did that year go? In the midst of an unprecedented work
load, TCD has found time for a new motorcycle design
project, just completed. It is set of three small
has been leading the way (again) by investing in design
quality for smaller machines such as their beautiful little
125/200/390 Duke. Looking at the equivalent small bike
offerings from the Japanese, it's easy to see where saving
money has taken precedence over design smarts.
inspiration from Kato's efforts, I came up with some designs
for BMW, Honda and Ducati. The BMW takes a horizontal
cylinder off the boxer and rotates it 90 degrees. Ducati,
same deal by lopping off the vertical cylinder. The Honda
has a pressed steel frame and is somewhat of an homage to
the original Dream. As usual, email
we're always glad to hear from you.
like George Lucas, I reserve the right to fiddle with
previous projects ;-), here's a rework of an old project,
now with added purple gradient!
revisited the 'X1224 Bike' briefly to place it in a more
off-world setting. It seems you can never go too far to find
a decent road these days:-) I also enjoyed designing the
'freight rocket' which would allow our intrepid riders to
get away from it all.
a selection from our huge graphic
design and artwork
Logo design, illustration, art direction and layout are all
part of our extensive design province, and have been for the
past 20 years. Maybe there's something that we can do for
you? Email us HERE
we're already off to an exciting start for 2013! Working
alongside some incredibly clever people in 2012 was a real
highlight, including the geniuses at Asiga.
This is where TCD learned all about the cool new world of 3D
printing, and got all interested in making solid models from
the extensive catalogue of TCD design projects so far
completed but only ever existing as rendered pics -
especially the motorcycle
a test case, we designed, modelled, rendered and then output
a brand new helicopter design just to get a feel for the
requirements of the file format required. Going from concept
to highly detailed output model was FAST, and the feeling
was incredible to hold something that was once just a wispy
thought, in the palm of your hand!
sure there were a few of lessons learned along the way, but
now we know how to do this, it was well worth the trouble,
time and expense.We're hoping this will be both a way of
bringing examples of TCD projects to you that you can
purchase and own, as well as a service offered by TCD for
any design requirements you may have.
envisage limited runs of models in either polished pewter or
hand painted resin, depending on demand. Finished size
should be around 100mm - 130mm long. I will keep you posted
as things develop on this line, I'm wanting to do the V-Rex
as the first model available, and then the others.
Tim if you want any further info or
A simple sketch to guide proceedings and kick off the 3D
Above: Early test renders. Model features a highly detailed
Above: A proper surface render. The split cargo doors
The box full of goodies arrived - it must be Christmas!
OK then... better put it together.
some photography samples from various published magazine
articles click image below for more
New Motorcycle Design from Tim Cameron
X1224 or Mars Bike. It all started with
a set of sketches that can be traced back to the
original TCD NASA bike idea from 2004,
with the unhinged notion of a bike that would look
at home in an off-world landscape. It
may well be argued that this type of sci-fi
thinking was already somewhat of a mission
accomplished for us here at TCD, with designs
such as the V-Rex
already rolling down the street.
X1224 design is a blend of sportsbike, motard and
adventure bike elements, wrapped up in bodywork
with plenty of cranked lines and angles and a
splash of implied advanced technology through the
use of hexagons and polygons in many details along
with blue-anodised fittings, all in a layout which
could well house something aside from a
conventional petrol engine, most likely a compact
diesel-electric or hydrogen-electric hybrid
drivetrain. Power is transmitted to the alien
terrain through a two-wheel drive, electric
feels pretty good to get back amongst the pixels,
and we hope you enjoy this one as much as we did
coming up with it. Theres a few more in the
works, and now were back at it, well
let you know when theyre cooked. Print res
renders for this one are available, along with any
further details you would like.
Drop us an email at:
scheme still being worked on
finally it happened. I came face to face with the 'dream'.
Attending the Australian Motorcycle Expo at the Gold Coast
Convention and Exhibition Centre on Feb 18th and 19th, I was
able to meet with Steve Leach, owner of the only V-Rex in
Oz, rebadged as the 'Beond Bike'. I got to chat with Steve,
sit on his beloved machine - which he told me proudly he
commutes on everyday - and later I even managed a generously
offered spin through downtown Surfers Paradise complete with
rolling wave of 'holy crap-WTFs- whaaatz thaaat?' type
comments audible from both sides of the street. Yes, a truly
great day, many thanks to Steve who by his obvious
enthusiasm for the machine has made me very proud as a
designer. Here's a couple of slightly excitement-blurred
snaps from the big day:
have hit the ground running with some great expansion into
the fields of product design and toy design. Pages showing
these works are being readied as we speak and will be put up
as completed. There is also a flood of new works coming to
the motorcycle portfolio and a filling out and reorganise of
the whole auto/truck portfolio.
have also added a new page called 'sketches'
to show some of the early drafts of some of the designs.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of the very seed of an idea
that is taken all the way to complete design. Let me know if
you like it or if it is pretentious bullshit!
