x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Go Gear: Car makers try their hand at the two-wheeled market

Three two-wheeled creations made by car manufacturers.

Mini.
Mini.

Mini made smaller

Not content with just making small cars, it seems Mini wants to make small bicycles, too. This quirky eight-speed bike may have an odd stature with a low frame and tiny tyres, but it does look cool, especially with its neon yellow, Teflon-coated chain. And as it folds up, it should fit in the back of the tiny hatchback, too. Visit shopminiusa.com. Dh2,000.

In the frame

Porsche takes it up a gear with this slick Bike RS that has an emphasis on technology. It has an extremely lightweight carbon fibre frame, 20 Shimano XTR derailleur gears, hydraulic disc brakes and a comfortable gel seat. It's good to see Porsche has put as much into the design of this bike as it does its cars. Contact porsche-design.com for pricing.

Roving on two wheels

Who better to get in on the act when it comes to creating a two-wheeled, off-road adventurer than Land Rover, the British marque loved so much here in the UAE. It has several bikes but its piéce de resistance is the Experience Elite, with its 30-speed Shimano SLX STI gears, aluminium frame and Continental tyres. landrover-bikes.com. Dh5,470.