Hubless motorcycles, people. Some designs are awesome. Others are so badass, they make your skin tighten around your face and leather chaps instantly appear on your leg meats. The Indian Gorilla V4 is no exception and is one of the coolest examples of two-wheeled engineering design and vehicular magnificence you’ll find. It also happens to be a current project being developed by the community on the Forge at Local Motors. Here’s a look.

Indian Gorilla V4

Vasilatos Ianis has been designing for 17 years and if you’ve seen his portfolio on Coroflot you know he loves vehicle design and has the incredible ability to create amazing vehicle concepts with particularly focus on the wheels, and the possibilities that lie within, to make them both functional and absolutely striking. The Indian Gorilla V4 is a concept he has submitted to the Local Motors community for crowdsourcing development. With Indian motorcycles being an iconic brand and the Gorilla V4 a hubless design, you can imagine it’s garnered a lot of interest.

“The idea includes both technical soltions taken from the rich history of Indian motorcycles and new and futuristic solutions that defines the concept. The american retro style look of the 60′s, Gorilla V4 is a combination of a muscular bike with delicate detailing like the old look instrumentations placed on both handgrips. The motorcycle is powered by a massive V4 engine covered with panels and old fashion style ventilation grilles, numbered cylinders, big exhaust pipes, sporty driving possition, 32 inch tires, hubless wheels, large amount of chrome parts and external tubular frame structure. Indian Gorilla V4 is the dream bike for a dream ride.”

The design is modeled and rendered in 3ds Max. In the comments there’s already a lot of discussion on the hubless design and the options for getting it in working order. Local Motors has a great story of bringing the Rally Fighter concept to life through crowdsourcing the design. It would be excellent to see a two-wheeled vehicle, and more specifically, this incredible looking motorbike, brought to market.

Via Local Motors

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  • http://www.gadgetrophy.com/ Gadgetroid S

    This is really cool :)

  • marc kerger

    really cool ;) about time at least one hubless bike gets on the market..

  • usernam000

    Hello- this is such a blatant rip off of Daniel Simons work that’s its embarrassing. If hes been designing for that many years maybe he should be able to come up with an original idea. Dont mean to be negative but at least give mention to the “detonator” concept! he literally stole parts directly from it with no redesign at all. Ridiculous

  • CMWallace

    I agree with you to a point, mainly because I’ve had work ‘ripped off’…but…if you put data on the internet, especially in the form of solid models and expect that no one will use them, it’s your own fault.   

  • Bigbytez

    being a motorcycle enthusiast, I think once you get past the pretty picture you have a very impractical and dangerous ride. I couldn’t imagine riding this abomination on a long cruise without severe back ache and sore balls…bad design in my book

  • Streetfightersarecooler

    Iron horse doesn’t usually make sport tourers. It is true the exhaust and pegs need to move, but most of the coolest bikes I know are uncomfortable on a long cruise. I think you got it right with “abomination”. In my world abomination is a complement…Good design is related to what the question was. 

  • DPadilla

    So, this is meant to go in a straight line only, right?
    There is almost zero ground clearance. And where does the rider put his feet? If they go on those wings, he will be folded forward in a very unnatural position.
    I can also presume it has no suspension and will only be rideable on sheet of glass?

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  • Devin du Plessis

    It’s a protoype genius.

  • Devin du Plessis

    You’re definitely right but it’s the feel of the bike and the reference to vintage bikes that makes this a good design

  • Devin du Plessis

    I like the reference to the vintage bikes that have made a reappearance lately. Along with hardcore design that you don’t see on the roads. This is as I agree with the other comments a concept and would need some adjusting to be a bit better for the everyday. But for a good Sunday show-off this is PERFECT.

  • tricker

    just thought, its looks like Detonator from Daniel Simon… (cosmic motors)

    AH! worth watch and see what people out there are thinking… http://vimeo.com/75607811