Star Motorcycles Stratoliner Deluxe

Stratoliner Deluxe  Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (2009)                                                                                     

The Final sketch of the Stratoliner Deluxe had to convey a sense of freedom with a touch of utility for the casual motorcycle tourer. The trick of the styling was to integrate the three new parts onto an existing model – the Star Stratoliner- and still feel as if it had been conceived at the factory at the same time.
In this case the focus was on designing a half size fairing that offered good wind protection and a complementary set of hard bags that blended well into the Stratoliner’s design language.

CAD and Mockup

In the case of the Stratoliner Deluxe, GKDI would begin with CAD data, make a model and then revise that model to arrive at final styling. At right is our initial data roughly made into a fiberglass model.

Sometimes a designer’s job is not to radically change a product’s character; sometimes all that is needed is a little tweak here, a little push there and something new arises.
After many revisions between model and CAD, GKDI arrived at the final form shown at right. The final data was sent to a parts supplier for engineering refinement and manufacturing modifications.

GKDI worked closely with Yamaha’s Product Planning division to balance the competing needs of cost and good design. 
By embracing a semi-digital process, GKDI was able to maximize Yamaha’s development budget to good effect.