Industrial designer Adrian Van Anz says his very first complete motorcycle—he also did Derringer Cycles’ slick 1920s-style bicycle mopeds—was inspired by 1960s and ’70s bad-boy romanticism, when tough guys wore leather jackets and smoked cigarettes as they rode.
“It was coming out of that [Marlon] Brando era and into that Playboy era,” he says.
Van Anz, 33, is the backbone of AVA Velocity Works in Los Angeles. About his latest creation, the 250 Swift, he says, “I’ve always loved early ’60s Grand Prix-style racing bikes. It was a wild period. I liked the aesthetic of the entire sport then.”
Van Anz says the Swift is a hybrid: a small, lightweight motorcycle that performs like a bigger one—something that replicates the vintage look of older machines, but with the mechanical qualities of newer models.
“It’s a little sports racing bike that is street-legal,” he says. It will also weigh less than 200 pounds. “I can literally pick it up and turn it around in my garage.” MSRP is expected to be under $4000.
Though the air-cooled, Chinese-built Single is larger than other engines that power bikes this size, Van Anz argues it will provide a good balance for the rider. It also will be the first—and smallest—bike in an eventual production line.