Nucleus. A Motorcycle Design Fiction

nucleusnUCLEUS is a conceptual project that will be featured in a book called “Nonobject Design Fiction”. I quote:

“We believe that a new breed of alternative fuel vehicles deserves a new level of experience. Why must motorcycles mimic each other DNA. Why motorcycles mirror ferocious animals from the wild? Are we capable of doing it differently? With this in mind, and the desire to seek out inspiration elsewhere, nUCLEUS presented itself as the ideal, albeit uncommon, solution, away from the beaten path. It’s a motorcycle built on the antagonistic principle of “square against air”.

The square side-view hides the fact that these interchangable panels of lightweight – ultra strong composite material are simply blades from the front – fierce blades that cut through air. nUCLEUS also boasts a thin comfortable saddle and animal-like behavior system – a new way to connect with your vehicle: it gets up on its hind legs (in action) and rests down squarely (while locked, at rest). nUCLEUS is a concept in development demonstrating what’s possible when the motivating idea is to push an entire product category to an uncharted territory”.

If you are interested in investing or supporting this project contact them, not me, at See the video at Nonobject nUCLEUS.

32 Responses to “Nucleus. A Motorcycle Design Fiction”

  1. 1 busfreak Feb 19th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I guess if you rip all the side panels off it would make a nice bobber.

  2. 2 Knucklehead Feb 19th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    All I know is who ever wrote this had better acid than the 70’s ever had.

  3. 3 T Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Does it come in Black?

  4. 4 George Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Square against air? It’s hilarious. Thank you Cyril for putting a smile on my face before riding to work. You don’t have to worry about competition coming from these wackos.

  5. 5 Shifter Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I bet it’s going to be the Bike Of The Year at the next v-twin expo.

  6. 6 John Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    It’s a Panelhead!!

  7. 7 Luke T. Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    No engine. No exhaust. EPA and DOT approved

  8. 8 Seymour Feb 19th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Hey you want to know something funny? I have scanned a picture of a 1929 A.J.W. motorcycle that looks UNBELIEVABLY like this Nucleus. It ran with an inline 4 cylinder engine underneath the bodywork. I’m happy to send the photo to anyone who wants to see it. I think it is really effing cool.

  9. 9 J Feb 19th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Wow- I thought Orange County Choppers stopped designing bikes….. My bad……

  10. 10 rideout Feb 19th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    It is cool to see designers thinking out of the box, wait, that is a box! Now I am confused, oddly I like it, It is pure art. The Bauhaus movement of the 20’s and 30’s is alive and well. Cool website too.

  11. 11 Doppler Feb 19th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Yeah. They think IN the box. Very original.

  12. 12 Timmy Feb 19th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    With camouflage paint and bulleyproof panels, could be used in Afghanistan. Don’t laugh at this wonder cause you gonna kill creativity..

  13. 13 A 1 cycles Feb 19th, 2009 at 11:53 am


  14. 14 Joe Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    This custom gets more coverage that many other master builder customs. Jealousy!

  15. 15 just my opinion Feb 19th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I always try to see the positive in every thing but with this I am at a loss. My mother always said if you can’t say something nice say nothing at all. So I will stop at that.

  16. 16 Roid Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Someone should do a Press Release and call this their new & improved Bobber and they would sell the hell out of them!

  17. 17 1550tc Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:53 pm


    All I know is who ever wrote this had better acid than the 70’s ever had
    Yeah I was thinking more like;
    “ok dude put the crack pipe down and step away from your keyboard ASAP”

    Knucklehead 5-10 years from now when evrything old is new this will be some cool NEW design 🙂

    A1, yeah this guy must have been laid from some nascar car fab shop LOL

  18. 18 non believer Feb 19th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Any one that has ridden a motorcycle in a strong wind with solid wheels knows how the wind can grab a bike and push you around while riding. This bike would be a total nightmare to ride in any wind at all, let alone a sixty or seventy mile an hour wind. Good luck selling this one. And I hope nobody gets killed on it because to me it looks like a death trap. If it was made just as a show piece well thats one thing but if it is a honest attempt at a real motorcycle I think they missed the mark on this one.

  19. 19 spackler Feb 19th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Needs a spike or two. Could be fun in a crosswind.

  20. 20 Dave Blevins Feb 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    HeHeHe, looks like a zerox had the Tuetels make them a bike!

  21. 21 1550tc Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:12 pm


    All I know is who ever wrote this had better acid than the 70’s ever had

    And he was probably playing this song

    Sitting on this barstool talking like a damn fool
    Got the twelve oclock news blues
    And Ive given up hope on the afternoon soaps
    And a bottle of cold brew
    Is it any wonder Im not crazy? is it any wonder Im sane at all
    Well Im so tired of losing- I got nothing to do and all day to do it
    I go out cruisin but Ive no place to go and all night to get there

    Too much time on my hands, its ticking away with my sanity
    Ive got too much time on my hands, its hard to believe such a calamity
    Ive got too much time on my hands and its ticking away from me
    Too much time on my hands, too much time on my hands
    Too much time on my hands

  22. 22 John Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Needs weapons for accessories.

  23. 23 Nicker Feb 20th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Timmy’s onto something here.

    This is definitely what ya need to climb into when riding through those really “if-y” parts of town.

    But it needs a theme. It ain’t a chopper or bobber, or etc.
    It’s a Loomis Cycle (pronounced “Loo-mi-cy-cle”).
    I like it…………… 🙂


  24. 24 Matt Olsen Feb 20th, 2009 at 7:41 am

    They have the market cornered. (pun intended)

  25. 25 Troy Feb 20th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I don’t think they watched the “English Wheel Techniques by Ron Covell” DVD very closely.

  26. 26 Greg Hoeve Feb 20th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I know, I know, but I’m a heretic anyway so here goes. Anybody ever see the study performed by the U.S. Navy on the phenomenon of SUPER CAVITATION? I won’t bore you with too many details but the basic principal is to force a blunt tipped object through a fluid at such velocity that it generates an ultra low pressure “bubble” originating at the blunt tip and encapsulating the entire vehicle (read: torpedo). The resultant net loss in drag allows for unheard of speed at greatly reduced power requirements, once the initial cavity has been formed. So anyway, I wonder what this blunt bitch of a bike would do at land speed trials?

  27. 27 Jeff Nicklus Feb 20th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    This “motorcycle” is so lacking in style that it is actually stylish! I like it, especially after watching the video!

    Over & Out,


  28. 28 1550tc Feb 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm


    These guys could win an oscar for their website’s video!

  29. 29 burnout Feb 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I’ll ride it! I am a confidant heterosexual! peace

  30. 30 Knucklehead Feb 21st, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Yep! Too much time …too much time.

  31. 31 steveb Feb 23rd, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Well – having spent many years in the design field, I think- they’ve succeeded – to a point.

    Many times, design is simply a lever to prompt discussion and for getting folks to “think out of the box”. Funny how people immediately are judgmental and just “react” when given a stimuli and dont take that opportunity to be thoughtful …and dream a bit…and challenge their own assumptions.

    what if?

  32. 32 Arie Feb 24th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    …chrome it and put it in the catalog…

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