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Honda Oree Electric Motorcycle Concept

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Honda Oree Electric Motorcycle Concept
A design project by German college students Nike Albertus and Andre Look, the Honda Oree is a electric motorcycle concept model debuting at the 2008 INTERMOT Bike Show.
Wandering the 1057 booths at the 2008 INTERMOT Bike Show in Cologne, Germany, one of Motorcycle USA’s favorite exhibits was the Innovation Café. Featuring alternative two-wheeled designs, electric motorcycles and scooters were prominent. Yet there was one electric design that stood out in our minds, the Honda Oree.

A naked street bike concept, the diminutive scale model size of the Oree doesn’t diminish its big ideas. The creation of two German design college students, Nike Albertus and Andre Look, the intention of the Oree “was to create a concept bike for dynamic road riding.”

Creating the model only days before the INTERMOT show, Albertus and Look sourced their interest in motorcycles and honed their talent at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach am Main.

Honda Oree Electric Motorcycle Concept
The Oree concept is powered by an electric motor with battery packs mounted on the circular exterior.
“One of our first fundamentals was to create a concept bike which is made by riders for riders,” explains Look, “with the ambition of innovation and also the idea of making the technique and the concept work.”

The minimalist design is fashioned around an electric motor, with radial battery packs placed around the circular edge of the powerplant – including the recharge plug. Citing the performance benefits of an electric motor, including high torque at low revs and quick acceleration, Look notes his design also does without a CVT gearbox or clutch. Instead power is transmitted directly via belt drive.

The ambitious student design anticipates a motor producing 90-plus horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque and top speed near 120 mph. Weight would be in the range of 290-375 lbs with a range of between 80-190 miles, depending on the number of batteries used. Of course, this is all speculative, as no such batteries or motor now exists (remember it’s a design college project!).

“The main point of our design was to let the rider feel the action happening in and around the motorcycle,” says Look on the unique lines of the Oree.

Honda Oree Electric Motorcycle Concept
Albertus and Look wanted the rider to see the suspension working, so the rear shock is visible though the frame in front of the seat.
Claiming inspiration from popular European naked bikes like the Kawasaki ER-6, the bare styling of the Oree sports a less-is-more gestalt (that’s German for design). Odd-shaped hand controls include hanging mirrors. A circular control display is located in a more conventional position, above the fork – the front houses the headlight assembly. Taillights are tucked under the scant seat.

Chassis design features a single pivot point around the motor for the single-sided swingarm and final drive. Looking down in their stance, a rider will see the shock in action, as it’s placed between the frame’s backbone spars.

“The major aspect of the suspension is to expose functions and attitude – in standstill for every viewer and also while riding,” explains Look. “At first the direct effects of the road can be recognized through the fork and swingarm movement - further the motion of the suspension shocks between the frame halves can be realized.”

Not an official Honda development, Look assures the two students “requested Honda R&D to backup our knowledge of motorcycles with their professional experience.”

Readers may remember the big Honda news at the 2008 INTERMOT Bike Show in Cologne was the unveiling of its V-Four concept bike. More akin to a sculpture than a functional ride, the wild-looking V-Four concept got top billing. Sure, the Oree is a scale model, but it looks like a more finished product and in pure creativity, the college kids may have bested Big Red at INTERMOT.

Honda Oree Electric Motorcycle Concept
It will most likely never move beyond miniature model stage, but the Oree is still a design with big ideas.
The Oree was met with enthusiasm in the Innovation Café. “The response at the Intermot Cologne was stunning,” confirms Look, “even a lot of Ducati riders were zealous about the look of the bike and the idea behind it.”

As for the Oree’s non-scale-model future?

Although Honda CEO Takeo Fukui did announce the manufacturer plans to introduce an electric design in about two year’s time, don’t expect to see the Oree at your Honda dealership anytime soon. For now it remains an independent creative experiment, with Look saying, “how the project will continue is currently still open.”
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Carthnick - Auckland Super City -WHERE HAS OUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE GONE?  January 10, 2011 02:33 AM
I would will feel fully alive on this comfortable looking machine. Even now as the specific batteries needed to operate this exciting concept does not exist, still right now we have access to a myriad of possible power and fuel alternatives. Obviously in order to advance in motorcycle technology we need to break away from the stone age. Maybe a flying motorcyle???
Robert -I want one.  August 29, 2010 11:17 PM
Well, this is the most beautiful bike I've seen in... ever. But maybe that's just because I don't like conventional bikes. I want one of these. I don't care that fat people can't sit on it. I'll just try not to get fat. And a top speed of 190km/h will do me fine. In fact, doing 190 on the motorway anywhere around here will do me a fine of about 500 euros. Just get this thing into production already.
Bastid -Wut  March 2, 2010 11:43 AM
What's the point of this? If you cannot see the posibilities beyond what is in production now, then innovation is not for you. Concepts are meant to challenge the status quo among other things...
brian -mr  January 26, 2010 03:01 AM
I think this bike is beautiful. I love futuristic designs. Anyone who is asking for a "normal" looking bike, just stay in this year forever. I like progress.
Wayne C. -bikes  August 11, 2009 10:39 AM
Concepts are usually way different from actual production models. I am excited that the industry is moving in this direction. I think you will see more model selections as we go that fit any lifesyle. We must break the addiction to oil and clean up our own backyards.
sachin -looks of the oree  June 22, 2009 11:45 PM
i am into electric motors and stuff and i really encourage this kinda work, but seriosly, do u really think anyone wud want to ride a thing that looks like its from outer planet, Why cant they make a bike that looks like a normal ducati or yamaha?! is it dat hard?? what if i have a fat ass and want to sit on oree? just look at the seat? i have one thing to say to guys who made it just make a normal looking motorcycle which run good on lesser battery life.....that all that people want.
Fitz in Canada -I'd hit it  May 19, 2009 08:11 PM
Electric bikes are the wave of the future. Battery and motor technology is progressing at a blinding rate. Practical E-bikes that are suitable for city use are already on the market and it's only a matter of a short time before someone markets one that exceeds the practicality and performance of i.c.e. bikes. The styling is a personal matter, but I like the freshness of this design. note to Honda fan: you WHAT some WHAT to feel better??
adam -art  April 10, 2009 02:10 PM
Meanwhile Brammo just went ahead and built the Enertia! Let's stop drawing pretty pictures and get on with, Honda!
Honda fan -Abou taste, there's no accounting about  April 6, 2009 07:28 AM
Its just H-OREE-ble !If I have to ride that, first I dink some break fluid just to feel better :P .
Jeffrey Laing -ebike  March 31, 2009 10:11 PM
Good Bike we need this.
Hans G. A. from Denmark -German futuristic ART paid for by Honda  January 14, 2009 12:52 AM
This is Art made by someone not limiting his fantasy in any way. MC-Riders just have to adjust their body and mind to adapt to this stylish showpiece. As far as I remember humans has looked like this for more than 5000.000 years so someone at Honda just might change a few things before production starts.
Paul M. -The New Honda Atrocity  January 7, 2009 07:25 AM
My eyes, MY EYES!!! The styling of this -thing- is sadistic. Can't remember the last time I saw something that's been beat so hard with the ugly stick. Hint to the college students who designed it: look to nature for pleasing organic shapes.
Ken -Honda art  January 6, 2009 11:20 PM
Nice artwork. Too bad it's total fiction and about as real as a Tron Speedster. What's the point of this?