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Bēhance

  • This should really be entitled motorcycle REdesign, as the design concept was based upon the 1982 Suzuki Katana.I've owned several of these bikes -  two 750s and one 1100 and have always been captivated by their aggressive design. When they first came out, there was quite literally NOTHING like them. Above, a marker rendering done at the outset of the project. This project was done while I was attending the Royal College of Art in 2004. 
  • The initial sketch for this project - I'm surprised I have this, as I saved almost none of the sketches I did for this project. I was living in England at the time and moved to Germany afterward, and most of my sketches were trashed before the move. I'm very bad at archiving...
  • A couple more miscellaneous sketches that survived. These were early in the process, and bear little resemblance to the final model, which follows;
  • A 1/3 scale hard styling clay model. I did this model as a practice for my thesis model, but - as it tuned out, I ended up doing a hard model for my thesis project. In the end, I was rushing this to clear the decks for my dissertation and thesis research and  development, and you can see this in the under-developed front forks, the lack of handlebars and the simple wheels. 
  • The same model, shot from a low rear angle. Ideally, I had wanted to expose some of the engine as I thought it was critical to the design concept, but there was no time for that amount of detail, so it got faired in. 
  • Some of my colleagues suggested that my design was looking somewhat "rooster-like". Early in the modelling stage I arrived in the studio one morning to find that these modifications had been done to my model after I left the previous night... I especially liked the little feet.
  • ...and a final digital rendering of the project.