Bringing To Market 2 Retro Style Motorized Bicycles

lm01lm02lm03On July 17th, I reported on the winners of the Motorized Bicycle Challenge, an event organized by Local Motors, a crowd funding operation whose commitment is to “Empower A World Of Vehicle Innovations.”

First place winner was Ianis Vasilatos from Romania with a beautiful retro innovation design concept pairing classic components with modern technology and contemporary design elements.

Ianis Vasilatos, a production manager at the Queen Marry Theatre in Oradea, Romania by day and a talented and passionate vehicle designer by night, already received a $2,000 cash prize from Local Motors for his winning.

localmotors1This fall, Local Motors went through prototype development at LM Labs in Phoenix from which beta products were debuted at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Due to spectacular reception, now is the time to bring this concept to market in 2 versions, gas-powered and electric. The electric version has a rear hub motor with regenerative brakes, and can travel 20+ miles on one battery set, and up to 40 miles with a secondary battery. The gas-powered Cruiser is projected to run for up to 70 miles on a single tank of gas and, on average, will get up to 150 mpg.

Local Motors is launching a CrowdFunding Campaign to raise $50,000 and to which you are invited to participate by going to Fund The Cruiser. Below, a video introduction to this operation.

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8 Responses to “Bringing To Market 2 Retro Style Motorized Bicycles”


  1. 1 Kirk Perry Dec 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Wow, the project has come a long way – from the wheel hubs and a seat you had six-months ago. Way to go! 🙂

  2. 2 Mr Dick Dec 5th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    WTF?????

  3. 3 Kirk Perry Dec 5th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    The electric bicycles are running rampant around our neighborhood. I saw a kid coming home from school, riding up Westlake, towards the top of the road where it meets Requeza, and the kid was making that steep uphill turn, with one hand on the handlebars (not EVEN leaning over them) smiling. Effortless.
    I looked back at him climbing the hill and he wasn’t even pedaling. The motor was so small and painted black like the bike, that it was hardly noticeable. Looked like less of a motor you’d see on a standard French Simplex mobilete.
    Made no sound either.

  4. 4 Will Dec 5th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Yeah, good looking …. I’d have one to hang on the workshop wall!

  5. 5 Dave Blevins Dec 5th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    At the risk of sounding rude, that is a very very very unattractive vehicle.

  6. 6 Kirk Perry Dec 5th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    This evening parked at a light on El Camino Real, I saw a northbound electric bike pulling a pvc-pipe constructed trailer on the sidewalk, that looked like a rolling clothes rack. The wheels were s/s/, 12″ beach cruiser knobbies. There was a fabric sign between the uprights that read… “Sid’s Sub-Longs”. The kid/adult riding the bike was wearing a black hoodie, and over his face he had a black “head-burkha” that was like a barely see-through veil.

    And, the rider was traveling at a creep… on the sidewalk. No faster than someone who might be walking ahead of him. He “blended” – and he got his message across for the cost of his time and a battery charge.
    If we got some snow here, they wouldn’t be getting away with this kind of stuff.

  7. 7 hk Dec 5th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    those are both badass i want the leather strapped tank one.so cool !

  8. 8 nicker Dec 5th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Hook a Brigs & Stratten on it and you’ll have my attention.

    -nicker-

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