Vanguard Roadster Preview
There’s a new kid in town, and everybody’s talking. Vanguard joins the ranks of small American manufacturers, such as the Arch Motorcycle Company and Confederate Motors, that make premium-priced works of rolling art. Based out of New York City, Vanguard revealed the first of its proposed lineup to be available for sale at the Progressive IMS in New York this year where it quickly became a crowd favorite.
Behold the “Roadster,” Vanguard’s futuristic, stripped-down ride that combines a somewhat cafe’ racer-ish design with some very next-gen looking features and ambitious structure. A monocoque assembly forms the bike with a seat/tank/front-end section and a drivetrain/swingarm section held together by four stanchions, with no sort of traditional frame structure to speak of. Vanguard passed on the traditional fenders as well and replaced them with...nothing at all. Cool as that looks, I wouldn’t want to get caught out in the weather, just sayin’.
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At 1,917 cc, the 56-degree, S&S-based V-twin is near the top of the spectrum, and the 110 pounds of grunt it brings to the table is plenty to propel the Roadster into the power-cruiser sector. A clear cover on the cam side provides an unimpeded view of the timing gears, and since it uses a belt instead of a chain, there’s no oil to muck up the vista. A six speed transmission sends power down the driveshaft housed within the single-side swingarm, a move to keep the bike as clean as possible. Heck, the engineers even ran the exhaust through some of the frame members to keep them out of sight and the lines clean.
Pricing is reasonable at $29,995. Yeah that’s a lot for such a Spartan ride, but given the prices of some of the homegrown competition, Vanguard is actually way ahead of the game at this point. Be sure to check in for my upcoming full review on this exciting new ride and new company.