There are not too many Technic Motorcycle sets released, the last ones being the 42007 Moto Cross Bike in 2013 and the 8291 Dirt Bike in 2008. The 42036 Street Motorcycle set is the latest one to be released.
The box contains:
- 4 x unnumbered bags of parts.
- 2 x 94 x 22 Tyres.
- 2 x 75 x 17 Wheels.
- 2 x instruction booklets (A + B models).
See the full inventory of 374 parts. Similar to the Mining Truck, there are building instructions for both the A and B models, and digital instructions available through the free LEGO Building Instructions app.
There are many parts newly appearing in Medium Blue.
There are also two (one spare) of the new 18654 Technic Pin Connector Round 1L parts which are new to 2015 sets (10 of them so far). From what I've seen so far, they are mainly used as spacers.
The build starts off with the center frame, which stands vertically. The gear chain to the rear wheel is built up and once the engine is put into place, the gears are connected together so the rear wheel makes the pistons move (or is it the other way around?).
The front handlebars are connected to the wheel with two large springs, and then to the main bike's body. The rear suspension is much softer than the front suspension which makes sense I guess. Lastly, all the panels are added.
I left off all the stickers until right at the end, to give you a sense for what it looks like with and without them. After all, 8 out of 10 of the new Medium Blue panels get covered in stickers which doesn't make them very reusable for your MOCs.
The kick-stand is easy to use and I had no troubles getting the bike to stand up.
Since this model is pretty small and I quite enjoyed putting the bike together, I decided to make the B-Model for this review too. I'm not sure what type of bike it is, but it's smaller than the A-Model, and has less bulk. There is also no rear suspension in this model.
The kick stand on the B-Model means it leans over quite a lot more than the A-Model. Inserting one of the leftover 2L red axles makes it stand much better.
I've never built a motorcycle set before. I'm impressed that everything can be fit into a tight space while still keeping a nice shape with lots of great angles.
The handlebars seem a bit small for my liking, and I don't like that the front panels are fixed and don't move with the wheel although I understand that's a common bike design.
As is usual for Technic sets, there are a lot of stickers. However, I don't think they are really required to make this bike look good. Still, it's up to you if you want to apply them or not.
The B-Model is another bike with a smaller, more sleeker design. Of the two, I prefer the look of the A-Model.