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(The Gear Loop) - The motorcycle has been synonymous with a sense of freedom and rebellion since its very inception. Just think Easy Rider, Marlon Brando in The Wild One and, erm, a bunch of middle-aged men road-tripping around the USA in Wild Hogs.

Granted, it’s not the easiest thing to load up with camping gear and really venture off-grid with, but Dometic has teamed up with Sideburn Magazine to prove extra-urban exploration is possible on two wheels.


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Dubbed the Sand Flea, this highly modified Suzuki VanVan 125cc motorcycle has been converted into a rugged beach buggy with the ability to haul Dometic’s popular Patrol 20 cool box in a custom-made front-mounted rack.

Dometic says the design brief included the necessity to carry two people into the wilderness for "a day’s exploration and undisturbed picnicking". 

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On top of this, the 6in-wide balloon tyres allow it to traverse sand and shingle with ease. The Suzuki’s super-reliable and extremely frugal engine was left standard except for a tuneable Supertrapp silencer, but many elements of the VanVan’s already unique cartoonish appearance were enhanced. 

The paint is unique, with ice cream tones of the deck chair stripe livery chosen to match the last-a-lifetime Dometic cool box. Holy Goat Motorcycle Seats then upholstered a bespoke bench for two adventurers to sit comfortably.

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Dometic says: "Motorcycling so often embraces its anti-social, aggressive nature but everything about the Sand Flea is designed to promote laidback good times on and off the beaten track".

The bike, which is a try one-off, will likely be used for promotional reasons, displaying on Domestic stands at various trade shows throughout the year. But still, we most definitely want one.

Writing by Leon Poultney.