Did you know that May is a Bike Month? Bike Month stems back to 1956 to celebrate bicycles and all the benefits they bring to our lives. Since the first bicycle was invented back in 1817, there have been various versions of this two-wheeler.
First bikes were propelled by walking and were actually called “walking machines”. Later they got added pedals, which made them the most efficient human-powered means of transportation.
Since people were always a bit lazy, they quickly added the first motors to their bikes, and the motorcycle was born in 1885.
And the rest is history… There is a whole range of different two-wheelers, racing the streets, and woods, climbing hills, racing tracks and even performing in sports halls. Even in the time of the Covid-19 lockdown, biking was one of the first activities that were allowed.
With the popularity of electric vehicles, electric two-wheelers became the fastest-growing segment on the EV market. They are everywhere: from electric scooters, bikes, and motorcycles. You can find bicycles assisted with electric motors, as well as the ultralight motorcycles, that use bicycle parts but are propelled solely by an electric motor. Torp Bike falls under the latter category. We got creative and took the best of bicycles and motorcycles, binding them together with a high-efficient electric powertrain.
BIKE WITHOUT PEDALS
When seeing a Torp Bike for the first time, it is hard to say is it a bicycle or a motorcycle. The handlebar, suspension, and wheels are high-quality bicycle parts. But the pedals are missing. Since the Torp Bike is a powerful dirt-bike that can reach its top speed of 80 km/h in an instance, we concluded the pedals would get in the way when riding in the wilderness. Trying to pedal away in the case you run out of juice (which is not likely, since the battery can hold the battery for up to 2,5 h drive), would be more frustrating than to simply push the bike to the charging station.
BICYCLE PARTS ON A MOTORCYCLE
We wanted for Torp Bike to be versatile. We wanted a fast race-bike, a dirtbike that could tackle the roughest terrain and a limber bike for jumping and performing tricks. So, we ended up combining a motorcycle frame and powertrain with high-quality bicycle parts. We are really happy with the results. The bike is not only a show stopper, but its light frame allows us to perform some tricks that were never performed with a motorcycle before. Its low weight also resulted in a better range.
The best way to celebrate the Bike Month is to simply get your two-wheeler out of the garage and enjoy time behind the wheel, be it a classic bicycle, motorcycle, or electric bike.
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