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2009-01-15 15:36
Every so often a concept model comes by that is just too good to pass up without sharing it first, the Honda Oree definitely falls in that category.

Meet the Honda Oree, a space-age creation by two German industrial design students, Nike Albertus and Andre Look.

Although not an official Honda concept, the Japanese company did supply the two students with in-depth technological  information to assist them in creating this curvy beast.

The Oree will be powered by an electric motor which the designers expect will create 67kW and 169Nm of torque. Top speed should be around the 100 km/h mark. For its charge the motor relies on two batteries located in the fairing.

Minimalist styling revolves around the electric motor, with a belt drive transferring power to the rear wheel. In a move that takes “naked” styling to a new level, the rear shock is visible through the frame.

The overall design is clean, with functional items like indicators and brake light integrated into the main body, and curvaceous lines are nicely offset by an angular fuel tank. A couple of unexpected accents punctuate the design – like rearview mirrors hanging underneath the handlebar.

As with high fashion the aim of a project like this is not to create a functional and practical design, but rather to push the boundaries of motorcycle design to new limits.

For a college design project, we give the Honda Oree a wholehearted thumbs-up.

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