•   
  •   
  •   

Motorcycles Suzuki’s Unseen Electric Concept Bike

19:51  30 june  2020
19:51  30 june  2020 Source:   cycleworld.com

MotoGP 2021/2022: Alex Rins officially renews Suzuki

 MotoGP 2021/2022: Alex Rins officially renews Suzuki © LAT Alex Rins announced on Sunday that he will extend his contract for Suzuki Alex Rins will continue to drive for the Suzuki factory team in the next two years. The Spaniard has been competing for Suzuki since the 2017 MotoGP season and has already made it onto the podium eight times. In the past MotoGP season, Rins secured his first victories in MotoGP. "I have news," Rins reveals during an Instagram live session. "I will be driving for Suzuki for two more years." According to team manager

The COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably seen the cancellation of several major motorcycle shows due to have taken place this year and as a result we’re starting to see the emergence of patent applications for machines that might otherwise have already had a public airing. This creation from Suzuki, for instance, has all the hallmarks of a show-stand concept bike, the sort of crystal-ball-gazing study of a possible motorcycling future that isn’t so much a preview of a production machine as a demonstration of new engineering solutions.

a close up of a map: Drop bars, flat seat, unified fork, motor between the pedals—Suzuki’s new concept seems more bicycle than motorcycle in some ways. © Provided by Cycle World Drop bars, flat seat, unified fork, motor between the pedals—Suzuki’s new concept seems more bicycle than motorcycle in some ways. a close up of a map: What’s clear is that this is an electric, with the battery pack(s) stacked vertically between the frame rails. © Provided by Cycle World What’s clear is that this is an electric, with the battery pack(s) stacked vertically between the frame rails.

What Is It?

Bike stores see sales boom as pandemic changes travel, transportation

  Bike stores see sales boom as pandemic changes travel, transportation If you've considered getting out on a bike recently, you're not the only one.Wausau is no exception.

a close up of a map: Drop bars, flat seat, unified fork, motor between the pedals—Suzuki’s new concept seems more bicycle than motorcycle in some ways. © Japanese Patent Office Drop bars, flat seat, unified fork, motor between the pedals—Suzuki’s new concept seems more bicycle than motorcycle in some ways.

The bike is the subject of at least four new patent applications from Suzuki, all published simultaneously, and its distinctive styling suggests the drawings represent a real concept machine rather than purely engineering pipe dreams.

a close up of a map: What’s clear is that this is an electric, with the battery pack(s) stacked vertically between the frame rails. © Japanese Patent Office What’s clear is that this is an electric, with the battery pack(s) stacked vertically between the frame rails.

It’s instantly clear that it’s an electric, with batteries arranged in a central stack between a pair of curvaceous frame rails and under an ironing-board-flat seat/tank unit. Up front we get an unusual fork with conventional telescopic sliders at the bottom but an aerodynamically shaped upper section, with the fork legs joining into one before they reach the steering head—more like bicycle forks than motorcycle units.

“Today, I am master of my time”: Jennifer, converted to the electric bike

 “Today, I am master of my time”: Jennifer, converted to the electric bike © LP Paris (IXe), June 4, 2020. Jennifer spent 1,800 euros to acquire an electric bike from the French brand O2Feel. Weather forces, Jennifer changed gear this Thursday morning. She is wearing a large red poncho, Kway pants and boots protecting her from the rain that this resident of Champigny (Val-de-Marne) rolled into her Paris office on her new electric bike ( VAE).

The bicycle theme continues with bars mounted lower than the seat, giving a Tour de France-style riding position, and huge wheels surrounded by low-profile tires. However, cross sections of the bike show that the tires are surprisingly wide, more like a modern sports motorcycle than a racing bicycle.

a close up of a map: An electric motor is positioned under the front of the unusually shaped swingarm. © Provided by Cycle World An electric motor is positioned under the front of the unusually shaped swingarm.

There’s an electric motor mounted between the rider’s footpegs, nestling under the front of the swingarm, which itself is an unusually shaped creation with a cantilever spring and shock. It’s not the first time Suzuki has toyed with a bicycle-style motorcycle. The firm’s “Feel Free Go!” concept in 2015 was inspired by mountain bikes but featured a 49cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine rather than a more fashionable battery-electric power unit.

a close up of a device: The bike features a modular layout and the battery pack is removable for quick swaps. © Provided by Cycle World The bike features a modular layout and the battery pack is removable for quick swaps.

Electric—But What’s So Clever About It?

