Ryca Motors celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a new custom kit – the CS-1X. The base model is a Suzuki Savage and since it featured an older motorcycle kit, the CS-1, this time around the Los Angeles based brand made a new one using its proprietary augmented reality (AR) app Fantom View.
Back in 2010, RYCA Motors entered the custom motorcycle scene with the CS-1 kit for Suzuki’s LS650 Savage which converted the motorcycle from a cruiser to a cool cafe racer. Ten years later, the company decided to update its famous kit that was featured on shows like Jay Leno’s Garage and Popular Mechanics and create something special – the world’s first custom motorcycle designed in Augmented Reality (AR). Meet the CS-1X.
The motorcycle was unveiled on StartEngine, a leading equity crowdfunding website, where limited edition CS-1X kits are available. The kits can be delivered via Fantom View, Ryca’s patent-pending app which allows users to customize their vehicles with augmented reality.
“No trend in motorcycling has been bigger than the concept of customization, and now even the major OEMs design and market their bikes as a platform for endless personalization,” said Casey Stevenson, CEO and the “CA” in RYCA. “But finding parts and accessories for a specific bike and making sure they all work together can be a major challenge since there are thousands of parts made by hundreds of manufacturers.”
Also, Ryca Motors FantomView app offers a whole package for customers to pick a certain motorcycle style and customize their bike as they wish. Moreover, it allows them to make real-time suggestions as they work on their motorcycle. The virtual components simply snap into place, with no manual adjustment, and can be viewed from any angle.
“Augmented reality takes the guesswork out of shopping for OEM and aftermarket parts because you can see exactly how they’re going to fit and how they’re going to look before you buy them,” said Ryan Rajewski, COO and the “RY” in RYCA. “It can also be used for tech support, maintenance, and repair in ways far beyond what is possible with written manuals or videos. We’re convinced it’s the future of parts, sales, and service.”
The CS-1X kit was used as a concept for the new AR app and unveiled using Fantom View on the crowdfunding website StartEngine. Also, a crowdfunding campaign will allow RYCA to develop the FantomView app into a fully-featured AR platform for the multi-billion dollar Powersports industry, with individually tailored solutions for dealerships, manufacturers, and retailers. But let’s return to the CS-1X kit.
The updates on Ryca’s CS-1X kit feature a Manx-style tank, full-leather saddle and seat cowl, and slotted aluminum side panels to give the motorcycle a more contemporary and industrial look.
The CS-1X kit is a benchmark for future models as it sets the stage for future motorcycles manufactured using augmented reality. This allows Ryca Motors to use AR technology throughout the development process to check parts fitment, finish options, and clearance issues before moving further to the actual manufacturing process.
As motorcycle brands rely more and more on technology and market trends when they develop their new models, it looks like Ryca Motors is strongly working on staying ahead of its competition with the CS-1X and Fantom View app.