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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2002, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question designing motorcycles

Howdy everyone. I was just wondering if anybody knows how to get a job in the industry of motorcycle design. I haven't even begun to pursue this, but I thought this might be a good place for initial info. Anybody have some helpful knowledge? Like how many people are invovled in the process and what are the possible responsibilities of each position? Job requirements/qualifications?
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An education at the Art Center College of Design would be a great start. I browsed the website and found a student project sponsored by Aprilia.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-16-2002, 03:24 AM
 
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well you got 2 choices here:

1. you can build awsome technologically advanced machines like the newest sportbikes hitting the market by going to engineering school for 2-4 years then doing several internships and then work your way up the ladder.

2. get a tourch and start cutting and nick-name your self jessy james(sp)
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i would do a search of www.roadracingworld.com on "tularis." you'll find a few articles, you want the oldest one they have. it should give a college that dr. tuli was involved with it at one time (mit?). go there, get a degree in mechanical engineering, i would think a physics minor would help. look for an opportunity to work for his current employer (or a firm near he current employer) and volunteer your time to the tularis project. with it being a race team, you'll have an easy time getting through the

then you can take a solid engineering and design background, now including cutting edge motorcycles to one the big4's california design studios and hope that you're penning a new gsx-r, but it'll more likely be the new esteem.

another possibility is look for employment with atk or polaris. they are american companies and would likely design something interesting here in the states.

sorry to sound so dismal, but modern-day (japanese) motorcycles are designed by committee, with a project leader. and that project leader is usually japanese.

some after market companies might have a need for an engineer???

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