywork so it doesn't need a kickstand and a steering system that, according to Akrapovič, is "completely automated, which allows a minimalist steering rod without any visible cables" (um, ok).

Whatever. The whole thing is a gloriously impractical stunner, as if Gordon Buehrig finally got a shot at acting on his two-wheeled fantasies in the 21st century.

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DISCUSSION

A motorcycle that cant turn? honestly it cant lean more than a half a degree. even lifted into run position it cant lean as much as a fully dressed harley, I just dont understand show bikes that are unrideable. Sadly it seems that style was far, far more important than function. And they then completely hid the exhaust the bike is designed to "showcase". The custom show bike scene is getting really wierd with all these unrideable machines.

They could have done so much more and made it a performance machine for carving pavement.