It is natural for humans to dream of a better and brighter future, regardless of what current reality would seem to imply. That’s why concept designs naturally portray ideal scenarios in design languages that appeal to current design trends, as if these remain the same in the future. For future vehicles, this often results in designs with smooth and pleasing curves, clean, clear surfaces, and often light or bright hues. Design trends and styles come and go, of course, and what may be in fashion today may not be in fashion in a decade or so. Clean and minimalist vehicles may not be the future we face and this limited edition motorcycle offers an alternate version, which can feel rough and perhaps a little dystopian.
Although vehicles are logically designed with motion in mind, there are also other factors that need to be considered for a machine that can be used by humans. Safety is at the top of the list, of course, but a vehicle must also be comfortable. The design of today’s cars and motorcycles has undergone decades of refinement and improvement for precisely these reasons, but this commissioned SOLID EV motorcycle seems to throw comfort out the window, at least visually speaking.
The SOLID CRS-01 has a rough, sharp and almost threatening appearance, properties that are often attributed to the brutalist design style. It is almost as if the metal plates are simply bent at sharp angles and assembled together with wheels, motors and other parts that make a motorcycle move. And, in a way, that’s exactly how this motorcycle was designed. It has been conceptualized with a modular approach using affordable materials and the fairing is exactly made from sheet metal.
This gives the bike a distinct look where it feels like the world has run out of materials to use or the factories to melt metal into a more pleasing form. Not that the CRS-01 is unattractive, but it has a more dominant presence than motorcycles, both present and future. It certainly doesn’t feel comfortable to drive as its body doesn’t seem designed to take into account the softer, more curvy shape of the human body. It certainly has character, one that makes it clear that it means serious business.
At the same time, it doesn’t seem to fall apart or kill itself easily at the slightest accident, as some futuristic concept designs depict. It looks more like it was designed for rough terrain and environments, which some would automatically associate with dystopian settings or even the cyberpunk genre. Who knows? This may be what is waiting for us, although we hope to wake up before that gloomy future becomes our present.