When it comes to channeling a chunky 50s-retro vibe in LEGO bricks, nobody does it better than Martin Redfern. His latest creation is a brilliantly beefy-looking dispatch bike, complete with twin seats, leather pannier bags, a chunky engine, and wonderfully-curved fuel tank and mudguard. The large scale employed allows Martin to use the golden angel’s wing as a logo down the side of the fuel tank — a nice touch of detail.
As an added treat, Martin has put together an “Afrika Korps” version, complete with side-car and machine gun. Great stuff.
While LEGO has a nice selection of motorcycles, there is something appealing in taking on the challenge of crafting a brick-built bike. Lennart C’s little red Honda CBR 1000 RR is aces! The way the curves flow into one another is pleasing to the eye, and he uses some interesting techniques. In particular, I really like the his use of the trans clear 2×3 pentagonal tile as the bike’s windshield. I just might have to borrow that technique down the road.
Austrian LEGO builder Sanel Lukovic has been building a large-scale diorama depicting hot rod culture. The scene has a lovely vintage vibe, and Sanel displayed it recently at LEGO exhibitions in Slovenia and Croatia.
The diorama includes a fully brick-built street surrounded by a diner, hot rod garage, biker bar, and gasoline station. Let’s take a closer look!
See more of this detailed LEGO diorama after the jump
Hot on the heels of the official duo of cycles from Tron: Legacy, Fictitious Pasta brings us this epic microscale version of the bike from the original Tron film. The simple setting with scattered rocks and a gleaming light streak is perfect for the digital frontier. And in a twist that seems particularly appropriate, this model exists only in digital form, as the scene is an excellent CGI render.
This model may be tiny, but don’t miss the excellent large-scale version of the same vintage Tron bike we also featured recently.
The term ‘cafe racer’ actually originated amongst motorcyclists from the London area in the early 1960s when bikes were used for short, quick rides between cafés. These lightweight bikes were designed for speed, agility and handling rather than comfort – hence the relatively short distance covered before the need to stop for a brew. BenFifteenTheChicken has built a LEGO version of the cafe racer owner by Marvel’s The Punisher character, it’s a fun little build with some clever techniques to capture the bike in minifigure scale.
Ben has kindly provided instructions to allow you to build your own cafe racer and the parts list is shown. Don’t worry if you do not have all the parts in the correct colours, just use the pieces you have and enjoy building a unique cafe racer for your own minifigures.
Click here for the instructions to build you own cafe racer
With several official LEGO Technic sets over the years (most recently the 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure), LEGO motorcycles are a frequent subject among custom model builders, but none in the last year or two have quite captured my attention like this fantastic 1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL built by Taiwanese LEGO fan Maxime Cheng.
Click through to see more details of this beautiful LEGO Harley
In the past we’ve featured tiny motorcyles made with a handful of pieces, so let’s take a look at something bigger. This model of the odd Lazareth LM 847 bike by ianying616 is created with mostly Technic pieces. Comparing it to the original, the builder has done a spot-on job — this could be mistaken for a picture of the real thing from a distance. All of it is good, but I’m a sucker for that engine detail and the tubing.
I’m a sucker for builds with low parts counts and clever parts usage, and they don’t come better than this bike by Brian Kescenovitz. It won’t pay to get into each clever use of a part, because almost every brick that went into this is placed in an ingenious manner. However, the use of the Exo-Force leg for the fuel tank and the bad robot arm for the underside of the frame stand out among the rest as examples of perfect placement.
No less impressive are Brian’s other tiny bikes, a flowing white touring bike and a streamlined red racer.
Fans of the graphic novels or the AMC show will appreciate these Walking Dead LEGO creations by Jonas Obermaier. The first scene features everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic redneck, Daryl Dixon. Jonas created a sleek motorcycle for Daryl that has just enough detail (look, there’s even some chrome!) to look like a million bucks. He also turned out Daryl’s legs for a more natural pose.
Jonas’s other Walking Dead build is a gruesome scene featuring Negan. There are a lot of interesting building techniques here, but what I love most is the ribbed hose (cut into strips) used to enhance Negan’s bat. And word on the street is that Jonas is working on a larger Walking Dead display for ComicCon Germany, so we should be seeing even more Walking Dead LEGO very soon!
Unlike many of my childhood friends, I’ve never been fond of motorcycles. Well, some of them look cool and I heard some of them are really fast but while all of my mates spent hours drooling over pictures of bikes in auto magazines I was pretty content with a huge yellow pneumatic tractor from LEGO Technic on a table in my room. And now, 15 years later, here I am, feasting my eyes on the new LEGO Technic 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure on my table, thinking that I’ve been missing something in my life till this very moment. Although there have been plenty of LEGO Technic motorcycles before it, this 603-piece beauty is the first licensed motorcycle released, and the retail price of $59.99 / 49.99€ makes this BMW a solid bargain among all the licensed LEGO Technic sets.
Reviewing a BMW R 1200 GS set gives a lot of opportunity for reflection upon the licensed models in the Technic theme, as well as comparing them to the old Model Team sets, and this is what I’d planned to base my review on until I got my hands on the set. The problem is this BMW doesn’t need to be compared to other bikes, cars, or cranes. It stands out against every other 2017 Technic set. Its announcement was highlighted by several official press releases, emphasizing that this bike is a self-contained and stand alone model. It’s not a primarily meant as toy, nor is it merely a sophisticated mechanism or a dodgy Technic machine by Billund’s designers. Rather, it’s a decent, scaled copy of a BMW motorcycle made of Technic pieces — and this is what makes it genuinely beautiful.
In the world of LEGO motorcycles, it can be difficult to create a model that stands out from the pack. André Pinto has managed to do it not only through a superb technical build, but also a striking colour scheme employing lime green as a dazzling highlight.
Make sure that you zoom in on this model to not miss any of the terrific details in the engine. A favourite part of mine here is the older black ladder elements André has used to give the distinctive slatted detail around the pistons.
Building anything tiny out of LEGO is always a joy — especially when you’re able to use parts creatively as something other than what they were designed for. Cole Blaq‘s hoverbike, which is modified heavily from a bike frame, has a few things that stand out. One is that jetpack that seems to be mounted at the back of the rider, but what really tickles my fancy are the telescopic fork tubes that utilise paint roller handles. Bring your own helmet if you’re up for a fast ride… no license needed where there are no roads built for it.