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The greatest contemporary motorcycle designs were led by one man. After 8 years off, JT Nesbitt is poised to change the industry again.

The greatest contemporary motorcycle designs were led by one man. After 8 years off, JT Nesbitt is poised to change the industry again. Read More
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We have engaged JT Nesbitt, a world-renowned motorcycle designer, to build three prototypes of the most impressive motorcycle he could imagine. We've seen previews and--wow. In conjunction with the project, we’re filming a feature-length documentary of the entire process. JT's return to the world-stage will be an important aspect of the storyline. But perhaps more important will be the people who enter his world, learn from his master-craft ethic, and are changed in the process. Finally, our team (and possibly you!) will head to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to break 3 World Records with the prototypes we produce. Our classes are: 1650cc APBG (special construction pushrod blown gas) APSPBG (special construction partial streamline pushrod blown gas) APSPBF (special construction partial streamline pushrod blown fuel).


We are utilizing funds we raise here on Kickstarter to create the initial designs and fabricate the bikes. We are building three bikes so that we are able to experiment appropriately without becoming tied to a production process.  We will test and refine the designs in order to ready them for competition at the Bonneville Salt Flats and we will prove their worth on the battle field, so to speak, in August 2013. Along the way, we will document our successes and failures, the involvement of our funders, and the land speed results at the completion of this great adventure.


The competing interests of industrial design, production, craftsmanship, and the digital age prohibit brilliant design. We believe this doesn't have to be the case. Therefore, we're starting a company to fund the creation of these motorcycles without the encumbrance of production requirements or the unnecessary flair of showy designers you've probably already heard of. This project will purely be about applying 20th century craftsmanship in a 21st century context.



Jim Jacoby is a seasoned entrepreneur with a track record of successful for-profit and non-profit initiatives. He founded and oversaw the growth of his current company, Manifest Digital from a small group of 6 people over 10 years ago to a $20MM+/year revenue organization today. Manifest is founded in the principles of user-centered design. As such, it is a leader in the craft of interaction design in the digital age. Working with some of the best strategists, technologists, and creatives in the business, he now seeks to set a standard for this genre of craftsmanship in the digital age.

Jacoby also co-concepted, funded and spun out a successful and profitable 501(c)3 called The Insight Labs, which is currently receiving worldwide notoriety from the likes of the Clinton Global Initiative, TED Active, and others. 

His latest endeavor is to establish an ongoing platform for conversation, experience, and promotion of master craftsmanship. To do so, he has funded and established the American Design and Master Craft Initiative (ADMCi). Sitting at the cross-roads of once flourishing master-craft trades and what is still yet to come in the digital era, the ADMCi promotes the core learnings of craftsmanship and its true benefits in this once-in-a-generation transition.  


JT Nesbitt is a world-renowned motorcycle designer and automotive innovator. He originally hit the world stage as part of the design team from Confederate Motorcycles who concepted and created the G2 Hellcat and Wraith. JT established both a design aesthetic and flair for innovation from the very beginning of his career.

His most recent project, The Magnolia Special, was featured on Jay Leno's Garage where Jay was exceptionally effusive. This self-funded project re-set the standards for automotive design in alternative fuel cars. JT also established a new trans-continental record for vehicles in its fuel class.

Today, he seeks to answer all the questions his previous projects asked. To do so, he needs a clean canvas, responsible funding, and the participation of an eager audience. The Bienville Legacy Motorcycle that you will see created before you will be the outcome.

Justin Jackola
Justin Jackola

Justin is a film-maker, entrepreneur, and is currently serving as the Bienville Legacy media manager. He is the Founder/Senior Producer of JJack Productions, a film/video production company that focuses on marketing talented companies and individuals alike. Justin's core focus is capturing innovative talent.

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- If all $500,000 is not pledged, then you're never charged a penny

Risks and challenges

Our risks and challenges are common with any other vehicle development project. We face the need to change design direction based on findings as we are fabricating the three bikes. We have already purchased the majority of all materials we'll need to fabricate the motorcycles and have confirmed commitment from all vendors related to the process. Design drawings and a 3D rendering are complete for machining purposes.

Perhaps most important to our success is the quality and reliability of the master-designer leading the project, JT Nesbitt. Given his track record of success with both team and solo design projects, we expect nothing but extraordinary results from this effort. JT has already completed major portions of the design process and is in fact at the time or writing, beginning to mock-up the engine placement and final design components related to its fabrication. We are ready to go and already under a significant wave of positive momentum!

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    About $15 USD

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    DVD Download:

    Pre-released digital download of the documentary currently titled "Tempus Veritas Revelat" (Time Reveals Truth). The story of the design and production of these extraordinary prototypes will include the people and events that will ultimately make them an enduring legacy... especially after the landspeed record attempt in Bonneville.

