Designer Brent Walter has taken the idea of upcycling to a whole new level. Walter has created the “Volkspod”—a minibike made out of an old VW Beetle.
Walter actually made two minibikes, using both of the fender wells of a VW Bug. For Walter, who manufactures medical devices for a living, making scooters and building other things in his home shop is a hobby. The Volkspod came about as a desire to have something interesting to take to car shows. “I wanted a scooter to take to VW shows,” says Walter. “These fenders were left over from building my car. I also wanted to practice welding the thing sheet metal panels.” Walter chronicled the build on his Instagram account, regularly posting updates from day one of the project.
The Volkspods are made using custom-built frames to hold the Volkswagen engines. “The original (green) has a 79cc motor and is more for looks than it is practical,” says Walter. “The second (blue) one has more ground clearance and a 212cc motor. It is more practical to ride around on the road.” Riding is made simple by the addition of a seat and wide, retro bike handlebars. The fenders feature a single headlight and a tail light in the back.
Walter’s inventive nature is on full display with these creative and eye-catching motorcycles. There’s no word on whether he plans to market and sell the bike’s himself. However, despite the Bug being considered a vintage car, there are still plenty of parts floating around at swap meets and in junkyards. With the detail Walter included in his posts, you could potentially create your own version of the Volkspod. Just gather the right parts and the right tools and you’ll be scooting around on your own soon enough.