Zaiser Motors’ Long And Low ‘Electrocycle’ To Offer 2WD, 300-Mile Range, Retro Style

It’s always entertaining to see what fresh ideas new players bring to the fast-changing electric motorcycle arena, and a very recent addition is Zaiser Motors, a Colorado-based startup making some eye-opening promises about their retro-cool machine, which they call the Electrocycle.

Props on the name, but the style, engineering and interesting ideas are what Zaiser is hoping will drive interested investors (and riders, of course) to back the project, which recently went live on WeFunder. It should be noted that WeFunder works like other popular funding site but also adds the option for deeper and more involving investment opportunities, which Zaiser is offering through a Simple Agreement for Future Equity or SAFE option. SAFE gives backers early entry if the company eventually goes public. As of this writing, Zaiser has raised less than $10,000 of their $500,000 goal.

But back to the bike, which Zaiser says will feature some novel tech, features and style. First off, rather than a central single motor driving the rear wheel, the Electrocycle will use hub motors front and back. Two-wheel-drive is not exactly a new idea in motorcycling, but it’s rare, and so far, doing it with electricity is even more uncommon, although UBCO has been offering it for several years now on their nerdy-cool 2X2 machines, which are street legal and can achieve scooter/moped velocities. The Electrocycle will have a bit more punch, with a promised 120mph top speed and 60mph coming in at under four seconds. Putting heavy electric motors in wheel hubs certainly simplifies a drive train (although using two brings its own complications), but it can also take a toll on handling and suspension action, so it’s a good thing the Electrocycle is more cruiser-oriented in design.

The next big peg for Zaiser is range, with 300 miles being the magic number, which may require some magical batteries to achieve. Zaiser says it will pull that kind of range from a sub-18kWh battery, which doesn’t quite seem to math out. I recently rode Zero’s aerodynamic SR/S with a 14.4kWh cell to flat-out dead, and it barely made it past 80 miles of travel riding in Eco mode.

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How a battery with only 20% more capacity will go 300 miles seems beyond the capabilities of any number of battery tech solutions, unless you know of a 200-mile long downhill stretch of road somewhere or you can make the bike out of Aerogel. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but that’s something I’ll have to ride to believe.

Beyond that, Zaiser says the Electrocycle will also feature some interesting safety tech, including proximity sensors, traction control, “wearable interconnectivity” (I’ll guess that means some helmet coms) and “auto stabilization.” Zaiser stops short of saying the electrocycle will be self-balancing, but it seems to be strongly implied and again, this is not a new technology; Honda, BMW and others have shown self-balancing prototypes, with BMW’s ghost-riding GS machine being particularly striking in operation. A larger question around self-balancing tech is: Do riders even want it? Zaiser seems to think “the time has come,” per the website.

Zaiser also says the Electorcycle’s big battery will be removable for charging at home as well as offering an easy upgrade path, but the only people I know capable of lugging around a 17.3kWh power pack are Hans and Franz (and some other guy), so you better have a hand truck and live on the ground floor for in-home charging. But I do applaud any attempt to make battery upgrades as easy as possible as time and tech advances go on.

And finally, there’s the look of the thing. Renders and what may be mock-ups of the Electrocycle show it has a bit of an art deco influence, with a shapely rear fender topped by some fin-tastic tail lights, and a long wheelbase with room for two on the flat but slightly curvaceous seat. That puts the Electrocycle firmly in the cruiser genre, performance numbers aside. It’s a popular category to be sure, but more sport-oriented riders who may be salivating at the possibilities of a fast, long-range, super-safe and techie electric mount may be feeling a bit left out. Fortunately, there are other bike makers out there trying to make that kind of machine as well.

Zaiser’s site says the “launch date” is later this year or early 2022. Whether that means actual bikes will appear in that short time frame wasn’t clear, but I’ll keep tabs on Zaiser’s promises and progress as it tries to bring the Electrocycle to life.

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