The International Motorcycle Show at the Javits Center in New York saw the public unveiling of the new Vanguard Roadster.
Vanguard is pitching itself as a ‘product without equivalent, as well as a brand with the potential to bring new perspectives to the motorcycle industry’.
Currently in prototype form, the Vanguard Roadster is slated for production in 2018. It boasts a frameless structural engine, integrated exhaust and a tablet-sized digital dashboard with rear-view camera. The Roadster is the first of three motorcycles that will be built on a common powertrain platform, the other two being the Cruiser and Racer.
Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, led by designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. The modular construction, based on large sub-assemblies, is said to revist traditional manufacturing methods. Combined with worldwide sourcing and the support of key motorcycle vendors, Vanguard claims it will deliver exceptional value and quality.
Prices will start at $29,995 for the machine, which is powered by a 1917cc air-cooled 56° V-Twin, based on the S&S X-Wedge motor. A six-speed transmission and shaft drive will transfer the 110lb-ft through a single-sided swingarm with Öhlins monoshock. The front fork is a 48mm Öhlins unit, with a pair of Brembo four-pot calipers on the front and a two-pot on the rear. Tyres are Metzeler ME880 Marathons – 130/60 18 on the front and either 200/50 or 240/40 18 on the rear.
The fuel tank will hold 21 litres. With a 1664mm wheelbase and an 813mm-high seat, kerb weight is expected to be around 270kg.