No, Nothing didn’t design an e-bike… this piece was designed for the LBM workshop (Leo Brutal Motorcycle) using bulletproof glass as the main material. Dubbed the Nu’Clear (because it’s new and clear) this unusual two-wheeler looks like nothing you’ve ever seen because while most bikes opt for large fairings and body panels to build character, the Nu’ Clear takes the complete opposite path through transparency in his approach…no literally! The motorcycle concept (it obviously doesn’t quite exist yet) explores some first. Not only does it use bulletproof glass in the design elements, but also in the structural parts, like the hubs of each wheel. Sure, the bike’s chassis is still Meta, but this unusual combination of metal and glass allows the Nu’Clear to show off beautifully. Plus, there’s extra points if you noticed the transparent fuel tank above that’s filled with ethanol that the Nu’Clear runs on.
Author: Mikhail Smolyanov
Designed with the atom punk style of the 50’s and 60’s in mind, the Nu’Clear captures the potential futuristic aesthetic of the time. Sure, a glass motorcycle is futuristic by pretty much any standard, but the use of straight lines and smooth fillets (as opposed to wildly aerodynamic shapes) makes it look distinctly atom-punk. Think Jetsons, which originally aired in the ’60s.
Although Smolyanov mentions that the Nu’Clear has the potential to be an e-bike, for his personal experimentation, the designer chose to outfit it with a boxer motor that exits from both sides and sporty fins that also resemble batteries in a nuclear reactor (which reinforces the Nu’Clear name). What’s fascinating about this design direction is the fact that it now also features a transparent fuel tank, so you can see the fuel inside in a way that makes a fuel gauge absolutely unnecessary!
Smolyanov experimented with a few versions (see below), using a combination of chassis styles. Each variant brought a new flavor to the Nu’Clear, either revealing or obscuring parts of it. V1 had a larger fuel tank, V3 used opaque fairing at the base, and V4 opted for incredibly beautiful flat arched metal ducts to give the bike its strength and character.
While the motorcycle uses bulletproof glass for a fairly large part of the motorcycle design, other materials such as metal, rubber, etc. are used for the parts that could not be made from glass. This means Nu’Clear isn’t fully transparent, but for the most part it’s sufficiently skeletal to really catch the eye when cruising down the road. However, this experience is not limited to passers-by, but also to the rider, who has the unique experience of being able to control a motorcycle made of glass and see the components and parts inside the two-wheeler in a way that has never been seen before!