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KickBoxer concept motorcycle

KickBoxer concept motorcycle

KickBoxer concept motorcycle

KickBoxer concept motorcycle

KickBoxer concept motorcycle
Make -
Model KickBoxer
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine 2.5L 4-cylinder from the Subaru WRX

The KickBoxer motorcycle concept was dreamed up by Ian McElroy of Rogue Motorsports. The KickBoxer project was started back in 2008 when Ian decided to create something more than a little different. However before he could even think about developing the bike he decided to learn CAD modeling. Solidworks was chosen for the modeling work - and the results are truly stunning.

The KickBoxer is based around an aluminum frame, with a 2.5 litre, boxer 4-cylinder engine sourced from the Subaru WRX at its core. Unlike many concept vehicles which exist only as CAD models, all the engineering work of the KickBoxer has been thoroughly developed for production.

The single-sided tubular aluminum swingarms are similar to those found on the Bimota Tesi 3D. The rear subframe is made using carbon fiber tubes, while the front subframe consists of two aluminum plates sandwiching a small steering head stock, and a narrow louvered stepped LCD gauge.

The stylish and dramatic bodywork is formed from polished aluminum which is riveted in place and painted in a manner which is designed to recall WWII fighter aircraft. The steering rods, timing cover, handlebar and heal guards are all carbon fiber. The steering mechanism uses a combination of bell cranks with push/pull rods - like the Bimota Tesi, and cables like on Stellan Egeland's Harrier bike.

McElroy said of the of the KickBoxer; "Design inspiration came from a lot of bike designers, Bimota, Lazareth, Stellan Egeland, Confederate, and Jesse James. Lazareth inspired me to design my own hub steer front suspension. Jesse James gave me the idea of how to make a high HP engine in a longitudinal placement work in a motorcycle."

He continues; "The front suspension is of my own design, though I don't have a name for it. It's not the lightest setup but it is unique in that it allows for only one swingarm on one side of the front wheel, with only a torque rod to keep the suspension in check."

Overall the KickBoxer is an outstanding design which is made all the more impressive when you take into consideration the unique and unusual drivetrain, and the immense amount of engineering work which has gone into making the design more than just a pretty picture.

All Images © Ian McElroy
All text © 2009

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