Project M85 invents new class of motorcycle: the freeride dirt bike

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M85.jpgWeighing just 57kg dry and powered by an 85cc engine, Project M85 is set to turn the off-road motorcycle world on its head. For some perspective, that’s 12kgs lighter than Dougie Lampkin’s championship-winning trials bike. Project M85 won’t fit into any established racing formula, and ultimately won’t be as capable as a trials bike, but as a general purpose off-road toy it could have the formula for success.

Conceived and built as an Industrial Design degree thesis project by Dustin Griffith and Grady Barfoot, two students in Colorado, the M85 is a fully functioning prototype, a rarity among student designs. By combining the best parts of a mountain bike with motorcycle parts capable of handling the performance, they’re aiming to combine the functionality of both machines, creating an entirely new class of bike.

The low weight and trials tires should open up trails and riding areas hitherto inaccessible to Enduro and Motocross bikes, while being easier to ride and more accessible to new riders than any bike before. Low speeds and light weight should also ameliorate some risk of injury, or at least perceived risk, another obstacle to attracting people who have never ridden before.

There’s a great thread on Aprilia Forum detailing the project. If the M85 ever reaches production — and we hope it does — it could herald a new era of fun, easy-to-ride, enjoyable dirt bikes ridden by tens of thousands of teenagers and non-risk adverse adults the world over. A video of the M85 in action follows the jump.

Aprilia Forum

  • felix

    this bike is SiCk… i would like to know if is for sale

  • vern

    if you need anyone to test ride the bike to the extream to see what its really made of contact me

  • ERIC

    contact me when its for sale. my # 347 406 0944

  • Tim

    Please send me info on the M85… Very interested in knowing more about this bike…. production, cost… etc….


  • daniel

    iz this 4 sale and if so how much

  • sam

    how much do the m85 freeride dirt bike cost ?

  • steve

    that looks like the crapest thing i have ever seen

  • ricky

    how much is it????? im intersted give me a call at 720 4345772

  • eric

    Why would anybody choose this over a CR85, YZ85,
    KX, or KTM85, etc? That toy would get destroyed if
    you tried to take it off-road.