Erik Askin wins the Rizoma Design Challenge with Tryal
Check out this trippy ‘future of motorcycling’ electric motorcycle design
In a recent design contest to demonstrate the “Future of Motorcycling”, this innovative electric motorcycle design known as the Tryal took the top prize.
a mini-motorcycle has won the rizoma design challenge, which saw designers come up digitally rendered body concepts and accessories. the challenge called for ideas that would contribute to the future of motorcycling. its winning design was by erik askin, the associate design director at new deal design in san francisco, who designed an electric motorcycle with a triangular body.
called tryal, the winning concept looks like a mini cross motorcycle with 14-inch wheels. the rounded, triangular body of the tryal packs a large battery, which is built into the downtube area while the motor moves by means of a toothed belt to reduce noise and maintenance.
‘the future of motorcycling will hinge on getting more riders on two wheels,’ says askin. ‘among an industry catering towards performance and horsepower, the tryal bike offers a friendlier approach. simple, approachable and most importantly fun, this is a bike that is easy for anyone to ride.’
‘bold colours, clean iconic forms, and fun features such as the customise-able dot matrix headlight, makes the tryal an exciting new choice for future riders. a modern day mini-moto with 14” wheels, electric drive train, and upright geometry the tryal is a blast for learning or simply a fun way to get around town.’
the rizoma design challenge is a competition sponsored by premium italian motorcycle accessory design studio rizoma. the challenge called for designers, engineers, and students to come up with new concepts and creative visions in two contest categories—motorcycle design and accessory product design. there are two prizes worth $5,000 each and an internship at the rizoma headquarters near milan up for grabs.