V-Rex de­signed to thrill

Dreams do come true for Aus­tralian de­sign guru Tim Cameron. He speaks to CRAIG DUFF

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THE V-Rex is proof dreams can come true. This fu­ture cruiser is the work of ac­claimed mo­tor­cy­cle de­signer Tim Cameron. And it’s be­ing built in the US, right now.

Cameron is as eu­phoric as a first­time fa­ther— you half ex­pect him to pull snapshots of the bike out of his wal­let.

It’s lit­er­ally a dream come true for the tal­ented Aus­tralian, who is stag­gered that the fi­nal cre­ation is so true to his orig­i­nal 3D com­puter ren­der­ing.

‘‘The open­ing line in the mo­tor­cy­cle.com story — ‘If An­gelina Jolie strolled down Main St naked, per­haps with her hair on fire, she might come close to at­tract­ing the amount of at­ten­tion the Travert­son V-Rex does’ — had me smil­ing for days,’’ Cameron says.

The bike is be­ing built by the same man who cre­ated the jet­tur­bine-pow­ered Y2K bike owned by US talk­show host Jay Leno.

Chris­tian Travert man­aged to trans­form Cameron’s dig­i­tal images into de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

The com­pany has used a 1250cc Har­ley-David­son Revo­lu­tion en­gine from the V-Rod, with belt drive to the 280/35-18 rear tyre, to power the dream ma­chine.

Cameron says he is amazed at Travert’s abil­ity to cre­ate a pro­duc­tion bike with­out com­pro­mis­ing the ini­tial de­sign.

‘‘This bike comes from some­where dif­fer­ent and it took a ge­nius like Chris­tian Travert to bring it to life in such an ac­cu­rate form,’’ he says.

‘‘The V-Rex is an ex­pres­sion of where I felt cruiser and cus­tom bike de­sign should be head­ing, be­cause I think the cruiser ap­pears to be stuck in some kind of nos­tal­gic time warp, never re­ally hav­ing moved on from the ’70s. And I wanted to project into the fu­ture rather than poke around in the past for that new look I was af­ter.

‘‘I’m also proud an­other Aus­tralian ve­hi­cle de­sign has made such an im­pact in the US — much like the Monaro and now the new Com­modore run­ning around as a Pontiac.

‘‘I don’t think we Aus­tralians recog­nise our own achieve­ments in the field of IP (in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty) and de­sign nearly enough.’’

Cameron should know — his fu­tur­is­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of mo­tor­cy­cle de­sign has been at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional com­ment for years.

He is also the cre­ator of the Bike of the Fu­ture con­cept spon­sored by Swann In­sur­ance, which used ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy to show­case how smart de­sign can min­imise bik­ere­pair costs.

His fas­ci­na­tion with all things two-wheeled stems from child­hood and, not sur­pris­ingly, he’s been a rider for the past 30 years.

‘‘My big brother tak­ing me for a spin on the back of his then brand new Kawasaki Mach III was a defin­ing mo­ment in my life,’’ Cameron says.

‘‘I have been scrib­bling mo­tor­cy­cles for as long as I can re­mem­ber. The un­used pages of my old school books tell the story.’’

Cameron is still work­ing on his de­signs. The sin­gle-cylin­der Di­ablo is his latest of­fer­ing.

‘‘The orig­i­nal Du­cati Su­per­mono was dead sexy and now that Du­catis have be­come de­sir­able again, I think a su­per-light­weight and pow­er­ful thumper based on the des­mod­romic style of en­gine would round out their range nicely,’’ he says.

‘‘A few other fu­tur­is­tic ideas are lurk­ing as well, like the ‘tele-lever’ style forks and a hid­den ‘re­verse­pro­jec­tor’ head­light.

‘‘The Di­ablo would nat­u­rally have to have a devil-rais­ing dis­place­ment of 666cc and its large sin­gle cylin­der would be filled by forced in­duc­tion cour­tesy of a satanic su­per­charger mounted where the back cylin­der of a 90-de­gree v-twin would nor­mally be.

‘‘Any­thing that was not ex­otic al­loy or ti­ta­nium would be made of car­bon fi­bre — nat­u­rally.’’ www.tim­cameron­de­sign.com.au

Next hope:

the sin­gle-cylin­der Di­ablo 666 is the latest de­sign of­fer­ing from Aus­tralia’s Tim Cameron. ‘‘I have been scrib­bling mo­tor­cy­cles for as long as I can re­mem­ber,’’ Cameron says.

Rex rules: the V-Rex is en­ter­ing pro­duc­tion through Chris­tian Travert, who cre­ated the Y2K bike owned by Jay Leno.

New: the VR-2 may also be built.

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