What a year... I am planning on wrapping up a huge backlog
of designs very soon. Will post a note when they are up.
Also updates and additions to the 3D gallery.
a new design to the motorcycle gallery in the form of the
VR-3. You can see the whole page HERE
news is in the form of 'finally we can talk about it'...
back when the V-Rex first came out, an approach was made
Travertson Inc. to have the V-Rex appear in the second
Transformers movie as a part of the 'motocycle gang
Unfortunately a couple of months later, those in charge
evidently had a changed of mind. Now in perfect hindsight I
'Thank God' as I have tried to make it through 'TF 2' and
find it pretty much UNWATCHABLE!
recently I found a link to the website
belonging to Steve Jung, a very talented artist responsible
for a whole bunch
of concept artwork for Transformers 2, and found this image,
reproduced here with Steve's OK. Ah to think what might
have been. Thousands? millions? of little kiddies playing
with their transforming V-Rex toy with electric zapping
Sigh. It was not to be!
news involves serious progress being made on the Skeletor
bike. Will update the Skeletor
when I get the chance.
image: Copyright © 2007 Paramount Studios. All rights
are currently engaged in a general makeover of the website.
We're adding a lot of background details, concept
and other bits and pieces from the archives. Work will be
ongoing for the next couple of months, so feel free to
by week to week as new items are added.
V-Rex received an Honourable Mention for 'Best Eccentric' in
motorcycle.com's 'Best of 2009' Awards!
big thing happening at the moment is the DVD release of
'Fast & Furious', the fourth movie in the Fast and
Furious 'franchise'. This 'car' movie just happens to have
one very cool BIKE making an appearance - the mighty V-Rex!
Here's a couple of shots from behind the scenes, showing
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel enjoying some V-Rex coolness.
other news, A design guide for motorcycle designers has now
been released internationally featuring design and research
work carried out by Tim Cameron Design in liaison with IAG
new hybrid motorcycle design continues to get press all
around the world, with Bike India, Moto Magazine in Greece,
Austria's Touren Bike and Cycle Canada running stories this
week, as well as the Faster & Faster motorcycle blog and
AutoBlog Green running stories as well on the web. We have
been working hard on an extremely exciting local vehicle
design project too which, of course, I can't say anything
big news this month is the launch of the new hybrid
motorcycle design concept called the CAF-E. This has already
been picked by the European press as I guess it is quite
timely. Tougher emissions rules and rising fuel prices have
been threatening to put a damper on the current performance
party which has been featuring some of the most awesome
performance machines ever built. My aim was to say that the
party can still go on, simply by application of existing
hybrid car technology to motorcycles.
focus as a designer was packaging all this technology in a
fairly 'standard' looking design rather than anything as
outlandish as the current crop of hybrid concept bikes. I
chose the British cafe racer as a source of some lines (you
can see a little Norton Commando in the ducktail) and I
thought it would be fun to blend some older lines with brand
new technology. There is a page for it in the gallery
and you can contact me for a press release and high res
print-ready images as well, via
busy few months! Our next major motorcycle design is now
tantalisingly close to completion. You'll know about it as
soon as it finished! Highlights over past little while
include a two page story about the VR-2 appearing in the
UK's MCN magazine, more US V-Rex press and exposure
including being featured front and centre at the awesome
Siggraph (Special Interest Group, Computer Graphics)
conference in L.A. The bike's story was documented as a
major fixture at the Newtek stand, since I used Newtek's
Lightwave 3D to design and render the original 3D version of
are TWO V-Rexes (Rexii?) currently to be seen at the massive
SEMA show in Las Vegas, one on the K&N stand and the
other with the gents at Prospray.
V-Rex highlights include confirmation of where and when the
V-Rex makes its movie debut in 2009!
slightly disrelated other news, 'Wired' featuring my 'space
fighter' design in their on-line gallery.
Who's that up on the screen?
Hollywood star Paul Walker looking mighty cool on a
coverage in MCN.
month I can confirm that the V-Rex will be appearing in a
major motion picture in 2009! And although that's pretty
much all I can say about that, a sniff around the web would
probably enable you to work out exactly which one it is.
bike is also making an appearance in LA at the massive and
awesome Siggraph conference. Newtek, the makers of the
software I used to design and build the original 3D concept,
will have a 'real ' V-Rex on their stand for the week, as
well as a video interview with yours truly explaining the
finer points of the design process.
I have finally gotten round to rendering a short 'demo reel'
featuring some of my designs in quicktime format. You can
download it HERE.
a month so far! The new Diablo
design has taken off with both German an Spanish magazines
running stories about it, I am thinking of putting out one
of the Diablo renders as a nice big wallpaper (1024 x 768).
