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Designer creates a low-cost race bike look-alike for everyday use

Designer creates a low-cost ra...
The Maxx Speed 01, a low-cost concept bike modeled on a racing bike platform
The Maxx Speed 01, a low-cost concept bike modeled on a racing bike platform
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The Maxx Speed 01, a low-cost concept bike modeled on a racing bike platform
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The Maxx Speed 01, a low-cost concept bike modeled on a racing bike platform
Front view of the MS 01
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Front view of the MS 01
Rear view of the MS 01
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Rear view of the MS 01
Overall design is inspired by The Transformers
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Overall design is inspired by The Transformers
Lamps that look like Ironman's arc reactor are used as head lamps
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Lamps that look like Ironman's arc reactor are used as head lamps
Full scale drawings of the MS 01
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Full scale drawings of the MS 01
Starting the mechanical work
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Starting the mechanical work
Chassis re-engineering
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Chassis re-engineering
Base setting with numbered grid
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Base setting with numbered grid
Partially finished model
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Partially finished model
Thermocol is used as a base to bring out the shape
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Thermocol is used as a base to bring out the shape
Hand-sculpting the design
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Hand-sculpting the design
Ready with the basic form in thermocol
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Ready with the basic form in thermocol
Selecting the tyres
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Selecting the tyres
Cutting fairing shapes
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Cutting fairing shapes
A closer look at the shapes
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A closer look at the shapes
Cutting the mask shape
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Cutting the mask shape
Cutting the mask shape
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Cutting the mask shape
Refining the mask
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Refining the mask
Arc reactor
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Arc reactor
Arc reactor slot
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Arc reactor slot
Ironman arc reactor headlamps
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Ironman arc reactor headlamps
Work in progress
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Work in progress
Fairing shape and form
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Fairing shape and form
Pasting and finishing
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Pasting and finishing
Focusing on a good finish
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Focusing on a good finish
Focusing on a good finish
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Focusing on a good finish
Handmade footrest design
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Handmade footrest design
Handmade exhaust
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Handmade exhaust
Ready for molding
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Ready for molding
Using fiber
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Using fiber
Fitting the fiber parts
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Fitting the fiber parts
Selecting the color
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Selecting the color
Applying the primer
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Applying the primer
Masking for multi-color
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Masking for multi-color
Painting
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Painting
Painting
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Painting
Imported speedometer
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Imported speedometer
Fixing the parts together
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Fixing the parts together
Anoop Nishanth with the MS 01
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Anoop Nishanth with the MS 01
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It comes as a bit of a surprise when you gaze at the sleek lines of the Maxx Speed 01 (MS 01), to discover that it was built by a 24 year-old designer for a total cost of US$3,000. Modeled on a racing motorcycle platform, Anoop Nishanth's concept bike is inspired by the contours of a jumping lion, The Transformers and Ironman. The bike can reach a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) without a pillion rider and 68 mph (110 km/h) with one. Marrying the classy looks of an elegant race bike with above-average performance compared to normal motorcycles, the MS 01 is in a group all by itself – a race bike look-alike that almost anyone can afford to buy.

Nishanth, currently based in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, admits he didn't actually set out to create a low-cost race bike for the man on the street. "All I wanted was to build a racing bike concept for myself, so I took inspiration from what I liked and incorporated all of that in the design of the MS 01," he tells Gizmag.

Aside from a 150-cc Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme engine stripped from an older bike, every other part of the MS 01 is hand-sculpted without any machinery. This includes the handlebars, headlamp, swing arm, exhaust, footrest and seat. With the help of a mechanic and the best tinker he could find, the designer sculpted all the forms of the bike in thermocol (a thermoplastic polymer) before casting them in metal.

Built over a period of five months, the MS 01 has a number of unique aspects. Well-balanced, with no engine heating issues, the bike has a pillion seat designed to appear like a cowl when seen from afar. "The pillion seat was added because in India we use a normal motorcycle as a car, i.e. three to five people travel in it," explains Nishanth.

Rear view of the MS 01
Rear view of the MS 01

The open free-flow exhaust is designed in such a way that it mimics the roar that a track racing bike makes, which he says was a challenge to achieve with a 150-cc engine. Certain parts were re-engineered to give the bike a more sporty, aggressive appearance, and the bike as a whole was tested to withstand driving on Indian roads. Within city limits, the MS 01 gets a mileage of about 25-28 miles (40-45 km) per liter of petrol (at average speeds of 31 mph or 50 km/h), and about 23-28 miles (38-40 km) per liter outside the city (at speeds of 56 mph or 90km/h).

Though building the bike was tough by itself, what is tougher according to Nishanth is trying to get the design essence into the community. "People here are more utility-based," says Nishanth. "Most of them here in India buy a bike or car based mostly on factors like fuel efficiency and maintenance. They don't really bond with the design and I want people to begin to feel a bond, and support design more than they do now."

Nishanth is currently assembling a team of innovators to build more futuristic motorcycles that incorporate safety features, through his design studio called Maxx Speed Designs.They are currently taking orders for the MS 01 as well as customized bikes designed around the rider's personality, both nationally and internationally.

Source: Maxx Speed Designs

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18 comments
Slowburn
"People here are more utility-based," says Nishanth. "Most of them here in India buy a bike or car based mostly on factors like fuel efficiency and maintenance. ..." Almost enough to get me to move to India.
Joe Seijo
Honda Racing needs to hire this guy!
TedF
Re: Slowburn. Almost, but the road death rate may put you off...
The Skud
He would probably sell thousands in the U.S., but the bureaucrats would insist on airbags and pedestrian impact-safety mudguards. It would end up double the price and weight, so would need a 350cc motor and on it goes ...
Slowburn
re; TedF Actually its because I hate curry.
Martin Hone
That is a brilliant effort. Well done !
xs400
Would be better if he concentrated more on utility. How about a low cost covered bike?
Tim Collins
Quite a project, but i didn't see it actually being ridden, or did i miss something?
Guy Macher
Very nice piece of work! Elegance need not cost an arm and a leg.
Gyan Prakash
This is illegal for violating Indian Central Motor Vehicle Rule 123. Safety devices in motorcycle No motor cycle, which has provision for pillion rider, shall be constructed without provision for a permanent hand grip on the side or behind the driver’s seat and a foot rest and a protective device covering not less than half of the rear wheel so as to prevent the clothes of the person sitting on the pillion from being entangled in the wheel. As per Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rule 166 sub-rule 4 two third wheel is to be covered by Protective device on both sides. There are ISO Standards for development of Protective Devices.