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Bultaco: Their New Electric Motorcycles - A Winner!

18
May
2014
  Posted at 08:30:00 AM
  File under  Electrical
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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The Spanish legendary brand, Bultaco Open link in a new window, launched their new electric motorcycles yesterday in London. Bultaco is one of those brands that burns memory cells for many, since in the past, it dominated off-road and racing sports on all sides of the Atlantic.

Created in 1958 and ceased operation in 1983 (click here to read more about their history Open Click here to read more about their history link in a new window), Bultaco recently announced that it was back. And back it was, with a vengeance.

Instead of continuing to make their traditional 2-stroke motorcycles, they have gone green - emission-free electric motorcycles. With a new company, still named Bultaco (which includes descendants - Paco Bulto and Ines Bulto - of the founders of the original company), Bultaco launched two electric bikes; the Rapitan and the Sport Rapitan.

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The Bultaco Rapitan is a street bike while the Sport version is a race off-road bike. The bikes were designed from the ground-up, together with the University of Madrid Carlos III . The electric engine is a brushless one, air cooled developing 55 HP (40 kW). It has 125 Nm of torque and the street bike is equipped with ABS, traction control and of course regenerative braking.

They also have a smartphone application to manage the motorcycle.

The new motorcycles will be manufactured in a new factory in Barcelona, Spain.

No price was announced nor delivery times, but looking at the motorcycle, it's a major winner. It's not a pie in the sky vaporware, but a real stunning motorcycle that we will shortly be able to buy. Couple that with a legendary name, and you have got a winner.

Time to start feeding my piggybank.

(PS. Their website is overrun and ran out of bandwidth).





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