When Two Wheels Are Better Than Two

Let’s deal with some harsh reality here. Aside from letting Lindsay Lohan drive your SUV on a saturday night, the most dangerous vehicle to operate on the planet is a motorcycle. Designer Igor Chak knows this fact all to well. He has designed a concept that does its best to make your two wheeled lifestyle a lot less horrifying. Incorporating every bell and whistle you can imagine into this concept, Igor has rendered up a motorcycle that would make Tony Stark rust with jealousy. Features like:

  • Duel Airbags
  • Front Side Crumple Zone
  • Proximity Camera/Braking System
  • Night Vision Front Facing Camera
  • Traction Control
  • 140hp V-Twin Engine made of 50% Heat Resistant Plastic
  • Frame integrated wiring and hose system to minimize bulk and chance of damage
  • Lithium Sulfide powered 60w Electric Engine with a 2 speed gearbox built into the rear rim
  • 6 Speed Clutch with available Auto Transmission
  • Magnetic Brakes
  • Hydraulic Back-Up System
  • Electronically Controlled Brakes, Clutch and Throttle

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Had enough? The features continue…

  • 3D LCD Display
  • Proximity Side Sensors for diminishing blind spots
  • Accelerometer that turn the headlights as you turn
  • Front Air Intake for both Air Flow Stabilization and engine cooling

Still not enough? Let’s move on to the gadget integration…

  • Tri-mode setting: Sport, Comfort and Manuel
  • Augmented Reality Display from the onboard HD Camera for the…
  • Built in GPS Navigation System
  • Mobile Phone Integration
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi (not kidding)
  • 4G Wireless Ready (Still not kidding)
  • Wait, no USB 3.0 ?!

So, with all these features, are you now willing to risk your life to look this cool? If he adds an integrated cappuccino maker I am the first in line.


  • dl7und says:

    > So, with all these features, are you now willing to risk your life to look this cool?
    Ah, no. This has indeed been the work of a designer: Lots of gadgets and a weird wrapping, but in terms of bike technology this is pretty conservative – Yamaha had more advanced technology more than 20 years ago. The only somehow “new” things are the front airbag and magnetic brakes, everything else has either been there or is just gimmick.

    I doubt that “electronically controlled brakes” will be allowed in many countries. Without electricity they are dead. Most countries require two independent brake systems on a vehicle. This bike does not fulfill such basic requirement.

    I still do not quite understand what a 60W (typo?) motor in the rear wheel is good for, but I would not want to have any kind of motor there anyway, any unsprung mass is bad, even more so with only two wheels. I also wonder who is supposed to use all those gadgets (WiFi?) on a single seater, I need to have my eyes on the traffic when I’m riding. And I don’t even ride a bike where I need to do push-ups all the time…

    • igorchak says:

      You are the consumer, you are the judge. All the electronics is a thing that is something that can not be stopped. This is the same debate as when cars started to have LCD monitors installed in them. Remember how much a 1984 Honda CRX weighted? 1713 pounds, 2010 civic…2600 pounds and getting lesser mpg..safety people..Most modern cruisers now come with optional GPS displays…later on it will become standard. You can’t ignore technology, like the iPhone and the iPad it will eat you up, weather you like it or not…

      As for the 60W…yeah, it should be 60KW…

      and as for magnetic breaks …it sais right underneath hydraulic back up system…

  • David M says:

    iPhone/Pad interface + motorcycle gloves = fail

  • Mario Cisneros says:

    If the whole point is to make a statement in technology use, safety and user protection i believe it falls a bit short, i see very poor wind protection and ergonomics, the style is somehow interesting but the list of features don’t mix and match with the bike’s typology which in this case is a naked sports bike or better said a street fighter.
    Not many use a street fighter to go touring that is when all these tech features come handy such the GPS, mobile internet connection, apps and killer UI, you definitely don’t need all this for track days or urban commuting. I believe the safety feature is something many bikes should eventually incorporate but as per all the tech features i see them better used in a touring bike with more wind protection and cargo areas, all of you who ride must know that one of the weak points of a bike is the lack of storage to take your basics.
    If the point is to explore the hybrid or electric bike niche i think that the styling shouldn’t be too close to traditional sports bikes nor should make the exhaust pipes so evident and noticeable when what you are trying to say is that this is eco-friendly product, maybe you don’t want to evidence these elements highly associated with traditional petrol engines.

