Back in 1985, Frog Design chief Hartmut Esslinger took a break from his work concocting sleek boxes for Apple Computer to pen a modern take on the motorcycle. The resulting Rana – also known as the frog FZ750 – caused quite a stir and became the inspiration for the Honda Hurricane. Now, as the Rana is inducted into the SFMOMA, the firm has revisited two-wheeled transportation and released a sequel concept, the Rana2.

Like the original, which was based on the Yamaha FZ750, this new design is an evolution, rather than a revolution. Indeed, we have seen many of its elements already incorporated in other electric motorcycles. For instance, the main body of the bike puts us in mind of the Brammo Enertia and we've previously seen a hub motor, albeit less fantastical looking, successfully implemented in the Australian road-racing Catavolt. Even the lane-marking light system is currently incorporated in the square scooter from Boxx.

It does have it charms and interesting elements though. It boasts a trinity of cylindrical swappable batteries – one question: on the other side, is all we see plus signs? – and the projected display would be pretty neat-o on a night ride. (Of course, the Mission Motors solution of installing a tablet to serve as an instrument display is likely more functional, but hey).

All things considered, we're happy to see designers taking a crack at imbuing green transportation devices with desirability. Was Frog effectual in that goal with the Rana2? We'll let you tell us in the comments but for our part, we've already returned to our what-is-MotoCzysz-bringing-for-2012 mode.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Months Ago
      Is it possible to do a motorcycle with the same hybrid tech as the volt incorporating a battery plus electric motors and a gasoline generator ?
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Possible? Yes. Practical? No. You are better off with one or the other.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Months Ago
      Uh... what.. I've got a hub motor bigger than that on my 40lb bicycle..
      Nick
      • 2 Months Ago
      Looks like it was designed by a design studio....oh wait...
      • 2 Months Ago
      this is utterly terrible. I design EVs for a living and I can say that without a doubt, this is an aweful design.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Yes, he designs these "works of art" http://www.leighchristie.com/?works=electric-vehicles
      EZEE
      • 2 Months Ago
      Tough crowd...
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Months Ago
      seen worse
      joeboarder108
      • 2 Months Ago
      And the crowd let out a resounding "meh"
      vazzedup
      • 2 Months Ago
      Why do they always ignore luggage? Electric bikes appeal to commuters, due to range and ease of use, but the bikes are almost never designed to carry even a lunch box!
      joeboarder108
      • 2 Months Ago
      Why is this a different bike than the MUCH more attractive one posted on motorcycle.com? The one that they have is far more lovingly rendered and much more true to the original rana... http://blog.motorcycle.com/2012/04/03/design/frog-ebike-the-electric-successor-to-1985-frog-fz750-concept/ Did somebody grab the "runner up" photo?
      Spec
      • 2 Months Ago
      No thanks.