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$13,780
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60
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 18 2015 2:01 PM UTC +00:00
$13,780
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
60
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 18 2015 2:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Did any of this ever happen to you?

Have you noticed that all motorcycle top-cases all look alike and that nothing has changed in the past 30 years?
This is how boring and ugly motorcycles top-cases look today. 

From rider to riders!
After inventing and launching Jeckt, we wanted the top-cases on our motorcycles to do more for us. 

We wanted them to easily detach form our motorcycles and wanted them to easily become our inseparable companion as we leave our motorcycle around the world.
And we wanted them colorful and beautiful.

With WHEELRIDER we have merged two essential items in the life of riders in motion.
We have created a motorcycle top-case that becomes a carry-on luggage on wheels. 

                                            PATENT PENDING

INTERIORS:
The interiors are designed for a professional traveller. The middle section features utility pockets and the computer compartment that has the option to be removed for additional storage space.

BUILT-IN SOLAR PANEL:
A Frosted ETFE with Fiberglass support solar panel is built-in the case. It is equipped with a direct USB port to attach a standard cable that enables to directly charge Phones, Tablets MP3/MP4/PSP, or a spare power bank.

Built In Anti Scratch Solar Panel
Built In Anti Scratch Solar Panel

The rack of WHEELRIDER attaches onto the motorcycles and can also be used to secure additional accessories:

BUILT-IN STEEL HELMET LOCK:
The Base has a built in 5mm Steel Cable Lock to secure your helmet. The helmet-steel-lock locks into the rack and can be unlocked using the same key used to release the case from the rack. To protect your helmet while on the bike see the special COVERS below. 

WATERPROOF HELMET AND SEAT COVERS:
We have designed a pouch that includes a waterproof seat and covers so users don't have to travel with their helmet. The helmet stays dry and secure. As more accessories will be developed, you will be able to mount them on your base thanks to the 3 pin accessories engage system.

HELMET READY:
When you don't plan to travel and use Wheelrider as a daily top-case, you'll have the option to remove part of the interiors, and apply the higher top part of the case, to make space for your helmet. An open-face-helmet can also fit on the smaller size case. (see size charts for more information).

These are 6 of the colors we shortlisted for Wheelrider. As we go along with the project we will send a survey out to select the final 3 colors. ( and more is the quantities will allow it!).

WHEELRIDER is born with the dual purpose to serve riders on the go and to be used as an carry-on into planes. To give options in sizing, the top of the WHEELRIDER is detachable and replaceable with the desired top height. You can chose to have a L size top enabling you to fit your helmet inside WHEELER. You can chose a M size top that matches the requirement of airlines for an hand carry luggage, ride to the airport for a short trip, lock your helmet on the WHEELRIDER's base, safely covered it with WHEELRIDER's waterproof cover, and check in to your destination!

THE LOCK:
The lock that secures the top case to the base attached to the bike, has been developed based on the technology used for the fuel tanks caps. We developed a proprietary lock especially for this project redesigning it from scratch. The lock is made of metal and it uses a new generation of keys for extra security.

THE STRENGTH:
The base is made of ABS, by injection molding. (This represents the biggest set up cost of the project). ABS gives the correct balance between strength and elasticity preventing cracks under continuos vibrations.

The case is made of multilayer pure poly-carbon sheets shaped through one step vacuum molding process. The poly-carbon is an extremely strong and flexible material that can revolutionize the way we riders always thought of top cases. It is light, it has intrinsic elasticity and it is resistant to cracks.

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CONNECTION POINTS:
To safely lock the top case to the base, we designed a special ABS cushion. For Stability and safety the cushion and the base lock in several points: > a 3 pins rear dock system gives stability to the entire case > 2 side pins prevent the case from lifting under heavy pressure > 2 long central recesses prevent the case from sliding forward while the central lock secures the case.

SOLAR PANEL SPECIFICATIONS:  
6W full black with built in USB. Anti-scratch texturized surface. This small solar panel can directly charge Power Banks, Phones, Tablets MP3/MP4/PSP.

Wheelrider was born with a broader idea to create a system to allow to top-case and other type of bags to attach and detach rapidly from a motorcycle. The base further developed with a system to attach to its back additional small pouches to serve different needs related to the motorcycle. In my vision, once this first step is done, more products can be developed with the same system allowing you to attach them to the same base effortlessly. (different types bags could be other top-cases, a back pack, a duffle bag, and even a special bag to carry your pets, as one of my friends suggested). 
A version for the bicycles can be developed. And pouches with different functions and materials to attache to the back of the base can be invented.

