UK’s Triumph Motorcycles launches its first electric bicycle

UK’s Triumph Motorcycles launches its first electric bicycle

Triumph, the British motorcycle brand most favoured by James Bond, is out with the latest two-wheeler of a distinctive sort. The Trekker GT is the world-famous motorcycle producer’s first electric bicycle, and, at first glimpse, it resembles to be a highly competent commuter model. It won’t be cheap, though: the bike will be working on sale in Europe, the UK, and the US for £2,950 ($3,318).

With a five-hour charge time, the bike weighs 52 pounds (24 kilograms) and can provide up to 60 Nm (or 29 ft-lbs) of torque. Triumph’s Trekker GT will be available for $3,750 at Triumph dealerships in the U.S. and abroad.

The bike has a minimalist design, with much of the battery, wiring, and drivetrain tucked inside the hydro-formed, lightweight aluminium frame. Triumph announces the Trekker GT is “perfect all-road option for commuting, fitness, and everyday riding fun” — although we’d have to examine it before we could agree.

The Trekker GT appears linked to the development of a production e-motorcycle by Triumph, though the company wasn’t ready to present a timeline on when that could be available.

“The launch of the Trekker GT is a unique approach from our research toward electric motorcycles,” Adam VanderVeen, marketing director of Triumph North America, told TechCrunch.

“We’ve introduced this e-bicycle in response to the growth of the e-cycle market, while we separately continue to research motorcycle engine platforms, including electric-powered.”

Most of the big-name motorcycle makers — Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki — have been potential to develop production e-motorcycles. That’s with the exemption of Harley-Davidson, which became the first of the big gas manufacturers to offer a street-legal e-motorcycle for sale in the U.S. — the $29,000, 105-horsepower LiveWire in 2019.

Austria’s KTM sells an off-road production e-moto in the U.S. — the Freeride E-XC. Italian high-performance motorcycle maker Ducati hasn’t released an e-moto concept yet but debuted e-mountain bikes in Europe last year.

Ducati, like Triumph, seems to view an e-bicycle as a soft-pivot toward the e-motorcycle market. Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson has already begun the EV arena with several e-moto startups that are striving to convert gas riders to electric and attract a younger generation to motorcycling.

One of the leaders is California startup Zero Motorcycles, with 200 dealers worldwide. Zero introduced a LiveWire competitor last year, the $19,000 SR/F, with a 161-mile city range, one-hour charge capacity, and a top speed of 124 mph.

Italy’s Energica is increasing the distribution of its high-performance e-motos in the U.S. And Canadian startup Damon Motors debuted its 200 mph, $24,000 Hypersport this year. The e-powered machine sports proprietary safety and ergonomics tech for flexible riding positions and blind-spot detection.

I have to admit, the release of e-bikes by leading motorcycle manufacturers as a replacement for full e-motos is a bit of a yawn at this point.

It’s essential that Harley-Davidson took a youth electric scooter maker, Stacyc, in 2019, and has committed to producing e-scooters and e-mountain bikes as part of its EV program. The plan is to use these platforms to generate a new bridge for young people to motorcycles in the on-demand mobility world.

With the Trekker GT, Triumph may be following that game plan in the run-up to its first full e-moto. The distinction is HD has already created an e-motorcycle to offer on the other side of the bridge and has the latest models on the way.

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