Designed by former Formula One race car driver, Tarso Marques, the TMC Dumont is a thing of unparalleled Brazilian beauty. It’s a concept bike, a functional piece of art, and a tech marvel in one. The TMC Dumont was honored with the Best of Show award at the most recent Daytona Bike Week. Not just any motorcycle event, Daytona Bike Week is the most renowned, highly prestigious bike show in existence for unique, insane, outlandish bike concepts and designs.
This sophisticated machine may be classed as a motorcycle, but it’s equipped with a much more powerful engine than a typical cycle. Outfitted with a 300 hp Rolls-Royce Continental V6 aircraft engine, it features completely hub-free rims that give the wheels a futuristic look and feel. The TMC Dumont is completely unique in its look and feel, rather like a seat-less work of art. At first glance, it appears to be an engine artfully balanced on the bridge of a gigantic pair of eyeglasses. With its balance of delicate yet powerful, elegant yet masculine, streamlined yet dominant, it appeals to potential owners on a variety of levels. From aesthetics to performance to award-winning to sleek, the TMC Dumont is worthy of its praise and notoriety.
Named in part as an homage to aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont, the TMC Dumont has an airplane engine at its core. Why an airplane engine? Because Marques, its creator, and fellow Brazilians credit Santos-Dumont with beating Americans, the famed Wright Brothers, at getting an early aircraft off the ground. If Marquez had speed in mind when he designed this mechanized marvel, his mission was more than accomplished. With its aviation engine, this thing goes fast! This powerful 300 horsepower engine – unheard of in the motorcycle engine industry – gives the beautiful bike heft, power, and speed.
Other motorcycles have been built with car engines, but its fully visible aircraft engine gives the TMC Dumont a whole new look, feel, and performance. At once sleek and sophisticated, fascinating and edgy, this bike brings the future of riding into the present day. A major accomplishment in Brazilian ingenuity, the lustrous appeal of this bike is due only in part to its look. It performs like the well-oiled, well-built, well-designed machine it is. Irony isn’t lost on the fact that its superior performance, unmatched speed, and far-sighted functionality is due to a vintage 1960’s Rolls Royce aircraft engine. Adding to its outstanding performance is the TMC Dumont’s continuously variable transmission – a transmission designed, developed, created, and manufactured specifically for this bike.
Our Final Word
For all its aesthetic appeal, the TMC Dumont is elegant, has a well-balanced feel, and is superbly visually pleasing to the point of being captivating and hard to take your eyes off of. As a concept; as an architectural structure; as a motorcycle; as a work of art – whatever you call this bike, however you classify it, the bottom line is this – we love it. It’s a feast for the eyes, a nod to aviation, and the thrill of a lifetime for the rider.