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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Motorcycles With Unique Touch & Manly Design (Part: 3)

(Going back Part-2.) Continue writing this article mostly contains motorcycle concepts with an extraordinary design. Thus making the motorcycle enthusiasts eager to have it. But since this is of course still in draft form only motorcycle enthusiasts can admire the picture only. This bike will not only make your hair waving while riding but will also make your heart beat faster when it spurring on the streets.

11. Ducati Streetfighter S 
First introduced at 2008 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, the Ducati Streetfighter quickly gained notoriety, the naked sportbike winning the "Most Beautiful Bike" award. 

This "S" model features fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension and many weight-cutting items, such as lightweight Marchesini forged wheels, carbon-fiber front fender and cam belt covers. This helps the Streetfighter S arrive with a dry weight of 368 lbs. 
Ducati Streetfighter S. (Picture from: http://machinerider.blogspot.com/)
Using the Testastretta narrow valve angle, super-straight intake ducts and specially shaped combustion chambers, the Desmodromic motor continues to breathe through MotoGP-derived elliptical throttle bodies and four large diameter valves per cylinder to achieve its incredible spread of torque. 
Ducati Streetfighter S. (Picture from: http://motorcycles.about.com/)
A high performance six-speed box and racing-style dry clutch makes sure the transmission package delivers 155hp as efficiently as possible. Engine surface features include enhanced detailing on the cam belt covers as well as a new black finish for the magnesium dry clutch cover and main outer casings and carbon-grey finish for the crankcases. 

The Streetfighter's power is protected by twin coolant radiators, carefully curved in pure naked style for optimum performance and stunning with visual effect. The upper radiator is assisted by lightweight, high flow electric fan assemblies while the lower sits in the front of the belly pan, which also houses a highly efficient oil heat exchanger.

12. Ferrari V4 
Israeli industrial designer Amir Glinik has come up with an incredible Ferrari motorcycle concept using a modified engine from the Ferrari Enzo supercar. Using drive-by-wire technology, the V4 superbike features hand controls adapted from an F-16 fighter jet and buttons based on those found on the steering wheel of Ferrari's Formula 1 racecars. Other controls for the sound system and trip computer are located on an all weather touchscreen. 

"Vintage and modern Ferrari projects influence my design," Glinik notes. "It's a mix of what I find to be the best Ferrari lines with the latest technology I could think of in terms of engine, gear and driving management." He has also made a version in bright yellow. 
Ferrari V4. (Picture from: http://www.luxist.com/)
Ferrari V4. (Picture from: http://www.himvishnoi.com/)
As far as how fast it goes and how much the bike would cost, we can only speculate about very big numbers in both cases. We have no idea if Glinik's V4, which he's been working on for the past few years, will ever reach the production stage, but we think he's got a real winner here.  

13. VertiGO 
The VertiGO is designed as an electric racer from the early beginning. This resulted in the most optimal design; where the drive train package is situated in the most ideal position.  The frame/bodywork design establishes one coherent synthesis with this new drive train. 

This creates a unique design with flowing shapes and open spaces under the seat and in front of the driver; where the fuel tank is positioned on regular fuel powered motorcycles. The VertiGO is designed and developed at Maarten Timmer Design, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 
Maarten Timmer's VertiGO electric motorcycle concept. (Picture from: http://green.autoblog.com/)
The Vertigo uses an electric engine Agni 95-R (72V, 230 A nom. And 400 A peak) neatly mounted on the frame Carbon main frame, with a tubular swingarm. The electric engine can generate power 30 kW at 400 A and 53 Nm torque. Overall weight of the motorcycle is 209 kg.

14. Jordan Meadows Metalback
Computer renderings of concept bikes are two-a-penny these days, but this one deserves more attention than most. Metalback comes from a leading automotive designer called Jordan Meadows, and it’s an attempt to marry the ethos of the traditional café racer with contemporary green credentials.  

“The concept is powered by a v4 engine running on bio diesel,” says Meadows. “Its frame and skin are crafted from recycled aluminum. This has the advantage of saving weight to enhance performance, while reclaiming pre-used material. In the manufacturing process, the alloy is treated to patina and age naturally without expensive and harmful paint applications.  
Metalback by Jordan Meadows. (Picture from: http://www.automotto.com/)
Meadows says running a biodiesel V4 “increases the range and MPG well above conventional gasoline bikes while running on a fuel which is more environmentally friendly.” A diesel bike isn’t as outlandish as it might sound. The U.S. Army and Marines have been using converted Kawasaki KLR motorcycles for awhile now. Metalback just wraps the idea in sexier bodywork. 
Metalback by Jordan Meadows. (Picture from: http://cubeme.com/)
The net effect is a raw natural surface which suits the classic cafe racer, and recalls the romance and power of vintage WW2 fighter planes.” It’s an interesting approach and Meadows has the history to back it up: until last year he was Design Manager at Mazda’s North American Design Center, and his CV includes stints Volkwagen, Chrysler/Jeep and Ford. The big question is whether a mainstream motorcycle manufacturer would be prepared to go down this road—and is the public prepared to buy into it?

15. 2012 IZH Hybrid 
There are plenty of good looking hybrid concepts out there, but Igor Chak’s 2012 Izh Hybrid Motorcycle also tries to slip in some smartphone integration too.

Chak envisages the bike – which would pair a traditional 140HP V-Twin gas engine with a 60kw electric motor in the rear hub – hitting 80mpg, but also having radar distance control, proximity sensors for blind-spots, and a massive 3D touchscreen LCD.  
2012 IZH Hybrid. (Picture from: http://www.slashgear.com/)
It’s there that we start to get a little worried.

Dashboard of 2012 IZH Hybrid.
(Picture from: http://www.slashgear.com/)
That LCD is packed full of tech, including WiFi, 4G connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (ambitious stuff, but which should all be pretty widely available by 2012) and can be hooked up with your Android, iPhone, Symbian or other smartphone for remote use.

Chak reckons it’ll also show augmented reality views of what’s ahead of you, overlaying graphics onto a live feed from a front-facing video camera. 

Thing is, we’d rather people on high-powered motorbikes were looking directly at the road and not down at an eye-catching 3D display (underneath what looks to be an equally eye-catching instrument cluster). *** [TAKEN FROM VARIOUS SOURCE] 
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