The powerhouse behind Bandit9 is the energetic and inquisitive Daryl Villanueva, “The Bandit Chief.” A citizen of the world, Villanueva was born in the Philippines and grew up living in places as diverse as Hong Kong, Australia, and Malaysia.
After studying graphic design in Los Angeles, his career took him to Dubai, Vietnam, and Beijing as he steadily climbed the corporate ladder and to become a creative director in the advertising industry. These priceless, impactful experiences are infused into his being today.
“I spent a lot of my days collaborating with the best photographers, film directors, architects, car designers, fashion designers, and storytellers – incredible people with immense knowledge and insight in their given field. I knew I was already in an advantageous position to learn from all these people so I soaked it all up so that when I was ready to make my move, I had a lot of different skills in my arsenal,” says Villanueva.
In 2011, Bandit9 was established in Beijing when Villanueva broke out of the advertising world and dove into his passion for motorcycles, a strategic decision involving personal risk that changed his life forever. Now based in Saigon, Bandit9 is a thriving business looking into a bright future.
Today the tight-knit crew at Bandit9 is armed with diverse talents ranging from engineering and design to photography, each enhancing Bandit9’s unique edge in the world of custom bikes.
The name Bandit9 is a nod to outlaws as they rebel against the “normal” and push to create imaginative bikes that are simultaneously mechanical pieces of art. Each bike developed is kept to a limited production of nine – hence
the ‘9’ in the name – which allows Bandit9 to produce rare objects while also forcing a stream of continuous design innovation in motorbikes.
In just a short five years, Bandit9 has reached a well-deserved degree of acclaimed success. The M.A.D.Gallery is honoured to exhibit its imaginative motorbikes.
“Being part of the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery was always the dream. This isn’t an exaggeration. It actually was a goal that I had set myself when I started Bandit9,” Villanueva admits. “I wanted to create something that could stand next to the finest machines out there. And I always said that if the M.A.D.Gallery ever called me, I would know that I am onto something good.”
“I actually blame bureaucracy and stringent road rules for killing imagination and possibility. That is why I named the company after outlaws. Because we’re not playing by those rules.”