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Future Design: An interview with Murro

May 6th, 2011

moons ago, back in I came across a radical bike called ‘NAJA’. It like something out of TRON before Legacy and light ahead of the current wave of NAJA is the work of Wipe2 a studio in France that in cutting edge two-wheel – motorcycles, scooters and bicycles as as ATVs and accessories.

The brains Wipe2 is visionary designer Murro and since his NAJA he’s gone on to create aftermarket products for the likes of BCD and well known brands ACSUD, TNT and MBK. Olivier can put his name to a number of fresh and scooter, moped and ATV designs for manufacturers some of which be available in stores soon.

At 30 of age he’s come a long way graduating from the Creapole-ESDI school in Paris back in From Wipe2’s offices Paris their expertise them to handle everything concept creation – drawing, and prototyping through to fabrication. “We can a project from A to Z” says “and being surrounded by and reliable partners we can bring solutions and a different point-of-view to the

As a result, our products are innovative and mass appeal”. Olivier’s claim to fame is a concept for Stage6 to add to an already impressive

Wipe2 Stage6 prototype Apart from being with a Piaggio engine, in the Stage6 prototype is new – the frame, the the headlight and a long list of from the Stage6 catalogue – handlebar and numerous other Don’t build your up too much though, by all accounts are no plans to put it into production, not at the anyway.

I discussed the design of scooters with Olivier and he to be in agreement that, apart technological advances, the current of machines appear somewhat visually and lacking in inspiration – design is really crap days” he says putting it “when I look at the Typhoon 2 or the 3, I just think they’re Looking back, the Aprilia 51 is a legend, but it was too expensive and too heavy.

The Italjet Dragster is crazy, but was also too heavy and expensive. I’d to re-design the Dragster but it would to be simple, light and cheap”. lies the design challenge and if can come up with a solution I’m Olivier can who is already suggesting ideas like stamped frames.

Blue Energy for a similar reductionist approach of body panels with Naked Dragster concept in 2004. Alas, nothing came of it.

Scooters seem to be in heart and that’s where it all For Olivier it started with a Typhoon – “it had a full Malossi MHR I saturated the engine with But I got kinda bored then I working on the body, like some fiberglass work to the turn lights, change the some little stuff”.

The scooter that Olivier from scratch he describes as “a one” – the M-ZEO (ZEO for One), the first of a long “It was a Minarelli engine set on a frame, I something like a drag but with a body on it, the frame was a one, with ugly that I did myself. That was weird but, I was 17 years old and that was my first one”.

Wipe2 Gilera Runner R3 kit (2005): This amazing kit was originally designed for ACSUD in 2005 and it still looks now. The otherwise smooth end of the old style Runner is radically into something much stylish and modern. Sadly the were never produced.

agrees that this is a too, they’d sell hot cakes in the UK.

If you’ve bought styling parts for your depending on the machine there’s a they might have designed by Olivier. Previously he at BCD for two years – “my colleague worked for five years and between us we almost 70% of their catalogue. I many many products for BCD – for Typhoon, Stunt, Stalker, etc”.

After working for ACSUD, TNT and MBK Olivier has worked in designing scooters. At the time of he’s still busy projects over there. A of the products Wipe2 have or are still working on include:

Trixx (2006)

(FeiYing / (China)

Olivier: “The was to design a tough scooter to a dirt bike aimed at who like stunts and tricks. motocross in its style – footrest on the low handlebar, this scooter is for the city – small, compact and and can easily get through traffic

XTC 125 (2006)

(SACHS / FeiYing / (China)

Olivier: “The of the SACHS XTC 125 is aimed at men and women who a sophisticated racing bike. It was in collaboration with their own and a German engineer for the headlight.”


(FeiYing / FYM)

Piaggio Typhoon Naja

Olivier: “The Kimera is a moped aimed at the African mainly designed to carry loads that’s why it has high and a loading platform. The Kimera been produced yet and probably will be.”


(Aleutian Mobility / Kacpo / (China / USA)

Olivier: “An toy scooter for kids under 10 old designed to get them used to from an early age. product is as well equipped as a size scooter – large under the seat, some on the side and a real headlight.”

Moda (2008)

(Aleutian / Kacpo) (China)

Olivier: as a fashion accessory for men and women twenty years old. is intended for city use with 16″ for more stability, large storage and removable and customisable on the side.”

Wipe2 I CUBE ATV (2008)

Olivier: “This ATV is designed for kids around 10 old. The frame was designed to welding, then with main section we can attach bodies (Instinct design or and therefore have different

Wipe2 e bike ELEMENT (2010)

Olivier: “The e is an electric bike designed in the way as the I CUBE ATV with stamped welded in the middle. It features a design with an ipod weighs less than 28 and has a range of up to 90km depending on the of battery used.”

Given Olivier admires the work of like British designer Morton, the designer of the Benelli the apparent similarities with design in some of Olivier’s seems logical. Once argue that scooter are aspiring bikers or it could be that modern motorcycle looks cool. But the bottom is Olivier seems to have a and distinctive style in his work sets it apart making it to spot a Wipe2 designed

The future surely looks but Olivier seems a bit pessimistic be honest I don’t have any I’m just following my present The truth of the matter is that talented designers out there Olivier and his colleagues at Wipe2 who the ability to think outside the scooters need never be Let’s hope the manufacturers note.

Words: Paul

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