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French designers Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat have created one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made, the CP Project One Triton.
Travis Allgood
Travis Allgood • 2 years ago

'Triton' called CP Project #1. Created by a team of French motorcycle builders for a Chanel fashion shoot.

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The CP Project One: one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built. ‘CP’ comes from the initials of designers Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat, who were inspired to create a new kind of Triton motorcycle after visiting the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance in California. The result is straight from comic book culture: a motorcycle that would look at home in Batman’s garage, and with the sensuous curves of Catwoman.

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