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    9 backers

    DVD Hard Copy:

    Pre-released copy of the "Tempus Veritas Revelat" Documentary (described above)

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    Master Creaftsman's Folio: Digital Notebook

    JT Nesbitt is keeping meticulous drawings that have built up before the project started and are now being produced at a fever-pitch in order to solve some of the thorniest engineering and visual design challenges he faces.

    We are producing a high-resolution digital recreation of these notebooks for viewing on tablet or PC. Get an intimate, inside view of the project that illustrates how a master designer thinks through the invention of entirely new technologies.

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    Icon: Sand-Cast Bee

    Based on the iconic mark for the Legacy Motorcycle Commission, we are hand-pouring a sand casting of our most important image. The piece will be cast in Bienville Studios, finished with a commemorative note from JT Nesbitt and will serve as a reminder of everything master craftsmanship stands for.

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    About $100 USD

    11 backers

    Bespoke Mechanic's Shirt:
    (Men's and Women's) with Bienville Legacy branded embroidery, celebrating the craftsmanship of the bikes and everything this project stands for.

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    About $150 USD

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    Master-Craftsman Folio: A Narrative

    Based on the award listed at $50, this award builds on the digital recreation of the meticulous engineering and artistic explorations JT Nesbitt is producing... and incorporates a layer of narrative from the designer himself. We will walk through a discussion of the designs, essentially providing a personal explanation of the drawings, challenges, and context for each of the explorations. A truly one of a kind opportunity to cross master craftsmanship with the digital realm.

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    About $250 USD

    2 backers

    Premier Screening TICKETS to the Documentary:

    VIP access to the movie screening, up close and personal access to the bikes, personal memento of the occasion, and experience commentary with JT Nesbitt (master designer) and Jim Jacoby (lead funder). Theaters to be determined in Chicago and New Orleans. Additional locations to be added pending location of funders.

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    About $500 USD

    2 backers

    Genuine Silver Custom 'wrist-brace' bracelet:

    Hand-crafted by Redferne Designs out of Chicago, available only to funders. Produced in silver to rigorous standards, this one-of-a-kind piece will celebrate the Legacy 'bee' emblem through the spirit of master craftsmanship and the story we create together. Sizing for men and women to be offered.

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    About $750 USD

    1 backer

    Hand-cast Custom Bike Component

    Mounted and framed, numbered and signed by JT Nesbitt, this design-defining component will be a key element from the final prototype design. Own a lynch-pin in the design that was actually incorporated into the bike build.

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    About $1,500 USD

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    Personal Apprenticeship EVENT:

    On-site at Bienville Studios in the French Quarter, working under tutelage with JT Nesbitt for one weekend (Sat/Sun) or one 'long-weekend' (Fri-Mon). Incidentals included, accommodations provided. Travel to/from New Orleans is participant's responsibility. Participation will be subject to application, screening, release, and insurance process. Note: this opportunity is one to work with and take direction from JT Nesbitt according to strict build and shop performance/protocol. Also Note: You may sponsor this gift as an apprenticeship for a student of our or your choosing. This can be a great way to impact a designer's career!

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    About $2,500 USD

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    Prototype Test Ride EVENT:

    Attend the preview unveiling and initial public firing of all three prototypes. Experience a bike walk-around and briefing from JT Nesbitt. Then, take a limited test ride at Nola Motorsports Park on one of the three prototypes! Participation subject to application and screening process. Note: riding skills/experience are crucial for participation in the test-ride event. Travel to/from New Orleans is participant's responsibility. Attendees may participate without riding if desired. (Likely outing to Jazzfest also TBD.)

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    About $5,000 USD

    1 backer Limited (29 left of 30)

    Salt Flats Landspeed Record Attempt EVENT:

    Be a part of the team supporting Nesbitt and Jacoby with the time trial at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Travel to/from Utah is participant's responsibility. Includes access to the salt flats with the team, participation in supporting the team, and a personal event with the Bonneville Salt Flats racers at the Wrap Event.

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    About $10,000 USD

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Master Craftsman PACKAGE:

    Receive a set of the following: Signed DVD, Movie Poster, Mechanics Shirt, Premier Tickets, Custom Wrist-Brace, and Custom Prototype Component. Also includes the events: 'Long-weekend' Apprenticeship and Prototype Test Ride.

    (Bonneville record attempt remains a separate purchase.)

    If desired, add a companion to the events for no extra cost! Screenings and confirmation applicable as detailed above.

    Also, receive credit mention in the documentary.

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Team Building PACKAGE:

    Choose your team of 12 to come work on-site at Bienville Studios two-at-a-time for a weekend under tutelage with JT Nesbitt. Include colleagues, friends, or family! OR Establish a 'scholarship' of sorts for 12 apprentices to attend JT's studio in your name, two-at-a-time. You may name up to 12 recipients or leave some or all 12 slots open for us to invite those without the financial means to participate in the apprenticeship EVENT as described above.

    Also, receive credit mention in the documentary.

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Funding period

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