What do you get when you mix an electric bicycle (e-bike) and American Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erik Buell? The new FUELL Fluid e-bike, which CleanTechnica will soon test ride for you.
The FUELL Fluid e-bike is the brainchild of legendary motorcycle engineer Erik Buell. And if you know what Buell has done in the past for motorcycles, then the idea of a Buell e-bike is enough for you to sit up in anticipation of riding it.
Buell was inducted in the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame in 2002 after 40 years of engineering. After that, he founded well-known motorcycle racing company Buell Motorcycle, which eventually merged with Harley-Davidson.
The FUELL Fluid E-Bike, Technically
The FUELL Fluid can deliver up to 125 miles of range with its mid-drive Bofeili 500W pedal-assisted motor. The setup gives us 100 Nm of torque, enough for spirited acceleration. The e-bike rests on a custom aluminum alloy frame with two battery slots. The extra battery allows for a full capacity of 1,008 Wh.
The FUELL Fluid sports a Gates Carbon Drive belt system and Shimano Alfine 8-speed Geared Hub. According to the company, this should make the FUELL Fluid virtually maintenance-free with its adjustable suspension and hydraulic brakes. Charging 80% of the battery takes around 2.5 hours, while a full charge take ~5 hours. The Fluids 504 Wh batteries are removable and can be, theoretically, upgradeable depending on battery technology evolution.
Riding dynamics are displayed on the handlebars with a 3.2 IPS color screen showing speed, distance traveled, battery level, and 5 configurable motor-assist settings.
At the moment, the FUELL Fluid E-Bike is starting its crowdfunding phase and hopes to reach the production stage with an estimated shipping date scheduled for September of 2019. Yes, that’s this year. If you hurry up, you can get a 21% off special promotion.
It’s going to be hard waiting another few days before we hop on this bike, but the idea that Erik Buell worked his sorcerer’s magic on the electric bicycle makes me feel that I’m in for a great surprise. Until then, we’ll wait for our turn to test ride this stunning-looking bike. Until then, can see my review of the Greyp G6 here.