If the design of most electrical bikes leaves you chilly, a pair of younger engineers from Hamburg would possibly simply have the reply. Meet Metorbike; a pint-sized café racer that might go for a classic moped, in each appears to be like and sound.
The concept for Metorbike was conceived by buddies Michael and Marvin, again once they have been finding out collectively. Each of them love café racers, and each of them had puzzled if an electrical drivetrain might be as elegant as a classic combustion engine. In order that they determined to construct a prototype to check their concepts.
Tinkering away in certainly one of their grandfather’s storage after hours, the duo put their mechanical engineering and mechatronics research into follow. And once they ran right into a process that was past their collective talents, they merely up-skilled.
Working with an previous Puch X40 moped chassis as a base, they constructed the primary Metorbike prototype fully by themselves… after which issues escalated. Michael and Marvin determined to show their passion right into a enterprise, and take Metorbike from a proof of idea to an precise small-scale manufacturing bike. It took them three years to get there, however its lastly paid off.
Restricted to 50 models, the primary version Metorbike is now able to order. It’s made to spec, which means that you would be able to choose not solely the colour of your Metorbike, however the trim too—proper all the way down to the wooden, leather-based and switchgear. All for the tidy sum of €7,749 [around $8,510], plus extras.
Every Metorbike begins out with a repurposed Puch X40 moped body, sourced from plenty of suppliers. The body’s modified to swimsuit the Metorbike format, then stamped with a brand new body quantity. (Sure, Metorbike is registered as a bike producer.)
Subsequent, a set of refurbished Aprilia RS 125 forks are fitted to the entrance finish, through a set of bespoke yokes. Customized-made YSS shocks prop up the rear, and the bike rolls on 17” spoked wheels, with an Aprilia disc brake up entrance.
Powering Metorbike is a 7 kW [peak power] brushless motor, housed in a milled aluminum casing. It’s a stunning design, and we’re betting many a passer-by will mistake it for an previous Puch engine out on the highway. Energy is distributed to the again wheel through a conventional chain drive.
Regardless that electrical bikes don’t want gas tanks, this one has one—and it serves a goal, too. The carbon fiber shell truly homes the battery, which comes from a associate firm that up-cycles used Volkswagen batteries. It’s designed to be swappable too, in case you’d desire to maintain a spare unit available reasonably than look forward to a recharge each time.
Rounding out the bodywork is a strong picket café-style tail unit, topped off with leather-based upholstery. Every unit begins out as a set of planks in a alternative of three completely different woods. These are bonded collectively to type a clean, the clean is then reduce on a five-axis milling machine, and the ultimate type is hand-finished to perfection.
Metorbike’s trim is pretty much as good as what you’d count on to see on most high-end customized bikes. There’s slick LED lighting all-round, and the cockpit wears clip-on bars wearing leather-based grips. Many of those components are customizable, too.
The speedo is one other tidy element. Embedded within the high yoke and made particularly for Metorbike, the spherical sprint is totally touch-enabled. You possibly can even use it to pick the bike’s soundtrack.
Sure, you learn that proper—this electrical moped makes a noise. What appears to be like like a chambered exhaust beneath the motor is definitely a sound system, pre-loaded with an array of bike engine noises. It’s wired instantly into the bike’s controller, in order that the sound responds to throttle inputs in a practical means.
As for the numbers that depend, Metorbike weighs 75 kilos [165 lbs], tops out at 50 km/h [31 mph] and has a variety of fifty km [31 miles], give or take. So it’s not going to go anyplace far, or get there notably shortly—however then once more, neither would a Puch moped again within the day.
What that does imply, is that it’s legally ‘small’ sufficient to function with only a automobile license in Germany. So potential Metorbike homeowners needn’t undergo the rigmarole of acquiring a motorcycle license, making this tiny scoot not solely lovable, however accessible too.
We wouldn’t say no to it for Sunday morning jaunts to the native café. Would you?