Hephaestus by Bandit9 Is All Steel, All Great [Photo Gallery]
The base model looks really sporty for an older street bike, but Bandit9 knew they could do so much better. So they stripped the bike completely and started re-working on its attire, making liberal use of smooth sheet stainless steel, impeccably crafted and shaped.
Everything metal save the wheels, frame, engine and forks has been made in house: the old-school racing cowl, the seat with hand stitching, the exhaust and miniature silencer, the redesigned tank and the amazing front fender with a slightly edgy and very aggressive lines.
Bandit9 also upgraded the brakes for a meaner look and enhanced performance and have even manufactured the blinkers. Add in the low-swung bars and bar-end mirrors and that's it, an amazing piece of Chinese bikecraft. The price is a bit steep, but we're sure it will find a home soon. RMB 85,000 is around $13,600 or €10,450.
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