Design

THE BIKINI PROJECT

THE BIKINI PROJECT

This motorcycle is the antithesis of the LOTUS C-01.  Conceptually, of course. It’s like a “skeleton watch“.  Or, if you prefer this different analogy, it’s like a tall, skinny, platinum-blond fashion model scantily clad in sky-blue bikini.  Where everything is in full view except the little that is hidden and subject to the imagination. The project…

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM BASICS

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM BASICS

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  • On 27th May 2015

The vintage bikes from the 1970’s, such as the HONDA CB550, have a simple electrical system consisting of approximately 40 components altogether making it possible for anyone with some basic skills and tools to build their own electrical harness. Here are all of HONDA CB550’s electrical components: Even though such a set-up may be as…

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THROTTLE ASSEMBLY

THROTTLE ASSEMBLY

Well, I failed.  NO PLASTIC was one of the design principles I followed.  And in my enthusiasm, I failed to appreciate that a battery’s case is made of plastic and no other material is available.  How could I not realize that?  What was I thinking when I declared NO PLASTIC? Was I blind?  No.  The battery…

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GOLDEN RATIO

GOLDEN RATIO

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  • On 18th March 2015

Mona Lisa conforms to it.  So does Michelangelo’s David.  And so does “The Creation of Adam” on the famous Sistene Chapel ceiling.  These are, the scholars enlighten us, the very best works of art in the world because of the Golden Ratio.  That is precisely what makes them so beautiful, so owe-inspiring and so memorable.  Golden Ratio? Really? Much has…

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MINIMALIST APPROACH

MINIMALIST APPROACH

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  • On 7th March 2015

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Another guiding principle in building BLACKSQUARE was the quintessential bobber principle of “nothing superfluous”.   I personally find it very appealing (but do not necessarily endorse it).  As a result of my affection,…

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DESIGN PRINCIPLES

DESIGN PRINCIPLES

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  • On 3rd March 2015

I am not a designer.   I only found myself forced to think about “design principles” in order to keep this project manageable; confined within certain boundaries.  After all, it had to be finished. As I spent hours looking at the bike in the workshop and as the notion that I would eventually have to work…

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IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE (I-MIGHT-AS-WELL)

IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE (I-MIGHT-AS-WELL)

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  • On 2nd March 2015

When all this started, I had no intention of building a custom motorcycle.  The idea didn’t even cross my mind and at that point I wasn’t even sure I knew what exactly a “bobber” was. My plan was to take the engine apart, learn what was what and how all these things inside worked, put…

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