This is what the designer, Branko Lukic, calls the nUCLEUS, an alternative fuel motorbike concept. He thinks motorcycles shouldn’t mimic one another but instead should do things differently. His nUCLEUS (Why do designers write like they hit the caps lock?) is a “square against the air” which looks like a slab from the side but from the front presents only blades to confront the wind.
The bike squats down resting on the body when parked and rises up when ready to ride. Its appearance isn’t what I would call appealing but it certainly is different and as we look into the future, everything is worth at least some consideration, so here it is.
This is in no way a finished idea but only a concept and it’s sure to evoke an emotional response in some viewers, especially if they’re used to what might be called a “normal” motorcycle. Of course, once you get away from the usual internal combustion engine, the shape and configuration of the motorcycle may vary widely from what we’re used to seeing. Fuel cells, batteries, and who knows what else may not be the best looking technology and covering it up might be the way to go, an idea I’ve mentioned before, plus they may have little need for exposure to the air for cooling like your average engine, either way, things may look a bit different in the future.
Designers like Lukic often push the envelope specifically to get people thinking outside their comfort zone, their ideas may have merit, they may be silly, but at least it gets you thinking.
There’s a video at their site showing more angles and how it rises up and parks. More photos and the link below: