What will a Harley look like in 2020? That’s what designer Miguel Cotto wanted to explore. His resulting design is sleek and robotic.
The 2020 Harley design is Cotto’s attempt to fast forward 10 years. According to Cotto, the 2020 Harley will still have a large 883cc engine, with that solid brand sound of high revs and roars, but the traditional road hog will look entirely different. Missing are today’s handlebars and spoke wheels. The wheel hubs are said to be giant bearings. And you can’t miss thinking that the orange color represents total transformation.
More pictures at Harley Davidson Circa 2020, which is on the Yanko Design website. Yanko Design is a site that encourages designers to explore designs for the future. If you spend some time on Yanko’s website, you’ll see there are all sorts of concept designs.
To me, this is more like a 2060 (or maybe even a 2100) design than a 2020 design. From a technology perspective, I seriously doubt that embedded sensors, robotics, AI, and nanotechnology that looks to be a part of this whole design will be ready by 2020. And from a brand image perspective, I don’t see Harley making such radical changes to their design over the next ten years…but perhaps you could make a case for 50 years from now.
Want to get a feel for what it would be like to ride one of these things? Check out the Official Tron Legacy Trailer and go for a 3 minute ride.