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Electric kids bikes ensure our future

One of the biggest threats to the future of motorcycles is the loss of motocross tracks around Australia due to the noise issue in areas of urban sprawl.

Young MX riders are the next generation of motorcyclists.

Getting kids on motorcycles helps develop their hand-eye coordination, balance and alertness. 

But rapidly expanding urban areas are threatening the existence of motocross parks and in some states, it is now even illegal to operate a motorcycle on private property within 100m of your fence line.

However, the growth of quiet electric motorcycles and balance bikes for children could be the answer to this growing problem. 

Many manufacturers are now introducing these bikes to their range — even Harley-Davidson, although not yet in Australia!

Harley-Davidson electric bicycle balance kids
Harley kids bikes

French motorcycle manufacturer Sherco has had a lot of success here with their Factory electric enduro models which they are now expanding to electric balance bike ranks.

Less than a year after Sherco Australia launched their EB12 and EB16 electric balance bikes, the EB16 Factory now provides a higher-spec alternative.

It costs $999 and comes with a more powerful brushless motor, a rear disc brake, front suspension and styling updates.

They feature a simple twist-and-go throttle, a running time of up to 60 minutes and the option of a non-powered mode for kids to push, balance and coast before activating the brushless motor.

The EB16 Factory is supplied with an Australian 240V household charger, owner’s manual and toolkit. It has a 12-month parts-only warranty.

Sherco EB16 Factory electric balance bike
Sherco EB16 Factory electric balance bike

EB16 Factory

•    A 24V 250W brushless motor (EB16: 170W brush motor);

•    24km/h top speed (EB16: 21km/h top speed);

•    Better acceleration than EB16;

•    Suspension: front fork;

•    Three speed modes (EB16: two modes);

•    Higher handlebar;

•    Rear disc brake;

•    Anodised blue handlebar and seat clamp (quick-release seat clamp);

•    Blue rims with a more aggressive tread pattern;

•    New grips and brake lever; and

•    Sherco Factory decals.

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QJ7000D: patent designs for QJ Motors’ New Electric Motorcycle Revealed Ahead Of Schedule

In May of this year, Benelli’s parent company, the Qianjiang Motor Group, revealed an early prototype electric motorcycle at the 2021 Beiling Motor Show

A view of the QJ7000D at the 2021 Beijing Motor Show

According to NewsBytes, the bike was said to be on par with a standard 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle, such as the 125cc ICE motorcycle. This was due to the mid-mounted electric motor powered by a 72V, 60Ah battery pack, rendering the bike capable of a speedy 105km/h. 

A front view of the early

Thanks to the increase in intrigue, QJ Motors has just had patent designs leaked to the wide web – and the newly-christened QJ7000D is the full-fairinged sibling to the petrol-powered QJ SFG600.

A view of the QJ Motor Group's new electric motorcycle, the QJ7000D - design patent images

According to the leaked images, the QJ7000D will sport a full TFT display, as well as LED lighting, an upside-down fork for the front, and a rear monoshock for the back.

The machine will also ride on a nice set of alloy wheels, with a pair of disc brakes and a nifty new feature – the ability to store the helmet in the hump of what has always traditionally been the bike’s gas tank.

A view of the QJ Motor Group's new electric motorcycle, the QJ7000D - design patent images

Launch date is set for China, a few months from now. Should the bike go for sale on international markets, reports from both BikeWhale and ZigWheels also state that the QJ7000D will likely be sold under the Benelli brand name. 

A view of the QJ7000D at the 2021 Beijing Motor Show

Stay tuned on all things two-wheeled here at MotorBikeWriter – and if you’re curious as to what Benelli’s been up to as a brand, check out the bikes headed for India under the Italian brand name.

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Virtual test ride an electric bike

New Zealand electric bike company UBCO appears to be the first in the world to offer potential buyers a virtual test ride via 360-degree video or a cardboard virtual reality headset.

The range of Kiwi 2X2 electric bikes consist of an off-road 2X2 Work Bike and a 2X2 Adventure Bike with a top speed of 50km/h (limited to 45km/h in Europe) and weighing just 64kg (depending on the model). Range is around 130km between charges.

UBCO 2x2
UBCO 2×2

You can take the on a virtual 360-degree test ride by clicking here.

UBCO spokesman Neil Tierney says customers can see what the bike can do, how fast and quiet it is and whether it can handle hills and mud.

“We’re hoping this first taste will encourage people to want to find out more or share the experience with friends. It’s about raising awareness and opening eyes to the possibility of what an UBCO 2X2 can do,” Neil says.

The modular design of the video means UBCO can switch in ride segments from all around the world with the ability to show any number of applications and locations. 

One minute you could be riding in the backcountry of New Zealand, and the next through a bustling New York street. The forward iterations are endless.

