Maker Of AK-47 Unveils Rugged Electric Motorcycle

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Kalashnikov Electric Motorcycle

Kalashnikov Branches Out From Rugged Guns to Rugged Bikes

Avtomat Kalashnikova-series rifles – the venerable AK-47 and its numerous progeny like the AKM and AK-74 – are the weapon of choice for various armies, militias, and revolutionaries throughout the world. Now, after decades of weapons manufacturing, Kalashnikov Group is expanding its shot pattern with a new electric motorcycle. Introduced in September at the International Military-Technical Forum in Russia, the sparkster is reportedly slated for use by the Moscow police during the World Cup soccer games next year.

According to our pals over at Lanesplitter, the thus far unnamed (Kalectrikov?), the machine is built by Kalashnikov subsidiary IZH, which began producing motorcycles in 1928. Production ramped up after World War II, when the Soviet government acquired a DKW plant in east Germany as part of the allies’ war reparations agreement, and moved the tooling to the Ural Mountains. IZH is not associated with the motorcycle and sidecar manufacturer MZ-Ural, which began production in 1941.

Kalashnikov Electric Motorcycle

The police version of the new electric reportedly has a range of around 100 miles. The report contained no information on the motor’s power output, battery capacity, or charging data. The machine is apparently a fully-faired version of the military model, with a conventional fork, single front disc brake, and crash bars. It lacks the camo-model’s rather rudimentary looking handlebar rifle rack, which is presumably built to hold an AK.

The Lanesplitter story also included a blurb on the American-made SilentHawk hybrid, built under military contract by Logos Technologies of Virginia. Now in its second generation, the SilentHawk uses the Alta Redshift MX platform, incorporating a multi-fuel generator to recharge the battery in field conditions where another power source is unavailable. The company is also developing a two-wheel drive version.

Kalashnikov Electric Motorcycle

The SilentHawk weighs 350 pounds and has a range of 170 miles. It can run on gasoline, propane, Avgas, JP-5, JP-8 or Jet-A1 fuel.

“When the rider is out of harm’s way, and the range extension system is engaged to charge the motorcycle’s propulsion battery, and to provide auxiliary power for equipment, it’s still only as loud as a vacuum cleaner,” said Dale Turner, SilentHawk program Manager.

Will the development of electric and hybrid drive off-roaders cause a renaissance of military motorcycles? Who knows. If it does, we’ll make sure to keep you abreast of the situation.

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10 responses to "Maker Of AK-47 Unveils Rugged Electric Motorcycle"

  1. veselin says:

    No thanks!
    I had a russian bike when I was young.
    It was 1 day ride, two days repair.

    1. Vexar says:

      If motor bikes were my thing, I’d buy one. 170 miles is solid range, and a lot cheaper (I hope) than the top-line American brands. Besides, think of all the Harley Davidson riders who will go “what kind of weird bike is that” then they hear “Kalishnikov, who is better known for making AK-47’s” as a response. In their macho culture, I don’t think there’s anything more hard core than a gun manufacturer making a motor bike.

      1. SparkEV says:

        It’s one thing to claim grandiose (ie, Tesla), it’s another in execution (also ie. Tesla). There’s already Russian motorcycle called Ural with boxer engine and side car and relatively low cost for side car bike. Specs look great, but you rarely see it on the streets. There’s a reason for that. Call me skeptical.

    2. Paul Smith says:

      That’s right. You should only kill people with U.S. made guns.

  2. Ricardo says:

    Did a Google search and couldn’t find anything kalishnikov, only Kalashnikov

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Fixed, (=

  3. SparkEV says:

    I wonder if Armalite (AR15 = Armalite Rifle number 15) will be making motorcycles.

    1. James says:

      Well Armalite did come from the aviation industry so I guess a motorcycle isn’t much of a stretch.

  4. vadik says:

    I am amazed insideevs essentially helps a murderous regime to make money to kill even more people.

    How can you not realize that you compromize your moral standing?

    1. Nick says:

      I’m not sure I understand why you think posting this news story is the same as an endorsement.

      For example, if Exxon made an electric motorcycle, wouldn’t you want Inside EVs to report on it?

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