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Avionics' 5-kW beast of an ebike rocks board-tracker style

Avionics' 5-kW beast of an ebi...
Avionics V1 is 5 kW of crazy electric action with a retro-futuristic style
Avionics V1 is 5 kW of crazy electric action with a retro-futuristic style
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Avionics V1: tail-light is integrated into the wooden seat unit
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Avionics V1: tail-light is integrated into the wooden seat unit
Avionics V1: rear disc brake
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Avionics V1: rear disc brake
Avionics V1: cruiser-style headlight
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Avionics V1: cruiser-style headlight
Avionics V1: wooden accents on the forks, headlight, handlebars, seat unit and motor case
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Avionics V1: wooden accents on the forks, headlight, handlebars, seat unit and motor case
Avionics V1: chunky 3-inch tyres and front disc brake
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Avionics V1: chunky 3-inch tyres and front disc brake
Avionics V1 is 5 kW of crazy electric action with a retro-futuristic style
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Avionics V1 is 5 kW of crazy electric action with a retro-futuristic style
Avionics V1: pedals? Who needs pedals when you've got a 120 kilometre range?
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Avionics V1: pedals? Who needs pedals when you've got a 120 kilometre range?
Avionics V1: leaf spring seat support emulates the sleek shape of a fuel tank
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Avionics V1: leaf spring seat support emulates the sleek shape of a fuel tank
Avionics V1: wooden handlebars with reversed brake levers
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Avionics V1: wooden handlebars with reversed brake levers
Avionics V1: coming at you this September on Indiegogo
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Avionics V1: coming at you this September on Indiegogo
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We shudder to think what the price tag might be, but this retro-futuristic electric bicycle from Poland looks like it'll be an absolute beast. An unruly 5 kW of power is tamed down for road use, but it still does 58 km/h (36 mph) and looks a bit like an old-school board track motorcycle.

There's no shortage of retro ebike designs that combine electric commuter convenience with a bit of hipster panache. The Avionics V1 ebike is certainly not short on style, and there's no denying its vintage motorcycle look and feel.

A leaf spring seat support suggests the sexy profile line of a fuel tank. The headlight is a shape we've seen on a thousand old cruisers. There's a tail light built into the seat. Even the sidestand is a chunky aluminum thing that wouldn't be out of place on a 250cc naked bike.

Avionics V1: leaf spring seat support emulates the sleek shape of a fuel tank
Avionics V1: leaf spring seat support emulates the sleek shape of a fuel tank

But that's where it stops. Where you're looking for a motor, you'll find a big ol' hole, at the bottom of which sits a quaint-looking, leather-strapped Jatoba wood chest, which houses the bike's electric motor and battery pack.

The seat, forks, handlebars and headlight also feature pretty hardwood highlights, and the brake levers are reversed, which looks pretty nifty.

The motor is a brushless DC number putting out 5 kW, and a very compelling 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) of torque. That's not a figure to be messed with, and thankfully the V1 bike has chunky three-inch tires and 203 mm disc brakes at either end to help keep riders out of trouble.

Avionics V1: coming at you this September on Indiegogo
Avionics V1: coming at you this September on Indiegogo

Because 5 kW is well and truly outside the street legal power limit for most jurisdictions there's "street modes" limiting the bike to a more police-friendly 250, 500 and 750 watts. Top speed is 58 km/h (36 mph), which is going to feel absolutely wild on a bicycle.

With a large 24-Ah lithium-ion battery, range is a very healthy 120 km (74.5 mi) in low power street mode, and there are still pedals if you want to get a bit of a sweat up or need to get the thing home if the battery's flat.

This is one nice looking piece of kit. The Avionics ebike is due to go on pre-sale on Indiegogo this September.

Take a look at the (slightly over-dramatic) video below.

Source: Avionics

AVIONICS V1

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3 comments
Dan Lewis
Yep. Lots of style. No comfort. Back to the drawing board. Lol.
Cody Blank
Looks nice EXCEPT... I know they have to put cranks, pedals, and a chain to get it in the assisted bike category (and not an electric moto) but damn does that bit look stupid. Especially with those child sized cranks you're not going anywhere actually pedaling it.
And those weak ass skids in the video...ahahahahah
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For power, speed and far greater comfort there's Greyp Bikes and Stealth Electric, both capable of speeds over 70kph and with a bit more than 5kW power.