The Buell Blade is a concept motorcycle created by Brad
Mitchell, a senior product design student at the College
for Creative Studies in Detroit. The Blade was developed
as a personal project to explore the Buell brand and its
Sadly of course Buell as a company is a thing of the past.
However one thing that can't be taken from the company
is the fact they were world famous for developing unique
and innovative solutions to engineering problems. The
Blade concept was conceived as a way of continuing this
ingenious design philosophy.
Based around a V-twin engine, the Buell Blade features
highly stylized frame components like the triangular swingarm
- which hides the shaft-drive mechanism, and girder-type
front forks. The short and high tail section, coupled
with the minimalist style of the front fairing/fuel tank
gives the impression of a supermoto style bike.
Following one of Buell's engineering rules of low unsprung
weight, the wheels both front and rear are of a hubless
design - which negates the need for weighty wheel hubs,
brake discs, and calipers.
Images used with the permission of Brad Mitchell.