An Ugly Slab of Conceptual Motorcycle Strange
The nUCLEUS Concept Motorcycle
Designers NONOBJECT envisioned this bike to essentially throw out the baby with the bathwater rather than take any inspiration from traditional motorcycles. When static, this motorcycle concept looks like a cover for some sort of electrical substation, but the designers say when it comes time for the bike to accomplish its function, the wheels extend and the seat rises to demonstrate the intended purpose.
They even made a nice 3-D video to let you in on the joke.
Here’s what the designers say about their idea, and I leave you to judge the merits of the concept and the imagined result:
We believe that a new breed of alternative fuel vehicles deserves a entirely new level of user experience. CHALLENGE: Why must motorcycles mimic each others DNA? Why motorcycles mirror ferocious animals from the wild, or have to grow from their deep brand imposed limitations? Are humans capable of doing it differently? With this in mind, and the desire to seek out inspiration elsewhere, nUCLEUS presented itself as the ideal, albeit uncommon, solution, away from the beaten path.
It’s a motorcycle built on the antagonistic principle of square against air, The square side-view hides the fact that these interchangeable panels of lightweight – ultra strong composite material are simply blades from the front fierce blades that cut through air.
nUCLEUS also boasts a thin comfortable saddle and animal-like behavior system – a new way to connect with your vehicle: it gets up on its hind legs (in action) and rests down squarely (while locked, at rest). nUCLEUS is an concept in development demonstrating what’s possible when the motivating idea is to push an entire product category to an uncharted territory.
I, for one, am not really interested in this project. While I appreciate the Bauhaus-like ethos the bike aspires to reach, I also find it incomprehensibly ugly.
But then, maybe I’m missing the point, and that’s been known to happen…
It must be said that nothing moves forward in this world without examination. If no one has the cojones to ask the elemental questions, nothing changes. While I applaud the conceptual idea behind this creation, there’s not one chance in hell I’d buy one. I am completely old school when it comes to what I believe makes a motorcycle beautiful, and this ain’t it, brother.
On the other hand, it sure would be easy to wrench on. You wouldn’t have to worry about denting the tins when you broke it down as it appears there’s only one piece to deal with. And washing it would be a breeze…