American Wrench and William “Iron Bill” Shatner have teamed up to create the Rivet, a type of vehicle they have called a ‘Landjet’. “Designed from the ground up as a 3 wheeled vehicle, with its exposed cockpit and command center, seating fit only for a captain and the harmonious roar of its brute V8, piloting Rivet gives you the feeling of flying on the open road.”
We always thought William Shatner was a one-of-a-kind, so of course, how else would a one-of-a-kind get around? However, it is not clear if this bike, like the actor’s own performance style, will start. AND STOP…
Regardless, if you watch the video below you’ll see that it’s quite the steampunk design that could only be fit for a retired Captain Kirk:
Aspects like ‘turning’ don’t seem to be very clear in these renders. How does one use two shifters to control a vehicle. Perhaps they’re taking hints from the original Enterprise’s control panels. The complete lack of toggles and switches confused me from a young age, as I couldn’t imagine how one could control an interstellar spaceship with fewer buttons than our family’s ’89 Chevrolet Celebrity. But hey, these are early days!
Shatner is a well-known motorcycle enthusiast, and in film, is best known for playing a motorcyclin’ suicidal ad executive in Pray for the Wildcats. The idea behind Rivet Motors, as the partnership is called, is that this Cycle will be built to Shatner’s exacting specifications and that he will take it across America. According to Motor Trends, the RIVET will be ready by late spring or early summer of 2015 and Shatner will be taking it from Chicago to Los Angeles this year as well.
According to Kevin Sirotek, VP of Marketing at Auto Electric, parent company of American Wrench said that the beginnings of the RIVET were pure serendipity. A staffer met Shatner in an autograph line and suggested to him that they build a custom bike:
“We kicked it off and got some ideas on what he was thinking and that evolved into — maybe we should do a new type vehicle that combines the thrill and excitement of a motorcycle, but some of the comfort and security that you would want in a car. So that ended up focusing our design efforts on a three-wheeled machine, where you’ll ride it like a motorcycle but with a V-8 and two wheels in the rear, some of the comforts and security of more of a trike setup.”
There was no comment on how exactly they can fit the containment system for the Warp Core into such a configuration. My only advice is that Red Shirts need not ride this machine, lest they wish to live.