Many electric bikes on the market don’t look like anything special – they’re just modified versions of normal bicycles, which can make them look dull at best and ridiculous at worst. But not the CR-T1 – it’s modeled after a vintage café racer motorcycle. The founders of Tempus Electric Bikes started their business with one simple goal in mind: to build an e-bike with a truly unique and striking design, and they’ve certainly succeeded with their first model.
With an aircraft-grade steel frame, leather saddle, and low-slung handlebars, the CR-T1 captures the vintage style perfectly. There’s just one small difference between the e-bike and the motorcycle that inspired it – the “gas tank” on the bike actually houses the electronics that control its 1 kilowatt motor and 48V lithium ion battery. The battery, naturally, can be plugged in and recharged, which takes about four hours. An LCD screen on the handlebars tracks both the speed of the bike and the amount of power left in the battery.
Though the bike may look like a racing vehicle, it’s capped at just 20 miles per hour – which is legally required in the US for a vehicle to be classified as an e-bike. (Anything faster requires a driver’s license and insurance.) However, there is a speed override that will allow riders to go up to 30 mph for a trip around a local track. The battery has a range of about 24 miles – however, if the battery dies, it can simply be pedaled like a normal bike, so there’s no need to worry about being stranded.
Retailing at $3,000, the bike may be out of reach for some. However, those who have the funds will also receive a matching vintage-style helmet, and Tempus plans to also offer a rack to allow riders to carry items with them on trips. The company is currently taking orders for Spring 2017 production, with bikes expected to arrive in September 2017.