Because of skyrocketing fuel costs, increasing congestion levels and a growing demand for risk among America’s corporate classes, transportation design students Ian Galvin and Craig Mackiewicz foresee a new golden age for motorcycles looming on the horizon. This Vincent Nero concept is their vision for the era's ideal motorcycle, one that combines the romance of the past with an economical, but fun to use, mid-size v-twin engine and an upright riding position.
While we can see clear design influences beyond the girder front
suspension from both the Confederate Renovatio and Bienville Studios Ghost, Ian and Craig are able to bring their own unique look to the
whole visually heavy front end, emphasized engine, evocative-of-speed
seat thing. We particularly like the abrupt tank and pinched lines
combined with the exposed rear shocks and attractive mechanical
elements. The whole bike draws enough influence from vintage machinery to
evoke emotional memories, but doesn't come across as heavy-handed like
the cartoon-ish Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger.
In addition to the attractive-yet-functional Nero, Ian and Craig also
envision a Nero S, potentially available as another model or as
individual part upgrades. The café racer–style half fairing works
particularly well with the rest of the bike's lines, once again combining
traditional shapes in an original way, as do the spoked wheels.
Ian and Craig just graduated from the College for Creative
Studies. The Nero is their senior thesis project. We hope to see more
motorcycle design from both in the near future.