It has been a while since we have seen an electric motorcycle that caught out fancy – you know, one that looked like it was made by someone who actually understands motorcycles, and isn’t just gunning for a spot at Art Center.
There is this notion in the electric world that just because powertrains are evolving, that we need to throw the baby out with the bath water as wellwhen it comes to design.
But, when I think about the electric motorcycle builds that have caught my attention the most, it is the ones that understand this concept at their core – good examples being bikes like the Mission R, Alta Motors Redshift SM, or Vespa Elettrica.
Add another name to that list now, as the E-Racer from Aero Motorcycles is a truly beautiful two-wheeled machine, and it runs on electrons, not hydrocarbons.
Coming to us in a street tracker format, rolling on a pair of 19″ wheels, the Aero E-Racer mates a smartly designed and executed chassis to some of the best components in the industry.
Aero quotes 34hp on tap, which isn’t mind-blowing, but certainly adequate when you consider the 44 lbs•ft of flat torque. Augmenting that torque curve is a five-speed gearbox, with a hydraulic clutch.
The carbon/kevlar bodywork helps hide the boxy shape of the bike’s 10.6 kWh battery pack quite nicely, leaving our eye to admire the tubular chrome moly steel frame and fine leather seat.
The iPhone dash is perhaps a place where the folks at Aero have fallen for a trap commonly found by many electric motorcycle concepts (complete with a mounted GoPro Session 4), though our bigger complaint is with the added gearbox, which only dilutes the pure power experience electrics can provide.
Still, we would be more than happy to give the Aero E-Racer a rip.