Though the 2 look nothing alike, the FTR “Black Swan” is the companion bike to Workhorse Pace Store’s “AMA FTR” customized revealed earlier this yr. (Indian Motorbike/)
Once we confirmed you Brice Hennebert’s newest FTR customized construct just a few weeks in the past, the pinnacle honcho of Workhorse Pace Store additionally talked about he had one other construct within the works.
Now that second companion bike, additionally primarily based on Indian Motorbike’s FTR mannequin, has been revealed. Referred to as “Black Swan,” it’s a lot sportier, extra performance-oriented tackle the FTR, however, it’s no much less radical, taking inspiration and influences from ‘90s superbikes, fashionable Grand Prix racers, and even tuned Porsches.
The one-piece carbon fiber physique was in all probability essentially the most difficult part of the construct and was fabricated by Robert Collyns from 13.8 Composites. (Indian Motorbike/)
The Black Swan idea itself has hatched some years again when Hennebert was racing in the Wheels & Waves competition. “Throughout that point, I had the imaginative and prescient to construct a sports activities bike for street use…constructed like a GP bike.
The proprietor of the bike gave me whole freedom across the mission.” With preliminary sketches in hand, Hennebert then trekked out to Akrapovič’s HQ in Slovenia to assist with the 2-1 exhaust system, coming again with the gorgeous underslung muffler to maintain the smooth profile he’d envisioned.
Underslung exhaust comes courtesy of Akrapovič, however, builder Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Pace Store fabricated a brand new swingarm from 7020 aluminum, whereas Öhlins Racing supplied a particular piggyback shock in black to match the theme. (Indian Motorbike/)
Again in the Workhorse workshop, the bodywork was formed in clay after which 3D was scanned and given to Formae Design. Whereas Formae refined the physique design, Hennebert turned to chassis modifications because of the gasoline tank fabrication across the unique air consumption system.
Vinco Racing Engineering dealt with a lot of the CNC machining for elements from Hennebert’s designs such because the swingarm becoming, chassis plates, triple timber, gasoline cell elements, and extra.
The subsequent main problem on Black Swan was to develop an “eyelid” system to cover and reveal the headlight. (Indian Motorbike/)
When the CAD mannequin of the one-piece physique was finalized, Robert Collyns from 13.8 Composites labored his carbon-fiber fab magic on it, producing a mold for the one-piece physique, which weighs simply 1.8 kilograms.
Hennebert says, “Creating the bodywork was a significant part of the construct…however I used to be decided to have a one-piece physique.”
It wasn’t simple, however, the “lids” are pushed by two stepper motors that enable them to open and shut. (Indian Motorbike/)
One other main impediment was Hennebert’s imaginative and prescient of a “winking” entrance headlight that may very well be opened and closed, and the crew got here up with a system that used two stepper motors managed by an Arduino (an electronics platform that’s in a position to learn inputs and switch it into an output).
With the swooping carbon physique, closed “eyelids,” and 3D-printed physique components, Black Swan is certainly a wild mix of competitors’ models with a streetwise stance.
An aluminum belly pan was added to assist with exhaust warmth, whereas extra CNC machining across the chassis and swingarm was finished by Vinco Racing Engineering. (Indian Motorbike/)
Carbon fiber meets 3D-printed bodywork on Black Swan’s tank, which is shaped across the unique consumption system. (Indian Motorbike/)
Extra carbon fiber, with a 3D-printed tail section out again. The Alcantara-covered seat is by Silver Machine Seats. (Indian Motorbike/)
Someway inventory Indian Motorbike show was built-in into the cockpit. Sprint accents are in Alcantara, additionally finished by Silver Machine. (Indian Motorbike/)
Tremendous-lightweight prototype braking system is from longtime companion Beringer and works on Rotobox carbon wheels with Dunlop-supplied GP Racer tires. (Indian Motorbike/)
Hennebert says Black Swan is one of his most complex builds. (Indian Motorbike/)