  • Chung Dha says:

    I donno but if I ride a bike I just look at the road and few times check for the fuel gage and speed. The rest the RPM I just listen to the sound of the engine. I dont want to be fiddling with a screen and ride the bike with one hand on a highway.

  • Confucius says:

    IMO this is a step back from the last offering by Igor. Tech jargon aside, there are physical issues to address, maybe its personal tastes but here goes: Its heavy looking, out of proportion, and the front ‘forks’ are not nice to look at. The body shape as a whole looks like a inbred elephant from Mordor. My biggest gripe is the shocks at the back, at that angle they would snap in a second.

    A big A+ for effort though.

  • Tim Matter says:

    “the most dangerous vehicle to operate on the planet is a motorcycle”

    What?? I guess that COULD be true if the operator is not qualified and or ready to be on public roadways.

    No radio, no phone, no heater, no passenger, no food, no gps, and usually; depending on your helmet, no smoking = no major distractions.

    while on the other side of the coin; it requires input from BOTH hands, and BOTH feet, listening to the rpms, and actually feeling every bump and crack in the road surface. Which means TOTAL concentration by the operator.

    I would dare say that not only is a motorcycle NOT dangerous. But actually one of, if not, the safest vehicles to operate. But that’s just my opinion.

    Given my options. I’d rather be surrounded by 300, 40 year old men on goldwings; than 15, 17 year old girls in honda civic’s texting and drinking their frapachino’s while, “like, Oh my GOD courtney, did you just see that guy?”

    But thats just my two cents.

    I do like some aspects of the design and shape of the bike. BUT I hate the rear suspension/ it just seems WAAAY out of place.

    • Stimpy says:

      I think the biggest safety issue with a bike IS other road users – there's very little protection if some prat turns without looking or the like. I agree, if everyone rode bikes it would be safer, but drivers will always be a hazard to bikers

  • igorchak says:

    Dear readers, thank you for your feedback this will help me in the future projects!
    Unfortunately this design is not understood correctly due to missing information from the writer of this post (which i understand, it’s about 3 pages).
    A complete summery of the bike could be found here http://www.igorchak.com/conceptual/
    Some things to clear up. This is only a concept…
    Also this bike was as a redesign from a 1929 Russian Izh-1 which makes it look, the was it used to. As for the windscreen…well, it’s not a sports bike, nor a street fighter…it a spot cruiser like a Yamaha Vmax, HD Vrod and e.t.c. All of them have no windshield and not a lot of storage space (storage boxes are usually an accessory). As for ergonomics and out of proportions, technically its all standard 64in Wheelbase, 32in Seat height and 25 degree rider lean angle. It looks heavy because its a sport cruiser, most of them are heavy. As for the exhaust it’s big for a reason, in order to be green and with newer pollution standards each exhaust pipe is packing a catalytic converter and a muffler. Personally, the thing with Hybrids is that majority of cars/bikes look like hybrids…and they are not that pretty, nor safe. Look at ZERO Motorcycles, personally I would newer ride one of those…they look way to flimsy, and lately I’ve been reading that their frames are snapping.
    So, this concept it’s greener than majority of petrol bikes which barely fit into minimum pollution standards, especially cruisers. Rear shocks…46mm bore and 16mm hard chrome shaft…2 of them..pretty sure they won’t snap.
    As for the tech part, from personal experience living in LA and riding everyday for the past 4 years I must say, I wish I had all the tech. I already have a GPS attached and my iPhone is also attached, I don’t find it as a distraction, it’s something I got used to, so far hasn’t caused an accident. It’s the same argument as it was with cars when they started to have LCDs, more buttons, joysticks…if people didn’t like we wouldn’t have a gajillion buttons in our cars and displays that you can surf the web on, if it’s there it doesnt mean you have to use it all the time . so…it will happen

