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
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.
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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.
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