KEEPING IT CURRENT
Custom bikes don’t have to be old and they don’t have to run on petrol
The BMW C Evolution is many things: good for the city, cheap to run and forward thinking. It is not especially cool, cheap and, until now, we wouldn’t have said it was the perfect base for a custom bike either. The times are a changin’ however and with more pressure on manufacturers to pursue electric bikes it was only a matter of time.
The E-lisabad from Krautmotors is the first manufacturer-sanctioned electric custom we’ve seen and it represents a line in the sand. It represents the moment that electric bikes are as interesting as their petrol powered brethren. Maybe.
“It’s about taking away people’s reservations about electronic vehicles,” says Rolf Reick, the man behind Kraut Motors. “I’m showing them what they already know: an exterior with an old-school look but built around new technology. I even took an extra training course, but we never touched on electronics.”
To start with, Reick stripped the original bodywork before lowering the bike and replacing the shocks with solid struts, which has dropped around 40kg from the stock bike. With the intention of turning it into an electric drag bike, Reick put a slick on the back and an old-school half-fairing on the front. This, Reick says, was so that people can see it is an electric bike straight away. He also thinks it will be half decent when it’s raced down the 1/8-mile dragstrip at the Glemseck 101 Sprint races: “Its acceleration through the direct power transmission is what fascinates me about the C Evolution”. The fact it puts down more torque than a Harley-davidson 883 won’t hurt it either.
‘It is aimed at taking away people’s reservations about electric bikes’
Not so long ago this was a humble commuter scooter