It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s…. not a motorcycle?
The Moto Parilla Carbon, though technically an “e-bike,” boasts a design heavily influenced by motorcycle engineering and comes equipped with a throttle, giving cyclists the option of riding without pedaling. The developers of an electric bike prototype have high hopes that their design will become the SUV of the electric bike world.
The prototype has existed for a couple of years; a British company that specializes in automobiles considered releasing the bike, but the project was scrapped. Now, Moto Parilla has been established as a company in London and the makers are crowdfunding to turn the powerful e-bike of their dreams into a reality.
The bike was designed to be used on rough surfaces. Moto Parilla envisions it being ridden in remote, extreme landscapes in places that range from the Australian Outback to Russia. However, since it is electric and needs to be charged, the Carbon’s 49 mile range wouldn’t permit too much deep exploration of harsh environs without the transportation aid of another automotive.
It would, however, make a powerful city cruiser. As Gizmag notes, “even Moto Parilla alludes to this idea [using the bike in cities] in citing the SUV definition as ‘a large vehicle that is designed to be used on rough surfaces but that is often used on city roads or highways.'”
Check out the Kickstarter for the bike here and learn more about its capabilities in the video below. Would you ride a hefty e-bike like the Moto Parilla Carbon?