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The Albero is a new e-Bike from Bultaco

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New Albero model continues Spanish brands e-Bike resurgence.

Reinvigorated Spanish brand Bultaco are still producing their e-bikes, and they must be doing something right because they’re expanding their range with the new Albero model.

A 1.3kWh battery powers the bike via a conventional twist grip throttle but the rider can also utilise the independent pedalling system when needed – just like a normal bicycle.

For some real fun, a rider can combine the pedals and the electric motor will achieve a 30mph top speed all with zero emissions! (Except those created by the human’s exertion of course).

The Albero has been designed as a Café racer “Moto-Bike” according to the firm, rather than just a bicycle with an electric motor attached.

Bultaco Motors states that it proposes a whole new concept in urban mobility: a unique, fun and safe experience, and with zero emissions.

VERSION 4.5 2.5
PROPULSION SYSTEM HYBRID: INDIPENDENT PEDALING + ELECTRIC MOTOR BY THROTTLE
MOTOR Brushless / Permanent magnets / AC / On rear wheel
POWER 2kW (Max Power) 250W (Continuous Power)
MAX SPEED 45km/h 25km/h
CONTROLLER 3 Ride Modes (Sport/TourEco) / Built-in self-protection and diagnostic system
BATTERY CAPACITY: 1.3kWh / CELLS: High durability Lithium-Ion / BMS (Battery Management System) CAN Bus / INPUT: 58.8V
RANGE SPORT: up to 50km / TOUR: up to 75km / ECO: up to 100km
CHARGER OffBoard @8A 465 W / INPUT: 110 VAC – 240 VAC / OUTPUT: 58,1 VDC / WEIGHT: 1,5Kg / CHARGE TIME: 3h (95%)
TRANSMISSION 9 Gears + Overdrive (ratio 1 : 1.65) / Plate Z38
DISPLAY Digital. Backlight.
CHASSIS Aluminium central tube frame and swingarm.
SIDESTAND YES
FRONT SUSPENSION Adjustable inverted fork. 130mm Travel
REAR SUSPENSION Adjustable monoshock (compression / extension and preloading) with Piggy- Back. 150mm Travel
HANDLEBAR Touring – 770 mm Width
BRAKES Front: Hydraulic – Disk Ø 203 mm, with 4-piston caliper / Rear: Hydraulic – Disk Ø 203 mm, with 2-piston caliper
WHEELS Front & Rear: RIM 24’’ / TIRE: 24 x 2,35’’ (Road)
FRONT LIGHT SET LED with DRL 1100 Lumen and Automatic Sensor (Day/Night)
TAIL LIGHT LED (Position – Brake)
MUDGUARDS Long back
PEDALS Anti-slip cover with reflector and sealed bearings
SEAT Comfort
SEAT HEIGHT MAX 1.114,2 – MIN 1.011 mm
LENGHT 1846 mm
WHEELBASE 1189mm
WEIGHT 42,26Kg
COLOURS 2: Brown and Silver
GUARANTEE 2 years (applies to all components)

 

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Custom of the Week: Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl

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FOR WALT SIEGL, performance and beauty go hand-in-hand. The bikes in his Ducati Leggero series are drop dead gorgeous, but they’re also light, quick and handle well. And that puts them in high demand.

This newest build was commissioned by Jamie Waters, one of the leading lights behind the REV’IT! and Rizoma brands in the USA. Jamie owns a significant collection of race bikes, European sports cars and American muscle cars, but they’re more than just show pieces: he regularly pilots his rare factory racers at AHRMA events.

That makes him the perfect client for Walt. “I’m thrilled that I could build this bike for Jamie,” says Walt from his New Hampshire workshop, “because I know he will ride it and enjoy it.”

Each Leggero is hand made to order with room for customization, but the building blocks are always the same. It starts with a Walt Siegl Motorcycles 4130 chromoly steel frame, created in-house and weighing just 15 pounds.

Walt slots in a two-valve Ducati motor, rebuilt and blueprinted by Bruce Meyers Performance. It’s then finished with top-shelf components, and custom Kevlar bodywork.

On this build, the donor motor came from a Monster 1100. It’s been blueprinted and bumped to 1125 cc with Mahle pistons, warmer cams, ported and flowed heads, and titanium valves. The carbs have been ditched in favour of the fuel injection system from a Hypermotard, and the bottom end has been lightened too.

Since Jamie’s pretty serious about actually riding the Leggero, he wanted top spec chassis and suspension components too. The lightweight chromoly Leggero frame is matched up to an aluminum subframe, and a Ducati S2R swing arm.

It would take days of careful study to spot all the details on this Ducati, so we’ll just run through the highlights. The custom-built, ceramic-coated stainless steel exhaust is stunning, right down to its carefully placed heat shields.

The cockpit’s pretty slick too, and includes a racy Motogadget tacho bearing the WSM logo. And there’s a sprinkling of carbon fiber and Rizoma bits, to drive the performance ethos home.

When it came to the final livery, Jamie’s hobby provided all the inspiration needed. “Jamie wanted to incorporate elements from the early muscle car era in my Leggero design,” says Walt, “which is decidedly European, if you will.”

So the white ceramic coating on the exhaust system references early Shelby Cobras, and the frame’s been nickel plated, as a nod to the 1960s and 70s.

The primary paint color was sampled from a car in Jamie’s collection. “Jamie has a 1968 Corvette in Laguna Blue,” says Walt. “For that series Corvette, it was a one-year color only—painted by Peach Pit Racing.”

Now we’re really jealous.


This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on Bike Exif. It is republished here with permission.

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Idiot thieves steal electric manufacturers’ bike whilst they were on ‘theft tracking’ test!

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Motorcycle manufacturer Zero had their own bikes, actually stolen – for real – during security testing.

Bike thieves are the worst.

Not literally – we’re pretty certain that there are some certain individuals on the world stage that could put a petty motorcycle thief into perspective – but they’re ‘up there’ on our list alongside people who use their mobile phones on speaker whilst sat on public transport and most of the contestants from TV’s Love Island.

Bike thieves are also pretty stupid. None more so than the ones who tried to make off with a couple of Zero electric motorcycles recently in London.

What made these thieves particularly stupid we here you cry? Well, how about trying to nick a couple of electric bike maker Zero’s actual bikes whilst they were undergoing actual theft-tracking device testing with British bike security firm Datatool?

“I have been testing the product for several months now”, said Zero UK’s manager Dale Robinson, “but the ultimate test came last week, when two of our bikes were stolen from the back of a van in the London area.

Ironically we had just been introducing the partnership with Datatool to our dealers at a conference the day before, but I hadn’t expected that we would have to put it to the test when I got up the next morning.”

Yep, you read that right. Literally the same night that Zero and Datatool had introduced their partnership at a dealer shindig, somebody thought it would be a good idea to take the battery-driven machines.

But did the freshly installed system actually work?

“I reported the theft at 8.00am and the data confirmed that the bike was stolen at 3.37am. Datatool collaborated with the Met Police’s stolen vehicle squad, and the bikes were tracked to within a metre of their actual location, under a tarpaulin in a timber yard.

The police extraction team commented that the information given to them, in the form of a pinpointed Google map and exact coordinates, was the most accurate they had received and I got a call to come and pick the bikes up a few hours later.”

Some people pay thousands for that kind of PR. All Zero and Datatool had to do was get drunk and leave a couple of bikes in a van on a London street overnight.

Amazing.

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