Lauge Jensen unveils Viking concept bike with Wisconsin-built engine

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2014

HORSENS, Denmark Danish bespoke OEM Lauge Jensen motorcycles has unveiled the Viking Concept at the Top Marques luxury brands show in Monaco.

The premium motorcycle is billed as “a design study that blends the talents of two of Denmark’s most creative talents”: Anders Kirk Johansen, an industrialist whose family invented Lego, and vehicle designer Henrik Fisker.

The Viking Concept points to a possible volume-production direction for Johansen’s Lauge Jensen brand, following his acquisition of the company in 2012.

Johansen commissioned automotive designer Fisker, previously a design chief at BMW and Aston Martin and the designer of the Fisker Karma, to design the Viking Concept.

The result is a bike that retains a classic cruiser look sculptured into a dynamic, flowing design. In particular the tank, seat and rear fender blend together to create a seamless effect. Fisker believes this to be unique in custom motorcycles.

“It’s been a dream of mine to design and create a motorcycle for many years and this is the first time I have the freedom to go and do it,” he said. “I hope people like what we have created and that we can make more of them – for sure there’s plenty more to come from this collaboration between myself and Anders.”

The Viking Concept is powered by a 45-degree V-twin producing 100hp, making the bike capable of more than 130mph. It’s the first motorcycle of its type to comply with new, much more stringent Euro IV emissions regulations that come into effect in 2016. The engine, built in Wisconsin, has been carefully developed and tuned to achieve this without losing its trademark V-twin sound or soul.

Lauge Jensen also produces the limited edition Great Dane custom cruiser, which starts from €42,800 (US$59,124). The company intends to build a bike based on the Viking Concept at higher volumes and with a lower price tag than the Great Dane.

“Potentially, it’s the next step for our company beyond our limited production Great Dane custom bike,” Johansen said. “It’s great to have Henrik, one of the world’s leading vehicle designers and a fellow Dane, working in partnership with us to help create a really special, emotional design. Revealing a concept bike is all about gauging demand but, if it’s there, I look forward to producing the Viking Concept for the mainstream market.”

Posted by Holly Wagner