Electric Motorcycle Route 66

What’s got two bald tires, runs on electricity, and is red and black all over? ZEVS! An elegant futuristic electric motorbike by three fellows, one of whom we’ve had up on Yanko before: Bernhard Ranner. Look and see, see and judge weather this bike performs to your aesthetic and atta-glance logistics standards if you dare.

The aim of this motorcycle, as stated in it’s outline, is thus:

“The first electric motorcycle for the real biker.” Designs for “real men”, dusty roads, in the spirit of Harley Davidson, Custom Chopper culture and the good old Route 66 romance.

Now I’m gonna always be the first to say “real men” is sort of an oxymoron where I come from, but let’s go on from there. Given the lack of statistics and logistical data we’ve been give, take this bike apart: will it be safe to have that seat in that sort of proximity to the back tire? Where will the left leg go? Will the red and blackness be outlawed like the Air Jordan Ones?

All these questions may also pale in comparison to the wildness of the design. These things often happen. Write on up! Take a crack at the keyboard. Will it blend?

Designer: Bernhard Ranner, Anders August Kittilsen, and Rudolf Stefanich

Check out the display page for this bike at Creative DNA Austria – by special request.

Electric Motorbike ZEVS by Bernhard Ranner, Anders August Kittilsen, and Rudolf Stefanich

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31 Comments

  • p says:

    looks like Ed Jacob’s Renovatio Concept combined with Confederate’s 120 Fighter Geometry. I think the fork blades to handlebar transition makes that whole monocoque piece look weird, less manly. like an effeminate elephant or something. Like the Renovatio, the seat is very cool. The contrast between bulging and thin shapes is nice. Not a huge fan of the blatant radial engine accentuation. I think that could be resolved more tastefully, it ruins the badass red fairing/casing you have going on.

    Unbelievable model though. Great work!

  • cyc says:

    Well, it has a very cool aesthetic, but with the motor up there, and then the Second shaft through the body to move the belt to the other side, there’s just not enough battery space to make it practical. unless this thing runs on piss and optimism, it’s not going to go very far. also, yeah, the seat is terrifying.

  • sk says:

    Isn’t that dangerous? for the legs? no?

  • AlienzExist says:

    You wont make it 10 feet before that belt drive sucks your pants in and rips your clothes off. The flywheels should have flanges on them so the belt wont fly off either.

  • Confucius says:

    Weather is whether Chris.
    This looks good, nice work on the prototype, good to see things in the flesh. But but but, it is impractical for obvious pants saving reasons, as mentioned above. And you came so close.

  • Rafael says:

    I would be afraid of hit a bump on the road and jump my ass on the tire. but looks cool 😉

  • Hey! Thanks for all the comments so far!

    p, you´re right – the confederate bikes were a huge influence for us. …also the victory core :)

    regarding the exposed motor, belt, no fender and such; we see the bike more as a statement, not as a “real” product you would see in a shop tomorrow. it´s a concept bike.

    it was important to us to really show that this thing is electric and to expose every component (like on a harley – where you really see how everything works together) …i have to admit, regarding to this, we missed out on the batteries :(

    @ cyc & battery volume:
    considering the trend in energy-per-volume of batterys over the last years and based on rough approximations based on the tesla we came up with this ~ 25 l (if i remember correctly 😉 to have enough power to ride a whole day (albeit not superfast)

    thanx again for all the feedback!

    bernhard

  • AL says:

    hey Ben, that’s an electric stellar motor, amazing! and what a torque! cover the primary belt dudes!! have a brake, have a kitkat!

  • piment says:

    magnifique…. bravo enfin une moto électrique design

  • Scott D Shinkle says:

    What is the scale of the model in the pictures?

  • Dave says:

    I like this, would do a few things differently myself, but thats the beauty of custom design. Was the motor located that high for design reasons or was it to move the weight of the battery pack lower to the ground?

    The exposed motor internals particularly appeal, did you have a particular motor thats on the market in mind or was it going to be a custom built motor for the bike?

    • hi dave!

      on the one hand we wanted to keep the center of gravity low with putting the batteries as low as possible, on the other hand we played with the image of this “pseudo fuel tank”. …that´s the main difference between a conventional and an electric bike.
      it helped to really show – and not hide as usual – that it´s an electric bike.

      and no – there was no particular motor in our minds. i doubt something like this exists. …better don´t stick your fingers in there 😀

      bernhard

  • Laura says:

    wouldn´t let a child near that thing!!
    Let alone me!

  • Klappstuhl says:

    Hey, I’ve seen that one! That Model is about the height of a Pepsi Can, isn’t it? Saw it at the entrance hall when I tried to apply at the university it’s currently located at.

    • bernhard says:

      hey klappstuhl!
      yea :) we study @ the university for applied arts “die angewandte”. currently there is this small exhibition in the entrance hall…

      “tried” sounds not so good :(
      hope you make it next time!

      c you
      bernhard

  • MarkSmith says:

    Making changes is tricky for a company with Harley’s cult following: They risk alienating current customers. The V-Rod’s water-cooled engine is a big departure from Harley’s traditional air-cooled one, and to some uneasy riders a portent of additional unwelcome changes to come. “If they ever do anything with that [roaring] sound, they’ve lost their customer base,” says B.K. Ellis.

  • Like the idea. It is a great starting point to actually start conceptualizing a final version. I believe it is actually time for big traditional companies like H-D to be innovative once again. It is simple the client base is changing. A new generation is coming up and their taste is very different.

    Companies ho look so far in the past for their design queues can actually get stuck on the past. This is very dangerous. The design you propose is very daring it is actually what companies like H-D need.

  • Like the idea. It is a great starting point to actually start conceptualizing a final version. I believe it is actually time for big traditional companies like H-D to be innovative once again. It is simple the client base is changing. A new generation is coming up and their taste is very different.

    Companies ho look so far in the past for their design queues can actually get stuck on the past. This is very dangerous. The design you propose is very daring it is actually what companies like H-D need.

  • It has to be comfortable for many sized riders, pass DOT standards, appeal to a large customer base and has to be able to manufacture it for a sell-able price, just not design something cool.

    HD is innovative, you just can't see it. Why do you think every other company that has tried to make fuax Harleys has failed.

  • It has to be comfortable for many sized riders, pass DOT standards, appeal to a large customer base and has to be able to manufacture it for a sell-able price, just not design something cool.

    HD is innovative, you just can't see it. Why do you think every other company that has tried to make fuax Harleys has failed.

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