Bienville

2014 was the year of bespoke boutique motorcycles. While I pretty much covered every niche brand that announced hand built and hand crafted machines, this is one I missed, the Bienville Legacy.

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The design has been on the table for nearly a decade, but work has been underway for the past two years, culminating in what Nesbitt describes as “an entirely new vehicle, reinventing how motorcycles function from the ground up.”

The engine is a fuel-injected Motus MV4R, which in naturally-aspirated form puts out 185 HP. But it’s also offered with an optional supercharger, bring output up to over 300 HP in race configuration. That four-pot acts as a stressed member, nestled inside a 4130 chromoly chassis that only weighs 10 kilograms. Overall weight is around 181 kilograms, thanks to carbon fibre wheels at each end and a split system, four-gallon fuel tank.

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