I’m ambivalent about most electric motorcycles, but this new design from a Dutch company ticks the box for me. In fact, it’s the first electric moto I’ve seen since the Hammarhead Volta that I like. It’s called the Orphiro, and it’s described as a ‘wide-body cruiser’—which also explains the wire spokes and bobber-style seat. To my eyes, it’s a surprisingly successful update of retro styling cues. Like several other electric motorcycles, there’s a hint of the Philippe Starck-designed Aprilia Moto 6.5 in the mid-section—but it’s still a restrained and coherent design. The battery range is around 60 miles (100 km), so this isn’t a bike that will take you coast-to-coast. But the top speed is a brisk 75 mph (120 kph). Plenty enough for what Orphiro calls “sustainable fun”. The order book opens when the bike is launched in September, and it’ll be interesting to see how much this one costs. [Spotted on Wired Autopia.]
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