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The Story of The RYNO Electric Microcycle – In The Inventor’s Own Words

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Design-Engine

Six years ago, Portland-based engineer Chris Hoffmann was driving with his 13-year-old daughter Lauren to go fishing. On the journey, out of the silence, Lauren said, “Daddy, I’ve been thinking about this one-wheeled motorcycle I saw in a video game. Could you actually build something like that?” What happened next changed his life. In the next […]

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Honda Testing Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications to Eliminate SMIDSY Accidents

Posted October 23rd, 2013 by Design-Engine

Here’s a term almost all motorcyclists run across in their first couple of years on the road: SMIDSY. It stands for “sorry mate, I didn’t see you” and it’s the standard apology we get when we’re sprawled across the bonnet of a car after its driver has pulled out in front of us. To be […]

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A New American Classic: The Halcyon 50 from Janus Motorcycles

Posted August 1st, 2013 by Design-Engine

The attraction to vintage is about more than just the past; it’s about embracing history as we look to the future. Creating a new breed of iconic out of their shop in Indiana, Richard Worsham and Devin Biek of Janus Motorcycles have captured the essence of vintage with the Halcyon 50. A moped enthusiast, Biek […]

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The Highest Performing Street-Legal Electric Vehicle Ever

Posted June 5th, 2013 by Design-Engine

The world of electric vehicles was always kind of, well, docile. Then, to our delight, Tesla changed the game with it’s Roadster, and the eco-conscious got to have some fun. But now, the Roadster’s discontinued, and there’s a void in the “I want to go fast but not spoil the ozone” sect. Don’t despair too much (and […]

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3,587.1 Miles Traveled On A Gallon Of Gasoline At This Year’s Eco-Marathon

Posted May 2nd, 2013 by Design-Engine

Dominating at this year’s Eco-Marathon Americas, Canadian team Alerion Supermileage from Laval University showed the world what is possible for the future of fuel efficiency as their prototype CT2.0 traveled 3,587.1 miles on a gallon of gasoline. Beginning their worldwide event in Houston Texas, Shell’s Annual Eco-Marathon gives high school and college students from across […]

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Progressive International Motorcycle Show 2013

Posted February 18th, 2013 by Design-Engine

The Progressive International Motorcycle show was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. It featured: MOTOGP Experience Celebrity appearances J&P Cycles ultimate builder custon bike show – Featuring the world’s leading customized bikes and offering the largest prize purse of any builder competition on earth, the progressive open road experience the Podium […]

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Repsol Honda Team Releases 2013 RC213V MotoGP Racing Bike

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Design-Engine

Leaders in racing technology, Honda launched its 2013 RC213V livery model at Campus Repsol recently in Madrid. Created for the Spanish driving duo Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez, the newest 2013 Honda Repsol will compete in 18 races in the 2013 MotoGP, beginning its pre-season April 8 in Qatar. Repsol Honda Team, created in 1955, […]

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What Does It Take to Race In A Rally Race Like This?

Posted November 1st, 2012 by Design-Engine

Lake Superior Performance Rally, the Oldest, Toughest and Meanest Rally on the Rally Circuit is based in Houghton, Michigan and happens every year in October. Design Engine being very interested in any form of racing decided to go and spectate LSPR. We researched past years results and found that the attrition rate was low. This […]

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Cannondale’s CERV Bike Dynamically Adjusts to Changing Terrain

Posted October 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

The curved drop handlebars long found on racing bicycles are pretty nifty, right? If you want to get down low to reduce your wind resistance you grab hold of the lower part, and if you’re climbing a hill and need to get a bit more weight and leverage on the crank you can shift your […]

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Lightning Strikes Again: Fastest Electric Racing Bike to Hit the Streets

Posted September 14th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Electric Racing Bike Zero and Brammo are the two names that have already established themselves over the past few years in the fairly new and evolving field of Electric Racing Motorcycles. Both have emerged as leaders in the industry. Now, Lightning, a name which has earned reputation on the track for numerous first place and […]

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Daniel Simon Creates Livery for HRT Formula 1 Car

Posted August 10th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Visual artist and automotive futurist Daniel Simon has created a striking red and white livery for Hispania Racing’s new Formula 1 car. Called the F111, the new racecar has been developed by the outfit’s own engineering and design team, which is led by technical director Geoff Willis and chief designer Paul White. Simon’s eye-catching work […]

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Japanese Architects Create Apartment Building For Bikers

Posted July 5th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Japanese architects Yuji Nakae, Akiyoshi Takagi and Hiroshi Ohno have teamed up to build an apartment house complex specifically designed for motorcycle enthusiasts. Called ‘NE apartment’, the 8-unit apartment building is located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Each unit has three floors and is built with a personal garage that doubles as its front door. The […]

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Batmobile-Like Nissan DeltaWing is The Future of Racing

Posted June 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Here’s a glimpse at the future of racing. It’s called the Nissan DeltaWing and it’s part road racer, part salt-flat runner, and looks like a modern interpretation of the Keaton-era Batmobile. Not only is it lighter and more aerodynamic than the rest of the endurance racing field, it uses half the fuel, which not only […]

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New Honda CB750 Concept Motorcycle

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Bunda350

The Future of the Cafe-Racer Above is a new concept of the Honda CB750 done by Igor Chak. The design is full of lines with sharp corners that make the bike look tough while still being aerodynamic and light. The motorcycle is powered by a 750cc four cylinder liquid hydrogen engine. The engine is shorter […]

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GSXR 600 Design-Engine’s New Logo & Vinyl Graphics

Posted May 3rd, 2012 by Design-Engine

Design-Engine has a new logo in an effort to bring all the Design-Engine sites together. As we continue to grow, it becomes more and more important that Design-Engine markets itself appropriately. The thinking behind the design of our new logo was that we wanted it to be versatile to all the different industries that Design-Engine […]

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GoPro with Founder / Inventor Nick Woodman

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Some people may know when they have an amazing idea for the next best thing, but actually putting that thought into motion can elude them for years, if not altogether. Take Nick Woodman, the founder and inventor of the GoPro Camera, for example. Back in 2002, Nick and his buds were punching the pavement up, […]

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Events

Motorcycle Show 2012

Posted February 13th, 2012 by Design-Engine

At this years 2012 Motorcyle Show, in Rosemont, IL, lots of sport bikes have traction control standard, including the Kawasaki ZX10R, Ducati 1199 Panigale S, Yamaha R1, and the BMW S1000RR. Two additional bikes stood out for having wheelie control and launch control. One of those bikes is the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE. It […]

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02 Pursuit Motorcycle Runs On Compressed Air

Posted December 16th, 2011 by Design-Engine

A vehicle that runs on air. It sounds like a fantastic idea, but energy is still needed to compress the air and the losses that go hand-in-hand with converting energy still have to be taken into account, just as in fossil fuel-based propulsion systems. Pros and cons aside, we still haven’t seen air powered transport […]

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2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (And Ferrari World)

Posted September 8th, 2011 by Design-Engine

This racetrack blows all American, European, and Asian ones out of the water. This race is located in Abu Dhabi. Why? Located at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, Abu Dhabi (the capital of the United Arab Emirates), it is the ideal location to host an event such as the Grand Prix, accessible to […]

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Barber Motorcycle Museum

Posted August 1st, 2003 by Design-Engine

The Barber Motorsports Motorcycle Museum Leeds, AL. When a designer or engineer thinks of a Museum we think of MOMA or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or perhaps we think of the Museum of Science and Industry? Probably the last thing that comes to mind is a motorcycle museum. This Summer I took several weeks […]

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