Say “hello” to the very attractive Vanguard Roadster, which is hitting the interwebs ahead of its official debut at the IMS New York show. Based out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City, Vanguard Motorcycles was founded by Edward Jacobs and Francois-Xavier Terny.
If the Vanguard Roadster design reminds you of something from Confederate Motorcycles, that’s no accident. The two machines share the S&S X-Wedge v-twin engine platform, but more importantly Jacobs was a former designer for Confederate, while Terny brings his business acumen to the startup.
The very industrial and burly motorcycle uses a 1,917cc (117ci) engine at its core, which makes 110 lbs•ft of peak torque.
Other source bits include Brembo brakes, Öhlins suspension, and Metzler tires. Technological items include a single-sided swingarm, LED lights, and an LCD screen and rear-facing camera that substitute for mirrors.
From a design perspective, there is much to admire about the Vanguard Roadster. We might not be huge fans of the roadster/cruiser aesthetic, but the carbon fiber fuel tank and full-metal body make for an intriguing image.
Details from the handlebars, to the fluid reservoirs for the brakes and clutch, and how the big v-twin engine gets power to its rear disc-wheel are all very compelling, as is typical with Jacobs’ work.
You can probably spend more than a few minutes admiring Vanguard’s first creation. Available in 2018, Vanguard says that the Roadster will be selling for the modest price tag of $29,995 MSRP.