Posts Tagged ‘Concept’

KTM Confirms Electric MX Model for 2011

April 23, 2009

KTM has confirmed plans to produce its previously unveiled electric off-road bike in 2010 for the 2011 model year.

As Dealernews reported in October 2008, KTM’s electric prototype weighs 200 pounds, develops approximately 35 hp, and can run for 40 minutes before recharging.
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KTM says the most important aspects of the project were that the machine have high power output, low weight and as long a range as possible using today’s technology. The OEM’s in-house research and development team worked on the project with Austrian firm Arsenal Research.

“The zero-emissions concept mates our known competencies with a new highly interesting motor technology,” said KTM director Harald Plöckinger. “We see emissions-free vehicles as offering the greatest chance to expand enduro sport to a wider and new audience in the mid- and long-term, and to perhaps even start a brand-new trend sport.”

Read more about KTM’s plans for 2009 at Dealernews.com.

Machineart Produces BMW-based Concept

April 13, 2009

Industrial design and product development firm Machineart Industrial Design has completed the R1200GSM, a design study of the iconic BMWR1200GS, using a process called “direct digital manufacturing” that drastically cut production time.

Machineart, Frenchtown, N.J., provides new product design and development services, focusing on concept development, visual brand identity, parts engineering and prototyping in powersports, computers & equipment, consumer products, medical products, juvenile products, housewares and sports equipment.

Machineart leadership says the primary goal was to develop a look that departs from BMW’s common lines while retaining a sense of muscularity. A secondary goal was to reduce the GS’s visual weight and give it a look of agility and forward movement. The final challenge was to build the prototype in a reasonable period of time utilizing digital manufacturing technology.
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Pieter de Waal, vice president, BMW Motorrad USA, recently told Dealernews that most GS riders do not ride off-road but still gravitate to the model because of its versatility, comfortable (more…)

Squashing the KTM Rumor Mill

February 26, 2009

Austrian firm KTM says it is preparing to launch a hardtop X-Bow and “green” off-road four-wheeled vehicle. It’d make sense, but a glimpse at the OEM’s financials don’t show much room for the production of such units.

KTM ended its 2007/2008 business year Aug. 31 with sales of 92,385 motorcycles, up from 90,306 units sold during the 2006/2007 business year. Car sales numbered about 100 units.ktm_xbow_cross1

While recent year-end revenues were €605.7 million (about $776.9 million), up 7 percent from €566.1 million in the prior year, a drop in the U.S. dollar exchange rate to the euro brought earnings down 49.4 percent from the comparable period, to €20.1 million (about $25.8 million).

Then, in November, feeling the pinch of the global economic slowdown, the OEM announced a plan to cut motorcycle production by 10 percent and lay (more…)

Dealernews Rides the Vectrix VX-1E & VX-2

January 24, 2009

Electric two-wheeler specialist Vectrix Corp. last week unveiled its VX-1E and entry-level VX-2 scooters, two units that join the flagship VX-1 in the company’s line-up. I rode the two new models this week during a visit to the company’s headquarters facility in Rhode Island.

Vectrix’s VX-1 was introduced in 2007. The 2009 VX-1 will have refreshing new graphics in four colors:

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2009 VX-1

white/burgundy red, white/metallic silver, white/sapphire blue and white/acid green. The unit weighs in at 515 pounds, has a 60-inch wheelbase and 30-inch seat height, and is outfitted with premium parts like Pirelli tires, a Marzocchi fork, Sachs rear shock and Pro Grip grips.

The only highway-legal electric scooter, the bike has a top speed of 62 mph, acceleration from 0-50 mph in 6.8 seconds, and an average range of 30-55 miles on a single charge. The aluminum-frame unit also features regenerative braking, which uses the energy absorbed by braking to recharge the batteries.

The newly introduced VX-1E uses the same platform and drive train as the original VX-1, yet features a

2009 VX-1E

2009 VX-1E

lower price point and slightly less acceleration and top speed. The difference in price and output comes as a result of its lead-acid batteries versus the VX-1’s nickel metal hydride batteries. Both models plug into a standard 110V/220V outlet, but only the VX-1 also offers regenerative braking.

The VX-1 models are full-size scooters, and feature handling and ergonomics similar to many of the other maxi-scoots I’ve piloted. Since they’re electric, they’re not the fastest scoots, but power lost on the top end is made up in off-the-line acceleration.

I’m 5’10” with a 32-inch inseam and sitting on the stock seat had me balanced on the balls of my feet at a standstill. However, using the lower and narrower accessory seat allowed me to plant both feet firmly on the ground. As for storage space, there’s not much on either unit – due to the eight-foot electrical cord stowed under the seat – but there is room for one full-faced helmet and a top case is available as an accessory.

The VX-2 was designed to be the electric equivalent of a 50cc internal combustion engine bike. It has a

2009 VX-2

2009 VX-2

weight of 429 pounds, a wheelbase of 54.5 inches and seat height of 29.9 inches. It features a 40-50 mile range, 30 mph top speed, and a 48V/20A battery charger that plugs into a standard 110V/220V outlet.

