Called the E2, it is RMK’s first production model

Joining the new electric trend, a new Finnish company called RMK Vehicle Corporation will launch its first futuristic electric motorcycle – the E2 – at the MP 19 Motorcycle Show in Helsinki, Finland. Why futuristic? Have you had a look at its rear wheel? Yes, that’s a hubless unit with the electric motor in it.

Designing out of the traditional book norms, the Tron-style rear wheel happens to be lighter than a standard wheel and houses a 67 hp motor. It can source power from a choice of two battery options offering either 120 miles or 180 miles of range, with a top speed of around 100 mph.

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Although it is currently called the E2, we believe it’ll have a new calling after the full public reveal that will happen in February next year. Its “non-centered rim” dominates the rear end of the already posh and brat design that is an amalgamation of a naked streetfighter and a wide handlebar café-racer.

Built around an aluminum frame, the E2 will make use of an in-house designed 50kw electric motor, with the 18650 cell lithium ion battery making 120v at the drive. This setup produced a neat 236 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough to propel your brains out of the skull from the word go. A complete charge of the batteries will take 2 -3 hours. The integrated electronic motor has been designed into the frame of a rim.

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The hubless motor will require the rear to run on super wide tires and a monoshock setup. Fatter tire means a heavier rear end. Also, we cannot say how these new added gyroscopic masses and unsprung weights are going to play with the suspension and handling abilities of the E2 yet. But the folks at RMK tell us that the gyroscopic mass of the rear wheel will be lighter than a standard motorcycle wheel.

At the front, the images show us of a beefy upside down suspension setup and radial four-piston calipers tethered to twin brake disks, and a five spoke alloy rim wheel. The only brain scratching detail here are the forward set footpegs, just like a cruiser. Wonder how that is going to go with the low sets of wide clip-ons.

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RMK has already begun with the production on a small scale setup and will slowly ramp it up after the EU type-approval is granted. Customers can expect to get theirs by the end of 2018, provided they have already reserved the motorcycle for EUR 2000 ($2,300). The motorcycle itself will cost around EUR 24,990 ($29,000) and will be pre-registered in Finland.

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