Summer on Wheels
One of the oldest modes of transport, the bicycle, has been transformed beyond recognition in the last century, having turned from the simplest means of transportation into a high-tech and comfortable alternative mode of travel. The appearance of the electric drive greatly facilitated the life of a cyclist and electric bicycles themselves are becoming increasingly more popular. We present to you the five most stylish and unusual models of electric bicycles.
Ascot, from Italjet, is a mix of old and new, with the style of old school racing motorcycles, which the company used to specialise in.Weight: 30 kg. Maximum speed: 24 km/h. Range: 80 km.
Trefecta URB Speed Pedelec
Lightweight, made of aluminium (by injection moulding), this bike is equipped with a liquid crystal display with an integrated docking station for smart phones and a battery that provides a power reserve of 160 km.
Weight: 37 kg. Maximum speed: 45 km/h. Range: 100 km.
The manufacturer of electric supercars, Rimac, has created a new high-tech model of electric bike, with a cruising speed of 45 km per hour and a fantastic power reserve (240km) on full charge.
Weight: about 54 kg. Maximum speed: 45 km/h. Range: 240 km.
Budnitz Model E
The world’s lightest electric bicycle comes with a titanium frame, a 250-watt electric motor and a 160-watt battery. Each bicycle is made to order.Weight: about 13 kg. Maximum speed: 24 km/h. Range: 160 km.
Italian manufacturers have released the model SPA Bicicletto, which immediately struck a chord, with its design and implementation of the latest technology. The frame and fork are made of lightweight and durable material based on carbon fiber. The engine is equipped with a power of 500 watts. It has not one, as usual, but two batteries, which makes it possible to drive about 50 km in 5 hours.
Weight: 24 kg. Maximum speed: 45 km/h. Range: 120 km.
Scorpion Hoverbike — A Flying Bike of the Future is Not Far Off
The Russian company Hoversurf have created the world’s first flying motorcycle: The Scorpion. The device is designed according to a type of drone and is lifted into the air by four screws. It is capable of flying both at a level of 3-4 metres from the ground and climbing high into the air. Hoverbike is not created as a civilian aircraft, but a means of transportation in the extreme. At the moment, the device can be called a prototype because the propeller blades are located near the leg of the pilot and are not closed, but soon the company promises to modify the submitted version.
The First Self-Balancing Bike by Honda Never Fall Again
Honda introduced the first self-balancing motorcycle, which can reduce the risk of falling off the bike. New technology, Honda Riding Assist, based on the original development of the UNI-CUB, allows the motorcycle to not only keep balance, but also to follow the owner in automatic mode without the use of gyros. The bike constantly receives information from sensors on the tilt angle and then makes adjustments, using the angle of rotation of the front wheel, keeping the balance. The new system should greatly facilitate a slow drive on motorcycles. The driver now has no need to constantly shift his/her own weight to maintain balance.