While most custom builders take an existing platform and turn it into something special, Plasma Custom Motorcycles thought differently with the Fuìss which is a handcrafted motorcycle (more like a motorized bicycle), which is made from zero. Its name means ferret, and it is inspired by bikes that existed in the 1930s.
Vintage motorcycles can fetch pretty pennies at auction, and this isn’t a vintage Harley-Davidson, but it’s a feat of passion from Plasma Custom. Right from the start, Alessandro Rorato created the Fuìss to celebrate his brand in the same style as the motorcycles of the 1930s. Even its manufacturing process was similar, opting for craftsmanship, design and even the creation of all the necessary parts to this project.
The Fuìss is featured on Plasma Custom’s YouTube channel for the 2021 Motorcycle Show. Below the video, a section of its description is in English and reads:
“To celebrate Plasma Custom Motorcycles, I wanted to build this 30’s style motorcycle completely from scratch by building every detail, including the engine. A sincere thank you to all those people who supported me in this huge personal project.
Custom down to engine casting, Rorato cast the engine themselves. Spec wise, the hand-built engine has a displacement of 350cc, and it also features a new valvetrain that uses an intake-over-exhaust system that’s a throwback to the valvetrains of in the old days. The motor is otherwise mated to a single-speed gearbox and the bike does not go up to 200 miles per hour, but instead runs at a snail’s pace, and the top speed is unknown as there is no there is no speedometer on the bike.
The design of the bike is totally exotic, with a transparent pyrex fuel tank to eliminate the need to keep a fuel gauge on the handlebars. The entire frame is made of steel tubing that has been bent and welded together, and to top it all off, the bike comes with white tires all around.
The engine then purrs with the assistance of the cyclist who pedals forward. It then rises and falls before pulling away with a distinct exhaust note that sings at 3,500 rpm and no more.
It’s definitely a unique exercise in custom building, and unlike anything you’ve seen. It makes sense to wear period gear that includes early 20th century everyday clothing with leather gloves and boots, and a cap to keep your hair from blowing in the wind. That being said, hats off to Plasma Custom Motorcycles!