The company has also designed an UBCO VR cardboard headset so customers can enjoy the full VR experience.

“We want everyone who is curious to be able to experience the magic of an UBCO 2X2,” Neil says. 

EK3 electric scooter

“Given how immersive the virtual test ride experience is we’re confident that once someone tries the virtual test ride for themselves, it’ll be hard not to tell friends and family about it – so word of mouth is also key here.

“Our 2X2s are reducing emissions daily, and the more widespread the adoption, the more savings that can be made.”

“As a largely electronic product with a high capacity lithium-ion battery, we’ve defined end of life and product stewardship as the big sustainability issues we need to tackle head on.”

The virtual test ride launch comes off the back of a huge first half to the year for the UBCO team, who have just closed $14 million in funding for international growth.

The bikes are on sale in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Europe and the UK.

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Mahindra & Mahindra Plans A Revolutionary Turnover for Electric Two-Wheeled European Industry

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has big plans for the European two-wheeler market – and they’re not playing with small numbers. 

According to a report from MoneyControl, the Indian multinational manufacturers have found a niche that forecasts big money for the firm. 

A view of the Peugeot brand shield logo

The project in question? One that will release electric bike models under the BSA and the French Peugeot brands, completing production in the EU and securing a hold in the ever-growing electric bike industry.

This was a move only recently made possible by M&M’s recent move to purchase the last stake of Peugeot in 2019, rendering the company a 100% subsidiary of the French motorcycle producers. 

A view of the tank of a BSA motorcycle

In theory, this move will open up the production scope potential for the company and provide the energy-smart crowds with small-engined throwback bikes that boast hella style.

M&M tested this theory earlier in the year with the electric Ludix scooter, made in India but sold in Europe, with great success.

“Peugeot Motorcycles has a very strong EV product pipeline. Following the successful launch of the Ludix, development continues on the Streetzone, which is expected to be launched in 2022,” says says M&M Chairman Anand Mahindra at the company’s 75th annual meeting. 

Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra.

“This will be followed by two platforms and four EV launches in 3 years. These will have B to B variants as well as B to C variants with telematics and fleet management software.”

To keep BSA in line with the projections at work for Peugeot, M&M is currently in the process of producing BSA’s first electric motorcycle – a project that will involve partnership with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) of the UK.

A view of a lab student working at the Advanced Propulsion Center

A guesstimation of what the R9 will look like

The project value of creating BSA’s first thoroughly British electric BSA bike is currently hovering around £9.2 million, with £4.6 million of that funded through the APC.

Mahindra adds the benefits of having a fully UK-based motorbike:

“While Java is not available in an electric version yet, the electric BSA project has been conceived as the true-blue UK designed, developed, and manufactured motorcycle. The project is a partnership supported by the APC of the UK, and it will bring in benefits accorded by the UK government as an inward investor,” Mahindra added.

A view of a concept for BSA's first electric bike, created by Sreejith Krishnan
A view of a concept for BSA’s first electric bike, created by Sreejith Krishnan

“The project has kicked off with the technical team on board in the Midlands, which is the epicenter of EV development expertise in the UK.”

Fingers crossed for the near future – and excited to see the coming reveals from both Peugeot and BSA.

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Horwin electric scooter launches in Australia

European electric scooter company Horwin Global has entered the Australian electric-powered two-wheeler market with the EK3 scooter.

Distributed by e-Motion Concepts (EMoS) of Brisbane Australia, the electric scooter offers a light electric vehicle and urban transport option.

The 2021 winner of the prestigious RED DOT design awards features modern design, smooth contours, bright colours and range of up to 100km.

The EK3 achieves a top speed of 95km/h and has a long 1320mm wheelbase and a 14-inch front wheel and 13-inch rear wheel for stability in the urban environment.EK3 electric scooter

Australian retail pricing for the EK3 has not yet been finalised, but EMoS says it will be “very competitive with similar style and performance, higher end petrol scooters”.

It’s not a dinky-toy scooter, either, with generous dimensions (1900mm length, 690mm width and 1130mm height), space for a rider and pillion, and load capacity of 170kg.

The scooter is powered by a single 40Ah battery running a 6.2 kW motor that pushes it to 60km/h in six seconds with full torque of 195Nm as soon as you twist the throttle.

It can also be fitted with two removable lithium-ion batteries.

A monitoring system provides protection against over-charging, discharging, over-voltage, short circuit and monitors the temperature of the batteries.

Battery life is more than 1000 cycles and charging time is 3.5 hours using the supplied intelligent charger.

The EK3 also features USB smart phone charging, remote control and keyless start.

Since it is classified in Australia as a LC (motorcycle) category it requires a motorcycle license, but is LAMS approved.

Horwin Global, is planning to expand their presence in Australia further in the future with additions of other models, such as the EK1, CR6 / CR6 Pro.

