While the rest of the bike industry is pursuing innovation and hi-tech discoveries, the urban cycling culture, particularly when it comes to the electric bike segment, is busy exploring the more halcyon, romantic side of things.
No better bike exemplifies this than the Avionics V1.
Looking like it was ridden straight off of the Eastern Front and onward to the gates of Thunder Dome, the V1 captures all of the nostalgia of a 1920’s era motorcycle, refreshed by modern technology courtesy of the ever-growing eBike market.
Instead of a powerful V-twin engine sitting in the frame, there’s a beautifully crafted chest made from Jatoba wood, which houses the V1’s battery, electronics and charging port.
In addition, there’s a robust 5 Kilowatt brushless electric motor, which is capable of generating 92lbs/ft of torque and speeds upwards of 40mph, mated to the V1’s rear-wheel hub. Furthermore, its 24-Amp lithium-ion battery offers three power selections (250, 500, and 750 watts), which when operated in the 250w mode can provide up to 75 miles of travel, along with a battery life that can last between 2 to 3 hours.
Another unique feature include a leaf spring suspension that supports the wooden seat, which also incorporates the taillight, as well as a metal strap that arcs from the seat to the front end, evoking the shape of a fuel tank.
Jatoba wood is once again used to craft the V1’s headlight shell, while modern day disc brakes and 26-inch wheels provide the stopping power.
Other artisan details the punctuate the V1 are wood-accented levers and front shock stanchions.
The V1 is the project of Jaromir Dziewic and Bartek Bialas, who decided to cull their enthusiasm and skills in the fields of aviation, speed and vintage motorcycle design, to create what may very well be the most rad eBike of all-time.
Dziewic and Bialas are planning to undertake a crowd-funding campaign this fall, with the goal of raising enough money to take the V1 from the prototype phase – into full production
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A bit of history
Our story begins in July 2015 when Jaromir and Bartek first met on a Baltic beach. This lucky coincidence – the fact that they’re both adventure junkies who share a passion for transportation and take inspiration from nature – gave birth to AVIONICS.
As a species, humans have always wanted to fly and we’ve managed to achieve this in so many ways and through so many means – a fighter plane, balloon or space rocket. We also reach for the sky through philosophy, poetry or art – in a less literal, more abstract way.
So how could we get off the ground in both a metaphorical and a literal way?
Craving adventure and nature is an element. An element that’s dangerous and seductive, something that pushes us forward. It’s the desire to fly, with avionics helping to keep this under control and (relatively) safe.
It’s the same with our AVIONICS – you can control it easily and riding it reminds you of flying – just as in a dream, when you glide over fields, mountains and moors.
Where does the name come from?
It came from our fascination with aviation, transportation and the need for speed. We wanted to create a beautiful object. An object that would bring happiness, look incredible and be powerful.
Metal, wood and leather
You can search for plastic, rubber or cables in our model, but we can tell you now – you won’t succeed. AVIONICS is a pure form, designed to merge contrasts. Wood with steel, smooth lines with sporty character, wildness with nobility. The harmonic combination of a steel frame with a wooden saddle, box and light represents both power and purity and Spartan exclusivity.
Spartan because of its simplicity and reliability.
Exclusive because you feel special when you use it.
“Absolute fusion of nature and engineering powered by electricity”
– this is our vision of the future combined with a memory of the past.
More than 100 years ago, electric vehicles started the worldwide revolution and introduced civilization to a higher level of transportation. For some reason, people considered petroleum to be the better product to move their machines. They forgot about the potential of electricity to start their engines. Luckily times are changing. Nowadays electricity comes back to motorization in great style, enriched with high technology. The new renaissance is coming and AVIONICS is a part of it. The technological revolution is now!
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