Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

EICMA Oddities: RSD TMax, Supertrike n Brutus

Friday, November 16, 2012
With so much going on at EICMA 2012 and with major manufacturers hogging most of the headlines, some really cool machines often get overlooked in the shuffle. So we dug back through the EICMA archives and dug up a few we thought worthy of mention, from a supermoto scooter to an Italian flat tracker. Here’s four offerings that might not have made headlines but are offbeat and unique nonetheless.

Yamaha TMax Hypermodified by Roland Sands
Now this is a scooter I wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen on. Everything Roland Sands touches magically transforms into something you want to take straight to the nearest dirt track or drag strip. Now he’s worked his magic on a Yamaha
Roland Sands rips around on the Yamaha TMax Hypermodified.
Roland Sands Design put their spin on this TMax for Yamaha, the supermoto scooter a hit with the 2012 EICMA crowd.
Roland Sands Design put their spin on this TMax for Yamaha  the supermoto scooter a hit with the 2012 EICMA crowd.
TMax, giving it the RSD Hypermodified treatment.

The trick TMax is the result of a Yamaha project whereby the company challenges three resourceful custom builders to see what they can do within a certain platform. The three builders whose talents Yamaha has tapped into are Sands, Ludovic Lazareth and Marcus Walz. Last year the trio had a friendly competition to see who could build the baddest VMax. This year Yamaha proposed a completely different challenge, to see what the trio could do with their TMax sport scooter.

French custom builder Lazareth supercharged one, Walz concentrated on trimming weight and beefing up performance while Sands made this wild supermoto scooter. Impressed by the basic mechanical structure of its frame, he stripped it down to the aluminum frame and worked on changing the flow of the bike. He stretched out the back with an extended swingarm, equipped it with mid controls, and left the front of the bike open except for the primary components. We dig how he left the internals of the primary exposed then concealed the electrical and battery behind grills. RSD also fobbed up a new tank in the small tail section and gave it a set of gnarly-sounding pipes (just listen to them in the video below!). In his blog, he said they contemplated leaving the TMax project in a raw metal finish until he saw the seat by Bitchin Rich which made him decide to ship it off to Olympic Powdercoating.

“There was nothing easy about this project. No guidelines, no magazines, nor pages of internet content to help guide crucial design decisions. There was no one to call on the I phone or be inspired by. There really was nothing but our own thoughts and inspirations. From Surf scooter to boy racer and back again the pendulum swung. In the end the racer fought its way to the front of our consciousness to overcome the awkward and strange flow of the naked machine. The finished product appeals to the rider in us,” wrote Sands on the RSD blog.

Who knew you could be the envy of your friends riding a scooter? On Rolands Sands Yamaha TMax Hypermodified, you would be.

Zaeta DT 530
Another cool offering from EICMA 2012 that almost fell through the cracks is this flyweight Italian flat tracker, the Zaeta DT 530. Like Roland Sands scooter, this little ripper has been stripped down to essentials, tipping the scales at a
The Zaeta DT 530 is a lightweight Italian dirt tracker that is now street legal.
The Zaeta DT 530 is a lightweight Italian dirt tracker that is now street legal.
claimed curb weight of 115 kg (254 lbs). Its aluminum frame, swingarm and triple clamps have been machined by hand from billet. A 530cc DOHC TM Single with a claimed 50 hp will get the rear wheel spooling up quickly. The rest of the package includes a Showa fork, Ohlins shock, and galfer wave brakes with Brembo calipers. The guys at Zaeta are stoked this year because the DT 530 is now street legal and meets Euro 3 homologation.

The Zaeta was born after a trip by Paolo Chiaia to Daytona back in 2007 where he took in the short track races. He “fell in love with the discipline and aesthetics of those bikes, basic, small, with nothing to them.” The idea to build his own dirt tracker was further fueled by a meeting in December 2008 with Graziano Rossi, father of Valentino Rossi. The two discussed a lightweight bike that could be used to train MotoGP riders, the discussions expanding into a dirt track-style motorcycle that could be ridden on the street and dirt. Once flat track champ Marco Belli entered into the equation, Zaeta’s direction was solidified and the DT 530 was born.

Brutus by OVER
Look, it’s the rebirth of the moto-tractor. OK, maybe it’s not a Rokon, but its brawny design and beefy wheels could be mistaken for its American-made counterpart at a glance.

The Brutus is a bruiser of a motorcyle ATV cross breed.
What happens when you cross a quad with a motorcycle? You get the Brutus!
The Brutus, on the other hand, has been designed by Alessandro Tartarini, son of Italjet founder Leopold. Though you’d think this was a prototype, it’s actually said to be heading into production under the brand name OVER. Called a cross between “a quad and a motorcycle,” the Brutus was displayed at the Pelpi International booth during the 2012 EICMA show.

