Beijing-based startup Evoke Electric Motorcycles is developing a reverse gear for its range of motorcycles. With first time and inexperienced riders in mind, the reverse gear is meant to aid motorcycle parking in compact spaces and will have a top speed of 5 km/h. Riders will be able to activate the reverse gear through the LCD touch control panel.
With more smart tech being developed and integrated into EVs, Evoke Electric Motorcycles is constantly looking to improve its motorcycles and make them more user-friendly. By adding a reverse gear to its motorcycles, Evoke aims to make urban parking easier and to reduce the chance of dropping the bike for riders who are slight of build.
Evoke’s Urban Classic features a 19 kW hub motor with maximum torque of 116.6 N·m, powered by a 7.8 kWh Li-ion battery pack supporting 200 km (124 miles) of range at city speeds (35 km/h / 22 mph). Highway range is approximately 120 km (75 miles). Top speed is 130 km/h (81 mph).
While experienced riders wouldn’t bat an eye at Evoke motorcycles total weight of 169 kg [373 lbs], many new or inexperienced riders voice concerns about dropping and damaging their bike or injuring themselves. Adding a reverse gear will make maneuvering in and out of parking spaces much easier for new riders and is less taxing on their legs.—Evoke BD Director Ren Chin Zonbo