Metorbike: An electrical Puch café racer with a soundtrack
If the design of most electrical bikes leaves you chilly, a pair of younger engineers from Hamburg may simply have the reply. Meet Metorbike; a pint-sized café racer that would go for a classic moped, in each appears and sound.
The thought for Metorbike was conceived by mates Michael and Marvin, again after they had been finding out collectively. Each of them love café racers, and each of them had puzzled if an electrical drivetrain may very well be as elegant as a classic combustion engine. In order that they determined to construct a prototype to check their concepts.
Tinkering away in considered one of their grandfather’s storage after hours, the duo put their mechanical engineering and mechatronics research into follow. And after they ran right into a process that was past their collective skills, they merely up-skilled.
Working with an outdated Puch X40 moped chassis as a base, they constructed the primary Metorbike prototype completely by themselves… after which issues escalated. Michael and Marvin determined to show their interest 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 items, the primary version Metorbike is now able to order. It’s made to spec, which means which you could 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 structure, then stamped with a brand new body quantity. (Sure, Metorbike is registered as a motorbike 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 It’s a stunning design, and we’re betting many a passer-by will mistake it for an outdated Puch engine out on the street. Energy is shipped to the again wheel through a standard chain drive.
Regardless that electrical bikes don’t want gasoline tanks, this one has one—and it serves a objective, too. The carbon fiber shell truly homes the battery, which comes from a accomplice firm that up-cycles used Volkswagen batteries. It’s designed to be swappable too, for those who’d want to maintain a spare unit available slightly than await a recharge each time.
Rounding out the bodywork is a strong wood café-style tail unit, topped off with leather-based upholstery. Every unit begins out as a set of planks in a selection of three completely different woods. These are bonded collectively to type a clean, the clean is then lower on a five-axis milling machine, and the ultimate type is hand-finished to perfection.
Metorbike’s trim is nearly as good as what you’d anticipate 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 prime yoke and made particularly for Metorbike, the spherical sprint is totally touch-enabled. You’ll be able to even use it to pick the bike’s soundtrack.
Sure, you learn that proper—this electrical moped makes a noise. What appears like a chambered exhaust below the motor is definitely a sound system, pre-loaded with an array of motorbike engine noises. It’s wired straight into the bike’s controller, in order that the sound responds to throttle inputs in a practical approach.
As for the numbers that depend, Metorbike weighs 75 kilos [165 lbs], tops out at 50 km/h [31 mph] and has a spread of fifty km [31 miles], give or take. So it’s not going to go anyplace far, or get there notably rapidly—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 house owners needn’t undergo the rigmarole of acquiring a motorcycle license, making this tiny scoot not solely cute, however accessible too.
We wouldn’t say no to it for Sunday morning jaunts to the native café. Would you?