- Who are we?
We are MotoMorphic, the source for the JaFM, the most radical yet rideable motorcycle. Our mission is to create revolutionary dream-inspired motorcycles that have unmistakable presence, exquisite craftsmanship and unparalleled customization.
- Where are we from?
MotoMorphic is based in San Rafael, California.
- Where did the idea for the bike come from?
Frustrated at not being able to find a source for a truly custom motorcycle that suited his tastes, Jim Davis founded MotoMorphic. In inspiration for MotoMorphic's first bike, the JaFM came from four seemingly disparate things: streetfighters, a fat tire, American muscle cars, and fighter planes.
The streetfighter is a bike that starts life as a sport bike, and is cosmetically wrecked, usually due to the abundance of power and speed meeting a real world limitation, such as an over exuberant application of throttle on the street, or gravel in a corner. The owner, after healing from road rash, would rehabilitate and modify the bike; installing upright handlebars and projector beam headlights, eliminating most of the plastic, and creating a bike that looked like it was spoiling for a fight with battle scars for street credibility. It was often more comfortable to ride, and capable of being ridden fast on the twisty back roads. There is something aggressive and appealing about streetfighters. The tougher and more sinister looking the better. A few large manufacturers recognized the appeal of the streetfighter and began selling this style of motorcycle.
Around 2001, Avon introduced their Venom 250/40x18 tire, for rear wheels on custom choppers. Jim saw this, and thought it would look bitchin' on a streetfighter style bike, especially if it also had a very wide front tire. Jim contacted Avon USA with the idea and the company sent him a 250 and a 200. Both were initially intended by Avon to be rear tires: the 200 on a 6" rim for a 1000 cc sport bike, and the 250 on an 8 1/2" rim for a custom chopper.
Jim started on the design of the bike with these tires, and because they were unusually large, in contrast with tradition he designed the frame tubes to be unusually large as well. He determined 4" diameter tubing for the main tubes with 3" tubing for the secondary frame spars would be good, and look appropriate with the tires. A bike with components this large would look very muscular, and since American muscle cars often had a distinctive look with a prominent hood scoop, a similar styled hood scoop was incorporated into the JaFM design. The WWII fighter P-51 Mustang's belly scoop, inverted, was a major inspiration for the shape of the scoop on the JaFM; the scoop also doubles as housing for the headlights. Since the frame tubes were so large, it was clear that they could serve double duty as fuel tank—a quick calculation indicated that about 21" of 4" diameter tubing would hold a gallon of fluid, so there would be in excess of 4 gallons fuel capacity.
Then Avon upped the ante, and introduced their 300x35/18 tire for a 10 1/2" rim, relegating the 250 to "skinny" status. The obvious path was to transplant the 250 to the front, and use the 300 on the rear. At this point, the 4" frame tube started to look scrawny, so the main frame was increased to 5" diameter, with the secondary tubes at 4". A 5" diameter tube needs only 13" to hold a gallon of fluid, so the resulting fuel capacity of the upgrade in frame tube size is nearly 7 gallons.
Subsequently 330 and even 360 profile tires have been introduced, but really, to go bigger would just be ridiculous. We're getting the idea across just fine with the 250/300 combination, and due to extensive R&D, the JaFM is quite refined in the handling department.
Along with the massive visual impact of the MotoMorphic JaFM, there is a balance and congruity to the overall design. Overall, the bike functions exceptionally well, as a radical yet eminently rideable motorcycle that makes an undeniable statement about its owner and his/her individuality.
If you have to ask, you won't understand. No, really. All motorcycles are fun to ride, and the MotoMorphic JaFM is no exception. That is, unless you have an aversion to getting stares and fingers pointed at you, from motorcyclists as well as spectators! Motorcycles are all about emotional gratification—your bike simply has to make you feel good—when you ride it, park it, talk about it, and see it. You take pride in your bike; it is an extension of your personality, and represents your individuality. There is no motorcycle more gratifying than the MotoMorphic JaFM.
- How does it handle with those big tires?
There are a few idiosyncrasies with the JaFM, but nothing that precludes the enjoyment of the ride. Due to the wide nature of the front tire, the JaFM tends to stand up under front trail braking. It can easily be compensated for, and trail braking should be exercised with caution on any motorcycle.
- Can it actually go around a corner?
Only right and left corners, and on winding roads.
- What's the engine?
Rotax V990 60 degree V-twin, 998 cc, dual counterbalanced, four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cam per cylinder, dry sump, 6 speed integrated transmission with a slipper clutch.
- Is it fast?
- How fast will it go?
Fast enough. Fast is easy. If you're hung up on winning a street race, go get a Hayabusa or a ZX-14, and a good life insurance policy for your family. If you're out to be the fastest guy on the track, buy any of the big 4 Japanese liter bikes, and get a bunch of instruction from the various retired pro racers, and practice, practice, practice. But remember, no matter how fast you or your bike is, you will never garner as much attention going fast as you will when you ride up on your MotoMorphic JaFM, unless you're last name is Rossi, or maybe Spies or Hayden.
- Is it uncomfortable to ride? Does it feel weird riding it with those bars?
Though the bars look unusual, the grips fall to hand in a very natural position, and if you're not looking at it, you can't tell which end of the handlebar is connected. The relationship of the foot pegs, seat, and grips is ergonomic and comfortable. Though she's a bit wide in the waist, the riding position is very relaxed and doesn't cause any discomfort.
- How much does it weigh?
550 lbs with 7 gallons of gas.
- Do the big tires make it more stable?
It is a great ride, and the MotoMorphic JaFM is both more stable and more nimble than the other bikes with similar wheel/tire configurations.
- How much does it cost?
Base price is $100k, with a wide range of upgrades available to the buyer in terms of finishes, materials, and components. Also, the JaFM is the only bike that will be built to the owner's proportions of the owners, making each JaFM truly unique.
- What is the horsepower/torque?
The stock JaFM dynos at 110 rwhp and 70 ft.-lbs of torque. This is real world measured and more than adequate power and speed for any rider. Top speed for the JaFM has not yet been measured; however, it easily tops the ton, and how much more can you really use?
- What are the rake and trail/geometry?
The geometry of the MotoMorphic JaFM has been extensively researched, and the sweet numbers have been proven out with real world testing. As the path to enlightenment has been steep and challenging, it would be disrespectful to those who contributed their resources to this cause if we simply made it public knowledge, so we hold this precious information in close confidence.
- Is that the air intake or "ram air" induction?
The hood scoop is a fully functional air intake, as well as housing for the projector beam headlights. Shouldn't all good motorcycles have a hood scoop?!?!
- What is that thing?
Promise not to tell anyone, ok? We'll let you in on a secret, but you gotta keep it on the low-down. It's a motorcycle!