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Thread: IDW #128: Concept Bike 2017
May 9th, 2010 #1
IDW #128: Concept Bike 2017
Topic: Concept Bike 2017
Background: An automotive related topic for this weeks' IDW! Your challenge for this week is to come up with a concept motorcycle for the year 2017. Just like in the car industry, it is a tradition for motorcycle companies to present their vision of future bikes in the form of concept bikes. The bike you are designing be your vision of what motorcycles are going to look like in 2017.
Please keep a few aspects in mind when designing your bike though! It is tempting to put the biggest engine in the fastest shape you can imagine, but just like in the car industry themes like green energy, transportation in cities and safety are hot issues too.
There are a few restrictions too this round: the format of your final entry is an orthographic side-view of your concept bike. You are allowed to include other views too if you like, but bike concepts are usually made in side-views to start with.
Secondly, include a human figure on your bike! You can do this either in your main render or in a small insert if you like, but bikes are designed to look good with or without a rider (as it is an intergral part of the bikes looks when it's being driven). Feel free to design the riders outfit too while you're at it, but you can also leave it a simplyfied human silhouette if you wish.
1. Design and draw a motorcycle concept for the year 2017!
2. Your final entry should be an orthographic side-view, and include a human figure on the bike somewhere!
3. That's it... now draw!
Deadline: Saturday, May 15
Rounds are usually closed around noon on Sunday (GMT +2 - Amsterdam time)
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A recumbent motorcycle for 2017! That's apparently what this is.
Also, hello, all. Now that it's summer, I'm sure I'll be seeing all you all around quite a bit.
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Well since it's a 'concept' bike, I'm making mine a lot sexier than production models will ever be. But that's the nature of concept cars and bikes anyhow. What I'm going for is 'electric is sexy'. It's kind of an attempt to say, just because it's electric doesn't mean it has to be slower or unattractive. As for the getting it to work, well that's for the engineers to figure out...
Rough idea, just playing with shapes really. I have about 30 thumbs on a steno pad. so I've been doing a lot of mixing and matching. The general shape I think i'm going with (at least from the side view) is a water droplet with a cut off tail, which is a very fast shape aerodynamically.
Edit (blueish one): I was thinking, why am i making it rear wheel drive? With electric I'm thinking it's be relatively doable to do front wheel, so I've altered the shape to give it more of a 'guts are in the front' feeling. At this point the back of the bike and the passengers are basically being pulled around by the front part...
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May 10th, 2010 #5
What I am going to do with this is push an angle of subtraction and simplification, reducing the number of parts as massively as possible to push the visual minimalism that the very first motorbikes had, they were after all bikes with a motor on them. XD
I have a fairly solid idea in my head of where I want to go with it visually, and explored that with some silhouette thumbnails.
Using orbital wheels with motors for drive and turning internal to the rim, reducing suspension to a no moving parts system based on increasing flexibility in the reduction of thickness of a material, all the concepts would feature the bikes displays all being internal to the helmet, and in one or two easy to identify cases the bikes controls would be internal to the gloves and activated via pressure from the thighs and feet.
Looking forward to turning out a final.
May 10th, 2010 #6
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May 10th, 2010 #7
Yes, I can see how turning would be a convenient feature...LOL. I have now incorporated articulation points in my design.
I also dropped the hub-less rim look as early views from other angles didn't look good, and I had some concerns about drag from the vacuum that would form in the center of the front wheel.
I'm also seriously considering turning my design into a trike w/ two wheels in the front. Would that be alright or are we sticking strictly to two wheelers?
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May 10th, 2010 #11
Don't mind me just another revision on the basic idea...If when I come back to it in a hour or so I don't have any major reservations I guess I can start in on the actual image and jot just my scraggly color sketch.
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