How does 120 ft-lbs of torque propelling just 250 pounds of motorcycle sound to you? That’s the kind of torque you get from a Suzuki Hayabusa or Yamaha V-Max… We reckon @altamotors is close to cracking the electric motorcycle code. Look out for the stunning Redshift ST at @the1moto show in a couple of weeks.
Hit the link in our bio for more details of this amazing machine, and a hi res gallery.
KR 45th AF: Kuuga: No Pain! The Rider Road to a New Legend! Part 4: Trying to chase down a Bike
Getting Kuuga’s wheels right was another long process, though oddly some designs foreshadowed future Rider Machines.
The first concept was a bike that turned into a flying Speeder Bike with almost Star Trek-like jet nacelles.
Red and Blue? Hmmm…
A car was proposed…
twice in fact. But such an idea was thrown out.
Fans who have observed Super Sentai artwork know this lineart style! It’s Tsuyoshi Nonaka! He proposed that the Rider’s bike have a robot mode on the show. The above one was made when it was in the XV stage of the project.
While this never went anywhere for Kuuga, these drawings could be considered alpha prototypes of what would become the Auto Vajin in Faiz.
This one’s template based on visuals was the New Cyclone, but it could be considered a very early Den-Bird.
Eventually the designers made a good choice…
The ignition key would be one of the throttle grips and be able to be detached to prevent theft or use as a baton weapon.
There we go!
Then came the Beat Chaser
Once the designs were done, the team went to GasGas, a Spanish motorcycle design company with shops in Japan. They went there to purchase bikes for the prop department to build the Hero bikes. The base models being a pair of Pampera 250s (The model’s light weight allowed the hero bikes to be used for motocross style stunts)
The powered up versions of both bikes needed a model with enough muscle to carry the extra weight of all the prop molding on it, so a Yamaha V-Max was chosen as the base of the Gouram forms.
Designing the Gouram itself was also a challenge…
A land vehicle/beast mode was proposed at one point. Silly Gouram, you are not a Maximal or a Predacon!