Sourced from China, the VX-2 is similar to the E-Max electric scoot yet carries styling to make it an undeniable part of the Vectrix family. The ergonomics and output are similar to gas-powered four-stroke 50cc units – convenient for putt-putting along surface streets or first-time riders but lacking any real excitement for experienced operators. A “boost’ button that draws more power for increased output to aid hill-climbing ability is a welcome feature, although overuse of it will drain the unit’s battery in a jiffy.

Vectrix’s plans for 2009 also include a new line of accessories for its VX-1 and VX-1E, among them: the previously mentioned lower, narrower seat and top case, a sport windshield about 7 inches lower than standard for riders who like the feel of wind in their face, and a winter windshield nearly 9 inches wider than standard.

The VX-1E is expected to arrive at dealerships in April with an MSRP of $8,495. The VX-2 is to be shipped in June with an MSRP of $5,195.

The 3-wheeled prototype uses an "H" shaped front suspension initially designed by the former Italjet.

The 3-wheeled prototype uses an "H" shaped front suspension initially designed by the former Italjet.

The Superbike prototype was unveiled in 2006 at the EICMA show in Milan.

The Superbike prototype was unveiled in 2006 at the EICMA show in Milan.

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Concepts, Concepts and More Concepts

December 3, 2008

Some concept bikes make it into production, some don’t. Here’s a run-down of some of the neat design studies unveiled during the past few years.

Confederate Renovatio
Confederate’s Renovatio (Rebirth) concept was designed with a liquid-cooled V-twin producing 150hp standard or 190hp supercharged.
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Honda V4
Unveiled in October at INTERMOT, Honda’s V4 Concept is a design study made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the OEM’s V4 four-stroke engine.
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Victory Vision 800
The Victory Vision 800 concept featured an 800cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled parallel twin mated to an automatic constant variable (CVT) transmission.
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Yamaha Tesseract
Unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the Yamaha Tesseract is capable of leaning into turns and gets its power from both a V-Twin engine of undisclosed size along with an electric motor.
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Aprilia Mana X
An update to the Mana unveiled in 2006, the radical 839cc V-twin Aprilia Mana X, shown at EICMA 2008, is a 383-lb. bike producing 55hp at 8000rpm.
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Bombardier Embrio
Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the Bombardier Embrio concept uses “outrigger wheels” until it hits 15mph, and then it becomes a gyroscopically balanced unicycle.
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The Gulak Uno
The Uno was invented by 18-year-old Canadian Ben J. Poss Gulak and shown at the 2008 National Motorcycle Show in Toronto. Like the BRP Embrio, the electric-powered vehicle also uses a gyroscope for balance. Like a Segway, to make it go forward, you lean forward. To slow it down, you lean backward. It has two wheels mounted side-by-side.
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Chrysler Tomahawk
Chrysler’s former president, Wolfgang Bernhard, drove the Tomahawk on stage at the Detroit international auto show in 2003. This radical concept is powered by a V-10 engine sourced from the Viper.
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Derbi DH 2.0
Shown at EICMA last month, the Derbi DH 2.0 can be described as a motorized mountain bike. It has fuel in frame, an automatic transmission, and a 96cc single-cylinder four-stroke producing 8hp.
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Suzuki Crosscage
Suzuki’s Crosscage is a fuel-cell motorcycle featuring an air-cooled fuel system from and secondary lithium-ion battery. Look away from the traditional engine – the motor is inside the huge swinging arm/rear wheel assembly. The faux petrol tank covers the fuel cell, the hydrogen fuel tank is where the motor is normally and the battery and motor controller sit underneath.
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Husqvarna SMQ450
The Husqvarna SMQ450, powered by a 450cc liquid-cooled single, was shown for the first time at EICMA in November.
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Honda EVO-6
First shown at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the EVO-6 is powered by an 1800cc six-cylinder engine sourced from the Gold Wing.
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Yamaha Gen-Ryu
Also unveiled at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show was Yamaha’s Gen-Ryu, equipped with a 600cc engine and electric motor hybrid system.
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BMW Lo Rider
The BMW Lo Rider allows the customer to adapt the entire character of the vehicle to individual taste, and take full pleasure in assembling the unit into anything from a cool cruiser to an aggressive muscle bike. The design elements that customers can individually combine include a raised or lowered exhaust system; a seat for one or two, or an aluminum perch seat; a headlamp unit in classic shape or in streetfighter style; a fuel tank with or without aluminum trim; four paint finishes for the fuel tank; three paint finishes for the engine casing; and front and rear wheel fenders finished either in black or chrome.
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Aprilia FV2 1200
The year 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of Aprilia’s first GP win. The concept FV2 1200 served as a tribute to that anniversary, and offered a glimpse of the technical and stylistic attributes Aprilia planned to develop for future production bikes. It’s powered by a 1200cc, 90° V-twin engine and boasts a ride-by-wire control system integrating traction control, a latest generation ABS system and electronic suspension management. The bike’s dashboard incorporates a multifunctional instrument cluster that can be interfaced with a PC, making it possible to download telemetric data for personal performance evaluations, reconfigure the information shown on the matrix display, load new mappings from the internet, display itineraries, and integrate GPRS and GSM modules for mobile phone connectivity.
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Vectrix Electric Superbike
Unveiled at EICMA 2007, the Vectrix Electric Superbike is powered by a 240v, 7.5KWh battery that drives an electric motor in the rear hub. The 449-lb. bike has a claimed top speed of 125mph and a single-charge range of around 70 miles.
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