The oversized, offroad-ready Brutus (seen here) didn't quite make our 10 Bikes That Matter list... and you can probably see why.
Though it claims dominance over all variety of surfaces, the Brutus is more of a two-wheeled SUV equivalent than a traditional motorcycle. This bad boy rides on balloonishly big Maxxis Bighorn tires measuring 7 inches wide at the rear, making this hulking behemoth a rolling paradox of freedom and encumbrance, all at once.
Boasting options including a reverse gear, a winch, a generator (cuz, well, you never know...), and-- no joke-- a snowmobile conversion kit, this Rokon on 'roids is nothing short of an engineering oddity aimed at adventure seeking maximalists. Powering this beast is a liquid-cooled 750cc single claiming 45 hp, coupled to a scooter-style CVT. Incidentally, the big-boned rig is the brainchild of Alessandro Tartarini, son of the founder of the Italjet motorcycle manufacturer. It's only (arguable) saving grace? A curb weight of 485 lbs-- which, frankly, could have been much heavier.
Whether or not this two-wheeled SUV is your cup of tea won't be a relevant debate until spring of 2013, when the company says it will hit the market... but that doesn't mean it won't inspire not-so-quiet judgment before then.
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