New American motorcycle brand: Vanguard reveals the Roadster

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The fuel tank will hold 21 litres. With a 1664mm wheelbase and an 813mm-high seat, kerb weight is expected to be around 270kg.

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