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Open Source Motorcycle Joins SXSW 3-DIY Winner Wevolver

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Cameron Norris

Community Connector at Wevolver
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Open source is at the heart of Wevolver, and the Tinker bike, the brainchild of product designer Jack Lennie (based in Edinburgh, Scotland) is no exception. Requiring no welding or specialist tools for assembly, this downloadable kit offers beginners, enthusiasts or professional builders the opportunity to create a striking and unique motorcycle that beautifully captures the deservedly famous and timeless style of classic British bikes.

And that is by no means all the Tinker bike has to offer: Designed to reframe existing engines and running gear, the kit recycles and resurrects damaged or non-roadworthy motorcycles and saves them from the scrapyard.

To maximise accessibility Tinker is designed to be constructed using a variety of CAD/CAM-driven machinery and can be pieced together with inexpensive, non-specialist tools. And with the increasing availability of makers hubs like FabLab, a network of creative spaces which provide people with the equipment they need to bring designs to life, Tinker isn’t limited by the need for skills or experience.

These features will not only open up the kit to passionate makers across the globe but also cut out the need for shipping of parts, which has the added bonus of reduced costs and carbon footprint. On top of all that, substituting welding for bolts makes the assembly process more approachable and further slashes energy demands. With climate change a growing burden for our planet, promoting sustainability has been a key feature of the project.

Again with accessibility in mind, Tinker is compatible with an extensive list of engines and can achieve varying levels of performance depending on the engine chosen. In addition, a range of materials that can be locally sourced, from hardened steel to budget plywood, can be used to fabricate the frame.

But this is only the beginning, and Jack already has the future in mind. He’s already working on a city bike version that will offer more built-in storage space than any other currently available motorcycle, which would be ideal for commuters or delivery services. A model that can accommodate larger, more powerful engines is also in the pipeline, alongside a set of 3D printable carbon fibre “trick parts”.

Needless to say, the Tinker bike is an exciting project and by launching it on Wevolver it will be even easier for budding makers to get involved in and progress this fun and innovative venture. By joining this open and creative community, people across the globe will have the opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded people engaging in the same activity, empowering individuals and helping bring their ideas to life.

For more information, check out the project’s page on Wevolver.

Posted 05th Apr 2016
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