OUntil recently electric motorcycles were considered just a novelty, but not anymore. Oset Bikes, the electric bike manufacturer, has stormed the youth trials scene and this year celebrates a landmark anniversary. Ten years ago the first Oset Bike rolled out of Ian Smith’s garage in Denver, Colorado, USA to be ridden by his son Oliver. Named after its inaugural rider, Oliver Smith Electric Trials, the then three-year-old Oliver took to the machine like a duck to water.
Within just a few minutes he was riding standing up and just a week later was competing against children aged eight and nine. Within the month the smallest rider in town was making
headlines, taking the top spot on the podium against the older kids.
set Bikes is
the brainchild of Ian Smith, who wanted a safe, lightweight and fun machine for his young son to ride. What started out as a garage project between him and engineer Mike Buchholz became a valid business concept almost overnight that has taken the world of off-road motorcycling by surprise! Fast forward ten years and the ‘project’ now sells bikes to over 25 countries worldwide, has eight models and a clothing and accessories range.
The company has been invited to attend the highest profile events the UK has to offer including Moto GP, WSB, BSB, Isle of Man TT and Goodwood Festival of Speed.
And its proven technology has seen the company consistently dominate the youth trials scene for the last two years, making it the first electric powered machine anywhere in the world to win a national championship against petrol counterparts. While Oset Bikes has enjoyed unprecedented success Ian is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
He said: “It’s an amazing feeling looking back today and remembering the day Oliver rode the very first bike. I honestly can’t quite believe we’re here, ten years on. It was never the intention and
Putting on the style for this Oset video shoot.
Ian Smith has the Oset in his mind. TRIAL MAGAZINE