Bultaco Rapitan Electric Bike Announces The Relaunch Of Mythical Spanish Manufacturer
Spanish mythical motorcycle manufacturer Bultaco tries to make a spectacular comeback on the market after being on hiatus since 1983, repositioning itself as an all-electric manufacturer.
Since they stopped the production of bikes, the brand lived on with merchandising such as helmets, watches and motorbikes accessories (jackets, gloves, etc) and we all thought that we’ll never see a bike stamped with the iconic logo hit the assembly line again. Thankfully the brand is brand in action as Bultaco Rapitan and Rapitan Sport prototypes were unveiled on May 17th in London.
So, let’s welcome the Bultaco Rapitan Electric Bike, a all-new e-bike that could easily pass as a traditional bike to the untrained eye, as Bultaco tried to create a motorcycle which really looks like its internal combustion counterparts. The bike features a brushless electric motor with a lithium-ion battery that will get you just under 90 miles fully-charged and can hit speeds of up to 90 mph. The electric motor delivers 54 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, not super practical for arreas with dificult terain but perfect for getting around the streets of urban agglomerations.
With a sporty, light feeling about it, the Bultaco Rapitan Electric Bike also comes with a digital dash the size of a smartphone, a handy storage area where the fuel tank would traditionally be and a regenerative breaking system that sees energy transferred from the breaks back into the bike’s power system. With a tubular swingarm and forks, the Rapitan is definitely an eye-catching presence and the bike’s look will surely be one of the strong selling points.
The Bultaco Rapitan Electric Bike and Rapitan Sport prototypes that Bultaco unveiled in London are close approximations to the Bultaco motorcycles that will be brought to market in 2015. We’d certainly like to see them rolling down the street as soon as possible.
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