Thats my flickr… i just uploaded a bunch of pics, including the ones from the art center show. Sorry about the quality- the lighting was really bad (especially for my small digital camera), especially in the graphic design dept.
Likewise, it’s a very seductive form and really well refined. The cantilevered seat has been done many times before but there’s something about this one that really makes me want to sit on it. I love the interaction between the sculpted surfaces and exposed mechanical bits.
Maybe Core77 can put out a “Designer of this wanted”. If the process/development work is half as good as the final model I’m sure it would make a killer post.
Thanks for the crit. I am the designer of the bike and am always available to answer questions about it.
To speak to the peg height: I know they are wrong, I have some nice rear sets designed and in progress. The problem was my 14 week engineering and build phase didn’t quite give me the time for them; however they are coming I assure you. Other than that, and a couple other odds and ends, the bike is nearly ready for testing. That said, this bike is definitely more of a concept bike than a rider. It’s purpose is to both showcase my abilities and holistic approach to design as well as possibly get funding for a boutique line of electric motorcycles…
Awesone work daniel, really impressive design and execution. That’s a midrive electric motor in the swingarm right? Do you think you could get away with hubbed motor? Also how did you make the carbon parts? Are they really molded?
Anyways, the carbon fiber parts are a mix of processes:
The swingarm is foam and aluminum subframe and then vac-bagged, while the front forks are also foam and aluminum, but they were wet layup and then wrapped in Dacron cloth to squeeze out excess epoxy and get a better surface. Finally, the tank and the lower fairing were actually put in two (and three) part molds using a wet layup process…
about the seat (there has been a few comments about it): I based the seat design on existing bicycle seats, then went a little roomier. I was going off of the idea that my user is probably well familiar with them and will not be intimidated; similarly, non-bike riders would be intimidated/intreagued by it, lending an aire of danger and exclusivity, something that is important in this category.
While I was doing research on the project, I did interview the designer and owner of Derringer: Adrian Van Anz. He is a super nice guy, his bikes are great. I showed him my concept and he seemed pretty excited about it. He was the first guy I met who supported my idea of making a working prototype to get investors. While our two concepts share size, the branding and target user groups are quite different (thought there would probably be some overlap).