Colby Higgins has designed a concept bike that seeks to revolutionize the way motorcycles are built. Light and using no gasoline, the Brayton 6 concept motorcycle replaces petrol with natural gas, a substance that’s increasingly being considered as an alternative for gasoline. Unlike conventionally built bikes, the Brayton 6 was visualized from the inside out. With plenty of emphasis laid on power-to-weight ratio, the bike looks to be one of a kind.
Higgins’s design is also an attempt to bring man and machine together with the use of bladders. They actually throb to create linear motion, turning the motorcycle into a virtual living being. From what we can see, the Brayton 6 looks like it has stepped out of a near post-apocalyptic age.
Higgins had earlier designed the Train Wreck Bike which won him accolades from motorcycle enthusiasts eager to know if such a concept could enter production. With the Brayton 6, he has established a foothold in the world of two-wheeler design.
To ensure that the bike is extremely lightweight, Higgins envisions building the motorcycle around a combustion bladder. The bladders are made of lightweight carbon nanotube cylinders with each acting as a 2-stroke engine for pulling the camshaft and creating linear motion. A microcontroller regulates timing and fuel to offer ease of maintenance and guarantee light weight. A tank at the bottom stores natural gas.
Higgins’s aim was to design a bike that would give riders the feeling of a naked motorcycle. The structure of the frame lets users shift their riding position and height with a button’s push. This is made possible owing to air muscles that offer swift and precise adjustment. The bladders of the engine are fitted to the center of the structure, held together by integral fairings. Large brakes and wheel bearings elevate the Brayton 6’s performance.