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post #1 of 8 Old 08-03-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Help me come up with motorcycle design ideas!!!

I am an industrial design student at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am about to start my final year this fall and would like some help coming up with ideas for my final thesis project.

I know for a fact i want to design a motorcycle. It needs to be something different though and more than just a cool design visually. It needs to solve a problem and have a reasoning why.

For example, I have seen some people come up with solutions for safety, all weather, adjustable riding positions, etc... All of that has been explored before and I want to do something new and unique.

Let me know some problems you have when riding (not motor related), thoughts, or if you have any cool ideas for a new motorcycle!

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No one? Come on guys, school starts in less than a month.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-09-2010, 09:27 AM
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Ok, here is the holy grail of bikes.

Final Drive... Chain Vs Shaft.

Chain, Very high energy transfer, very low energy consumption. No "power turning"... dirty, high maint, dangerous (people have lost a toe on a get off)

Shaft drive. Quiet, clean, smooth, safe..... "power turning" (90' twice)

so the trick is, how do you make a final drive, that is clean and quiet (contained), low maint, but high energy transfer (no power turning).

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^ Cool thought Rifleman.

I cant think of anything either, electric motors have been done to death, automatics are out there (although maybe a push button shifter would be cool, right next to your throttle thumb or something), there are tons of products already to fix ergo's. They are starting to do stuff with jackets and airbags, so maybe something safety related?? Maybe a shifter that doesnt hurt my toes when i wear my flip flops (sorry couldnt resist )

Sorry for the rambling, no real good ideas here, but if i think of something ill chime in.

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Cool thoughts, keep them coming! I like the driveshaft idea, however, I need to do something more design related and less engineer related. I am not shooting down any ideas and appreciate any thoughts and feedback!

Oh, and Rifleman can you PM me instructions to buy a 1/5th throttle insert?
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Oh, and Rifleman can you PM me instructions to buy a 1/5th throttle insert?
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maybe a bike with "smart" suspension, that when you sit on the bike it calculates your weight and tunes the suspension perfectly to the riders weight... it's possible, in the future.
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a motorbike that shines at night all fairings light up helping the viability of the rider, reduces danger while riding at night

Edit: not talking about neons, i mean literally fairings light up

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