Lexus has announced details of the innovative Hybrid Bicycle Concept we first spied tucked away at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. Headed for a UK debut at the Great British Bike Ride this weekend, the full-carbon fiber frame hybrid (electric+human) concept includes a 240W electric motor at the front hub, eight-speed transmission, a 25.9V Lithium-ion battery and regenerative braking. Head on through for more images plus our video overview.
The bike weighs 17kg, uses a belt drive instead of a chain and its electric motor charges in around two hours. The 8-speed internal gear and shift levers are from Shimano, while the lightweight, composite frame shares DNA with Valentino Rossi's MotoGP-winning motorcycle. At this stage Lexus' foray into two-wheeled transport remains a concept, with no word on any plans for a production release. We can only hope.
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Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept Specs:
- Length (mm) 1,598
- Width (mm) 425
- Seat height (mm) 900
- Wheelbase (mm) 1,080
- Tyre size 20 x 1 3/8
- Weight (kg) 17
- Charge time Approx. 2hrs
- Motor output (W) 240
- Battery type Lithium-ion
- Battery voltage 25.9V/4.0Ah
- Gear system Shimano 8-speed internal gear
- Shift lever Shimano dual control
- Drive train Belt drive