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RMK E2 Motorcycle Prototype Appears

RMK E2 prototype
Image from RMK

Another Funky Electric Motorcycle

Electric motorcycle startup RMK showed off renderings of a future bike back in the summer of 2018. Now the company has a real-deal prototype that it will show off at the 2019 MP19 Motorcycle Show in Helsinki. The E2 prototype looks just as bonkers as the renderings, and the company listed some specs for the bike.

According to RMK, the E2 prototype makes around 67 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from its hubless rear-drive wheel. RMK claims a top speed of about 99 mph thanks to its unique drive unit. The bike also comes with regenerative braking, and its wheelbase is 63 inches, which New Atlas reports is almost as long as BMW’s K1600GT touring bike.

The bike has a range of up to 300 km (around 186 miles) when properly equipped. Fast-charging enables 0 to 80 percent charge in just two hours. The company says it achieves its long range due to the bike’s unique frame structure that allows for a large battery and a relatively low weight of about 441 pounds.

If you’re sold on the bike via the specs listed above, you can already preorder your E2 on the company’s website. All you need to do is give the company your information and plop down a 2,000 euro (roughly $2,300) deposit. The company says it will start small-scale production in 2019. Large scale production will begin once the EU type-approval is complete.

I said it at the end of 2018—this year will be a big year for electric bikes. While I think it will take a while for us to start seeing more electric motorcycles actually out on the roads, 2019 is shaping up to be an electrically charged year for the motorcycle industry so far.