Bienville Legacy Superbike by JT Nesbitt Unveiled
Three 4-cylinder motorcycles commissioned by the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative (ADMCi) prove a new business model for innovation, allowing a world-famous designer to achieve his penultimate work.
Bienville Studios, a design and engineering shop out of New Orleans specializing in motorcycle innovation, announced today the completion of its commission with the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative (ADMCi). This work completes two years of active design and fabrication on the heels of over eight years planning and design exploration. The result is an entirely new vehicle, reinventing how motorcycles function from the ground up.
Break-through suspension design and steering integration have already earned patent coverage with applications pending in bike setup and geometry. The look of the bike itself is a superb combination of form following function, establishing a visual design language unique to JT Nesbitt and his home in New Orleans.
Nesbitt notes, “I’ve waited a long time to make a design statement like this and I’m proud to be doing it in partnership with ADMCi. It would not have been possible without the extraordinary help and life-long friendships I’m so fortunate to have in this industry.”
Jim Jacoby, the founder and CEO of ADMCi, the sponsoring organization, adds, “As our first commission, it was crucial that the master-craftsman we engaged ‘hit it out of the park.’ There is no doubt JT’s accomplishment will advance our messages of universal design principles and the critical need for master-craftsmanship as a technological, economic, and cultural driver.”
Basic specifications for the bike include:
BrakesISR radial system
Of particular import, the following individuals contributed not merely as vendors. Rather, their generous participation fulfills career-long support in an industry that can sometimes work against this level of commitment. Their intrinsic contributions are too numerous to mention. Each is listed (and thanked) in the order in which they joined the project:
- Scott Tudury, Apex CNC – Design Engineer/Lead Machinist
- Brian Case, Motus Motorcycles – Power Plant
- Tim George – Design Engineer/Coach Builder
- Gary Turner, Blackstone Tek – Composite Engineer
- Ben Bussey, Left Right Now – Web Design
- Acke, ISR Brakes – Braking Systems
- Austin Porter – Design Consultant
- David Czarnecki – Design Engineer
- Dwayne Dufrechou, HJM Machine – Design Engineer
- Aaron Breaux, HJM Machine – Master Fabricator/Consultant
- Grey Cressy – Intern
- Daniel Valencia – Intern
- Steven Donnely, Metal One – Engraving
- Victor Uhal – 3D/Graphic Design
- Jason Cormier, Odd Bike – Documentarian
- Marvin Hirsch – Wood Sculpting
- Alan Kirkfield, Kirkfield’s Powder Coating – Specialty Coatings/Paint
- David Lenk – Historian/Curation
- David Weinberg – Broadcast
- Frank Popper – Documentarian
- David McMahon, McMahon Digital Tool – Design Engineer/Patent Partner
- Karl Vosloh, Custom to Classic – Upholsterer
- Max Mcallister, Traxxion Dynamics – Suspension Tuning
- Luis Mercado Rojo – Intern
- Rod Tingate – Final Assembly
- Marc Bondarenko, Bondarenko Photography – Photography
- Also of note, JT Nesbitt would like to thank Andy Overslaugh, David Snow of Ironhorse Magazine, and Matt Chambers of Confederate Motorcycles.
ABOUT BIENVILLE STUDIOS
Bienville Studios is a niche design shop located in the beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans. Driven by a passion for quality design and the lifestyle that only New Orleans can provide, the staff strive to honor the grand traditions of the Oldest Bohemia in America. JT Nesbitt, the studio’s Lead Designer, is best known for the Confederate Wraith, and G2 Hellcat. Recent projects have included the ‘Stinkin Linkin’ and the Magnolia Special. His current endeavor is to advance the design language and performance of the American Superbike. For more information, visit www.bienvillestudios.com.
The American Design and Master-Craft Initiative seeks master-designers across industries to undertake projects that celebrate the greatest aspects of their craft. In doing so, the organization is sharing learnings with digital designers to set a new standard for craftsmanship in the 21st century. The organization is celebrating its inaugural project with JT Nesbitt a master-level motorcycle designer. For more information, visit http://www.admci.org.