ELF wasn't the first to experiment with alternative motorcycle chassis designs, but it was the best publicized and, thanks to the French petroleum company's vast resources, the best funded, too. Even if its two-wheeled experiments didn't radically alter motorcycling's future, ELF made chassis experimentation respectable. Inspired by ELF, countless designers the world over were encouraged to create the motorcycle of the future. ELF may not have been the first to dream up some of the ideas it subsequently claimed credit for (and patented to recoup some development costs by selling them to Honda), but it legitimized the effort. The actual design solutions ELF evolved over the years were overshadowed by its influence over motorcycle design. Thanks to its involvement in world championship roadracing, the alternative motorcycle design is more of a reality and less of a dream.