T3 Awards 2020: Specialized Roubaix Sport takes the yellow jersey as our most beloved road bike

  T3 Awards 2020: Specialized Roubaix Sport takes the yellow jersey as our most beloved road bike The daddy of all road bikes has pro spec but is comfortable enough for mere mortals to rideSo… what is it that makes this Specialized bike so special, and sets it ahead of the péloton? Quite simply, it's like a high-end road bike for us mere mortals; it's fast as hell, yet also surprisingly comfortable, thanks to Specialized's tech innovations.

a close up of a map: An electric motor is positioned under the front of the unusually shaped swingarm. © Japanese Patent Office An electric motor is positioned under the front of the unusually shaped swingarm.

The patents themselves are involved with the bike’s layout and the modular way in which it’s bolted together. Most notably, the entire rear section including the electric motor, footpegs, seat, swingarm, rear wheel, and main electronic control unit is connected to the front of the bike by just four bolts. Two are fitted on each side, running forward into the main frame section.

a close up of a device: The bike features a modular layout and the battery pack is removable for quick swaps. © Japanese Patent Office The bike features a modular layout and the battery pack is removable for quick swaps.

Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel.

a close up of a map: Vertical heat sink at the front acts to channel heat to the under-seat radiator. © Japanese Patent Office Vertical heat sink at the front acts to channel heat to the under-seat radiator.

The bike’s liquid-cooling system is used to take heat out of the electric motor, but also features a vertical heat sink at the front that the electronic control unit is bolted to. This works like a liquid-cooled CPU cooler on a computer, with coolant pumped around the heat sink before it travels to the under-seat radiator where the heat is expelled into the air.

Three bikes stolen from local shop

  Three bikes stolen from local shop Three high-end bikes were stolen from a Topeka bike shop Monday morning. © Provided by Topeka WIBW-TV Capp's Bike Shop located on 29th and Topeka Capp's Bike Shop and Fitness on SW 29th and Topeka reported the theft Monday. The thief made off with a Super Commuter 8, Creo, and Trek Stache 5. Owner Chris Armstrong says it happened around 1 a.m., and that the perpetrator targeted a wall weakened by construction and water damage. "We have bars in the windows up front, and due to the construction we have water damage coming in, and then they had to cut the sheet rock," Armstrong said.

Suzuki’s patent also reveals that the battery pack is removable, allowing quick swaps instead of prolonged charging periods, and that air is funneled from the nose and through the chassis to keep the pack cool.

a close up of a map: Vertical heat sink at the front acts to channel heat to the under-seat radiator. © Provided by Cycle World Vertical heat sink at the front acts to channel heat to the under-seat radiator.

Gas-Powered Option

The modular design means that Suzuki has been able to create a second spin-off version of the bike using a gas-powered engine, but the bike is still electric. The gas motor is a generator, and bolts onto the front of the modular rear unit with the same four bolts normally used to attach it to the battery-filled frame. The generator will run at constant speed to operate as efficiently as possible, and is used along with a smaller battery pack that sits above it. The electric motor and control unit remain.

a close up of a map: Modular design means there can be a gas-powered version too. The entire rear section connects to the front with just four bolts. © Provided by Cycle World Modular design means there can be a gas-powered version too. The entire rear section connects to the front with just four bolts.

Overall, the design has all the hallmarks of a concept bike, but with this year’s major bike shows canceled—including the Osaka and Tokyo motorcycle shows, which were to have taken place in March and April, as well as the massive Intermot event in Cologne that was due in October—there’s no obvious platform for it to be revealed.

2021 KTM Electric Models Revealed

  2021 KTM Electric Models Revealed 2021 KTM Electric Models RevealedRelated: KTM Electric Bike Freeride E-XC

a close up of a map: Outside-the-box engineering solutions include an unusual fork with conventional telescopic sliders below and aerodynamic uppers. © Provided by Cycle World Outside-the-box engineering solutions include an unusual fork with conventional telescopic sliders below and aerodynamic uppers.

Hopefully Suzuki will get the chance to show the bike eventually, as the engineering appears to be interesting and the bicycle-inspired design looks like an innovative approach.

a close up of a map: Outside-the-box engineering solutions include an unusual fork with conventional telescopic sliders below and aerodynamic uppers. © Japanese Patent Office Outside-the-box engineering solutions include an unusual fork with conventional telescopic sliders below and aerodynamic uppers. a close up of a map: Modular design means there can be a gas-powered version too. The entire rear section connects to the front with just four bolts. © Japanese Patent Office Modular design means there can be a gas-powered version too. The entire rear section connects to the front with just four bolts.

Yamaha Leaning-Trike Design Revealed .
Yamaha Leaning-Trike Design RevealedThe pictures have emerged in new patent filings and show a more realistic version of the MW-Vision concept bike that Yamaha unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Where the MW-Vision was a roofed machine with a car-style rider’s seat, small wheels, and no provision for any passengers, the new design gets tandem seating, bigger wheels, and a motorcycle-like profile that’s a vast improvement over the original.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!