Vanguard is a new brand with a premium motorcycle designed and built in Brooklyn, NY. The company is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. They partnered a couple years ago with the intention of “ building, with a fresh perspective and unique approach, a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.” And you must admit that you never saw a motorcycle like that.
The Roadster – to be officially unveiled at the NY Motorcycle Show – Dec 9 -11 at the Javits Center in Manhattan – demonstrates a lot of forward-thinking design and pioneering features without equivalent in the market. Jacobs and Terny intend to open new perspectives for the motorcycle industry and to bikers very unique models without equivalent. Vanguard will follow with a sportsbike and a cruiser built on the same powertrain platform.
Designing the Roadster was done with a fresh approach, breaking everything down into rethinking needs and solutions. The result is a unique and striking contemporary silhouette blending form and function. The Roadster boasts many unique features including a frameless structural engine, unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-size digital dashboard with rear-view camera. Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with production of the Roadster stated to begin in 2018. Vanguard is looking for dealers to be ambassadors of the new brand and is already accepting direct pre-orders with price starting at $29,995. If you are interested, reach out to David Wax on my behalf.
Looking like nothing else, only one Roadster’s major component is recognizable: the modified 117” (1917 cc) 56-degree S&S X-Wedge engine providing 110 pound-feet of torque and on which the Roadster is built around. For aesthetics and show, there is a clear cam cover letting you watch the belts spin. The bike subframe mounts directly off the engine, with the 3-gallon gas tank on top of it, looking like swallowing the cylinder heads.
A slick color tablet replaces the dash, and transmit images shot from the rear view camera. A massive single sided swingarm hold the wide wheel dressed in 240 mm rubber. Ohlins provides the rear suspension with the system hidden in an aluminum box with top viewing window. Inverted front end is also very unusual integrating a flat 6-led headlight. Brembo brakes are trusted to slow the Roadster. Although being almost entirely metal, the Roadster is surprisingly quite light at 550 lbs dry.
The prototype featured here will be exhbited in one week at the NY Show (Dec 9-11). To those going to see it up close at the Javits Center, please send me your impressions and comments. Vanguard Moto Inc. (photos @ Vanguard)