Cus­tom bikes don’t have to be old and they don’t have to run on petrol

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jordan Gib­bons SE­NIOR WRITER @MCNNEWS mo­tor­cy­cle­news

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

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