I have a unique design business in thought. I am a Mechanical Design Engineer. Have a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Working for a reputed company as Design Engineer. Just want to share my idea with you guys. I would like to design motorcycles and sell the CAD models,installation manuals,repair manuals, etc to small manufacturing firms/suppliers/mechanics/enthusiasts.
My idea is that in near future we will see a great change in consumers interest for custom made/ concept motorcycles (DIY). Since large corporations like BMW,Honda etc have shown little/no interest in bringing concepts to market I might have a great niche here.
My question : What do you think of feasibility?Bottlenecks? Things I need to be careful about.Where to find funding?
I would like to establish a neutral motorcycle platform from where customization can proceed. My clients will be world wide.As I will not manufacture the actual motorcycles I need very little money to start out with. The proposed Design Platforms for motorcycles will update every 6-12 months. I intend to charge per design, design consultancy and virtual product testing services.Since the design is open for review from peers like open source software and not closed/proprietary I hope to get more refined designs faster. Also I will maintain a list of suppliers in various countries of world who can manufacture these individual parts. Once a customer buys a design from my company we also give info where to find each individual part/supplier and the price to build his motorcycle essentially making it easy.
I imagine there will be lot of small manufacturing/firms who will be interested in assembling the motorcycles as per our tested designs. (Also this model if it takes off will put lot of suppliers out of misery as they dont have to depend too much on larger OEM`s).
I need funding to start this business. Still refining the business idea to consolidate my offerings. Please suggest any improvements.
My questions : What are other ways to make money off of this business?
All suggestions are welcome.
If anybody is interested in Funding please let me know.