Christian Long

Yves Behar and Forrest North: Supercharged Motorcycle Design

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Extra credit reflection by ALEX C.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Yves Behar and Forrest North:  Supercharged Motorcycle Design

Although only a 3 minute video Mr. Behar and Mr. North’s talk gives proves that no matter how different you are you can always work together.

The two come from very different walks of life. Mr. Behar grew up in scenic Switzerland, while Mr. North grew up in a log cabin in Washington state. Mr. North loved alternative vehicles and dangerous experiments, while Mr. Behar loved dangerous clothing styles. Mr. North raced a solar powered car across multiple countries. Mr. Behar loved wind surfing. Something they shared in common was using alternative energy sources.

They met and talked about these similarities and differences. They collaborated and had a baby.

That baby was a fully electric motorcycle with a sleek design.

How fast can your car go? This one can go up to 150 mph and has the twice the range of any electric motorcycle.

They chose a motorcycle because they loved the beautiful integration of engineering and design.

Their talk shows how two people can come together and collaborate to build an amazing “thing”. No matter what walk of life you can come from, no matter what your interest two people can work together to create something extraordinary. Maybe that is what this world needs. It needs people to come together collaborate to invent something to benefit this world, whether it be something to stop global warming or to help us go to Neptune.


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