Looks like a nice engineering feat, but let's wait until it shows up on a track before calling it a contender. Plus, the dude's name isn't that tough. It it pronounced "chez", so it would be 'motochez'. There was a boxing champ named Bobby Czysz, so I remember how it was pronounced.
Yep I read some of it while watching my Broncos lose to the Chargers. The offset V with twon counter rotationg cranks seems to be over engineered for a race bike. Just my opinion. Though I can see the advanages to it. I like the two shock hybird thing in back. 4 cylinders is good i.e. no V-Twin hacks.
Good out of the box thinking. I like what he said about not getting in a contest of refining existing designs with the Japanese. I wish him luck. This country does have the engineering talent to compete. However, given that Harvard MBAs dominate corporations in the U.S., I think this country lacks the financial will to compete..... It has to be someone like him outside the system to do it. I hope he can get the financial backing to pull it off...
Apparently this guy made his money as interior designer to the stars; he's worked with entertainment types like Lenny Kravitz.
So maybe he has the contacts to get funded. It's one hell of an uphill battle there; if deep pockets Proton can't fund the KR to a podium, it would be positively Brittenesque if Michael Czysz could do it.
So with 2 crankshafts does that mean it technically has 2 engines?
Fascinating, I love when someone tries a truly new design. The longitudinal layout makes for compact packaging. Traditionally, the side-effect of that layout is the engine torque upsetting the balance of the bike, but they've eliminated that by having counter-rotating cranks.
The dual shock design helps them engineer in some lateral suspension movement ie when the bike is leaned over. I think Yamaha was experimenting with this a while back on their motogp ride.
Actually, I think it's his son who started a Chicago-based Architecture firm that also does product design (like the Lenny Kravitz guitar). But, as you say, it looks like they did more glorified interior design stuff. I read the son has left the firm to join the MotoGP project full-time.
I'm sure they're probably shopping for a big corporate sponsor (or sponsors) to get this thing really going. That's probably why they went and built a very finished-looking prototype. It'll be a tough sled, but who knows?
So, does that make the bike a motorsizzle or a motorsizzcycle?
Bet ya theres gonna be some very strangely alliterated copy when this one comes out "Surveying said snapshots, and sizing-up said sizzlecycle, cynical secret surveys surmise something strangely sinister" said SuperCylcle's, sneaky-super-snoop, Sneed Snavley.