A new American-built motorcycle company will make its debut at the New York City Progressive International Motorcycle Show, December 9-11. Brooklyn-based Vanguard will be showing a running prototype of its first model, the Roadster, in its world premier.
If BMW’s Vision Next concept bike was just a bit too futuristic for you, try the Vanguard Roadster on for size. There’s no arguing that it has a unique look, but there are familiar elements as well as some forward-thinking but realistic features, such as a “frameless structural engine,” unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-sized digital dashboard with rear-view camera. And you’ll have an opportunity to actually see and/or ride one in your lifetime, with Vanguard saying the Roadster will go into production for 2018.
The Roadster is the first of three motorcycles that Vanguard plans to produce on a common powertrain platform, to be followed by the Cruiser and Racer. It will be assembled in Brooklyn, New York, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It features modular construction based on large sub-assemblies, and appears to use components from familiar manufacturers like Brembo and Öhlins.
If the Roadster reminds you of another high-end American motorcycle company, there’s good reason. Former Confederate Motorcycles chief designer Edward Jones and Director Francois-Xavier Terny are heading up Vanguard.
The Roadster is positioned as a premium motorcycle, yet Vanguard says they intend to keep it “within reach,” with a price tag starting at $29,995.
You can see the new Vanguard Roadster at the New York International Motorcycle Show, December 9-11. For tickets, click here.