Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Izh-1: Igor Chack's hybrid motorcycle concept

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From top, left: The Izh-1 hybrid concept bike and its young creator, Igor Chak...
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Born in the city of Vladivostok, in Russia, Igor Chak has lived in Japan and in the US, and has a degree in industrial design from the Art Institute of Seattle. He loves bikes apparently and dreams of being a professional motorcycle designer someday, hence this – the Izh-1 hybrid motorcycle concept.

‘My fascination with motorcycles is not purely with its aesthetics – it’s with the machine within the aesthetics, the technology that you interact with,’ says Chack, who’s now 26 years old. ‘Our streets stay about the same size but become more populated, which means more pollution and more traffic. That’s why I believe that the motorcycle and its evolution will be a key factor for commuters,’ he adds.

The Izh-1 has been designed around an 850cc V-twin engine, which is built with reinforced, heat-resistant plastic components. And since this is an hybrid, it also has an electric motor that’s mounted inside the rear wheel. Working together, the engine and electric motor are capable of delivery up to 34km/l in terms of fuel efficiency.

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Other interesting bits on the Izh-1 include an automatic transmission, magnetic brakes (?!?) with a hydraulic back-up system, dual airbags and a front fork that’s been designed to function as a ‘crumple zone’ in the event of a head-on collision. There is also, of course, traction control, ABS, a proximity regulating radar system that works together with a front facing on-board camera, augmented night vision capabilities, GPS navigation and full compatibility with a range of mobile devices.

Ten years from now, is this what the motorcycle is going to look like? I suppose we’ll have the answer to that in the year 2020.

Via Two Wheels Blog


78SS said...

Ten years from now, is this what the motorcycle is going to look like? No my bet is we will still riding very similar to what we have now, why? Manufacturers show a major lack of innovation. Todays bikes have little that would look out of place in the 1980's. Whatever sells and that seems to be not innovation or anything god forbid different.

Sam said...

Remove that huge belly pan / exhaust.. and you got yourself a winner there...

Peter said...

a bit concerned about the 'full compatibility with a range of mobile devices'.

first off, do we really need more distractions when we're on a bike? drivers are careless enough as it is; i think we, as bikers, need to focus on the road, and staying alive!

second, i'd like to keep the electronics to a minimum. less electronics=less weight and easier to work on. unless of course it's some kind of abs/traction control.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! This is very strong portfolio piece. Would love to see ideation and development sketches.

igor said...

Hey guys, I'm the designer of this bike Igor Chak...don't judge me I look myself up on google...and it's always interesting to see how can I improve on my designs, learning from people like you.
Just want to clarify on some things
Purely this is only a concept, electronics are there to make the bike safer, and we will see more of them in the future because they are becoming cheaper and smaller. I've been riding since I was 18 and in most cases i was hit by other people...we cant avoid it...but sensors/electronics can. In two years you will have a computer the size of an iPhone that will control every aspect of the bike. Plus it will be much easier to diagnose a problem rather than taking the whole thing apart trying to figure out where is that noise coming from!!!Remember how much a 1984 Honda CRX weighted? 1713 pounds, 2010 civic...2600 pounds and getting lesser people..
Bikes are becoming will get there.
As for the exhaust, it had to be that big...first the battery is taking majority of the space in the back, plus with higher pollution standards I had to fit in a catalytic converter and the exhaust into that part.
As for the mobile device feature it will only work while you are at a standstill..I'm with you on the distraction part but I had times when I had to look something up and it's a bitch getting out my phone because I keep it in a backpack when I ride.
Sketches are coming...just have to sort them out, I have over 200 pages of sketches for this bike.
More questions...let me know


P.S. Thumbs up for the writer of the post, thank you for posting!!!

Igor Chak