Straight out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard comes the newest threat to the U.S-based, concept-bike market; the “Roadster” by Vanguard Moto, Inc. This is the first of three planned models, with a “Racer” and “Cruiser” just over the horizon, and what I’m seeing so far is quite impressive. Not only is this a pure-D cool looking ride, it comes with a digital pedigree that is almost unique in the full-size smoker-bike category having been largely designed in the electronic medium through CAD and 3-D printing technology.
This is a big step for would-be bike manufacturers, because it allows for relatively rapid design and production with a small team of engineers and workers, perfect for startups and builders looking to keep a small footprint. Edward Jacobs, formerly of Confederate Cycle, is the chief engineer and designer for the company with Francois-Xavier Terny serving as CEO and supply/logistics support, and this dynamic duo has created something truly unique under the sun.
Continue reading for my look at the Vanguard Roadster.
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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