They say that anything old can be made new again. Whoever coined that phrase probably wasn’t talking about the famous Volkswagen Beetle. But that person probably also never met Brent Walter. Through hard work, ingenuity, and a little imagination Brent Walter made a new Volkspod motorcycle.
In layman’s terms, he made a miniature motorcycle design using the old fenders of VW Beetle in what amounts to a Volkswagen Beetle motorcycle.
The Famous Beetle
The first step in understanding the magic of Walter’s Volkswagen Beetle motorcycle is remembering why the VW Beetle was such a special car in the first place. The VW Beetle was first introduced in Germany in 1938 and rose to popularity in the late 1940s thanks to the large volume of roads built in Germany during that era.
In any language, the VW Beetle became know as “the people’s car.” For starters, it was cheap and practical, which allowed anyone to drive it and made it affordable for those who had never owned a car before.
On top of that, its unique design that made it look like a bug attracted people to it, as did the variety of colors. All of that contributed to the VW Beetle being produced for decades with more than 21 million being manufactured until production finally stopped in 2003.
Making a Mini Motorcycle
In addition to being a fan of the VW Beetle, Brent Walter has always enjoyed motorcycles and scooters. He came up with the idea for a miniature motorcycle design in part because he wanted to compete for trophies at car shows while also testing his skills as a designer.
It took countless hours of welding and the reshaping of metal on top of the hand-built frame Walter designed for his scooter.
In the end, Brent Walter made a new Volkspod motorcycle, as he calls it, using a Volkswagen engine and the fenders of old VW Beetles.
“I wanted a scooter to take to VW shows”
“These fenders were leftover from building my car. I also wanted to practice welding the thin sheet metal panels”
Oddly enough, Walter had no problem tracking down old VW fenders to use for his new motorcycle. He says they were widely available at swap meets, making it easy to find the fenders he needed to make his vehicles. Walter also tracked his progress while designing his scooters with a series of detailed Instagram posts that has helped earn him over 32,000 followers.
The Final Product
The final version of the Volkspod motorcycle is nothing if not unique. It doesn’t look like any other motorcycle or scooter that you might expect to find on the road. Of course, that was kind of the point in the first place.
Walter successfully made two different two versions of the Volkspod motorcycle. One is Birch Green in color with a 79cc motor.
Walter admits that this one is more about looking good than for practical everyday use.
However, a second scooter, which is Pastel Blue, has a 212cc motor and is more capable of driving around on the streets and take Walter from one place to another. Both motorcycles also feature a large headlight, a tail light, a fresh paint job, and a cool retro handle.
Even if Walter hasn’t exactly revolutionized the transportation industry the way the original Volkswagen Beetle did in the 1940s, he’s certainly accomplished something special with the Volkspod.
Much like the original VW Beetle, he’s built something that looks nothing like anything that has come before it.
After all, that was part of the point of the Volkswagen Beetle, and it’s a sentiment that Walter has somehow been able to recreate with the Volkspod motorcycle.
The only question left is whether Walter will make more and where can the rest of us get one?
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