This is the Vanguard Roadster, the first of three bikes currently planned by Vanguard Motorcycles, which is a new manufacturer based out of New York. Vanguard was founded by two individuals previously associated with Confederate Motorcycles, including Confederate’s chief designer for six years, Edward Jacobs. The other founder is “serial entrepreneur” Francois-Xavier Terny.
Confederate has been known for its bold, outside-the-box designs, and the Vanguard Roadster certainly merits similar adjectives. A 1917 cc (117 cubic inch) S&S twin powers the new Roadster, and also serves as a frame element supporting other chassis members.
Whether the overall design excites or repulses you, many of the bike’s elements exhibit stunning creativity and flawless execution. One small detail includes a rear-facing camera that allows the tablet-sized screen on the dash to do the job of traditional rear-view mirrors. Tiny LED lights substitute for a traditional headlight. The reported asking price will be $29,995 U.S. — a comparative bargain for such an outrageous machine. Production is slated to begin in 2018.
Here is the press release from Vanguard:
New York City – December 02 – A new American motorcycle, conceived, designed and built in New York City, is being unveiled: the Vanguard Roadster.
Vanguard is an exciting, entirely new and wholly distinct motorcycle brand, and the Roadster model, with its forward-thinking design and pioneering features, is a product without equivalent. With the potential to bring new perspectives to the motorcycle industry, Vanguard is excited to announce the world premiere of its Roadster at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City starting December 9th.
Form and function have never been more complimentary. The Vanguard Roadster has a striking contemporary silhouette, the result of clear and well-informed design decisions. The lines emerged from breaking everything down into rethinking needs and solutions.
The Vanguard Roadster is a running prototype, with production slated for 2018. It boasts many unique features including a frameless structural engine, unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-size digital dashboard with rear-view camera. The Roadster is the first of 3 motorcycles built on a common powertrain platform that will cover all riding positions: Roadster, Cruiser and Racer.
Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The modular construction, based on large sub-assemblies, revisits traditional manufacturing methods. Combined with worldwide sourcing and the support of key motorcycle vendors, Vanguard will deliver exceptional value and quality.
Starting at $29,995, a premium price within reach, the Vanguard Roadster is a strong alternative to current premium motorcycles. Selected dealers are signing up to be the ambassadors of this game-changing brand.
Vanguard is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. Together they form a dynamic team of passion and vision.
With a fresh perspective and unique approach, Vanguard promises to be a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.
Members of the media and the public are invited to see the Vanguard Roadster at its inaugural debut at the International Motorcycle Show in New York, taking place December 9-11 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, booth #438. For more information on Vanguard, go to vanguard.nyc.
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