Krautmotors BMW R60 is an electrical bike

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You wouldn’t consider this traditional 1976 BMW R 60/6, constructed by German customiser Rolf Rieck of Krautmotors, is definitely an electrical bike.

It’s a piece of artwork and completely lovely.

Whereas most electrical scooters and bikes look a bit odd or cartoonish, this traditional is one thing we’d truly wish to personal and be proud to be seen using.

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Cartoonish electrical Johammer J1 bike

Nonetheless, we might miss the stunning side-to-side throb of the boxer engine and the burbling sound from the torpedo mufflers!

The bike seems nearly an identical to the 1976 mannequin, even retaining the contaminated badge, drum brakes and twin mufflers which might be pointless additional weight.

Nonetheless, Krautmotors has given it trendy “traditional tyres” and an LED taillight.

Krautmotors has BMW manufacturing facility assist

There isn’t any phrase on whether or not BMW plans to make one thing comparable, though Rolf confirms that “the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin was concerned within the conversion course of” with Krautmotors.

Managing director Stephan Schaller not too long ago stated electrical bikes should not of their speedy future, however electrical scooters are.

Nonetheless, he’s retiring in Might and being changed by Markus Schramm who might have a special view.

The corporate does plan to start out making an electrical scooter just like their Idea Hyperlink in 2021 to affix the C-Evolution electrical scooter. 

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BMW Idea Hyperlink electrical scooter

Their earlier electrical bike ideas have been extra futuristic than retro like this.

BMW’s electrical S 1000 RR idea was revealed in 2015 and the electrical Imaginative and prescient Subsequent 100 idea revealed in 2016. Neither is but scheduled for manufacturing.

Press launch

We contacted Rolf at Krautmotors for extra particulars in regards to the bike, however he referred us to a PR firm which despatched us the BMW Motorrad official press launch which you’ll be able to learn right here:

Reick saved the bike’s engine as a body. Then got here the management unit, DC converter and batteries within the authentic tank of the 130-kilogram bike. The bike is powered by a wheel hub motor put in on the entrance wheel. A programmable controller and an digital throttle have additionally been added. The previous BMW Motorrad line can be visually preserved, but refreshed and lowered. The exhaust pipe and body tail have been shortened accordingly.Krautmotors electric 1976 BMW R 60/6 we'd own

Silver as a shade works very effectively on the stage with all the sunshine reflections and helps the balanced BMW Motorrad form,” says Rolf Reick. He trusted the ending to lacquerer Michael Schönen. The customizer put two months of labor into the bike, equipping it for stage-suitable 25 km/h. “I don’t simply construct bikes as a career; there’s at all times one thing a bit bit private in it as effectively. I at all times must be drawn to what I do,” Reick continues. 

Reick has battled dangerous design ever since he turned a product designer, and runs the long-lasting label and workshop “Krautmotors” in Heidelberg. “At Krautmotors, we’re about having fun with life, not fearing it,” explains Reick. The economic design graduate was acknowledged in 1996 by the journal now often known as “Custombike” for his greatest transformed Café Racer. “Mo” bike journal named his BMW Motorrad Bobber German Customized Bike of the 12 months in 2003.

Krautmotors 1976 BMW R 60/6 we'd own
Rolf Reick (left) Hans Hoffman of the Berlin State Opera the place then bike was proven

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