Igor Chack’s 2012 Izh-1 Hybrid Motorcycle Concept

05/26/2010 @ 1:24 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Igor Chack may only be 26 years old, but this designer’s eyes have a taste for something old with a modern twist. Taking his inspiration from the 1929 Soviet Izh–1, Chack sees this iconic motorcycle coming to life nearly 80 years later with a hybrid powertrain and a bevy of features not only unthinkable in 1929, but not seen on today’s motorcycles as well.

Chack’s design centers around a 850cc hybrid motor that makes 140hp when running off of fossil fuel. 50% of the motor is made from heat resistant reinforced plastic, which helps reduce weight and enclose the integrated electric circuits. On the electric side of the powertrain there is a 60kW brush-less motor that’s built into the rear rim, along with its own two-speed gearbox. Chack estimates the combo could achieve 80mpg with the bike’s on-board fuel management system deciding which drive to use.

Bringing forth some new safety and technical features, Chack sees the Izh-1 using magnetic brakes with conventional back-ups. Also there is an air bag system located on the front of the bike to lessen frontal impacts to the rider. What is sure to be a motorcycling first, the Izh-1 concept imagines an augmented reality display: an HD system that combines night vision, GPS, and other information to the rider on a display system. With all these electronics on-board, things like traction control, ABS, and smart phone linkage are also included.

We think there’s lot’s to love and hate about this design. Many of Chack’s design elements look great, we especially love the front-end of the motorcycle. But elemetns like the Honda CB1000R exhaust, and awkwardly place rear shock sort detract from the other highlights (granted the shock placement is a part of the original Izh-1 design). Chack definitely has some innovative ideas from a technical perspective that we would like to see modern bikes contrain. Renders and video below.

  • Nice bike. I hope we get to see it on the road in the future!

  • fazer6

    While it’s an impressively complex computer model, that’s all it is.
    I can’t see how anyone could be impressed with the technical aspects, when they haven’t been designed in the slightest–Just drawing a picture and making a wish-list of features, does not a bike make. For instance, how could he possibly estimate gas-mileage, when there’s no engine or motor design–It’s simply a number pulled out of the air. I could claim it could achieve 2000mpg, with it’s nuclear-powered fuel cell.

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  • @fazer6 You could claim 2000mpg from a nuclear-powered fuel cell, but you’d be an idiot. This is a design student, not an Engineering team. It’s a concept, ie. an idea. And a good one as far as I’m concerned, better than a lot that we see (and there’ll be more soon as design courses finish this summer). Based on existing technology his estimates are broadly realistic for what he needs to convey at this stage.

    Sure, some of it is pie in the sky and with all that gear on board it’d probably weigh half a ton but at least it’s been implemented with a bit of consideration. Things are in the right place, the handlebars turn and there’s somewhere to put your feet (and that’s not always a given in student projects!). It looks good (I disagree about the Fireblade style exhaust) and it’s been well communicated.

    Nice job Igor.

  • Hello, thank you for you comments.
    Just to clarify some things….I’m not a design student…I’m a professional designer. Figuring out MPG is not a hard thing, having an existing engine and an existing electric motor.
    An update on this concept, this motorcycle WILL be build by the end of next year. Currently I’m working on a contract to have a financial support and soon I will be assembling a fill on team to make this concept a reality.

  • RSVDan

    Good luck to you Igor! I would love to see this bike in the flesh (or aluminim, carbon and Ti if you prefer).

  • Well done, Igor! I dig it. The rear suspension configuration is slightly scary in the renderings but I like the concept overall. The impression I get is of the illegitimate sportbike spawn of a Confederate Wraith.

    It’s that pie in the sky thinking by industrial designers that brings cool things to life in the future. Keep it up.

  • bood

    3D botva!