European designers pay tribute to Japanese art forms with Samurai motorcycle concept

Article by Christian A., on January 20, 2017

Auto designers Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko aren’t from Japan. In fact, Smirnov is from Minsk, Belarus while Panchenko is from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Despite their distances, Smirnov and Panchenko were able to collaborate on a design that pays homage to the arts from a land far away from them – Japan.

This piece of motorcycle design project – simply dubbed as “Motorbike from Great Japan” isn’t an actual bike yet, but rather a design study posted by Smirnov and Panchenko in a certain Web site. In particular, the designer duo posted the Motorbike from Great Japan in Behance, which is an online platform that enables creative professionals across different industries and companies to showcase or discover creative work.

In an introduction to their design project, Smirnov and Panchenko remarked that the Japanese design approach has always been original. True enough, the Japanese sense of design has been defined by its simplicity of form, minimalistic character and a clever use of space. The duo noted this approach has become a part of Japanese culture, just like the samurai spirit and the art of origami.

Smirnov and Panchenko noted that these approaches are recognized in the industrial design of the Japanese brands but they are currently not prevalent in the design of Japanese cars and motorcycles. They noted that it seemed Japanese carmakers are living by the game rules that European brands have imposed – especially when a newbie customer cannot distinguish between Japanese and European brands. This is why these designers decided that it was already time to go back to the “roots and make Japan great again!”

As they conceived it, this Motorbike from Great Japan employs minimalistic styling, featuring simple forms and straight lines – as evidenced by its seemingly rectangular side panels. This Motorbike from Great Japan is nearly void of the sharp edges of modern bikes as well as rounded shapes of European styling. It even features a front end – a stylistic combination of headlights, handle bars and front forks – that looks like that of Samurai warrior wearing his kabuto (Samurai helmet). Interestingly, the grips of this Motorbike from Great Japan look like the grips of a katana, a Japanese sword used by Samurai warriors.

Remarkably, this Motorbike from Great Japan features a number of convenient components like its adjustable rider seat and its adjustable foot rest. Should a rider want a companion, also provided is an Origami-shaped side car in which the passenger could sit in a minimalistic space. Both the Motorbike from Great Japan and the side car are finished in black, and we assume that its panels are made from carbon fiber. The S04, SIV and similar letterings are found all over the Motorbike from Great Japan. A large SIV is also found on the bonnet of the side car. We don’t know what it means, but this could be the official name of the motorbike concept. However, we could also assume that this letter-number is symbolical for both Smirnov and Panchenko.

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