Drawing inspiration from Daniel Simon’s Cosmic Motors series (Simon designed the Tron lightcycle in the up-coming Tron Legacy movie by the way), designer Bruno Delussu has dreamt up the Snake Road motorcycle concept. Set in a nondescript time in the future, the Snake Road uses a fiberglass body to house its internal combustion engine (apparently EV’s still haven’t taken off in Delussu’s future).
Made for fun, Delussu admits there are some deficiencies in the design (the front wheel can’t turn for example), and explains the choice of an internal combustion engine as follows: “Being a motorcyclist myself, I love the sound of a motorcycle engine (reminiscent of a raging lion), so the engine is a traditional internal combustion engine rather then electric, as the new trend would have it (a matter of ecology).”
While the riding position leaves something to be desired in our eyes, and we’re still partial to Simon’s original take on the idea of a low and long pair of rolling discus, there are parts of the Snake Road we really like: namely the entire front-end.
With three exhaust pipe tips coming out from either side of the bike, and massive hydraulic pistons holding the aerodynamical faired front tire, there is something powerful in the futuristic design. Do we expect the future to look like this? No, but it’s a fun exercise in motorcycle design, which is precisely what Delussu set out to do.