The Ostoure super-naked motorcycle design concept


August 14, 2010

The Ostoure motorcycle concept was inspired by ancient Persian designs
(credit: M. R. Shojaie)

The Ostoure motorcycle concept was inspired by ancient Persian designs (credit: M. R. Shojaie)

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The Ostoure super-naked motorcycle concept is Iranian designer Mohammad Reza Shojaie's take on the street muscle bike of the future. The concept draws inspiration from ancient Persian engravings, combining these with cutting-edge design elements and some high-tech trimmings such as two-wheel drive and an in-helmet heads-up display.

Ostoure means “legend” in Persian, and Shojaie says the bike’s design was inspired by the stone engravings of ancient Persepolis. Combining a muscular look with more delicate detailing, the Ostoure has an aggressive but refined appearance that would not be out of place on the boulevards of the near future.

The concept bike, which exists only as renderings at this point, features two-wheel drive with apparent shaft drive and dual differentials. Although it’s not clear from the renderings, Shojaie says steering is through the front wheel linkage, implying some type of hub steering. You steer the bike using the two handgrips located on either side of the fairing. The designer claims this nonstandard arrangement would be similar to piloting an aircraft.

The Ostoure has a single shock suspension on both the rear and front. Because of the front shock’s location, the bike uses a smaller front radiator, supported by smaller radiators located on each side.

Instrumentation is available both on board the bike, as well as through the helmet using a heads-up display (HUD). The Ostoure helmet is rather trick in itself. In addition to the HUD, the lid features a Bluetooth connection to the bike, built-in speakers, and even air-conditioning. The helmet’s controls are located on the bikes handgrip.

Although the Ostoure concept bike features some innovative tech, many of the concepts have been around motorcycles for years. Hub steering was used as far back as the 1920s, and has been seen more recently in Bimota, Tier Motorsports, and Vyrus. Helmet HUDs are currently available for motorcycles from OEMs and after-market providers. Shaft drive is not uncommon, and there are even a few two-wheel drive bikes from Yamaha, BMW, KTM and others.

With it’s eye-catching styling and just-over-the-horizon technology, the Ostoure concept has been generating a lot of buzz. In fact, Shojaie says his design earned him a scholarship to the Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy, so we can look forward to more great work from this promising designer.


Why is it that nobody produces sane or intelligent design concepts? I mean surely things so simple as ground clearance at lean, or CoG position should feature as at least a tertiary concept inside these guys heads?


well Drew, let\'s see what you can come up with !


Looks very uncomfortable for anything but short distances. Also looks like it has almost no ground clearance which is okay because it also looks like it would corner like a brick on ice (that is, not well at all). It is a striking design but practicality trumps design geegaws anyday in my book (yes, I ride a V-Strom, the Swiss Army Knife of Motorcycles!).


Inspired by Persian designs..? Copied wholeheartedly from Tony Foales back catalogue, if you ask me. He should sue for plagiarism. And he actually built his, not concocted pretty piccies inside a computer.


Greetings. As to the concept design of the Ostoures; Ride On! Ride Safe! GOD Bless!


I can tell its a futuristic bike because it is low and black and steers with handles. He also has really cool spec\'s like hub steering, blue tooh connectivity and air conditioned helmet. Sure he can draw nice pics with a computer but how about ceating a design based on some real world engineering. If he designed something that performed better in terems of performance, comfort , ecomomy or safety then I would be more impressed. Honestly I thought it looks like something from Judge Dredd He has Cad skills but I would hate to be the engineer that would need to make all of his concepts work. Want to make something look cool - engineer it properly and the looks will take care of themselves.


Want to be innovative in two wheeler design these days? Quit copy-catting the horribly uncomfortable crotch rocket riding positions and show us some motos and bicycles with spectacularly comfortable UPRIGHT riding positions.

Being able to stop and put both feet flat on the ground and ride with one\'s spine in a vertical orientation = COMFORT.

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I never realized that the ancient Persians built motorcycles...


I want one.

@fenriq; the swiss army knife of motorcycles is mine - a ducati monster.


Also, I just noticed that its not possible to turn the front wheel, oweing to the fact that it has a solid mounted axle and, ignoring that issue, it couldn\'t turn right anyway because the tyre would have to go through the swingarm.

@Robinyatesuki, I\'ve pencilled up a few ideas, but as a result of basic design requirements they have their wheels etc in the correct place and the more innovative parts are things like double wishbone front ends, electric drivetrain etc.

Unfortunately though, the issue in Australia (where I\'m from) is that nobody wants to fund \"unique\" projects, which pretty much prevents any new concepts or ideas from comming up. Also, there seems to be a culture where things that look nice (for example the above bike) are venerated in preference to things that work.


Where is the hot, unsuspended , raw steel fender for HER?

Double yesses to facebookie who says be different by being oldfashoned and reasonable and pragmatic (now refered to as not sexy or old fashoned but the cluless ) and put comfort back into the equation!!! Reminds me of an old blues where she is selling her stuff with the line \" i\'s built for comfort not for speed.....\"

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If the idea is to generate debate then the task is accomplished. If it is to push envelope of a desirable product then much more market research is in order. I am looking for a 250cc motorcycle that is faired to give a top speed of 100mph, deliver 200mpg hwy, and offers protection in a collision. Use mountain bike bar end grips to make adjustable hand grips that spare the wrist pain associated with a fixed position in sport bike pose. Adjustable seating would be helpful as well.


Pretty trick, but no. Too many impracticalities, as others have mentioned.

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I like the idea that the front fender/fairing channels road debris and rain up under the rider\'s chin. A stray stone or muffler, or a spate of rainy weather, will really keep you awake on those long journeys.

Michael McDonald

What do ancient Persians, or modern Persians know about motorcycles? Answer: NOTHING! This thing looks as if it weighs 1000 pounds. Single swing arms are notoriously heavy.

Guy Macher
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