“I write down on paper the music I hear within me, as naturally as possible. I am a Russian composer, and the land of my birth has influenced my temperament and outlook…What I try to do, when writing down my music, is to make it say simply and directly that which is in my heart” Sergie Rachmaninoff remarked in a a 1941 interview for “The Etude” magazine.
Pierre echoed a hauntingly similar attitude in a recent design meeting.
“Motorcycles are very simple. I’m very simple… not at all intellectual about design. It’s instinctive for me. The Fighter is simply intended to be the coolest, baddest two wheel American hot rod ever. Its about brute power and enormous torque. It’s about the power plant. Its about the way it runs, performs, sounds and vibrates. People talk about engines but really what makes a bike run is a power plant. The electronics, the fuel tank, the intake system, the engine, and the exhaust. The heart of the machine. With the fighter, we designed and engineered beautiful mechanical parts to hold a great power plant…And then then added a seat. It’s that simple.”
Matt interjects “but there are elements that are quite radical about this new bike. American products lack innocence, confidence… that critical rebel essence. If you go back to the 1940’s, guys are coming back from WWII and stripping down their Harleys. Those bikes really were hot rods.”
Pierre agrees “American motorcycles are about the engine. This bike will have no body work. It will have a seat to sit on and all the rest will all be mechanical. All of the pieces are functional. They’re not pretending to be something they’re not. We’re not faking anything. The fuel tank is frame and fuel tank at the same time. The bikes all about what’s been removed. The functional parts have changed the architecture of the bike.
It’s authentic. It’s Primal. It’s Raw.”
Like a symphony, the beauty lies in the composition.