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A rat rod refers to a custom car that’s designed to look unfinished, typically without paint and showing rust, made from cheap or cast-off parts. YouTuber “Rich Rebuilds” wanted to make his version a little more refined, while still exuding a great deal of personality. The 1930s vehicle he purchased off Craigslist was originally powered by a Chevrolet 305 V8, but that was quickly replaced with an electric powerplant from Zero Motorcycles. Read more for a video and additional information.
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British technology company is best known for its futuristic-looking vacuum cleaners, and if they decided to get into the motorcycle business, this is what their first bike could look like. The design itself was inspired by the company’s line of bagless vacuum cleaners that use cyclonic separation and brushless electric motors, complete with hubless wheels. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Modern electric motorcycles are mainly powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, though some early models used nickel-metal hydride batteries, but the problem is that most models do not really stand out. Introducing the Ducati è Rossa. This sleek all-electric motorcycle draws inspiration from F1 cars and comes complete with a carbon-fiber chassis. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Limited to just 765-units for North America and another 765 for the rest of the world, the individually-numbered Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition is powered by a 765cc in-line triple with an Arrow titanium race-style exhaust that produces 128 horsepower at 12,250 rpm and 59 lb-ft of torque at 9,750 rpm. Even more impressive is its crazy 13,250 rpm redline. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Harley-Davidson is best known for their motorcycles, but now, they’ve created electric balance bikes for kids to get them started early. Available in IronE12 (3-5-year-olds) and IronE16 (5-7-year-olds) models, they feature 12-inch (30 cm) wheels, a 13-inch (33 cm) seat height and 16-inch (40 cm) wheels and a 17-inch (43 cm) seat height respectively. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Newron (a play on neuron and Newton), a France-based startup, reveals a sleek electric motorcycle with a wooden body, which exposes the large cylindrical battery pack located in the center. The battery itself features a ring of LED lights that may indicate just how much power is left using different colors. To complete the organic look, the designers integrated the drive shaft directly into the swingarm. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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One fan of The Predator, an extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, decided to take his fandom to the next level by wearing a full-body costume while riding a custom motorcycle. This alien chopper on a road in Thailand’s Mukdahan province was understandably stopped by Thai police, as the mask probably offers nowhere near the protection a real motorcycle helmet does. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Based on the 2020 Zero SR/F, the Zero XP electric motorcycle by Untitled Motorcycles is a streetfighter designed for cruising. Featuring custom clip-on handlebars, an electronic throttle housed internally, braided brake lines, Pirelli racing slick tires, and all-new body panels, except for the seat position as well as foot pegs. Power comes from a 14.4kW battery generating 140 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit a stop speed of 124 mph. Read more for a video of the 2020 SR/F, additional pictures and information.
We have seen the future of electric motorcycles, and it includes the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster. The original Motorrad is a two-cylinder motorcycle that has been in production since the 1920s, but the company decided to give it a modern makeover with an electric battery pack, which offers massive torque from the get-go and unique U-shaped LED daytime running lights. This new bike also features a carbon fiber and aluminum chassis to keep things extra light. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Another day, another electric motorcycle, and this time, it’s the Sarolea x Mighty Machines MM.01. Featuring a carbon fiber chassis with orange accents, it offers 120kW of power, or approximately 163 hp, and a driving range of 205 miles on a full charge. WAIZU, an artificial intelligence automotive platform created by Google, ML6 from Ghent, and Sarolea, controls the bike, enabling it to achieve a 0-62mph time of 3-seconds flat. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.