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Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by Jo Borrás


Henrik Fisker’s Latest Project — Viking Motorcycle (Photos)

April 23rd, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.

Henrik Fisker Motorcycle

Henrik Fisker may not own his own car company anymore, but the man is a highly talented and well-connected designer. As such, it should come as no surprise that Henrik’s career is far, far from over- and his latest project not only proves that the man is still in the game, but that he’s in it to win it. Here is the latest project from the pen of Henrik Fisker, then: the Lauge Jensen Viking.

Despite being powered by and old-school, air-cooled Harley twin, the Fisker-designed Viking motorcycle features some pretty trick parts. Most visible of these is the metalwork, which artfully blends into the seat then back into a wide fender over a (seemingly) equally-wide rear tire. It’s a neat visual trick, and one that plays well with the “hidden” rear swin-garm that’s tucked in behind the big exhaust pipes. The rear suspension is also tucked away from view, for a remarkably clean look that goes nicely with the inverted front forks and big disk brakes.

The most significant of the trick bits found on the Lauge Jensen Viking, however, is nearly invisible from a distance- that’s the carbon-composite frame, which promises to be both exceptionally lightweight and incredibly rigid. If the weight savings are there on the Viking the way they were on Henrik’s Karma sedan, then expect blistering performance from the surely powerful Viking … as well as a significant improvement over the big Harley’s typical 40-50 MPG fuel economy numbers (which, while “meh” for a bike, are still great compared to any car that will give you motorcycle levels of performance).

Here’s a few more press shots of the Viking. So far, it’s a one-off custom/concept, but the company claims that its Harley-style V-Twin is “one of the first motorcycles of its type to comply with new Euro IV emissions regulations that come into effect in 2016,” so they seem to have big plans for the bike. What do you guys think? Is it a hero, or a zero? Let us know- in the comments!








Source | Photos: Carscoops.

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  • TTB

    You guys are stuck up, this is a beautiful motorcycle that uses significantly less fuel the the average automotive. Motorcycles are green, we just aren’t so busy sniffing our own a$@’s, that nobody else knows this.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Henrik has designed what I think is an attractive bike.

      Is it greener than other bikes with that give the same performance? No data.

      Do bikes get more MPG than cars? In general. But it’s kind of hard to put a family of four and two weeks luggage on one of these puppies.

      But if bikes are you thing, feel free to sniff Henrik’s saddle….

    • Benjamin Nead

      Yes, it’s a beautiful looking motorcycle, TTB. But the Clean Technica website generally doesn’t review mechanical objects simply because they’re nice looking and only marginally more efficient than what they’re supposed to replace. I’m hoping never to come to this web site and find a writeup on, say, a particularly attractive oil drilling rig.

      It’s been correctly noted above that (bad) aerodynamics have a far greater effect on motorcycle efficiency than weight. Here we have what appears to be (yawn) simply an outpriced Harley clone with (oooh!) a carbon fiber frame . . . basically a greenwashing trinket for one-percenters. Nothing special. I’m also guessing that the carbon frame has been done before on a motorbike.

      Just several articles away from this one is a story of a $30K+ electric motorcycle . . .

      At least this one attempts to deal with historically poor motorcycle aerodynamics and it’s propelled with zero-tailpipe-emission batteries. My criticism of the Johammer is the limited production aesthetic and resulting hideous price tag of all too many green transportation solutions these days. Translation: give motorcycle buyers the option to move into the 21st century and really be green, but find a way to make them relatively affordable or comparable in price to today’s conventional alternatives.

      So, we have here a Fisker prototype ‘cycle that not only promises to cost a fortune, if and when it makes it to production, but seems to retain all or most of the inherent deficits present on any other gasoline piston two-wheeler. Again . . . a variation on Ford Petrola Onionspeak, but presented with a straight face.

      Had this Fisker ‘cycle article appeared on a website that catered specifically to mainstream motorcycle news, none of us “stuck up” enviro-types would be around to dis it and mainstream gearheads who care little about getting society away from petroleum would be universally showering it with praise.

  • Roger

    ya’ll should lighten up.

    i see a future conversion there!

  • outside

    How would a lighter frame significantly increase the mileage of a motorcycle when the primary cause of poor motorcycle mileage is due to wind resistance?

  • Benjamin Nead

    Sorry, but I’m not sure why an article regarding a pure gasoline-powered motorcycle is even showing up here on Clean Technica. Even though Henrik Fisker made a sorta-EV (PHEV) once, does this mean we are now going to hear about newer projects he makes with even less (or no) envro/sustain credentials?

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