Norwegian Roskva Electric Bike creates a whole new genre for e-bike bodywork
Electric motorbike may be just fabulous for the environment, but they have a terrible habit of being ghastly and geeky to look at taking away everything that is “cool” about riding a bike in the traditional sense of the phrase. Keeping this bit of vanity in mind, a team of students from Oslo, Norway-based University of Life Sciences (UMB) has created the Roskva Electric- an electric motorbike that has all the right sharp edged styling of a MotoGP bike with an eco-friendly 96 horsepower engine. Even though the figure doesn’t appear all that impressive for a sports bike but the clean performing engine is aided by the carbon fiber wheels, bodywork and unified frame that allows the bike to weigh less than 25 kilograms overall. This lets the bike get a nice and toasty top speed of 112 miles per hour though with a full charge on the battery returning a range of 62 miles.
The name Roskva was the name of one of the servant of the mythological god Thor. The Old Norse word loosely translates into “rapid” which is exactly what the electric bikes aims to be. Most electric bikes in the market today feature a clean running engine but their performance is hampered by their frame and bodywork which is often based on gasoline-powered bikes designs developed a few decades ago. The Roskva Electric Bike comes with bodywork developed to complement its electric engine and the restraints of modern battery technology. The chassis, suspension and brakes of the bike are handmade from carbon fiber elements which stand out for their light weight yet sturdy performance. Thus the Roskva came into being as an electric bike developed using a bespoke frame that was created to supplement the performance of the electric engine.
The handmade and unique bike concept derives its form from the racing bikes currently in vogue though its electric powertrain is completely state of the art. The Roskva Electric Bike is different from a traditional motorcycle in terms of design and layout and thus creates a whole new genre of motorbike design in itself. The designers behind the project have not revealed the technical details of the engine and the powertrain used in the electric motorbike but they aim the prototype model to serve as a starting point for the development of an electric bike-specific layout, frame and bodywork which would enable electric bike designers of the future to create lighter electric bikes for daily commute, racing and recreational riding needs.