We keep hearing how the V-Rod engine could be used in all sorts of custom builds and along comes Fred Krugger, winning the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building with the V-Rod powered Veon. The unique feature about this bike is the adjustable frame, transforming from cruiser to upright/touring to racer by altering geometry at several points:
|Seat Height||23.8 inches||30.5 inches|
|Rake||30 degrees||23 degrees|
|Trail||4.7 inches||3.1 inches|
|Wheel Base||63.4 inches||60.4 inches|
|Ground Clearance||6.7 inches||9.3 inches|
The CAD work and engineering for the frame was by Mark van der Kwaak of DBBP, who we've seen quite a few times on The Kneeslider. It was designed for Norwegian robotics engineer Peer Toftner who had already been working on the idea and patented it before approaching van der Kwaak in 2006. Together they worked on the various features while the actual build was carried out by Fred Krugger.
Two sets of foot controls are provided to suit the changing riding positions and styles.
The last time we saw an adjustable motorcycle was the R-Bike, which looks nowhere near as good and only exists in a computer, the Veon is a real bike. I love the engineering and Fred Krugger did an excellent job of bringing it to life. Congratulations to everyone involved. Great work!