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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.

Box Contents

The box contains:

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.

Parts

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.

Build

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.

B-Model

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.

Summary

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.

You can now buy this set for £29.99 or check other store prices and sales history here.

12 COMMENTS

  • 2 years, 7 months ago Duq (166)
    Looks like we don't really agree on this set: http://brickset.com/reviews/48497
    And yes, the fixed fairing and narrow handle bars are quite normal, as is the leaning angle of the cafe racer / bobber / chopper on its side stand.
  • 2 years, 8 months ago captainmib (910) MOC Designer
    For a few years now when I see there will be a new motorcycle released, i'm tempted to buy one.

    But i never do, because it just doesn't feel right.
    Not enough complexity, or the looks, i don't know why.

    I like the lightblue parts, but it's only a few panels.
    Not really useful.
    I wish they had done the whole bike in lightblue...
  • 2 years, 8 months ago TobyMac (51524) Inventory Admin ADMIN
    Thanks for the review. Nice design. I'm only not really a fan of the medium blue color. Looks a little worn out, stayed to long in the sun, cheap blue. Or that could just look like on the foto's

    Can you do 42038 next?
    • 2 years, 8 months ago Nathan (63243) Site Admin ADMIN
      Hmmm I'm tossing up either 42038 or another smaller one next. It takes me ages to do the big ones, so we'll see :)
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