We haven’t heard a lot about Henrik Fisker since Fisker Automotive closed up shop last year. Now is name has resurfaced in a collaboration with premium motorcycle builder Lauge Jensen, which unveiled the Viking Concept at the Top Marques luxury brands show in Monaco today.
The Viking Concept is a bike that retains a classic cruiser that has been sculptured into a dynamic, flowing design. The tank, seat and rear fender blend together to create a seamless effect, which Fisker believes to be unique in custom motorcycles.
“It’s been a dream of mine to design and create a motorcycle for many years and this is the first time I have the freedom to go and do it,” Fisker said of the collaboration. “I hope people like what we have created and that we can make more of them.”
Fisker, who worked at both BMW and Aston Martin before starting Fisker Coachbuild and Fisker Automotive, was commissioned by Anders Kirk Johansen — an industrialist whose family invented LEGO™ — in the creation of the new motorcycle concept following Johansen’s acquisition of the Danish motorcycle manufacturing firm in 2012.
“We have been developing the Viking Concept for some time,” said Johansen. “It’s great to have Henrik, one of the world’s leading vehicle designers and a fellow Dane working in partnership with us to help create a really special, emotional design. Revealing a concept bike is all about gauging demand but, if it’s there, I look forward to producing the Viking Concept for the mainstream market.”
Powered by a 45-degree V-twin producing 100hp, the bike capable of more than 130mph, yet it’s the first motorcycle of its type to comply with stringent Euro IV emissions regulations that come into effect in 2016. Built in Wisconsin, the engine has been carefully developed and tuned to meet the new emissions targets without compromising the engine’s performance, safeguarding the production and character of future products.
The concept points to a possible volume-production direction for Johansen’s Lauge Jensen brand, which currently produces the limited edition Great Dane custom cruiser, that starts at €42,800. The company intends to build a bike based on the Viking Concept at higher volumes and with a lower price tag than the Great Dane.
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