There’s an amazing thing about the Johnson Special: the way the sitting position, bars and foot controls are placed, the bike is a perfect fit for anyone that sits on it, it almost feels as if it forms itself to the rider. We set the neck to 40 degrees and used one of our own triple tree-less BMX-rated front ends. This front end is so light and agile that it really translates to a nice ride. Also the unsprung weight is so minimal that any bumps in the road are smoothed out; up front at least. The bars are similar position to some medium height hangers. For Hand controls we’re running our Twist Brake on the right and our Hydraulic Twist Clutch on the left.
A beautifully simple custom with a little Kraus low rider styling.
The raw metal bronze finish of the frame will change, darken and naturally patina with life. The raw aluminum sheet metal will take on different shades as it oxidizes and the owner re-cleans and re-polishes it. The weld joints in the stainless parts will change color with time. Dirt and oil will find its way in and live in those hard to clean places. Achuma was built with the intention that age would set in. That the battle scars of real road use would take their place and give spirit to the machine. Achuma will never be the same, always slightly changing. The key is that with these changes the owner holds an experience and memory. It is why someone has Kraus Motor Co. build them a machine like Achuma. Just for the experience.
A classic feeling, but aggressive and full of performance. Vintage styling but with modern engineering and high performance products. Light but solid and strong Achuma is ultra maneuverable, with a lot of suspension.
Everything starts with the chassis. From forward and rear weight distribution to suspension and braking behavior. The ridability of the motorcycle depends on the combination of the rigid members and the moving parts. The chassis takes the work of the drivetrain, suspension, and brakes and translates it to controllable forward movement. If this system is not adequately engineered then it will not perform the way it should or worse it will brake down. In contrast, when engineered properly, the chassis will supply the proper framework for a machine that can perform and be trusted by its pilot. The rear suspension on Bolide uses an uncommon design for an American v-twin drivetrain based bike. The mono shock swingarm is a well proven system but is not often used because of the configuration of the transmission, oil bag and swingarm pivot position
Designed in the spirit of Tourist Trophy. Engineered and built as a complete road ready and high performance machine. Bolide has a classic look, top of the line performance components, and a raw metal finish. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.