The style itself comes from those classic lines. The golden age of British motorcycling is considered to be the 1920s through to the early 1960s and it’s the first part of the 20th Century that inspires the look of the Classic E-Bike. Think back to those vintage times, a time when British motorcycles were the finest in the world. They had simple, elegant lines, curves filled with classic British racing colours detailed with pinstriping. The times were simpler and more carefree.
The Classic E-Bike gives you that traditional look, but with advanced materials used in its construction and a modern electric powerplant giving a range of 25-50 miles (40-80km) and the added freedom that, in the EU, the rider does not need to have a motorcycle licence.
Designer Alessandro Tartarini calls this a ‘fusion vehicle’, in which old and new are brought together in the ‘future of tradition.’ This is a design in which classic styling and traditional materials meet modern design and materials. The Classic E-Bike is powered by an emission-free motor and is part bicycle, part motorcycle but comes together as one, unique whole which can provide elegant, effort-free transport.
The beautiful lines of the Caterham Classic E-Bike do not sacrifice functionality. With the E-Bike consisting of an aluminium frame, the leather handle-bar grips are fixed to a traditional springer front fork, which also carries a modern front disc brake. The Shimano 3-speed hub gears give brisk acceleration and the centrally-mounted engine – designed to look like a classic V-twin layout – houses the 250 Watt motor.
The large ‘fuel’ tank doubles as a useful luggage space, in which the rider can stow personal items, or the battery charger for the 36 Volt battery pack. The wide seat is adjustable to three positions and provides comfort as do the large tyres: the size of which ensure a compliant ride over any road surface.
With its unique blend of vintage and modern, the Caterham Classic E-Bike is an elegant solution to modern transport woes.