Philippe Starck Aprilia Moto 6.5 — Classic Motorcycle Profile —…

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Starck Naked in London

Moto 6.5 was designed to be different, but the Philippe Starck styled detract from the Rotax function? Enter Paul on his Marmite motorcycle.

London, the of hustle and bustle, style and and, in 1995, Yuppies.

that you were an up and coming manufacturer, Italian of course, to make your mark, yourself from all the other producers. What market to go What about all those guys in the cities, cash and time poor, willing and to pay for something stylish or new? If wanted speed they’d their Porsches; no, what want is something funky and for whizzing about town on.

guys buy Ј1000 coffee and Ј5000 sofas from French designer, Philippe so who can we get to. Hang on, I’ve got it!

Philippe is one of the modern world’s great designers. He’s designed from orange juicers to and shot to worldwide fame he redesigned president Mitterand’s in the 80’s. Along with Lovegrove (small matter of the Walkman and the Audi TT), he can lay claim to be the designer of the 20th He was tasked by Aprilia in the early to produce a motorcycle to appeal to the new of slick city dwellers.

Essentially, he was told ‘you it, starting from a blank of paper and we’ll build with minimal interference the factory. The result was the extraordinary 6.5 Starck.

1996 Aprilia 6.5

The outline brief was,

A very stylish and futuristic, city-bike design, that appeals to current non-motorcyclists; it not be seen as threatening or overly Easy to clean and maintain-the owners will be mechanically Narrow, for negotiating city soft suspension for the potholed comfortable riding position, the acceptance that the riders not wear protective clothing.

already had the motor; their derived 650cc, five single was good for 40BHP at the wheel and around 115mph. The was up to the Frenchman, and blimey, did he deliver.

with great fanfare, even managed to rope in of giant daisy’ fame, Gabriel, to pretend he was a hard-core, city biker type, in reality, he was too busy playing without frontiers to go gadding on some weirdo bike, if it was up Solsbury Hill.

Rotaxes on

First of the bike are of overwhelming greyness; the large mirrors, there is no or polished alloy anywhere. is paint or brushed finish, from the giant, egg-shaped, tank, of course!

It’s to ignore the tank; it’s in eye-line from every dominating the view. When you more carefully, you see that the of the seat, the curve of the frame and of the exhaust, as well as the mudguard, all the tank, it always comes to that petrol tank, the nexus of the design. Anything not curved is small, like the

The alloy rims and stainless carried large tyres a high profile, at Starck’s These tyres came in for criticism when the bike was new as the was deemed to be compromised, but they so. right. There’s a suitably rear carrier and you could buy curvy luggage to fit the rack, it didn’t hold much, if you going away for the weekend take the Porsche, after

Needless to say, it didn’t The yuppies largely ignored the smelly, motorbike and ‘proper’ laughed at its twee nature. years on, the few that were are mostly …, crashed times and un-repairable due to the lack of body panels. At one stage you buy a scabrous Starck for under a Not any more, though.

They are now collectable and recognised as a classic, irrespective of their as a motorcycle.

How does it stack up as a though? Essentially, despite all the flourishes, that’s what us as riders.

Well, it’s tall, although about 2 than the similarly powered trailie, and very narrow; you get a view of the road, and at 150KG, it very light and chuckable. The starts on the button and whirrs in almost complete silence, the twin ‘straight through’ have, in fact, got a giant box under the engine, giving a city-friendly, ride. The motor is smooth and punchy and it whizzes up to in a jiffy and down again as well, the Brembo brakes (of doing a fine job of retardation.

The is long travel and s-o-f-t, around town, as it’s ready, but it can get a bit squirrely when on down a country lane. oil in the forks and a twiddle of the monoshock should help a bit, The drive chain is adjusted large eccentric cams, a although no mainstand is fitted; using a centrestand whilst Gucci loafers proved too

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Most consumables are off the shelf, only the bodywork that’s from unobtanium. The clocks are and, of course, curved, the tiny … light being virtually unreadable in

This particular example from 1996 and has only 12,000 miles. I found it in the classified section of Realclassic the fount of all great and weird It’s stood the test of remarkably well, with no corrosion or faded paint, a to Starck’s chrome-free commitment. The parts that look a grubby are the control cables and most everything is, of course, and it’s yellowed a bit with

The only black bits on the are the tyres, footrest rubbers and hoses. New Avon Roadrider have been fitted still give the aesthetic of the original, but have a much modern profile and grip

I can jump on it and ride into London without fuss or in complete comfort, or go for a quick 50 blast. It’s fast has great brakes, rides a well-sorted trailie and looks The only problem I’ve is a dodgy bulb holder in one of the stalks. Sheesh-rubbish Italian quality strikes again, barely fourteen years old and it’s gone wrong, might say.

Even the toolkit proved ideal for the rear chain, easily in about three minutes.

It’s too easy to dismiss it as a cynical styling exercise, but are most trail-style bikes On the tarmac, of course, complete their too-long and soft travel, marginal brakes, wide handlebars and unsuitable And what about Harley The concept of the endless road the punters in, but mostly they get for a thirty mile run on cloudless The Starck was designed as a city for city streets.

The nearest come to it in a modern bike is the BMW Scarver, which offers a similar experience, but looks it was designed by a German engineer,

Every time you look at the a new detail reveals itself, a ground-up concept that When it arrived I was equivocal it, both as concept and motorcycle. I’m sold. My website a biker, thinks it’s one of the design concepts, irrespective of the it’s a motorcycle, and wants it for his room, yet my wife loathes it! A Marmite bike, if you like.

and substance, what more you ask for?

Starck … in Oh yes, most days!

Starck’s website:

Starck and the RSV1000 engined X-Ray prototype

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