Brink and you'll miss it

X5 motorcycle comes full circle, uh, cycle

Posted: 2 November 2012
by Sachin Rao
Pedal to the metal...

ELECTRIC car manufacturers have explored a variety of ways to overcome the still fairly limited range of batteries - from hybrids like the Prius to range extenders like the Volt. 

With electric motorbikes, you'd assume that range isn't such a problem; if you ran out of juice, you'd hop off and push (wearing a suitably chagrined expression). 

For Californian electric bike designer Dan Hanebrink, though, walking is so last year. His new Hustler X5 electric sportsbike promises a very respectable 80 mph and a range of 200 miles… but also features a pair of pedals tucked away beneath the removable lower section of the fairing! 

From Dan's point of view, it's legally a bicycle capable of 80 mph. But from a buyer's point of view… well, as soon as we find someone willing to plonk down £10,000-odd for this, we'll get back to you.

Meanwhile, imagine the look on bystanders' faces as you whoosh past like the wind… only to squeak back a few minutes later with a flat battery, pedalling furiously and pretending to look at the treetops!



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Look at this pushbike-style gears at the rear wheel!

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 10:46

Look at these pushbike-style gears at the rear wheel!

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 10:46

I would have one be cheap as hell comuting to work, bet battery prices are not even worth looking into tho.

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 17:11

Ouhhhhh... pedaling home in riding gear on (what I suspect is) a 300+ lb. bi-motorcycle... now that's a lovely thought... NOT...

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:57

Visit the website and you'll find the bike above is simply an electric bicycle with a fairing bolted on and the swing arm is tubular with some plating riveted on to make it look like a "proper" swing arm!

And just where are you supposed to put the fairing while you "cycle"?

This is not remotely close to the TT Zero bikes as being a viable alternative to fossil power, just a hobby bicycle at this stage, not a ten grand road/track bike.

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 17:00

Looks cool. If I was rich and could afford having 4-5 bikes, i'd lay down the cash on one of these for sure.

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 15:24

54kg! Sod peddling that but could be a whole heap of fun down some tight twisties.

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 13:23

Honestly? i think i would rather walk.

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 14:56

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