Motorcycle Design

the appearance, function and engineering of motorcycles

New Project. Free Solidworks.

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I’ve been inspired by the fairly amazing design log of Dennis Palatov and the DP1 project.  The napkin to race car progression is fairly amazing.  What I really like is how he handled determining specifications and preformance goals for his project.  His belief that you can either spend the time and money to attend school to be an automotive design engineer.  Or you can invest the same resources into an actual design project. 

With that in mind I would like to begin laying the ground work for a motorcycle.  I want to develop a modern interpretation of the GP bikes from the 1960s.  Possibly toning it down a bit and adding some cafe racer influences for the street.  I’m thinking modern fuel injected inline four cylinder 600cc mill mounted in a tubular steel frame, with modern carbon fiber interpretation of rounded full fairings on the old race bikes.  High quality materials, attention to detail and a desire to find the simplest solution should make this a winner.

I’m getting ready to leave the country next month, to study in Brazil for a semester.  My 1978 Kawasaki KZ400 is ready for paint after many months of grinding and sanding.  And the mailman just delivered a new Student Edition of Solidworks.  I’m excited it’s time to start sizing up the competition.


Written by Michael

15 May 2008 at 12:13 am

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  1. I’m designing a cafe racer from the 60’s too. Not too much interest in my project but I persevere. I’m building an Egli style, backbone frame for a Buell,Sportster, engine using stock isoplanar mounts-with tricky ,leaf spring arrangement beneath the engine to pick up the front lower mount. My design goal is to achieve a frameless look with all of the handling qualities of a Buell. Having trouble realising the tannk shape without 3D software.

    Tom Clasen

    21 August 2008 at 8:30 pm

  2. fantastic project you need congratulated on it


    30 June 2009 at 7:26 pm

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