Built around a 1200cc BMW transverse flat 4 cylinder all-alloy engine, the Exodus is a transportation "Ultra-Machine." Brutally efficient in design and operation, this machine, clean, raw, sleek, and muscular, breaks tradition with its novel recumbent design. The Exodus is created from forged, cast, machined, and hand-formed aluminum; high-strength speciality steel tubing; magnesium castings; titanium machined parts; and turned, hammered, and woven stainless steel; metals that come together as an integrated whole through careful hand-welding and assembly. The beauty of the dull sheen of raw metal appeals to both the heart and mind of the rider. The Exodus is an ICBM - an Intercontinental Ballistic Motorcycle.
The Exodus is a nearly perfect "naked bike", you can see its essential mechanical components, including the engine, drive train, and many of its secondary systems, standing proudly exposed, nothing unessential stands in the way of them fulfilling their mechanical purpose.
Looking at the Exodus from the point of view of another driver watching it quickly approach in his rear view mirror, you can see how low and narrow it is - 43.5" high and 24" wide. The Exodus has about 50% less frontal area than a typical cycle of the same caliber. While completely surrounding the rider, the low and streamlined Exodus has quite low wind resistance, it leaps ahead of the competition when accelerating from 60-140MPH, where air resistance slows down other machines with similar power-to-weight ratios. Additionally, the low position of the rider, engine, and gas tank provide a center-of-gravity nearly a foot lower than contemporary motorcycles, enhancing the stability and maneuverabilty of the Exodus in a way not seen before in a street cycle.
In addition, many of its features deserve attention in their own right.
The front windscreen, little more than a simple lightweight single piece of Perspex, provides exceptional aerodynamics, exhibiting nearly the same effect as a full body fairing. The winglets, running the full length of the windscreen, further improve air flow and reduce drag. While the rider is nicely protected from the wind, he still remains open to world.
The rear driveshaft/swing arm and monoshock stand proud of the main chassis and exemplify the lean character of the Exodus. They evince a sense of purposeful, powerful, muscularity, the rear leg of a cheetah with claws gripping the earth. The rear fender is attached to the swingarm and follows the motion of the wheel, maintaining minimum clearance between the wheel and fender to accentuate aerodynamic air flow. As the Exodus moves down the road, the swing arm, far aft of the center of gravity, nicely absorbs bumps without affecting the composure of the main chassis, and provides controllable and predictable power delivery.
A 17" BMW alloy wheel is mounted to this swingarm, with stopping power provided by an 11.2" floating solid Brembo rotor clamped by a dual piston Brembo caliper. All wear items, including pads, filters, cables, electronics, and fluids, are stock BMW items to ease maintenance.
The exposed all-alloy BMW engine with magnesium covers is a work of art in itself. It's protected during a collision or roll-over by a horizontal element of the exo-skeleton which easily can be removed when the engine needs to be accessed for service. This engine, while providing exceptional high specific output, is extraordinarily durable and reliable, known to live up to the demands of hard autobahn use without a whimper. It feels like a turbine, it revs smoothly and easily, yet it has a nice exhaust burble at idle that turns into a wail as it approaches its 8500rpm red line.
The foot pegs and controls are designed with the same engineering principles in mind, they're cylinders of raw alloy, strength, and elemental functionality. Both the pegs and controls are made of lightened billet aluminum, very strong and rigid, perfectly positioned for riding control and comfort. They accentuate the essential metallic toughness of the Exodus and provide additional protection for the rider. A protective steel skidplate runs from near the front forks towards the rear beneath the rider and gas tank, shielding both from road debris and other dangers.
The front forks and wheel demonstrate more of the immense capabilities of the Exodus, with 12.5" dual Brembo cross-drilled floating rotors that will bring you down from 155MPH without too much drama, yet let you drive easily and smoothly at low speeds. Plus, the advanced BMW integrated hydraulic ABS couples the braking of the front and rear wheels for even better balanced behavior. The handling capabilities of the Exodus offer exciting new possibilities for both the street and track rider.
The alloy forks by Brembo are similar to conventional telescopic forks. However, these forks are shorter than those found on a typical motorcycle. They have been engineered to provide the rigidity and the specific rebound and damping rates required for the superior handling of the Exodus. A 17" BMW alloy wheel is mounted to these forks and shod with a high performance Metzler tire, suited for high speed in both the dry and wet, while providing excellent grip in the corners.
The bucket seat is a 20 degree inclined racing seat of perforated and hand-welded aluminum, specially constructed for lightness and strength; mimimum padding provides sufficient comfort while not reducing the connection of the rider with the machine. Ensconced in that seat, the rider feels as if he's strapped an engine on his back, like a pilot in a small jet. Behind the seat, the stainless steel mesh grill of the rear body shell serves as a massive air intake and provides excellent airflow to both the radiators and the engine intake.
The hand-formed aluminum rear body shell provides near perfect aerodynamics. The basic "tear drop" shape causes little turbulence or drag. As the stainless steel mesh intake grill provides air to both the engine intake and radiators, the body shell then permits hot air from the radiators to escape through additional stainless steel mesh grills, a pair of rhomboid vents on the upper back and a single oval duct near the rear wheel.
Most of the mechanical and systems components are exposed to view, their raw alloy enhances the elemental design of the Exodus.
Even simple things, like the rearview mirrors, exhibit the character of the Exodus. They're nicely contoured to reduce wind resistance and also include a turn signal.
Just picture yourself at wide open throttle coming out of a turn: