Living in an urban area the need for a car is hardly justified, a motorcycle however is a different story. Eyals Melnick's superbike concept helps bridge the gap between a urban and race motorcycle. The ergonomic characteristics vary drastically for the two types of riding styles. Melnick's concept has an adjustable fork, footpegs, and sub-frame that allow it to change to the demands of each rider.
Shavit is basically a road sport bike (superbike), with an adjustable riding position system, which allows it to turn into an everyday tourer/urban motorcycle, without sacrificing its basic sportbike character, by changing the riding position geometry and basic bike ergonomic. Its structure creates a sharp and aggressive superbike icon, that would talk to superbike riders' hearts, which are rather conservative by taste and acceptance of new technologies which change the familiar visualizations of bikes.
How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
As I do everyday, I start my work day with briefly going through the main design magazines and blogs. I saw the post for the announcement of the winners and later checked to find that I had won.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
I'm currently developing several more motorcycle projects as a part of my portfolio for vehicle design studies. I take a lot of the elements from the Shavit Project like, the electric engine platform, rider ergonomic solutions and try to create a series of motorcycle concepts that share the same ideas.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
I would like to explain the project's name, Shavit. In Hebrew it means "comet" but besides the translation it is named after Tal Shavit. He was the pioneer of motorcycle journalism in Israel but was was killed in an accident in March 2011. Tal Shavit was my childhood hero, and ever since I could read I connected strongly to his writing and photos. It was the closest way I could see exciting and exotic motorcycles, and he was one of the driving forces that got me into the motorcycle world. This project was inspired by him.
What was an "a-ha" moment from this project?
The main problem was to create a main anchor point for the entire design. With so many moving components I was afraid the whole thing would look like a mess. The footpegs, seat and handlebars had to move all together to create the necessary riding position changes, and all these parts were isolated and located in different areas. The use of the engine round contour to be used as the main pivot point was a great solution for me, and also turned out to be very precise by the ergonomic result. From this circle the motorcycle was built, by offsets and movement tests, until all parts connected together and were in their exact place. These offsets defined the final shape in the functional and conceptual design.