Another Very Faulty Concept Motorcycle

1concept2conceptConcept motorcycle renderings are always entertaining. These ones by Alex Padwa and Davidi Gilad, 2 designers who don’t pretend to know about motorcycles, just about lines. Maybe this type of work could be the pretext for a game of the 7 errors to find in less than 1 minute (there are more than 7 making this project absolutely impossible to live as a real motorcycle). I give you the 1st one: not enough degrees to steer the bars. Find them all, fast.

22 Responses to “Another Very Faulty Concept Motorcycle”


  1. 1 takehikes Apr 30th, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Its ugly. Thats enough.

  2. 2 Seymour Apr 30th, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I dunno. It’s different. It’s not the ugliest I’ve ever seen that’s for sure.

  3. 3 P. Hamilton Apr 30th, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I have seen much worse on the road…

  4. 4 Mike Macaulay Apr 30th, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Legs easily touch motor on both sides.
    Right leg too close to the exhaust.
    No rear suspension.
    Not enough travel in the front suspension.
    Not enough room to operate foot controls.
    No turn signals.

  5. 5 billyraycyrus Apr 30th, 2015 at 9:30 am

    covered brakes have no vents

  6. 6 Kroeter Apr 30th, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Where/what is the final drive? No airflow to the motor or radiator. Nut-crusher of a seat. The fork to axle connection looks interesting.

  7. 7 18Bravo Apr 30th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I find exercises like this silly. No, not the idea of concept bikes, but the sharpshooters looking for mistakes in them. Innovation springs from imagination. The guy already admitted to knowing nothing about bikes. I don’t imagine two bicycle builders knew much about airplanes until they built the first one.
    And as for the some of the comments – who knows what’s under what you can’t see? Hydraulically operated forks requiring very little input to activate WILL be something we’ll see. Hydraulically operated final drive is something we’ve already seen – back in 1982. Just not efficient enough at the time. I’ve got three Honda CB’s and one Buell project in the garage that could better benefit from my attention than reading these inane comments.

  8. 8 TJ Martin Apr 30th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    One can sum up all the ills of this ill conceived travesty in a single sentence .

    The end result of pretentious ‘ designers ‘ with zero sense or knowledge of engineering principals .. trying to play at designing a mechanized piece of transportation .

    e.g. All ‘ form ‘ [ albeit ugly as all ___ form ] … with absolutely zero potential for Function

  9. 9 Lone Rider Apr 30th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Cyril you said it best ” 2 designers who don’t pretend to know about motorcycles, just about lines.” I would say also it would be totally functionless. Then again you can design anything on a computer whether functional or not. With some input from someone with a little real world fabrication skills. they might design a real breakthrough bike.

  10. 10 Kroeter Apr 30th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Roger that, 18Bravo. Just following Cyril’s orders. Out.

  11. 11 David Yisrael Apr 30th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Engine is air cooled. And contained in a shroud. Overheating up next.

  12. 12 Sheridan Apr 30th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    How is not having rear suspension a fault Mike Macaulay? A lot of us prefer it that way

  13. 13 nicker Apr 30th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Its just a rendering….. maybe one to hang on the wall of a person who knows nothing about Motorcycles …… and doesn’t care to.
    In that context, i guess it works.

    -nicker-

  14. 14 Matt W. May 1st, 2015 at 6:52 am

    The rider and the designer in me are having a lively debate right now ;).

  15. 15 Jay Horton's Private Shop May 1st, 2015 at 8:31 am

    1. Front tire is not in the 26, 30, or 32 inch range
    2. Rear tire is not in the 300+ range
    3. Too modest in coloration
    4. Handle bars too low (for PROFILING)
    5. No space for the latest electronic gizmo to attach
    6. Arlen Ness doesn’t have a line of parts for it (yet)
    7. It’s not a black Bagger

    What, what, what, what, what, what, what, ………. ???

    Later Jay

  16. 16 Tom Ryan May 1st, 2015 at 9:22 am

    This concept bike may have it’s detractors, however, there are certain lines within that lend itself for other designers to draw from to create a myriad of further concepts.

  17. 17 Boomer May 1st, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Front wheel shroud looks like it’s bolted to the upper forks. No way that would work.
    Backbone of the frame goes right through where the final drive should be whether it’s a shaft drive, belt, or chain.
    No air flow for an air cooled motor.
    No kick stand.
    Exhaust too close to shrouding.
    Exhaust exiting onto shrouding.
    If this is a concept bike for production it will need turn signals, a brake light, and license plate holder.
    The front wheel is not centered to the forks. There may be a way to make that work but it would not be efficient. Looks similar to an offset springer.
    I’m sure there are more but that’s all I see right now.

    Having said all that; strangely I like the looks quite a bit. Great lines. A remotely controlled rear air shock would do wonders for the ride. Then again I embrace new ideas and technology in the motorcycle world and try not to limit myself to only what has come before even though socially and politically I’m quite conservative. An enigma wrapped in a dogma. Or is it the other way around?

    I enjoyed this mental exercise. I bet one day we will see a variation of this design in an electric bike.

  18. 18 Blackmax May 1st, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Looks like a covered up Honda Fury
    I know it’s an exercise & those guy’s opinion
    But really, if you can’t put it into a practical riding form
    What the hell good is it ????
    Thanks but No Thanks !!!

  19. 19 mulderdog May 3rd, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Bravo Bravo
    Now go to the garage !

  20. 20 Peter May 4th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Bravo to 18Bravo. This is a design concept, not a pre-production prototype. Designers are not engineers, and that is by design. The rules for a design concept are: there are no rules, just let the juices flow. That’s why the cars and bikes we do own look so much different from the concept vehicles that might have been the inspiration for them; you don’t need to actually fill a concept vehicle with gas and ride it. A concept vehicle is an exercise in aesthetics, not functionality. So try to like or dislike it solely as to whether you appreciate it’s shape, or think it it’s stupid ugly.

  21. 21 Steal Your Face May 4th, 2015 at 11:42 am

    exhaust pipes come out of the cylinder, not the cylinder head, and do not look like they even connect at all. The seat is so low and the tank so high, that I don’t think you could even see over it.

  22. 22 Dave Stevens May 4th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Uh, how do you steer it?

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