The Morsus USA Tour 2012

When Akrapovic introduced the stunning Morsus motorcycle in 2011, it blew away the European custom world - and now this one-off creation is coming to America.

Slovenia-based Dreamachine Motorcycles - a renowned European custom bike builder - built the Morsus exactly to the design first sketched out by its designer Tomaz Capuder and the Akrapovic team. The end result is a creation combining the modern materials of carbon fiber and titanium, with head-turning design flair. In a word: Morsus.

From February to July 2012, Morsus will be undertake a comprehensive American tour, offering US fans the chance to see Morsus in the flesh. Appearances at major shows, bike dealerships and rounds of MotoGP and WSBK, are ideal opportunities to see this breathtaking machine.

Following its launch last year, the Morsus received widespread acclaim in Europe, winning prizes at Biograd, Barcelona and Morzine events before capturing a credible 11th place in the Freestyle class at Sturgis.

The showcase machine's styling was created to echo the brand's scorpion emblem in a number of subtle ways. It starts with the name Morsus -- Latin for sting or bite. Clip-on style handlebars mimic a scorpion's claws; the bike's mid-section curves in the same way a scorpion's body arches; and the sweeping tail section mimics the muscular and assertive sting.

Neil Morley, Akrapovic Marketing Director, says: "We built the Morsus with Dreamachine Motorcycles to demonstrate that we have such a breadth and depth of in-house talent that entering the competitive world of custom bikes is a natural extension of what we do. "With the Morsus, we pushed design boundaries to the limit. Morsus has had an incredible reception everywhere it's been, so we're very excited to see it embarking on a US tour."

Tomaz Capuder of Dreamachine Motorcycles adds: "This project was a big challenge. I admire the work of Igor Akrapovic very much and wanted to bring together two motorcycle worlds: racing and custom. Building the bike on 26-inch wheels was quite challenging, but I'm happy with the result."

Date Location
20 - 25 Feb Key east-coast Harley-Davidson dealer visits
27 Feb - 3 March Further key east-coast Harley-Davidson dealer visits
9 - 18 March Daytona Bike Week
2 - 7 April Key west-coast Harley-Davidson dealer visits
9 - 14 April Key west-coast metric dealer visits
16 - 21 April Key west-coast Harley-Davidson dealer visits
25 - 29 April Laughlin River Run, Nevada
26 - 29 May World Superbikes, Utah
5 - 9 June Americade, Lake George, New York
27 - 29 July MotoGP, Laguna Seca

FURTHER DATES AND LOCATIONS TO BE CONFIRMED

What makes the Morsus?

Technical detail:

  • Frame: by Dreamachine Motorcycles
  • Engine: S&S; 113 CI (1852 ccm), 114BHP
  • Transmission: Ecoline six-gears, hydraulic clutch
  • Primary: Zodiac 3-inch open belt with support plate
  • Wheels: Alu-carbon by Dreamachine motorcycles (26 x 3.5in front and rear)
  • Suspension: Showa radial forks, with Dreamachine Motorcycles 3D triple trees. Single rear Fox air-shock
  • Handlebar controls: PT Radial
  • Brakes: Front four-piston radial calipers, Wave disc rotors. Rear brake sprocket by Custom tech
  • Air filter: Akrapovic carbon end cap, modified by Dreamachine Motorcycles
  • Exhaust: Akrapovic custom titanium, modified by Dreamachine Motorcycles
  • Color: Titanium
  • Seat-to-upper section: pre-preg autoclave moulded carbon-fibre

Custom Range
Akrapovic burst into the custom market in 2011, with a range of premium aftermarket exhausts for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The exhaust systems deliver unique design, performance and famous Akrapovic sound for Sportster, Dyna, Softail and Touring families. For full details on the expanding Custom range of exhausts, visit: www.akrapovic-custom.com.

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