Board-track bikes are all the rage in the burbs, these two stroke café racers are just about as much fun as you can have on two wheels. Styling for these 1920s inspired cycles is super sleek, fine fitted metal work mounted to tubular framing, screaming speed and smacking a smile on the face of riders.
Legendary board-track builders, Derringer, have branched out to include an eBike: World Meet the Derringer V Heritage Series. The two-stroke has been replaced by a choice of 3 electric motors, the styling stays true ::::
Derringer describe the eBike as “unlike anything on the road,” a notion kind of hard to disagree with. Derringer’s bikes are designed on the ‘take a deep breath’ ethos, board track racers literally put the roar in the Roaring 20s.
This latest incarnation takes the bike builder from an exclusive 2-stroke offer, to a new green bent, an eco-style with muscle.
Derringer is offering 3 variants of its superstyled eBike through Kickstarter. Each eBike is pushed along by a brushless hub motor in the rear wheel, kitted with a thousand charge lithium-ion battery, delivering high torque at low RPMs. Derrenger reckon they’re fit for hill climbs and quick acceleration.
The bikes start at $US3500 for the base 37V, the entry model is geared to a top speed of 30 kmh/20 mph, and has a range of 35 km/22 miles. Recharging is via a 4-amp charger that can get the bike back on-track in an hour.
If caning the bike path isn’t manly enough, the 52V comes with a geared hub motor driven by a 2000-watt motor, giving it a top speed of 45 kmh/28 mph. Be warned though, most countries have a speed limit on eBikes, the 52V wouldn’t be street legal in many.
Power for the cruiser is managed via a Megura Electric Throttle, computation runs through an Analytic E-bike processor and the battery is hidden in the curvaceous faux fuel tank.
If you really want to feel the wind on your face, and have a loose $US6500, the 63V is the bike for you! Warning though, this isn’t street legal anyplace in the developed world. The Bespoke 63V delivers 2800-watts of back-wheel power, a top speed of 65 kmh/40 mph and a range (no peddle) of 60 km/38 miles makes this the perfect club racer,
62V is coupled with a 6-amp charger for quick recharging and is completely customisable, options include: duco colour scheme, saddle, tires, wheels and fuel tank (basically, you build your dream bike)
THE KICKSTARTER PITCH! Have you been disappointed with the dull, utilitarian electric bikes on the market today? While styling appears to be an afterthought on many imported E-bikes, simple, elegant, sporting looks were a goal for the Derringer Electric design. The battery resides in an enclosure inspired by the fuel tanks from vintage board track racing motorcycles.
It mounts in close proximity to the motor controller, minimizing unsightly wiring. The motor controller resides in a vented enclosure styled after the rear mounted oil tanks and tool boxes on early vintage motorcycles. For Heritage and Signature Series bikes, the battery and controller housings will be fabricated from a combination of glass fiber composite and aluminum in San Diego, CA, and painted to match the powder-coated frame.
Bespoke Series bikes feature enclosures with full aluminum construction, made in Santa Rosa, CA, and available with a brushed or painted finish. The Derringer Electric also incorporates a classically styled chromoly springer fork with an IS disc brake mount and a 1 1/8” threadless steerer for a wide range of component options :: Read the full Kickstarter pitch »»»»
Pledge rewards include: $5 – Photo Thank You Card, $15 – Superneat Derringer Opener Keychain, $25 – Derringer Electric Poster, $35 – Electric Tri-blend Vintage Tee, $70 – Stainless Steel Bike Flask Holder and Engraved Whiskey Flask, $1800 – Derringer Cruiser Bike (peddle powered), $3600 – The bike, Heritage Series 37V Electric, $4500 – Signature Series 52V Electric Bike, $6500 – Bespoke Series 63V Electric Bike.
REBLOG! Hog Wild Over Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson is identified as HOG on the NYSE, they coined H.O.G. as an acronym for “Harley Owners Group”, and Harley-Davidson even attempted to trademark “HOG” IN 1999– and lost when it was ruled that “HOG” had become a common generic term used for large motorcycles, and therefore was unprotectable as a trademark.
All that said, the ones originally responsible for the “HOG” handle were a roughneck group of farm boys that rode for the H-D racing team back in the 1910s-1920s who’d take their little pig mascot on a victory lap after every race their team won– giving them the name “Hog Boys.”
They deserve a great deal of respect– more than one paid the ultimate price and left it all on the track for the sport that was their life– racing motorcycles. These guys also had their careers interrupted by our great country’s call to serve in WWI. More than likely, many of us today cannot begin to fathom the depth of their personal commitment and sacrifices :: Read the full Sunday Slacker post »»»»
WIKI! Board Track Racing
Board track racing was a type of motorsport popular in the United States during the 1910s and 1920s. Competition was conducted on circular or oval race courses with surfaces composed of wooden planks. This type of track was first used for motorcycle competition, wherein they were called motordromes, before being adapted for use by various different types of racing cars. The majority of the American national championship races were contested at such venues during the 1920s.
Board tracks proliferated in part because they were inexpensive to construct, but they lacked durability and required a great deal of maintenance to remain usable. Many of the tracks survived for as little as three years before being abandoned.
With the onset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, board track racing disappeared rapidly. However, several of its most notable aspects have continued to influence American motorsports up to the present day, including: A technical emphasis on raw speed produced by the steep banking; ample track width to allow steady overtaking between competitors; and the development of extensive grandstands or stadium-style spectator seating surrounding many of the courses :: Read the full Wikipedia post »»»»
REBLOG! The Beautifully Retro Juicer EV-Twin eBike
What you’re likely seeing is one of two hand-built Juicer e-bike models – both of which harken back to the very early days of motorcycle development, when engines and motors were fixed to bicycle frames.
The Juicer 36 is fashioned like a stretch cruiser and the 48 is an homage to the board-track era.
Retro styling aside, the stand-out feature for us has got to be the gorgeous battery/motor configuration, that’s been arranged like cylinders of a V-twin engine :: Read the full Gizmag post »»»»
RELATED! Two Wheel Fans …meet sandwichbike
Dutch Sandwichbike definitely sidles up to the latter, it’s Euro-look curvaceousness is achieved with mature beech plywood, bespoke components and a cheeky design that literally sandwiches everything together.
Flatpacked Ikea style, this clever selfbuild will begin shipping later next month. Designed by Bleijh Industrial Design Studio, the bike will be shipped in a 17kg flatpack.
The kit will contains 19 parts that are stupendously simple to assemble. All of Sandwichbikes’ components are connected via clever cylinders.
The Sandwichbike will cost €799/$US1,100 – plus €25/$US43 – shipping in Europe innitially next month, then the world early next year :: UPDATE! AVAILABLE NOW :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista
I ride a Pista, and for a long time I’ve thought it – my chrome-moly limited edition Bianchi – the most perfect Pista ever built, aesthetically and trackside. German übergestalter Ralf Holleis has just broken my dream, creating the above stunning super lightweight track bike, the VRZ 2 BELT, resplendent with 3D – lasercused – printed titanium lugs :: Read the full article »»»»