The Bolt M-1 Blends Motorcycle and e-Bike in One Cool Package
There’s a disconnect somewhere between bicycles, e-bikes, and their motorized scooter or motorcycle cousins. Sometimes the prices go up on the former, while failing to achieve the practicality and performance of the latter, leading to a monetary conundrum. Which to buy? If only there were a midpoint between these groups—a hybrid—and now, there is. Meet the Bolt M-1, a hybrid motorbike of sorts that blends the best properties of these two different species. It’s technically an e-bike (it meets California’s e-bike regulations), which means you can park it anywhere, even on sidewalks. You also don’t need a license to ride one, nor do you need registration or insurance. Interested? It’s easy to see why. RELATED: See More Photos of the Bolt M-1 Electric Motorcycle
Manufactured in Brisbane, California by Bolt, the M-1 features a hybrid drive system with both a set of independent pedals and a brushless DC electric motor. You can pedal to your heart’s content and use the M-1 like a bike, but most will grab at the throttle and rustle-up some electric torque to the rear wheels.
On public roads, the Bolt M-1 is limited to its Economy Mode, which permits riding speeds of up to 20 mph. Depending on how flat your path, Bolt says riders can see up to 50 miles of range on a charge, while it’s closer to 30-35 miles in the city. Once off-road, e-bike regulations don’t apply and the M-1’s Sport Mode cranks up power output and top speed, which now hits 40 mph. Yeehaw. Best of all, it’s safe to use in the rain—the Achilles heel of some e-bikes and scooters.
Charging is said to take around five hours from the typical home wall outlet, but Bolt does offer additional sets of batteries which can be fast-swapped out in a pinch.
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As far as tech goes, the M-1 has that too. Riders can mount their smartphones right to the handlebars, making navigation a cinch, and the bike comes cloud-connected so you can track and measure your ride metrics. Worried about someone riding off on your M-1? You don’t have to. The bike features programmable password protection. There’s also a handy USB port available.
There is a slight rub however. With a price of $5,495, the Bolt M-1 price range rivals many very premium e-bikes, eclipses a number of scooters, and even a few small displacement motorcycles. That said, it’s the M-1’s blend of e-bike and motorcycle benefits that make it quite a tempting choice.
Photo Credit: Bolt Motorbikes
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