Frog Design is better known for its work designing computer cases for Apple, but in 1985 Frog Design’s Founder Hartmut Esslinger designed the Frog FZ750. A two-wheeled concept vehicle that was a Yamaha FZ750 underneath the skin, the Frog FZ750 actually helped give birth to the venerable Honda Hurricane.
Conceived just a few years after Frog Design opened its California office, the now iconic Frog FZ750 was a reaction to increasing pressure for safer motorcycles (the Yamaha FZ750 was outlawed in the Golden State at the time), and set the standard for a generation of motorcycle design to come.
After residing in the company’s San Francisco office for the past 25 years, the Frog FZ750 is about to make one last journey — down the street to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Going on permanent display at SFMOMA, the folks at Frog have put together an interesting history of how the Frog FZ750 came to be. Check out the story on the Frog Design company blog, and if you are in San Francisco, be sure to stop by the SFMOMA. Thanks for the tip Mike!