    Hope this helps and clears some things

    If you have more questions I’m open to a discussion, I thinks discussions are essential to designers so hit me up at igorchak@gmail.com

    Thank you

    • anon says:

      Well, if you continue to e a designer that says to critics, “no, you just don’t understand, I have it all worked out,” then I’m sure you’ll go far.

      As a designer and a motorcycle enthusiast for the last 20 years, yes, all that added crap *is* a distraction. Anything more than a glance at your speedo can get you killed in traffic. You haven’t had an accident yet playing with your iPhone while riding: that’s pure luck, not evidence of it’s safety.

    • anon says:

      Well, if you continue to be a designer that says to critics, “no, you just don’t understand, I have it all worked out,” then I’m sure you’ll go far. 😉

      As a designer and a motorcycle enthusiast for the last 20 years, yes, all that added crap *is* a distraction. Anything more than a glance at your speedo can get you killed in traffic. You haven’t had an accident yet playing with your iPhone while riding: that’s pure luck, not evidence of it’s safety.

  • igorchak says:

    one more thing to add

    Look at Ferrari, they held on so good with their real “race car” mentality. Their mentality was that a “real” race car should be all mechanic with no technologies, manual windows, transmission no CD players no GPS, no AC!!!. All that the driver was feeling was the sound and the revs. Sounds good…for 1970s…what happen to them now? all teched out to the bones. Ducati, BMW, Honda are all fallowing the same route.


  • mariess says:

    front suspension looks a bit odd, i don’t imagine it absorbs much of the braking impact before your font wheel locks… plus touch screen with gloves??
    it does however look pretty sweet!

  • mif991 says:

    Igor, Thanks for the information. I must admit I don’t know a thing about bikes, but I do enjoy the aesthetics of this concept. There are some odd surfaces, but overall it does look good. By the way, I saw a motorcyclist down this morning on the freeway (corona ca) so I hope safety keeps improving going forward. The guy was moving, so I think he will be okay.

  • Kevin says:

    Do designers who post at Yanko Design do something called “User Research” which is a major portion of a design process.I wonder whether bikers really want so much technology in their bikes ?

  • John says:

    The front looks like Confederate Wraith, if you should produce it can you get design patent for it?

    • purplepeopledesign says:

      No. The original K2 mountain bike had similar suspension… and leading links have been around since the dawn of two-wheelers.

      Unfortunately, even though the suspension looks cool, it also put a lot more stress on the pivot points than a linkage nearer the front axle, like the one on an Alex Moulton bike.

      At least it doesn’t have a hubless wheel.


  • Nate says:

    “Still not enough? Let’s move on to the gadget integration…

    Tri-mode setting: Sport, Comfort and Manuel”

  • Scott says:

    All the (Not kidding) makes me think…you have got to be kidding….Airbags? If you have a front impact strong enough to deploy the airbags, all these air bags are going to do is eject the rider further into the air.
    Do you really need a front facing camera if the rider should be looking that way already?
    Are you packing all this technology into the bike to try to make a statement?
    Bluetooth? Why
    USB? again, Why?
    And really…..Augmented Reality?
    Wi-Fi? Because you are all of 1′ away from the bike and still cant get a signal?
    This is all we need some guy going 100+mph messing with his bluetooth.

    This is a perfect example of a designer designing a product for the “look at what I can do factor” and not for the function factor.

    • flof says:

      I agree with this. An Airbag makes sense if its fixed at the biker, in most crash cases the biker is somewhere else but not on his bike.
      The electric brakes are possible, inspired by truck-brakes turn around the function, if voltage is on the breaks they are open if not they are closed.
      And to enjoy riding on a bike you only need curves..

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