If you thought super bikes – like the ones shown in the movie TRON – were only possible in sci-fi movies, then you can feast your eyes on this ultra-cool big daddy of all motorbikes you may have seen till date. Conceptualized and designed by Henry Wang, this super bike called Factor 4 has just one aim, and that is to blur any and all kinds of distinctions between sports bikes and dirt bikes.
To achieve this near impossible task, Wang has provided his bike a triangular frame; also the structural core of his bike. In fact, the strength
and aesthetic of this angular form can be seen in all aspects of the bike from its nose to tail, and even in the wheel spokes, rectilinear exhaust and the gauge clusters. Apart from this, Wang has taken special care to enhance the performance, efficiency, safety and adaptivity of the bike. It is the overall enhancement of these vital four vital features of the bike which has lead Wang to name the bike Factor 4.
In terms of performance, Factor 4’s turbocharger draws the most out of its four stroke, 16-valve inline four, to push all the recorded limits of performance. Due to this triangular form, the bike has useful wing like structure that only aids its superior performance. For example, the back wings of the bike are lit and act as turn signals all the time — even under low natural light to ensure that the rider is fully visible to other vehicles on the road. Further, when the wings close, they ensure that drag is kept absolutely minimal. This allows the sleek, streamlined bike to cut through air and heavy traffic more efficiently. These closed wings also help keep the rider safe, and yet provide able room to navigate this machine.
These wings enhance efficiency of the bike to the utmost. The moment you take this bike above 80 km/h, it’s intelligent braking system will immediately deploy these wings, which then act as an air brake that gradually and safely slow down the bike. Due to this unique feature, a rider need not sit upright to brake anymore. Also while taking sharp turns at high speeds, the wings again engage automatically to counteract the forward momentum, and hence provide a kind of a gentle pull to swing the bike across hairpin bends.
As far as adaptivity goes, the bike boasts of a significantly wide wheel base that provides the bike with a lot of grip on both, streets as
well as rough terrains. Adaptive suspension is another important feature that allows Factor 4 to ride in any kind of terrain, as the swingarm’s range of motion can handle both the stiffness and softness setups needed to run on any kind of surface.
Lastly, for rider safety, Wang has ensured that the chain and rear sprocket are completely enclosed in the swingarm. This also prevents bike safety as it does not let any debris damage the drivetrain. Plus, all the moving and mechanical parts of the bike are enclosed in lightweight carbon fiber panels that prevent any damage to them and are consistent with the overall aerodynamic design.