DFX Moto’s Brainchild Cruises for DGR
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) has come and gone for another year of raising funds in support of men’s health – and accompanying the millions of memories is a collection showing off a brain-boggling bike build.
The “Radial Nerve” is a unique product of Marcellous de la Rosa, a man who tinkered with pony power and created a seven-cylinder UMS radial aircraft engine… which he then plopped into a motorcycle frame.
The end result is surprisingly sexy:
Radial Nerve’s bespoke chassis also houses a large, powerful fan (to cool the motor), a belt-his final drive, and panniers salvaged from a “recycled 1940s Bakelite hair dryer box.” . Kickstarter gets things rolling, but RideApart reports that Marcellus also hid his crank from the hand, in keeping with the vintage aesthetic.
We did a little research and apparently these things are notoriously reliable. Looks aside, the radial engine design makes for easier cooling, wider stroke, and possibly lower fuel costs and efficiency.