EMoS  is looking for interested parties that would like to stock and retail the scooters in Australia.

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The Ultraviolette F77 Has Undergone A Facelift

Ultraviolette has been a wee bit mean with their teasing of the F77 over the years. Now, the company is finally preparing to launch its brainchild to the masses.

According to a report from Rideapart, the India-based company revealed the elusive F77 electric motorcycle back in 2018.

Of course, since the production and release of the electric motorcycle was delayed until this year (we still don’t quite know why), the company has needed to prioritize keeping the F77 up to spec with the other modern machines tootling about. 

Here’s what we know about the updates included in F77’s ‘facelift’:

Modern TFT

There’s nothing that screams “Look at me!” then a good set of electronic perks in an electric motorbike – and the F77 is no exception. 

Ultraviolette decided it would be a wee bit dangerous to include a touch screen in the display (thank heavens), so the F77 has been gifted with 5-way switchgear set up – the same as what you’d find bolted to a KTM 390 Duke

a side view of a rider testing the soon-to-be-released Ultraviolette F77

Power train

The company has claimed that riders will find the F77’s 27kW electric motor within the same range and power as your standard 300cc combustion engine.

While we’re slightly dubious, the numbers line up: The F77 will be capable of punching out 36 pretty little ponies, getting the beastie from zero to 60 km/h (0-37mph) in 7.7 seconds, getting the F77 90Nm of torque at the motor

the Ultraviolette F77 unveiling

Updated Chassis

This is where Ultreviolette spent a decent amount of time last year.

Not only did the F77 get the chassis tuned to accommodate the different center of gravity of the new battery packs; it also received a tweaked trellis frame, and the geometry of the chassis was adjusted to improve agility and stability.

The motor mount is a bit stiffer, with the suspension adjusted to improve the handling of the bike…and the general happiness of the bum. We approve.

A closeup of the Honda Activated 6G scooter headlight

the Ultraviolette F77 unveiling

Improved Charging system

If you thought the F77 still had a range of 130-150km, look again – Ultraviolette has just confirmed 150km to be the max range of the machine. The F77’s new battery packs are purported to hold torque longer, with a different series of batteries made available later to sustain a higher range. 

The F77 will be manufactured with a starting range of 10,000 units at Ultraviolette’s Bengaluru production facility.

All told, we can’t wait to see when the F77 is released. 

Well, we can…it gives us more time over here to start placing bets on the release date. 

Stay safe, and stay tuned for updates.

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WMC’s New SuperBike Bullet Houses a Huge Air Duct

The big reveal is here!

WMC has just given us the WMC250EV – and she has a hole running right through her. 

After sneak-peeking the bike to us earlier in the month (we covered the story on June 18), White Motorcycle Concepts revealed the electric machine virtually on their Youtube platform, following the removal of their attendance from an event in Silverstone due to ongoing restrictions.

The concept of using the body of a bike as a giant aerodynamic duct was clever – and is the main reason why the company can continue to boast up to a 70% reduction in air resistance.

the air duct of the WMC250EV

The staggering improvement in aerodynamics was also made more feasible by electric powertrains, which have more flexibility of shape and size than the conventional fossil-powered motorcycle.

Regardless, WMC is right to be excited, as no one else has been able to come close to this jump in efficiency for the motorcycle industry – let alone the racetrack. 

According to a report from TopGear, The airflow through the duct of the WMC250EV’s framework will help the bike dig into the pavement, increasing friction and keeping the bike stable at high speeds.

The bike’s weight is also a huge factor, clocking in at a gargantuan 300kg – but WMC isn’t worried about the weight.

“We’ve removed any blockage from duct entry – and in doing so, we’ve managed to pull together a new hub-center-steered assembly for the front that encompasses two motors for two-wheeled drive and regenerative energy possibilities,” says Robert White, CEO and Founder of White Motorcycle Concepts.  

preliminary technical image for WMC's 250EV
A technical image of WMC’s 250EV

“As a result, those studies have enabled us to load front and rear wheels to a level that isn’t seen on a conventionally forked motorcycle  – [let alone] a motorcycle with a fast channel of air moving through the center.”

William Jock Ross Teo

The WMC250EV measures 2.44 meters (8 feet) in length, 1.19 meters (3.9 feet) in height, and is purported to have 5 times more load on the front axle than a conventional motorcycle.

The upper portion of the air duct also appears to be carbon fiber, showing further proof that the WMC250EV has been tinkered with from multiple angles to guarantee maximum efficiency. 

a view from above of the 250EV from WMC
WMC250EV at Silverstone

Robert White still has his eyes on the prize and expects his WMC250EV to break 400km/h for the World Land Speed Record…though all he has to do is deliver slightly over the current 366.94 km/h (228 mi/h) record set by Max Biaggi aboard the Voxan Wattman, to emerge victorious. 

