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BMW ‘Alpha’ by Mark Atkinson and Mehmet Doruk Erdem

BMW ‘Alpha’ by Mark Atkinson and Mehmet Doruk Erdem

The BMW ‘Alpha’ by Mark Atkinson and Mehmet Doruk Erdem
Photos: Jun Song / Film: Max Daines

It’s one of the most unlikely alliances we’ve ever seen: An old school machinist and motorcycle builder from Utah, and a high-tech industrial designer from Istanbul, Europe’s most populous city. But there are few boundaries to communication in the 21st century—and together, these two kindred spirits have created a truly extraordinary motorcycle: the BMW-powered ‘Alpha.’

The story starts in Turkey on the computer of designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. Nearly two years ago, Mehmet posted his BMW Alpha concept online: An arresting, shark-nosed land speed racer.

The BMW ‘Alpha’ by Mark Atkinson and Mehmet Doruk Erdem
Mehmet caught the motorcycle design bug after seeing the machines ridden by the legendary Bonneville racer Alp Sungurtekin, the man behind the world’s fastest Triumph pre-unit.…

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