A stunning new local Motorcycle company has been announced today. Vanguard Motor Inc is a premium brand motorcycle company started by Francois-Xavier Terny (CEO) and former Confederate designer Edward Jacobs (CTO) located at the historical Brooklyn Navy Yard. As Edward Jacobs says “They are combining design and engineering simultaneously. Their designs are based on a utilitarian approach where each part and component is there for a reason and has a true purpose.” The new Vanguard Roadster shows there true design philosophy. Being 20 minutes away from us, we will definitely stop by to checkout their new operations.
This Vanguard Roadster has so many incredible designs features that we could go on for hours discussing them. The bikes design is a frame-less structure where the S&S X-Wedge is the central structural component. The engine cylinders actually form the structural cradle for the whole bike. Following their obsession for machined metal, the entire drive shaft and rear suspension is housed in a cnc machined unit. This unit bolts directly onto the engine completely the structural masterpiece. Additionally, they have integrated sight windows on everything to see all the mechanical parts and rear suspension.
Wait where is the exhaust system? The exhaust system is housed in machined aluminum cases that come down and finally exit out the bottom of the bike. The entire tank and seat section is machined from one piece and sits on top of the cylinders. I just hope they added some serious heat shielding because you might have some toasty buns. The tail lights and signals are machined into the sub-frame structure for a streamlined look.
Vanguard Motors has secured OEM contracts from some of the top manufacturers such as Brembo, Ohlins and more. The Front forks are Ohlins housed in some bullet proof looking aluminum triple clamps. Following this aluminum theme, the Brembo master cylinders have machined aluminum housing with just the perches and levers exposed. The dashboard features a huge tablet that shows all the functions of the bike.
Overall the Vanguard Roadster is an engineering marvel. It’s no coincidence, that many of the design features resemble that of Confederate being that Edward Jones was the Head Designer there. That aside, this is one machine that I might have to drive into Brooklyn to see and rip up the pavement on. The specs on the bike are pretty impressive with the exception of the weight. Weighing in at approximately 550lbs, that’s roughly 100 lbs heavier then any other naked bike on the market. All in all though this bike is on out bucket list to ride.
The Vanguard Roadster Specifications:
Price – $29,995 USD
Engine – 117 cubic inch (1917cc) Air Cooled 56 Deg V-Twin (S&S X-Wedge)
Transmission – 6 Speed / Shaft Drive
Suspension – Ohlins Front Forks and Rear Shock
Brakes – Brembo Caliper and Rotors All Around
Weight – 550 lbs (250 kgs)
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