Vanguard Moto Inc
The big day has arrived, our full public launch is this weekend. We will be showing for the first time our running prototype #01 to the public at the NY Motorcycle Show today, Friday Dec 9th.
The Show will go on until Sunday the 11th at the Javits Center in Manhattan. We hope to have the pleasure to see you there.
Our website www.vanguard.nyc is now live and brings you more information about Vanguard, about the Vanguard Roadster, and shares with you 3 brand new videos: One about the story and foundation of Vanguard, and two clips where Ed tells you more about his design philosophy.
Thanks again for your support and your interest.
Edward & Francois-Xavier
Vanguard – Video
Our favorite, and first, video
We are super excited, we can finally share all sorts of great information with you. The first thing we wanted to share is something we are very proud of. It is our first video, and we wanted you to be the first to see it.
Stay tuned to this blog, and you will get first access to lots of great content. To be notified, please follow us on social media, and sign up for our email list at the bottom of the page.
Welcome to Vanguard
Vanguard – two more videos about the Roadster
Design - Edward Jacobs
Our amazing videographer Charlotte had a shoot with Ed the other day. Ed really opened up about the thought process and design behind building the Vanguard Roadster.
If you ever asked, how do they design a motorcycle, these are the building blocks.
Stay tuned for more!
Inspiration - The Vanguard Roadster
What a motorcycle should be - The Vanguard Roadster
Building the Vanguard Roadster Part 1 of 3
Since our launch a few weeks ago, on December 9th at the New York City motorcycle show, everyone from the Economist to Uncrate and even Maxim has written a bit about Vanguard and the Vanguard Roadster.
We launched our website, and this blog at the same time, but there is so much more about Vanguard that we want to tell you. This post will be the first in a three part series providing some background on Vanguard as a company and the Vanguard Roadster as both a concept and as a running riding prototype.
We jumped the gun a bit this week, and last, and posted a lot of content. Most recently we posted a time lapse of what was planned as part of the second installment of this series: early prototyping. So please forgive us if we jump around a bit.
From the middle:
This spring was the culmination of almost two years of work designing the motorcycle known as the Vanguard Roadster in a CAD program called Solidworks. While most of the designing was completed on the computer, our sourcing team had their hands full procuring the parts needed to take the Vanguard Roadster from digital model to physical prototype.
While we do some of our own machining and fabrication, we outsource certain parts when it makes sense. During the winter of 2015, and the Spring of 2016, our sourcing team was busy working with vendors to order individual parts that would become the Vanguard Roadster. We had to work with multiple vendors, because we were in stealth mode, and did not want anyone to see our entire design before launch.
Over the course of the spring, parts began to show up. Carbon fiber tanks, aluminum crankcase halves, thermoplastic cam covers, acrylic turn signals, and hardened steel shafts and gears. Relying on outside vendors can be tricky, but with a lot of late nights on the phone, and a lot of quality control work on our side and theirs, we had all the right parts for the Vanguard Roadster by summer.
Building a motorcycle for the first time is much more complicated than a jigsaw puzzle. Even though you know where all the pieces go, you still have to work out how they go together, and you need to be extremely conscious of how your bolts and other mating surfaces interact. Ed gave the entire team a crash course in mating steel fasteners with billet aluminum parts: some of this is shown in video to the right of this post. Relax, its time lapse, even Ed cannot build that fast.
Putting together the prototype is not even half the battle, but it was amazing watching it come together, and seeing the Vanguard Roadster complete for the first time.
Stay tuned for the second, third and possibly fourth parts to this three part series.
Building the Vanguard Roadster
Quick share before the holidays
We wanted to give a quick post to let you know about an article about Vanguard Moto Inc and the Vanguard Roadster from launch week. We already shared this on social media, but wanted to make sure you had a chance to read it, before it goes into the archives.
The Economist has written a nice piece about Vanguard, and about how it is now possible to build a manufacturing company from scratch. Check it out at http://www.economist.com/news/business/21711506-startup-uses-digital-engineering-enter-market-new-motorcycle-brand-springs and pick up a paper copy if you can still find one.
Post launch wrap-up
Our website is not nearly large enough to contain all the links to all the articles, online and in paper, that have been written about the Vanguard Roadster since we launched.
We do want to give a huge thank you to all those who took the time to read these articles, and especially to those who took the time to write them. We will continue sharing articles on here and on our homepage. If you see something you think we missed, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook live video of press conference at the NYC International Motorcycle Show at the Javits Center: www.facebook.com/pg/vanguardmoto/videos/
URDesign article about the Vanguard Roadster: www.urdesignmag.com/technology/2016/12/14/vanguard-roadster-motorcycle/
Maxim showed us some serious love: www.maxim.com/rides/vanguard-motorcycle-debuts-2016-12