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Polestar Design Competition: Middleweight Motorcycle Concept

Ben Parker

The Polestar Middleweight Motorcycle Concept designed by John McInnis. The bike designed for the annual Polestar Design Competition features a sleek exterior that is recognizably inspired by Polestar's automotive design. The bike blends modern technology with futuristic concepts.

Credit John McInnis

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John McInnis is the designer who created the “Middleweight Motorcycle Concept”. The bike features a futuristic heatsink as opposed to a traditional radiator, two huge single shocks on the front and rear. The bike is sleek from the outside as exterior pieces cover internals.

John’s words about the project:


I pretty much only think about motorcycles. Like, all the time. I was a design lead at Alta Motors working under Jeff Sand fo the last two years of it's run and one of my greatest wishes is that that company would have never folded. Following that, I turned down a role at Harley Davidson because it required relocation. 


Familial constraints prevented it from happening at the time. I regret that decision every day. 

The inspiration for this particular bike was "What Polestar product would I drool over?" To be honest, I had a very difficult time adjusting to the form language and am still not convinced I "nailed it". Seeing the other designs posted on Instagram from Polestar fans are incredibly intimidating. There's some SERIOUS talent out there! I'm surprised my project got the attention that it did. 


For features, I just tried to picture some things that would get me excited about an electric bike. Doing away with the traditional radiator for a more modern heat sink form, single shocks front and rear for suspension, fully internal suspension linkage that cleans up the exterior of the bike. The hubless system I’ll admit is a bit gimmicky and I've caught some side-eye from some peers, but to be honest, it was kind of nice to just let go from reality a bit and explore what the motorcycle form could be when it's devoid of the more traditional features. 



If you’re submitting to the Polestar Design Competition shoot us an e-mail with your submission and we may feature you.

I pretty much only think about motorcycles. Like, all the time.
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Credit John McInnis

Credit John McInnis

About the Polestar Design Competition


Polestar, the Swedish automotive manufacturer has announced its annual design competition with the following brief:


Design a new Polestar that is the purest of designs, one from twenty years from now, which showcases what Polestar’s slightly-more-distant future will look like (but still within the realm of possibility).


It could be a car. It could be something else. What it has to be is a vision of Polestar's design evolution in the year 2040, following the Polestar design philosophy.


If you’ve got a submission you think we’d be interested in shoot ben@onvoltage.com an email.

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