Bottom line, WMC is ready to set records across the industry – and we can’t wait to see what they have in store.

Check out the photo gallery below for more photos on the WMC250EV.

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Aussie-Italian alliance on electric bikes

Former MV Agusta boss Giovanni Castiglioni and Australian company Stealth Electric Bikes have teamed up to launch a range of dirt bikes designed by famed MV designer Adrian Morton.

Giovanni exited the Italian motorcycle company in recent years after a Russian investment company took over to concentrate on electric bicycles with his company C-Creative.

Now he has teamed with Stealth Electric Bikes which was founded in 2008 by Australian engineer John Karambalis.

To date, the Australian company has focused on the production and marketing of off-road products for civil and military use. 

The two companies now plan to produce a range of high-performance off-road products and road-legal products designed for urban commuting.

Two 250w city bikes and 250w dual-purpose bikes will also go into production in 2022.

They are designed by Adrian Morton who is responsible for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce, Rivale, RVS #1, Superveloce 800, Brutale 1000, and Rush 1000.

MV Agusta Rush 1000 beautiful
MV Agusta Rush 1000

Stealth will also increase its investment in the military sector, the original inspiration for the company.

Giovanni says he has been a Stealth customer for several years.

MV Agusta boss Giovanni Castiglioni classic cagiva 1000cc
Giovanni Castiglioni

“I have never found anything more exciting in the e-bikes scene,” he says. 

“Stealth is a brand that has a unique charm and charisma, and the C-Creative team is thrilled to be able to bring decades of experience is the world of two wheels to the company.”

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Lucas Films and Yamaha Create Star Wars-Themed Rides for Brazil

As an avid motorcyclist, I’m not typically one to hop aboard a 15 hp, 150cc scooter with a look of excited anticipation…but as an avid Star Wars nerd, I have promised to zip it and save my opinions on the dark side after I try one of these buggers out in person. 

Yamaha has partnered with Lucas Films to create two seriously stylish Star Wars-themed scooters, currently only available in Brazil. 

a side profile of a Star Wars themed scooter, available in Brazil by Yamaha and Lucas Films

According to a report from Yahoo, the scooters are available in two editions – Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance.

a side profile of a Star Wars themed scooter, available in Brazil by Yamaha and Lucas Films

While Yamaha makes no promises as to the futuristic potential of these themed motors, the NMAX 160 ABS does sport the typical headlight-mounted front apron with LED headlight, raised windscreen, high-set handlebars, single-piece seat with pillion grab rail, and a digital instrument console – with everything stacked on blacked-out designer wheels. 

a side profile of the two Star Wars themes scooters available in Brazil by Yamaha and Lucas Films

With only 680 units being released, it might be a good idea to check availability for some serious scoots about the solar system.

A bit of advice for Yamaha – next time, we need a stormtrooper theme. It’s the only way to be guaranteed not to hit anything.

May the force be with the Yamaha Motor Company.

Make sure to comment your thoughts below, and for more box office-themed moto-news, check out this article on Tom Cruise’s Death-Defying Motorcycle Stunt.

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Electric motorcycles miss out on rebate

Motorcycles are not included in a NSW Government incentive package that includes a $3000 rebate to lure motorists into electric vehicles.

NSW is the only state so far to offer any incentives at all for electric vehicles, while overseas motorists are being enticed with free tolls and parking, cash rebates, tax incentives and more to go electric.

The NSW package includes the elimination of stamp duty on electric vehicles (EV) up to $78,000 from 1 September 2021 and all EVs including Plug In Hybrid (PHEV) from 1 July 2027, $151 million investment in EV charging infrastructure in metropolitan and regional areas, EV access to transit T2 and T3 lanes and cash rebates for EV customers represent some of the most significant reforms ever seen in Australia in support of new automotive technology. 

Motorcycles are already able to use transit lanes but electric motorcycles and scooter are not included in the EV rebate carrot “at this stage”.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries say they will “continue to follow up with the Government into the future”.

FCAI boss Ton Webber says the package will show the direction for other states.

In Australia, most electric two-wheelers are cheap Chinese scooters, although Harley-Davidson has introduced a $50,000 LiveWire while the Australian-designed Savic C-Series electric bike has been delayed until the third quarter of 2022.

2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders setbacks
Denis Savic with Australia’s first electric motorcycle, the Savic

Savic Motorcycles founder Dennis Savic says the Australian electric motorcycle market is much smaller than cars and “adoption is lagging behind cars”. 

“It would be great to see some rebates as the industry starts to mature and catch up to four-wheeled vehicles,” he says. 

Dennis says has has informed all their first customers of the delay and posted on social media.

“Not one customer has asked for a refund,” he says. 

“We’ve certainly seen some incredible support from our customer base.” 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com