Vanguard Motorcycles marque to make debut at NYC show

Vanguard Motorcycles

Vanguard Motorcycles, a new motorcycle marque, will make its debut at the upcoming International Motorcycle Show in New York City.

Vanguard’s staff won’t have to travel far to attend the show, as promo copy says the bikes are intended to be built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the company’s bigwigs are based in NYC.

The Vanguard Roadster (the first bike to debut) will not be a machine for the plebs. With an MSRP at $29,995 US, this is a bike for the well-heeled. Details in the press release were slim, but it’s obviously built around a massive air-cooled V-twin. The styling is reminiscent of Husqvarna’s Vitpilen — sort of a neo-traditional design. However, the Vanguard has a much beefier engine than the Husky’s 400-class thumper. The press copy says the Vanguard’s 1900 cc engine is derived from the S&S X-Wedge powerplant, putting out 110 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed gearbox mated to a shaft drive. That engine is also a structural member of the chassis.

Suspension is fully-adjustable 48 mm Ohlins forks up front, and an Ohlins monoshock in rear. Seat height is 813 mm, fuel capacity is 21 litres, and “target weight,” whatever that means, is 250 kg. Tires are Metzeler Marathons, and front and rear wheels are both 18-inchers.

Along with the Roadster, Vanguard plans to also release a cruiser and “racer” model — we’d guess that means a cafe racer. Production of the Roadster is supposed to start in 2018. See more information on the bike and the company’s plans in its release below:

Vanguard is unveiling its Roadster at the New York Motorcycle Show
… Conceived, designed and built in New York City, Vanguard is an exciting, entirely new and wholly distinct motorcycle brand.
Vanguard, with its forward-thinking design and pioneering features, is a product without equivalent as well as a brand with the potential to bring new perspectives to the motorcycle industry.
Vanguard is excited to invite members of the media and public to come see its new Roadster in person. The world premiere is scheduled for the International Motorcycle Show in New York City on December 9th.
Form and function have never been more complimentary. The Vanguard Roadster has a striking contemporary silhouette, the result of clear and well-informed design decisions. The lines emerged from breaking everything down into rethinking needs and solutions.
The Vanguard Roadster is a running prototype, with production slated for 2018. It boasts many unique features including a frameless structural engine, unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-size digital dashboard with rear-view camera. The Roadster is the first of 3 motorcycles built on a common powertrain platform that will cover all riding positions: Roadster, Cruiser and Racer.
Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The modular construction, based on large sub-assemblies, revisits traditional manufacturing methods. Combined with worldwide sourcing and the support of key motorcycle vendors, Vanguard will deliver exceptional value and quality.
Starting at $29,995, a premium price within reach, the Vanguard Roadster is a strong alternative to current premium motorcycles. Selected dealers are signing up to be the ambassadors of this game-changing brand.
Vanguard is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. Together they form a dynamic team of drive and vision.
With a fresh perspective and unique approach, Vanguard promises to be a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.


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