Monster Maxxis Bighorn tires are the tread of choice on this hybrid design whose wheels are its main attraction. Their size is deliberate, aimed to give the machine the capacity to be ridden in almost all conditions, from sand to snow to the street. It has a 750cc engine with electronic fuel injection mated to a two-speed CVT gearbox. Oversized tubing for the backbone, a muffler that looks more sport than ATV, chain final drive, a skid plate, Tartarini has done his best to ensure that Brutus defies categorization. Seeing as how it’s intended to be a production model, a line of accessories are ready or in the works, including a kit for snow consisting of skis and steering, sidecar, tow bar, winch kit, generator and more. Monster trucks meets motorcycles. Gravedigger vs Brutus. Who’s got some cars to smash?

Onyx Supertrike
Another alternative to the norm was offered up by Peugot, the Onyx Supertrike a three-wheeled, tilting scooter designed with the same two front/one rear tire configuration as Piaggio’s MP3. The design concept is claimed to be a 2-in-1 supertrike, offering two different riding positions, a hunched over the front sportbike-style position or a more relaxed,
The Onyx Supertrike by Peugot has tilting wheels and a hybrid engine that combines electric and combustion engine power.
The Onyx Supertrike is a design concept by Peugot with tilting wheels and a hybrid engine that combines electric and combustion engine power.
upright, traditional step-thru scooter position. This is achieved by removing what appears to be a tank but is instead a faux tank panel.

Even more interesting than its dual riding positions is its hybrid engine, a combination of a standard gas-burning 400cc engine and a 45 kW electric motor. It will have a regenerative braking system which charges up the lithium-ion battery upon deceleration. Top speed is listed at 150 km/h (93 mph) with torque numbers a claimed 42.8 lb-ft. They say the Onyx Supertrike has a range of 30 -50 km going fully electric and combined has a range of 500 km (310 miles).

Shrouded in sporty body work, the Onyx Supertrike is claimed to borrow styling cues from Peugot’s automotive offerings. It’s very front end-biased due to its double front wheel arrangement, but the rear does feature a stout swingarm supporting an extra-wide 200/50 R17 rear tire. The prototype Peugot three-wheeler looks sharp in its matte black and copper color combo. Whether it does indeed make it into production is uncertain but we anticipate we’ll be seeing more of the hybrid engine in the future.

EICMA 2012 Photo Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Slideshow
Other Street Bike Feature Articles
2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS First Look
For 2015, Kawasaki revamped its Versys with new brakes, suspension, a rubber-mounted engine with new exhaust and mapping and is offering it in two versions, the 2015 Versys 650 ABS and 2015 Versys 650 LT.
2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Debuts at AIM
Kawasaki not only acknowledged a 1000 Versys is on the way to American soil, but one set up for light touring called the 2015 Versys 1000 LT was introduced today at the 2014 AIMExpo.
Tacita T-Race Diabolika E-Bike First Look
Tacita revealed its T-Race Diabolika electronic motorcycle during the 2014 Intermot Show in Germany.
2015 Yamaha XJR1300 First Look
Yamaha revives its XJR1300 platform for 2015 with two versions inspired by custom builders, the standard XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer.
Yamaha Hooligan: 2015 MT-07 Moto Cage
Yamaha shows its hooligan side by making a stunt-inspired street bike based on the Twin-powered MT-07, then enlisted the services of Stunter13 to showcase the potential of the 2015 MT-07 Moto Cage.
2015 Suzuki GW250F First Look
Suzuki outfits its 250cc Parallel Twin with a two-tone paint job and a front fairing and windscreen with its $4499 GW250F.
2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II First Look
Moto Guzzi introduced its updated V7 platform at the Intermot Show in Germany, the 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II featuring transmission, electronics and geometry updates.
2015 Suzuki GSX-S750 First Look
Suzuki debuts a sporty and affordable middleweight streetfighter based on its popular GSX-R750 in the $7999 GSX-S750.
2015 KTM Freeride E SM First Look
KTM expands its electric Freeride line, debuting the 2015 Freeride E Supermoto at the 2014 Intermot show.
2015 Triumph Bonneville Special Editions
During the 2014 Intermot Show in Germany, Triumph announced three special edition Bonnevilles for the coming model year, the T124 Land Speed Limited Edition, the Spirit Special and the Newchurch.
2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS First Look
Suzuki announced a refreshed version of its V-Strom 650 during the 2014 Intermot Shot in Cologne, Germany: the 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS.
2015 BMW R1200R First Look
BMW added one more model to its R Series for 2015, the BWM R1200R roadster, making the announcement during the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany.

Login or sign up to comment.

AnthonyD   November 17, 2012 06:25 AM
Is there anything that guy touches that doesn't come out awesome?