Dutch motorcycle-builder Rolf van der Heide calls his machine a “gentleman’s racer” – we’re not sure what that means exactly, so we’ll just settle on calling it beautiful.

The VanderHeide features a monocoque chassis, made completely from carbon fiber. The swingarm and front-end assembly are also made from the composite material, all of which was engineered and hand-built by Rolf van der Heide himself.

At the core of the machine is an Aprilia RSV4 engine, which makes 201hp in its stock form. VanderHeide says it can provide a 230hp superbike option, if one’s wallet so desires.

Other go-fast bits include 17″ BST carbon fiber wheels, a MoTeC dash, Brembo brakes, and a very unique setup for the bike’s Öhlins TTX36 shocks, which provide the suspension for both the rear and front wheels.

All told, the VanderHeide weighs 175kg dry (386 lbs) in street form, with the race version tipping the scales at 165kg dry (364 lbs). But, we haven’t touched the tip of the iceberg on what makes this motorcycle so breathtakingly unique.

“As long as I can remember, I have dreamed of creating my own motorcycle,” explained Van Der Heide. “I have been involved with various companies, like Dutch supercar brand Spyker, and Dutch car brand Carver. I felt inspired by the way these companies consistently step out of their comfort zones to ensure innovation.”

“And, as an engineer, I am fascinated by the endless possibilities of carbon fiber composites. Five years ago, I decided to combine my knowledge and experience and dedicate my life to realizing my dream.”

Van der Heide’s work here reads like a homage to the ideas of other independent and unique motorcycle designers – like Britten, Buell, and Czysz.

Taking the best of what has come before him, and adding his own ideas and interpretations along the way, the VanderHeide is everything that a good bespoke motorcycle should be.

What first caught our eye, besides the flowing lines of the carbon fiber monocoque chassis, was the non-traditional suspension arrangement, especially on the front-end of the motorcycle.

Using a double-wishbone front suspension setup made from carbon fiber, the movement of the front wheel is ultimately transmitted via a shaft to an Öhlins shock, which sits in front of the rider and is mounted against the Öhlins shock for the rear suspension.

VanderHeide says that mounting the two shocks against each other relieves stress from the carbon fiber chassis – a principle we have seen used in automobiles, though rarely in the two-wheeled realm.

Another interesting point of design is the absence of normal fuel tank, instead the VanderHeide carries its fuel in the carbon fiber chassis. One should also note that part of the radiator is located in the tail section of the motorcycle.

As you would expect with a small production volume motorcycle, the VanderHeide can be tailored to the individuals desires of the customer, with things like color and chassis dimensions customizable to the buyer’s specifications.

The starting price, though, is a cool €150,000, and only 25 pieces will be made. We doubt you will see a more unique motorcycle, for many years to come.







Source: VanderHeide

  • The Blue Rider

    That’s fking cool and I want one. It looks like my own margin sketches of what I think a cool bike would look like, except my sketches are crummy and this is real.

    The Zagato MV was all right… THIS though, I would buy if I was in the right tax bracket.

  • dypeterc

    Don’t get your nuts squashed in the front shock spring

  • MrDefo

    Beautiful and doing something different with the suspension. I love it.

  • Michiel Van Den Brink

    Hello motorcycle enthusiasts. I am Michiel van den Brink and I designed this bike together with Rolf van der Heide.

    I just published an article that you may like. It’s about the design process and it includes the early design sketches.

    Part One:!VanderHeide-carbon-fiber-motorcycle-Design-process-Part-I/ab76g/57c405adc750095fcaa1093c

    In Part two, which will follow soon, I will show and tell about how we made the 1:1 clay model.

  • Michiel Van Den Brink

    I designed a plexi glass cover for it, which you can see in this picture.

  • Michiel Van Den Brink

    That’s a great compliment! Thank you!

  • Thanks for sharing Michiel!

  • John C

    beautiful, and unlike the zagato mv (which is a stunning looking machine), decidedly less wonky!

  • ‘Mike Smith

    Gentleman’s racer? Nah, more like an absurdly wealthy man’s museum piece. I’m pretty sure by the time you get that wealthy, you stopped being a “gentleman” long ago. Cool bike though.

  • Dave

    So, wealthy individuals can’t be gentlemen? That’s an interesting theory…

  • Dave

    Now this has some awesome design aspects! I was just going to say that it somehow reminded me of the Britten, then I visited the site and read that it was indeed an influence. I bet the picture don’t do this bike justice and it looks even more cool in person. Nice work!

  • Fantastic work. The front suspension linkage reminds me of the last electric racers from Moto Czysz which are very cool.

  • coreyvwc

    I can’t tell from the photos, but do the front and rear shocks act against each other? or is there a fixed mounting point on the frame between the two? That’s a pretty wild setup either way.

  • I would suspect that they share a mount.

  • Lee Scuppers

    I like designs inspired by nature:


  • MikeD

    I thought the same too, LMAO.

  • appliance5000

    I was thinking that too – but then I thought that if you get in a situation where your nuts get squeezed into that gap, you’ll probably have a number of other problems happening in very quick succession.

    Beautiful machine.

  • MikeD

    I LIKE IT, very mucho. C’mon Lottery !!!
    Suspension system reminds me of F1 style.
    NICE, the shock is not being BAKED by the rear headers like on the Aprilia or my SV1000N.
    Radiator placement reminds me of a Benelli Tornado 1130. Is it effective ? Unless the core is much thicker it looks smaller than it’s Aprilia counterpart.
    Overall, very nice product and the best of luck.

  • Scenic Highways

    This is easily the most desireable sportbike since the Britten.

  • Michiel Van Den Brink
  • benniebroekwurm

    wow! stunning

  • Michiel Van Den Brink

    Feel free to republish my design stories on your site! With backlinks of course.

  • Dan Cortese

    Looks like it’d probably come with a free Les Atelier Ruby helmet.

  • Dan Cortese

    That shock: “le circumsisor”.

  • v4racer