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Old 02-08-2014, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you guys think of these? Seems pretty brave to me. The bike forums seem to have a downer on them....I am pretty impressed....

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems like more style than substance. You've got a limited 250 watt electric motor for the e-bike, why weigh it down with ultra-fat wheels and so much tat?

Only thing to take seriously there is the 750cc dirtbike... which is apparently a design concept they bought off of someone else.

And even that looks like it's more a cruiser than a true off-roader... notice how little wheel travel you apparently have up front:

I mean, it looks good and all... but the spec sheet says 235 kilograms... and that, along with the lack of travel, means you may be bottoming out or sinking more than the guys caroming around the backwoods on their ratty old Honda dirt bikes.

Most of us expected Caterham to do something more... race-y with their bike division. A 250cc Motard with a track-tuned suspension, maybe... or a CBR or Ninja 250 style corner carver. Not a big, fat SUV of a bike.

Want something innovative and interesting?

Hero Reveals RNT 150 Turbo Direct Injection Diesel Scooter Concept

Diesel. Front electric hub motor (so, yes... two-wheel drive), can run the diesel while stationary as a generator (that round cover under the seat is the AC outlet). Multiple mounting points for loads. Headlight is a detachable electric torch.

This could be the Jeep of motorcycles if they engineer them with good reliability.

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