V-Rex designed to thrill
Dreams do come true for Australian design guru Tim Cameron. He speaks to CRAIG DUFF
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
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.