Finally, I could not resist. I had to offer a version of Wheelrider in pure carbon fiber. Do  do this it will require a new set of molds for the two shells of the case. All other parts are in common. Extra work, but totally worth the effort for a unique, never seen before, beyond awesome version of Wheelrider. For the few who dare to make dream reality.

A BIT ABOUT US
Bruno and Stefano have worked together for 15 years, designing, developing and manufacturing products for several top brands around the world. 

After riding two Harleys from NY to LA we came up with the idea of Wheelrider and decided to make it reality merging our love for riding with what we do best. 

Together they wrote a book on design and branding. 

Stefano has to ride is motorcycle everywhere he goes. He rode from China to Italy and in the messy roads of Bhutan taking photos along the way. He is never happy about the accessories he finds in the market and usually… he modifies them.
http://www.restlesstravellers.com/journeys http://www.restlesstravellers.com/rt 

Bruno is also a writer and a singer, and he thought Stefano everything about branding and design. He always gets dragged by Stefano on riding around the world. 

Max is an expert in carbon fiber, fiber glass technologies, molding and he also builds yachts. At heart he is a super kite surfer.  

Finally, last but not least, an incredible thank you to all of you, riders, backers, supporters and advisers. Without you Wheelrider cannot be reality and we cannot enjoy its benefits.
Life is a journey, and it is beautiful to share it. 

Risks and challenges

Too often the risk involved in executing a project and delivering the rewards to the backers that have put trust in the funders, is related to the lack of experience in setting up and controlling the supply chain.
A nice chart with some plan and some dates is not what it takes and often projects do not deliver.

In our project we bring as a foundation to our idea the experience we developed in years spent to manage product development and production for brands like Lacoste, Celine, Freddy and more.

We have been working on this project for about 2 years now.
As we will approach our funding goal, we will welcome comments from all our backers in regard to possible improvements or potential risks related to Wheelrider. A thousand eyes is always better than a few :)

After that, the focus will be on opening the molds and on the production.
The molds of the main lock and of the base are the most complex.
Both are expensive injection mold that require a few pieces of testing and maybe some adjustments before we go into bulk production.
The molds for the case are easier and do not represent particular risks.

All other components, such as wheels, handles, hinges are all finalized and since they are products already been tested and produced for mass production for other products sold in the USA and EU, they are all ready to be re-produced for our production.

We like to take things step by step and to deliver. The first 1150 pieces will be part of the first production lot. From there on we will define lots of 1000 pieces each to be shipped every 2.5 months.

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    RIDERS FOR RIDERS
    A token of brotherhood to see dreams become reality and to be always updated on what else we will invent for people on two wheels. Thank you Brothers.

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    RIDERS BEFORE DAWN
    For those riding the deserts, where the night of the morning roars with the sound of our engines.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $480

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    RIDERS IN THE SUNRISE - solo #1
    For the start of a long leg, chasing your shadow as you ride West.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey).
    Retail value $480

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    RIDERS IN THE SUNRISE - solo #2
    For the start of a long leg, chasing your shadow as you ride West.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $480

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    RIDERS IN THE SUNRISE - solo #3
    For the start of a long leg, chasing your shadow as you ride West.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $480

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    WHEELRIDERS! #1
    It's the journey that counts. That very reason that made you hit the road that day. The very reason you are travelling every moment of your existence.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $480

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    WHEELRIDERS! #2
    It's the journey that counts. That very reason that made you hit the road that day. The very reason you are travelling every moment of your existence.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $480

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    RIDERS IN THE SUNRISE - LOVE (set of 2)
    When you are not alone, and each mile is sharing an adventure, a dream, a kiss.

    you will get:
    2 Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $960

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    PURE CARBON FIBER AWESOMENESS
    I don't have to tell you how awesome, unique and indestructible a pure carbon fiber Wheelrider will be. For the few and only.

    you will get:
    1 Wheelrider in Pure Carbon Fiber (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $2000

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    CLUB SPECIAL
    It was called Red Devils Shanghai. We were brothers. We rode together. We shared our symbols.
    This options allows you to print your Club's Emblem on each Wheelrider.

    you will get:
    10 pack of Wheelrider (M or L) with built in solar panel, with built in steel helmet lock, TSA approved case lock, and the base. (color to be finalize during survey)
    Retail value $4800

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