The Veitis EV-Twin Is A Cool Electric Bobber


Born from yachts.

Steve Smith got tired of having to drain all the fuel from his 1953 BSA Bantam every time he brought it on board his luxury yacht. This may seem like a first-world problem, but after developing an electric drivetrain for his BSA that he could load and unload with ease, people who saw it wanted to buy one for themselves. The end result is an all-new electric bike, the Veitis Ev-Twin.

The Ev-Twin is an attractive retro-looking bobber. True to its name, the electric motor really looks like a gasoline V-twin, an engine appropriate to this type of bike. It even looks like a hardtail design, but the rear is actually suspended by a shock absorber mounted underneath the seat. A round headlight, bar-end turn signals, and a classically styled “gas tank” complete the look. While most electric bikes have an edgy futuristic look, the Ev-Twin is just the opposite, and I think it’s one of the best looking electric bikes I’ve seen. (Then again, my taste is strange. I ride a Honda PC800, for crying out loud.)

Despite its classic looks, it’s a thoroughly modern bike under the skin. It’s hand-built in Britain with as many British components as Veitis can find. The Ev-Twin uses high-tensile Reynolds 631 tubing for the frame, adjustable forks, K-Tech shocks, Motogadget electronics, and Billet World custom components. The electric motor is easy to ride, and its maximum power output of 11 kilowatts is equivalent to a 125cc motor, making the Ev-Twin legal to ride on a British provisional license. Yet the Ev-Twin is still capable of a top speed of 70 miles per hour. It has a maximum range of 100 miles, and will recharge in three hours and forty-five minutes.

This is a cool ride, but it will be quite limited and exclusive. Veitis expects to make just 50 during the first year of production, and the Ev-Twin will cost £40,000, about $51,000. That’s a pricey little bobber, but considering that it was designed by and for luxury yachters, the price will likely not be an object for its intended market.

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3 Comments on "The Veitis EV-Twin Is A Cool Electric Bobber"

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Looks lousy. Reminds me of all the negative comments about Honda Hurricane when it came out with fully enclosed plastic body and people saying how terrible that is from “traditional” looks. EV don’t have to suffer the legacy.

Ridiculous and completely unimpressive. Like all such vaporware projects, no mention of the battery capacity (only important detail, since it constrains everything else about the bike. A stronger motor doesn’t weigh appreciably more, a battery does, and takes up lots of space as well as making the bike top-heavy.) Range at a (likely 60mph) cruising speed is probably more like 40mi.
Makes much more sense to carry an e-bicycle on a yacht — S-Pedelec or throttle versions for getting around shore, or, if one wants a real motorcycle, just get a Zero. Most expensive S/DS is a third of the price of this, and has a 18kWh battery good for 100mi @ 70mph, or 130mi at a combined range… And a 45kW motor.

Although looks like a beautiful retro, that thing makes me afraid. As wavelet mentions, its CG seems to be really high. Why wouldn’t incorporate the motor/transmission into the rear wheel, get rid of the belt (prone to failure imho) and place the mass of the batteries low and center? That gas tank can house the charger and other electronics.. oh wait: am I describing a Zero?