Even motorcycle makers like Harley Davidson are getting into the electric craze. Now that prices are lower — some electric bikes are under $12,000 — going electric is becoming a viable option for many consumers.
As if going emissions-free couldn’t get any cooler, one of the most futuristic motorcycle designs in the news these days has an unusual brainchild. What makes it even stranger is that this new electric motorcycle design is based on unconventional household tech: Dyson’s bladeless house fan.
Dyson-inspired electric motorcycle concept
Chances are you’ve never seen a bike like this. Industrial designer Saharudin Busri was inspired by Dyson’s bladeless fan as well as the technology and aesthetics of his Dyson vacuum cleaner, the V11 model.
Yanko Design describes the motorcycle as a lean machine with aesthetics and futuristic appeal. The bike’s congruent line of metal looks like a piece of contemporary art. The wheels play into the geometric-forward design. Your eyes will likey be drawn to the lack of wheel spokes, leaving the center of the wheel completely hollow.
The color profile is silver and blue accented with red and black. Headlight and brake-lights blend seamlessly into the frame. The turn signals cap the ends of the handlebars, both integrated into one piece of hardware.
Dyson technology incorporated into a motorcycle
Sir James Dyson explains how his bladeless fan works in the Youtube video above. With a regular fan, the blades chop up the air, sending the breeze toward you in choppy bits, which he compares to being slapped in the face.
On the other hand, the blade-free fan turns out smooth wind by pulling in air and shooting it out through a slit running the circumference of the circular blade. Negative energy is created by factors like the wing shape, expanding cone, and viscous shearing. These processes multiply the air 16 times, the same as a traditional fan.
Is this the idea behind the spoke-less wheels? Visordown makes some speculative yet insightful comparisons with the Dyson products. The swing arm is likened to a Dyson Ball. Popular Science explains that, in the Dyson vacuum, the ball technology allows for a smooth glide around obstacles with a slight flick of the wrist as the ball rotates in all directions.
Applying this to motorcycle design, the maneuverability of pivot action applied to the swing arm would provide more shock absorption and a smoother ride. Another comparison is with the electric engine in Busri’s concept motorcycle and the engine powering Dyson’s V11 Torque cordless vacuum, which spins at a dizzying 125,000 rpms.
We’ll have to wait to find out exactly how much of this concept bike is inspired by Dyson products. But what’s clear is the Dyson insignia displayed prominently on the fairing. While this bike is simply a concept, it does open up a world of possibilities in electric motorcycle design.