It sounds so simple: make it
functional and practical. Neither comes easily.
A stylish, low-slung design might work well at the track (or as a
non-running concept vehicle), but the reality of potholes and speed bumps and
driveways make it a nightmare. Building something from scratch can be fun,
but struggling to do simple maintenance such as tune-ups soon means the bike
runs poorly or isn't ridden at all. Exotica often comes with a price.
Having been a former VW Beetle owner, I need to ensure adequate tool
clearances and the ability to get to all areas of an engine without removing
it. I guess I've learned from other designer's shortcomings or compromises.
Having the controls in the right places, having instruments in useful
locations, having storage for small items, having lights and signals: these
are the basics of a practical vehicle. I can do better than just the basics:
I want something functional and practical and still be fun to
ride. Click on any sketch for a larger view.