A part of the beauty of the motorbike is its evolution. In addition to the joy which motorcyclists feel when on the road, it brings some pleasure to see design teams around the world take their plaything and make it better, time and time again.
Through the past few decades, we've seen a number of transitions in the motorcycling world. From smaller, purely mechanical bikes of old (think Royal Enfield, Triumph) to the computer-controlled sports bikes of our current century, the motorcycle has grown with tremendous spirit.
One question about the motorcycle's development always remains, though – what does the future hold?
Design and innovation is a free-thinking world, but it's important to understand the ways in which they will always follow trends. Today, it's likely to be the case that the world of motorbikes follows the car industry. With increasing concerns over the environment, and the rising price of fuel, it makes a great deal of sense to assume that the bikes of the future will be focused on green technology.
It's a surprise in many respects that motorcycle manufacturers have been so slow to pick up on green technology. For one thing, the motorbike faces a lower level of compromise when it comes to the power of an electric engine.
With much lower weights, it requires far less power to achieve high speeds and quick acceleration on a bike.
The First Contender: Frog EBike Concept
There have been a handful of green bikes prototyped, but we believe that the Frog EBike is the real stuff of the future. Needless to say, the bike is all electric, making it a great deal more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
The design of the bike is also fascinating, with a gaping hole sitting where the traditional combustion engine would sit. This hole is no accident, as the bike's design is intended to be a literal comment on the future of the motoring industry.
Aside from this central hole, the design of the bike intentionally hangs onto the classic design elements of a traditional bike, retaining the sizeable fuel tank for example.
The Frog is also fully recyclable. If we were to get our hands on one of these machines, it's a long time before we'd think about putting it to another use but the statement the bike is making here is not to be missed.
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