Combining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.
The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or even brake without the need of a palm or a hand.
“The bike and the prosthetic communicate with each other and the rider to calculate appropriate lean angles and aid body positioning, it will also eject with the rider in the event of an accident. It Is modular to suit trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees and I’m currently designing a leg to go with.” says designer Tom Hylton.
We’re officially putting Dennis Sedov on our watchlist for design talents this year. Sedov has an unusual way of playing with forms, introducing new combinations and new perspectives to his designs. His cars look mesmeric, his products look unusual and inviting, and his motorbikes, a category we’ve covered practically in entirety, bring a new way of looking at form design in the two-wheeler category.
Sedov’s bikes aren’t designed to be practical. They’re clearly outlandish, but they’re outlandish enough to be celebrated for their outlandishness. Sedov plays wonderfully with proportions, materials, negative space, and geometry to create a bike that is a bike in theory, but looks like something from a parallel universe. The B4 is one such example.
Thinner and leaner than his other bikes, the B4 has a skeletal design that looks more bike-like than his previous motorbike designs. It splits into two broad volumes, connected at two points, one right below the seat, and one under the handlebar unit. The bikes sport a black + copper finish, but what’s most alluring is the bike’s wheels. Sedov’s usually relied on airless, solid tires that showcase unusual patterns that also provide the suspension function, but the B4’s tire is more traditional. The tire comes with a pattern around the hub that looks eye-catching but also flexes under pressure to provide a smooth riding experience. I can’t tell you how much I’d love to see a proof-of-concept!
Call me a fan of Sedov’s redefined, simple motorbike aesthetic. His bikes may be purely conceptual, bordering on impracticality in the current scenario, but they sure are eye-catching. Sedov boldly uses straight lines and geometric shapes in his vehicles, deviating from the aerodynamic, organic designs most automobiles have. The result is a motorbike that has the essence, but changes presentation, much like a deconstructed dessert. Sedov also gives tires complete visual priority, often reducing the motorbike’s body to be as tall and as wide as the tires themselves, and even experimenting with airless tire designs. The B3, in that regard, is classic Sedov.
The B3, much like the B1 and B2 in Sedov’s ongoing series, follows the capsule-body silhouette. However, unlike the B1 and B2, the body is relatively smaller than the tires, and doesn’t leave any negative space in the center. The B3 also highlights Sedov’s obsession with triangles, not only using them to create a taillight pattern, but to also create the tires’ airless design. The different sized triangles would help keep the tire sturdy, but give it its bounce. The tires are connected to the bike using a novel single-sided fork design that alternates between the front and rear tires. Like all of Sedov’s B-series motorbikes, the B3 doesn’t have a dashboard either, and boasts of a gently curved leather seat, followed by relatively simple handlebars. There’s also a chance that the seat has a suspension at its base, hidden away in the motorbike’s slim, alluring body. I vote for a proof-of-concept!
Following yesterday’s ‘unbikely B1 bike’, today we look at the B2, the next in Sedov’s series of motorbikes to crush one’s misconceptions of what a bike must look like. Unlike the simplistic B1, the B2 has a little more detail. Roughly the same capsule shape, the B2 can be broken into a few visual elements. The front and the back are two distinct and separate volumes, with hollowed out details that expose parts of the wheel. Even the seat is a separate visual element that just ever so slightly out of the rear half of the B2. What’s noteworthy, however, is the B2’s wheels, which feature a rather unique looking set of airless tires that rely on a pattern of varying-width circles to achieve the effect of bounce/suspension that regular tires provide. They also mean that when both stationary or moving, the bike is bound to look interesting and eye-grabbing.
Unlike the B1, the B2 comes with two headlamps, and features taillamps similar to the B1. The B2 also leaves out the dashboard from its design, probably indicating at a self-driving feature of some sort. Its overall design is unlike the stereotypical motorbike. Its form is much more integrated (if not monolithic) and gives much more visual priority to the wheels, allowing the bike form to pretty much be the same diameter and thickness as them. This would obviously mean a much lower ground clearance, but I’m not complaining. If these bikes can drive on their own, that shouldn’t really be a problem!
Partial credit goes to Sedov’s use of a single-point light source to create that sense of mystery, intrigue, and awe… but all in all, Dennis Sedov’s B1 bike is worth looking at and admiring simply because it’s a bike that looks nothing like one. Probably something you’d mistake for the red Nintendo Switch controller, the B1 motorcycle is this textbook-definition-of-sleek, monolithic form with two wheels at either end, integrated into the bike’s overall silhouette. The leather seat barely pops out of the silhouette to create this comfortable seating area, and the handles build out of the front wheel hub. Sedov uses minimalism purely for aesthetics’ sake… the bike has no dashboard or even a headlight to begin with, probably implying a futuristic autonomous drive of some sort (let’s not forget that the B1 is purely an exploration of aesthetics and concept design, rather than an exercise in practicality). There’s a hollow space beneath the seat that forms a rather eye-catching void, and could also be used as storage for backpacks and whatnot, but my favorite detail remains the B1’s taillamp, a stunning, triangular-patterned wall of red light on the hub of the rear wheel that manages to say both ‘come closer’ and ‘watch your distance’ at the same time.
