The Brooklyn boutique motorcycle company Vanguard will unveil a prototype of their first bike, the Roadster, at the upcoming New York City Progressive International Motorcycle Show which will run from December 9-11, 2016. The unique and premium ride will see production soon and is set for road release in 2018.
Vanguard was formed under FXE Industries — an enterprise founded in 2013 and named after the beginning initials of its co-founders. Francois-Xavier Terny, its CEO, is a businessman and entrepreneur with a hefty portfolio of experience in investment, management, consultation, and industrial optimization. Edward Jacobs, the company’s CTO, is an accomplished industrial designer and engineer with a penchant for Eastern philosophy and martial arts. In the past, both men were involved with Confederate Motors with Terny as an ex board member, and Jacobs as the former Director of Design responsible for some of its most strikingly celebrated creations. Their partnership and the conception of FXE and Vanguard make a lot of sense, especially when looking at the Roadster.
In Jacob’s own words, his unique design language is all about “staying away from the ideas of heritage and nostalgia or the pure performance cues. My design is based on the utilitarian approach where each part, each component is here for a reason and has a true purpose.” The all-American Vanguard Roadster merges ambitious and sleek futurism with sporty naked familiarity — formulating an ultra-modern, crazily intriguing luxury street fighter of sorts.
At the center of the bike is a modified, big, air-cooled, 1917cc, 56-degree V-twin by S&S called the X-Wedge engine; making around 149Nm of torque, it’s also used in bikes by Arch and Confederate and is found on the Morgan 3 Wheeler. The power plant is a stressed member within the Vangaurd, allowing it to reduce weight with load-bearing rigidity as a structural element. Some creative minimalism in the overall design eliminates most of the bike’s wires and hoses, although brake lines have yet to make their appearance. Stopping is done by Brembo calipers with a twin 4-pistons in front and a single 2-piston in the rear. Bosch and Pirelli are also partners.
The Roadster seems to feature low-maintenance shaft drive with a single-sided swingarm. A rear shock absorber by Öhlins hides inside the assembly but can be viewed through a small, clear window. Front suspension (also care of Öhlins) makes use of inverted forks that frame six LED lights, removing the need of a protruding headlamp. Other streamlining techniques include an LCD screen doubling as an instrument panel and side mirror eliminating rear-view camera, while rear lights and indicators are incorporated into the tail. One long, unified upper creates the supportive line running from the tank to seat to tip, subtly halved above the engine — sloughing off visual concepts of a rear subframe. The holes found at the posterior indicate integrated exhaust that can unhinge one’s imagination. Nifty wheels unify the vision.
The carbon fiber fuel tank has a volume of 21-liters and the entire motorcycle boasts a dry curb weight that’s just shy of 250kg. Merely 200 units of the Vanguard Roadster will be manufactured. Announced have been succeeding cruiser and racer versions to merge different riding positions via a modular, shared platform. What other mysterious works of art and innovation come out of the company are sure to incite excitement and Pavlovian reactions within the limited production niche of motoring exotics.
Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled and built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Roadster’s MSRP is already set at $30,000 (about PhP 1.49M)