If you want it, just drop me an email
there is a series of articles appearing in 3D World magazine
which trace the development in diary form of the V-Rex from
my original idea and sketch all the way to rolling down the
streets of the U.S.
am also working on some car designs which will be added to
the gallery shortly.
latest design, the Diablo
has already gotten some press, with this month's AMCN
featuring it in the news section.
are more new designs on the way, including our first
vids vids! Clips of the V-Rex are all over the web. It looks
GOOD in motion!
Click on these images below to see some of them.
more stories are appearing in the USA this month, as various
motorcycle publications both web and print-based, get to
ride the V-Rex for the first time. One of the best articles
so far is over on motorcycle.com (direct link
complete with a video showing the bike cruising around
Huntington Beach. My favourite quote is the opening
Angelina Jolie strolled down Main Street naked, perhaps with
her hair on fire, she might come close to attracting the
amount of attention the Travertson V-REX does. -
add links to the various other stories as they
press coverage continues this month, with the latest issue
of Australian Motorcycle News this week features a big story
covering the Swann bike, and what it means for future
motorcycling. Matho also gives a mention in his editorial,
which is great.
media launch here in Sydney for a major design project I
have been working on for about a year, in conjunction with
Sydney-based research organisation, the IAG Technical
Research Centre. This organisation has been looking closely
into ways to make motorcycles safer as well as cheaper to
repair in the event of a simple tip over, and asked me for
some input, which lead to the 'Swann Insurance Motorcycle of
the Future' design coming about.
media launch was kicked off by our very own Aussie
motorcycle racing star Casey Stoner, currently leading the
pack in the MotoGP series, who unveiled large images of the
design, which features a virtual 'wish list' of items
designed to make motorcycles both safer and cheaper to
HUGE story has just appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald
sparked by this launch, featuring nice big images of the
design. The story is up online currently
finally found a copy of this month's issue of Cycle World
(July) out in the shops - both the US and UK based magazines
take a good month to find their way over to Australia! It
was worth the wait however, as Cycle World's Mark Hoyer
wrote a fantastic two page story about the V-Rex. Four
thumbs up!!! :-)
early August there is going to be a major media launch
involving a motorcycle design I have penned in conjunction
with the IAG Research Laboratory here in Sydney. This
motorcycle is being used to highlight some deficiencies in
current motorcycle design as regards ease of damageability
and cost of repair. More details will be added as the launch
press' seems to sum up this month! Stories about V-Rex are
appearing in major magazines stateside as well as in Europe,
not to mention plenty of exposure here in Australia. On top
of that, the announcement that Bruce Rossmeyers' chain of
H-D dealerships will be distributing V-Rex has been made
It looks like Travertson Inc. is going to be very, very
starting to become a topic is something I have been working
on in liaison with staff from the IAG Research Laboratory
here in Sydney, Australia. Serious in-depth research is
currently underway into ways that motorcycle design can be
improved as regards the expense of damage ocurring after a
horror stories of bikes being 'written off' by insurance
companies after simply rolling off the sidestand, there's
plenty to be done. I believe this problem can be
successfully tackled at the design stage without affecting
the 'looks' of the bike very much, if at all. It would be no
fun if your bike looked like a battleship just so that you
could insure it!
I will be setting up an entire page on this website to go
into this subject much more in-depth. For now , here is
link to IAG's website
on the topic, complete with QuickTime movies.
and I started building Skeletor, my original thumper design
from a few years ago. See here
for more info.
is an interesting comparison image between the original 3D
data (white lines) for the V-Rex concept and the final CAD
version (red lines) from Christian. Even now I still find it
astounding how close the two wireframes are.
stories are starting to appear about the bike. This week
Ozbike magazine in Australia features the bike on the cover
and in an 8 page centrefold pictorial. A french magazine
called "maximoto' has also done a rather nice feature as
of a roundup from Daytona. First off the bike won its class
at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk Bike Show and Christian has a
HUGE trophy for the mantlepiece! The bike was also entered
in the world famous 'Rat's Hole Bike Show' somewhat
reluctantly as Christian explained that the V-Rex is NOT a
one-off custom bike, it's a PRODUCTION bike, but, according
to Christian, they wouldn't take 'no' for an answer, and so
for possibly the first time in history, a production bike
placed in the TOP TEN out of 150 entries at this prestigeous
Bike Week has finished up. There's so much to do just to
keep up. The bike has been causing quite a stir around the
place! The story has also been picked up by a lot of bike
news websites and other media and there's been plenty of
positive feedback from the public which is just great to
see. My favourite comment so far that really seems to
capture the mood is " I don't know what that is. But it's
awesome!!!!!" All in all a bloody amazing week and words
just can't really express how proud and excited we are
around here. As soon as those new pics and hopefully some
vid arrive I'll post them here. Cheers!
received some more photos from Christian. The bike has just
been on a 2 day photoshoot with reknowned photographer Mr
night we received the first pics of the finished bike. This
morning had to look again just to check I wasn't
Stay tuned llike I said :-)