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I’ll say it. Tesla is having a hell of a rollercoaster ride. With its founder and CEO going through immense scrutiny for his personal actions, and for the fact that the company is grossly falling behind deadlines, and the work environment is said to be at its most stressful ever. It doesn’t help that the Tesla-branded merchandise (remember the Tesla surfboard?) isn’t really helping with funding, or keeping the company on the healthier side of the spectrum… so let’s indulge in some fantasy, shall we. Here’s the Tesla Model M, a conceptual motorcycle designed by Jans Slapins for the electric automotive company.
The Model M is an electric motorcycle that comes with a bad-boy aesthetic, dipped in red, a Tesla signature color. The bike is powered by a 204 PS (150kW) electric motor, allowing the rider to choose from as many as four different driving modes including Race, Cruise, Standard and Eco. The electric motor is powered by Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries that are placed on the lower level of the bike’s frame. The motorcycle features no transmission, lightweight carbon fiber wheels, and a mono shock out back along with upside down forks up front for suspension. Oh, there’s even a large storage space where the fuel tank would be, making it perfect to stash your helmet!
BikeBox24’s pod for two-wheelers seems like the most perfect solution for private as well as public use. Garages almost always cater to cars, with that small sliver of space beside the car being reserved for the motorbike, quite like an afterthought. Or even in public, where bikes are left vulnerable to vandals, thieves, and the weather.
Made from galvanized steel and weather-proof plastic, the BikeBox24 is a secure storage pod for your two-wheeler, with enough space to even fit a quad bike. Its unique, chiseled design doesn’t just give it an aggressive appeal to complement your ride, but also gives the plastic construction strength, preventing it from bending or flexing and damaging the bike inside. The pod comes with a hydraulic system that makes opening and closing it easy, as a hinge on the top allows the pod door to open vertically, giving the owner enough space to walk in and out. The pod even comes built with a tough multiplex metal floor, encasing your motorbike from all sides in a secure cover, and a mount to secure your motorbike in place to prevent it from collapsing within the pod. With a secure lock to protect your bike from miscreants, and a ventilation system built to divert and drain any water, the BikeBox24 gives you security as well as weatherproofing, all in a small, conveniently designed, compact pod that can be used both indoors or outdoors!
One doesn’t need to look for a logo to know the make of this motorbike. Its design is so familiar, it needs no branding, but has one anyway, right near the front wheel.
The Bugatti Type 100M Concept motorbike is so innately Bugatti, it’s beautiful. It comes with four wheels, the dual-color combination that we know and love, and even the C-shaped line on its side which is literally a signature Bugatti detail.
Its lack of detailing leaves quite a bit to the imagination though. The bike, from the renders, looks to be enclosed, allowing a rider to sit inside its closed cockpit. On the front sits a dashboard that allows you to look behind you, replacing the need for rear-view mirrors… and while none of Bugatti’s vehicles are electric, the Type 100M concept comes with an electric drive and a rather massive battery right underneath the rider, occupying what I would say is a little too much space for comfort. Impracticality aside, the bike does look, like all of Bugatti’s cars, worth a million bucks! I’d probably make the cockpit a lot bigger though.
Looking at the L-Concept bike by Bandit9, I’m not sure if it downplays the styling bit, or showcases just the appropriate amount of it.
Built as a limited edition of just 9 pieces (with only 2 being available as we speak), the L-Concept tries to bridge the gap between “fact and fiction” with a design that takes inspiration wholeheartedly from the sci-fi genre. The overall silhouette from the side resembles the USS Enterprise from Star Trek, with the 125cc engine being housed in a body that looks a lot like the spaceship’s main reactor.
The L-Concept comes in a chrome finish, dominated by straight lines and flat surfaces that create some beautifully balanced and geometric highlights and reflections. The seat, made of Italian calf leather sits within the main body of the bike in a way that retains the unibody approach, and creates a beautiful bend or punctuation in the reflections that run across the body.
The L-Concept comes with innovatively design head and taillamps comprising an array of LEDs. It even showcases an innovatively designed Flat Dual Shock for the rear wheel, keeping the overall design clean and ‘horizontal’. Designed to challenge how we perceive motorbike aesthetics, the L-Concept may be ahead of its time, but founder and chief designer Daryl Villanueva thinks we’re getting there.