FrontRunners: Double Dutch
Netherlands-based vehicle builders Koga-Miyata (www.koga.com) and Spyker Cars (www.spykercars.com) have paired to produce a two-wheeled treat: the Aeroblade, a titanium-frame sport bicycle modeled after Spyker’s C8 Spyder GT2R racecar.
Koga, which has crafted performance bikes at its factory in Heerenveen for more than 30 years, based the Aeroblade’s design and color scheme on those of the GT2R, a silver-and-orange roadster that finished second in its class at events at Germany’s Nürburgring and in Dubai in 2005. (The road version of the C8 Spyder earned 10th-place honors in Robb Report’s Car of the Year 2006 competition.) The Aeroblade’s aluminum front fork and aluminum-covered carbon-composite wheel set help to limit the bike’s weight to 28.2 pounds. A Hulshof leather saddle and handlebar grips ensure comfortable cruising, while an enclosed Rohloff 14-speed hub gear transmission enables riders to shift without pedaling.
As Spyker does with its cars, Koga will tailor some of the bike’s features—including the frame measurements, pedal types, and leather colors—to the rider’s preferences. Spyker’s propeller logo appears on the chain cover, saddle, and saddlebag, but Koga’s clearest nod to the automaker is the spokes, which resemble those of the bike’s namesake, the Aeroblade wheel on Spyker cars.
Koga plans to produce only 50 Aeroblade bicycles (available through either company for $12,540); deliveries will begin in May.