The new Lauge Jensen Viking Concept is designed by Henrik Fisker
Snapshot: Danish custom motorcycle maker launches its first production motorcycle at Monaco
There is something about bike manufacturers who make bikes for their own eyes to feast first, and then care about critics. And if some lunatic decides to take everything in his own hands including making the engine, the respect shoots up through the ceiling.
It's the same respect I had for Lauge Jensen (Pronounced as 'La-ow-guh Yensen') once I was over with my research before writing this piece. And no one can ever disagree on the fact that there is something about a hand-built motorcycle that can't be neglected. May be it is the sweet smell of sweat mixed with gasoline or the price tag associated with one such motorcycle, the thing is, you can't help but drool over it.
So yeah, Lauge Jensen is a brand that specialises in making people drool, and coming from a conservative nation like Denmark, these bold custom motorcycles force you to pick a dictionary and find every adjective you can to compliment the way they look.
But there is an issue with being brilliant. One needs to surprise his own self time and again, and perfection needs to be improved over and over again. So when Anders Kirk Johansen (Whose family introduced the world to Lego) bought Lauge Jensen in 2012, he knew keeping up with the legacy won't be easy. Henrik Fisker (Creator of Aston Martin DB9, V8 Vantage and BMW Z8) was contacted and a road was paved to realise a new dream - to make a financially viable production motorcycle that doesn't compromise on the values of Laugh Jensen in any way and attracts as many enthusiasts as possible.
'The Viking Concept' is what it is known as in flesh and blood and is the first motorcycle in its league to comply with Euro IV emissions that will come into effect in 2016. The engine has been carefully developed and tuned to achieve this without losing its soul and sound. It is a 45-degree, V-twin that makes the crank as powerful as 100 horses, and can propel it at a speed of 130 mph (210 kmph).
On the launch of this masterpiece at Monaco, Johansen said, "It’s great to have Henrik, one of the world’s leading vehicle designers and a fellow Dane working in partnership with us to help create a really special, emotional design. Revealing a concept bike is all about gauging demand but, if it’s there, I look forward to producing the Viking Concept for the mainstream market." To which Fisker replied, "It’s been a dream of mine to design and create a motorcycle for many years and this is the first time I have the freedom to go and do it. I hope people like what we have created and that we can make more of them – for sure there’s plenty more to come from this collaboration between myself and Anders."
This 300 kg of perfection is able to deliver 20 kmpl, which makes it all the more perfect. As far as the price is concerned, the company intends to keep its price lesser than that of its limited edition 'Great Dane' that costs somewhere around a whopping £ 35,000 (Rs. 35,00,000). So, I think, that should be enough to satisfy your curiosity.
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