There are lots of electric motorcycles out or in the pipeline these days. It’s no surprise to see BMW jump on the bandwagon. The company introduced the Vision DC Roadster way back, but there hasn’t been much talk about it from the Bavarian company ever since.
And here is the E-Power Roadster. It is their electric motorcycle prototype. Several European journalists were invited by BMW to come and check out the motorcycle. It looks like a spare parts motorcycle with an advanced electric powertrain. According to RideApart, the front end of the bike is the same as S 1000 R and the back end is the same as R 1200 RS. The bike is still a concept, so at this stage, BMW has focused on the powertrain and not the rest of the machine. We would say that the final product will be more appealing.
Nonetheless, the bike will ride from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. That’s very fast as the bike weighs 639 pounds. The bike can recharge a distance of three miles for every minute it’s on the fast charger. This means that it takes 30 minutes to reach 90% of its battery capacity.
The electric powertrain components are adapted from the BMW automotive business side. The bike utilizes a 13 kWh battery and a long-wheelbase electric motor from China-only 7-series. The bike can travel between 125 and 185 miles per charge, and the electric motor is good for 136 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque.
The range isn’t there yet, but it’s nice to see BMW moving to something here.
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Source: Web Bike World