OTOBIKES,- Frog Design Inc. is best known for its work for Apple Computers in the early 1980s. But did you know that the founder of Frog Design Inc. made a motorcycle in 1985? Harmut Esslinger, the founder of Frog Design, named the motorcycle as Yamaha Frog 750. The name of the motorcycle was taken from the name of the company he founded in 1969. The Yamaha Frog 750 was the most innovative invention at that time. Now the motorcycle is kept at Yamaha’s headquarter in Hammamatsu, Japan.
Yamaha Frog 750 itself was born because at that time Frog Design participated in a motorcycle design competition held by Motorrad Magazine from Germany. The goal is to get a motorcycle design that is safer and beautiful.
Hartmut Esslinger said, in addition to creating a futuristic design he also integrated with safety features found by University of Bochum, Germany. These features affect the body design and fuel tank of the Frog 750.
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Esslinger explained, this is done to increase visibility when the motorcycle is on the side. The main accident in the United States, during those time, was a car crossing a motorcycle lane.
Esslinger also innovated in the lighting by immersing double headlights for maximum lighting. He also designed the rim from carbon fiber.
While it is considered the most innovative invention, Yamaha is reluctant to mass produce the motorbike because it is considered less practical.
Frog Design itself was once banned by the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, from working on the design of a remote control device because Jobs considered it can be a competitor to Apple products.* (summarized from zonabikers.com)
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