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.
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