Eye-catching Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle now takes the lead
Three years ago yesterday, I announced the news of SOL Motors’ debut with its innovative Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle. We had to wait a while for a major update, but now, after a long period of continuous development (and a pandemic later), the company is taking orders for its eye-catching electric motorcycles.
The Stuttgart-based company SOL Motors (meaning ‘speed of light’) developed the novel Pocket Rocket as a minimalist-looking electric motorcycle that hides just about everything that makes it work inside it. ‘a single frame element.
The large aluminum pipe that makes up the majority of the frame houses the removable battery, controller, lights, wiring, and other key components that are essential to the operation of the Pocket Rocket but are not visually interesting in themselves.
What you’re left with is essentially a pipe on wheels – a design that finally offers something quite unique compared to the litany of similar-looking electric motorcycles hitting the market.
After years of waiting for SOL Motors to bring the Pocket Rocket into production, impatient riders finally have the chance to pre-order and become one of the first to take a look at the new electric motorcycle.
Cyclists actually have the choice of two versions of the bike, the Pocket Rocket and the faster Pocket Rocket S.
The two versions are L1e and L3e bikes respectively, which means that they are classified into different groups of motor vehicles with different authorization and operating restrictions.
Both bikes ride on 16-inch motorcycle wheels and feature full suspension via dual-spring rear shocks and a front telescopic fork. Hydraulic disc brakes deliver quick, crisp stopping power and the inclusion of a Combined Braking System (CBS) adds extra safety to the Pocket Rocket’s stops.
Regenerative braking also contributes to the braking force while adding charge to the battery.
The low powered Pocket Rocket has a top speed of 45 km / h (28 mph) from a peak 5,000 W hub motor producing 120 Nm of torque. With so much power, the more capable nature of the bike is evident. To unleash its full potential, the upgrade to the Pocket Rocket S increases motor power to 6500W and torque to 160Nm. It also unlocks a higher top speed of 80km / h (50mph).
Both versions weigh 121 lbs (55 kg) and come with removable batteries that can go up to 50 miles (80 km) in the bike’s lowest power setting. The 2.5 kWh batteries should see a drastically reduced range when the Pocket Rockets are moving at maximum speed.
Past pre-orders now have an estimated delivery time of Spring / Summer 2022. The Pocket Rocket is priced at € 5,980 while the Pocket Rocket S is priced at € 6,980.
Currently, the only countries available for deliveries are Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Spain.
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