Rapitan E-Motorcycle Marks Bultaco's Return to the Bike Business

In 1958, Spanish manufacturer Bultaco began building two-stroke motorcycles. After a nearly 30-year run, Bultaco closed its doors for good. But a new venture is bringing the brand back from the dead, and recharging its drive for all things two-wheels. The Bultaco Rapitan is the brand’s latest venture. Introduced earlier in the week, the handsome yellow-and-black bike may bear the look of a standard combustion motorcycle, but you’d be surprised what’s powering this gorgeous machine — electricity. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Bultaco Rapitan
Rapitan E-Motorcycle Marks Bultaco's Return to the Bike Business
A PowerCore MK1 air-cooled brushless motor sits at the heart of the Rapitan, and produces somewhere in the market of 53 horsepower and 92 lb-ft torque. It’s all controlled by a Bultaco Control Unit (BCU), which manages the torque and regenerative charging system. The EndurancePACK regenerative system is similar to F1-style KERS systems found on many modern cars, and is said to propel the Rapitan to a 125 mile (200 km) city range. On the highway, the bike can manage an average of 68 miles (110 km), and a combined range of 87 miles (140 km). Average charge time is between 3.5-5 hours. RELATED: See Photos of the Tesla Motorcycle Concept by Marco De Toma
Rapitan E-Motorcycle Marks Bultaco's Return to the Bike Business
The overall weight of the bike sits at 417 lbs (189 kg), and top speed is electronically limited to 90 mph (145 km/h). Price hasn’t been officially revealed just yet, but this all-electric project sounds very promising. RELATED: See Photos of the 2013 Caterham Carbon E-Bike

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