The Aprilia Magnet concept was the Transport Design Degree
project of Heikki Naulapää, a 2004 student of
the Royal College of Art.
The Aprilia Magnet concept is based around the idea of
rider sensation. Naulapää wanted to create a
vehicle which offered a new kind of experience while riding.
With the Magnet concept he mixed the leaning characteristics
associated with motorbikes, with a formula 1 style driving
position and small sports car feeling with instruments
and "being half-inside".
The Magnet concentrates on creating
an intense sensation for the rider
The primary power source for the Aprilia Magnet concept
is a 550cc combustion engine, with drive to the wheels
provided by in-wheel electric motors (including magnets,
where the name comes from). There is also an additional
battery, which gives the Magnet extra power for rapid
acceleration. The rider can also switch off the combustion
engine for a more subdued and silent riding experience.
The Aprilia Magnet features a tilting mechanism which
allows the concept to lean into corners like a motorbike.
Other novel ideas featured on the Magnet concept include;
brake lights in the helmet for improved visibility, a
hidden pillion seat under a removable cover, and side
panels with adjustable transparency which the rider can
alter depending on the required riding sensation.
Related external links:
Aprilia Magnet page
Other concept motorbikes:
BMW IMME 1200
Honda Concept 1
Victory Vision 800
Yamaha Maxam 3000