WHEELS Wednesday #14 – MEIJS Motorman (electric motorbike)
Mopeds are convenient and easy, but they’re generally not cool… unless they’re the new Motorman from Dutch designer Ronald Meijs. Using vintage American classics as design references, Meijs crafted a light electric “motorbike” (there are no pedals) that is as easy to use as it is clean and good-looking. It’s light (99lbs), easy to use (supposedly easier to ride than an actual bicycle), and will get you up to 43 miles at a top speed of 28mph before requiring a recharge of around 6 hours. No gas station is needed for a refill; any standard wall socket will do for charging your bike. The bike has a homologation for all European countries plus Switzerland and Norway, is approved for EMC, and is road-tested. The Meijs electric moped is a unique hand-built product. It can also be customized in an almost endless variation of colors.
A student of American culture, Ronald Meijs admits he mined inspiration for the design from the early board track racers that zipped around motordromes at the beginning of the last century. “This isn’t some alien machine from space,” he explains. “The antique motorcycle shape is instantly recognizable.” He adds that while his stylish two-wheeler is intended to be environmentally friendly, customers are attracted as much to the classic lines of its beefy tube frame as the zero-emission technology. Maybe more. “People smile when they see the Motorman on the street,” says the Dutch designer. “They love it because it transports them back to a time when life was easier and less complicated.”
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