BROOKLYN – The new Vanguard motorcycle company makes its existence official today with the release of info and pictures of its debut roadster model. Slated for production in 2018, the pommel horse-looking roadster will be assembled at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and have a premium price tag starting at $29,995.
Vanguard says the roadster is the first of three models that will be built on the platform – a roadster, a cruiser and a racer.
“The modular construction, based on large sub-assemblies, revisits traditional manufacturing methods. Combined with worldwide sourcing and the support of key motorcycle vendors, Vanguard will deliver exceptional value and quality,” the company says.
Vanguard models will be powered by a 117 cubic inch/1,917cc V-twin engine from S&S. The shaft-driven bike will have a six-speed transmission. Ohlins is supplying the suspension, including adjustable forks and a mono-shock in the rear. Brakes are by Brembo. Seat height is 32 inches and the gas tank holds 5.5 gallons.
Vanguard is now seeking dealers. Leading the company are entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terry and designer Edward Jacobs.
Vanguard will show off its roadster to the public for the first time at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in NYC next Friday through Sunday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
– By Bud Wilkinson