Sportster Nightster Original Sketch

I love motorcycle and part sketches, these quick outlines used to capture the basic elements and structure of an idea to be produced or manufactured. I keep mine (unfortunately, a few disappeared) and love to look at those drawn by others. You are looking at the original sketch made by Rich Cristoph, a 27 year old industrial designer, which was the basis for the 2007 model. Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson’s Chief Styling Officer wanted a no-frills, bare-bones bike to lure younger riders. With Willie G. literally looking over his shoulder, Rich captured in a few lines the bobber attitude of post world war 2. One of the most frequent questions asked to a custom builder is “how do you get and show your ideas to a client”.  For ideas, for all of us, it still remains a mystery. It happens anywhere, anytime. For convincing a client, the best is one or several sketches charged with the main emotions that the final bike should express. Add to your sketches hours of verbal argumentation to explain your vision to your client (or to your boss Willie G. in the case of Rich Cristoph).Easy? Of course not. .

3 Responses to “Sportster Nightster Original Sketch”

  1. 1 DJ Chopper God Mar 24th, 2007 at 3:56 am

    I get a kick out of Chicas drawings.

  2. 2 wittenelm Mar 25th, 2007 at 3:58 am

    I’ll be looking at drawings and i’ll be drooling.
    I’ll be looking at pictures and i’ll be counting my savings.
    I’ll be riding one in 2008!!!

  3. 3 MotorChic Aug 28th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    very nice! It looks similar to the sportster that I’m saving up to buy

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