Roskva’s new motorcycle prototype is making the headlines not just because it is an electric motorcycle, but it has used carbon fibers to make the light weight bike. And it’s been quite successful. This motorcycle’s bodywork weighs just 25 kg (55.12 lbs).
The vehicle features a monocoque frame. Even the battery is made of carbon fibre. The single-sided swingarm with its driveshaft is also made of the same material. The concept is the brainchild of five UMB engineering students, who were in pursuit of a lighter bike.
However, when the weight decreases, the cost will be doubled because the light components are quite expensive. Roskva has managed to use off-the-shelf components for the powertrain in order to reduce the cost. Twin Lem200 DC motors are clubbed with Kelly controllers to produce 94 horsepower. The top speed is 180 km/h (112 miles per hour) and the vehicle offers a range of 100 km (62 miles).
This is indeed a commendable innovation . However, we are not sure whether the students nurture any plans to commercialize their venture.