‘Thrilling’ Aprilia’s ELECTRICa Project Makes Zero Emissions Motorcycles Fun Again
When someone is right, it’s very hard to argue. Case in point, legendary motorcycle producer Aprilia, which recently released the following statement: “The thrilling riding experience that only a bike can provide cannot be virtually replaced or reproduced.” That statement was made in relation to their new project ELECTRICa, which according to the company “represents Aprilia’s vision of mobility for the youngest riders of the near future.”
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The release went on to explain, “The ELECTRICa Project is a new concept—a lightweight, zero emissions bike with a fun and satisfying ride to provide maximum freedom and riding pleasure even for use in the cities of the future: the fun and freedom of riding will, therefore, not be lacking and they will always be the cardinal principle at the base of all vehicles built by Aprilia.”
The futuristic bike is being marketed directly to the next generation of urban riders. The bike is meant to be a fun commuter, and its low seat height makes it approachable enough that you can just see yourself riding the bike even if you’re dressed in professional attire ahead of that meeting you’re trying to get to. That’s not to say that the bike doesn’t have an aggressive look. The bike’s design factors in many of the characteristics most often associated with adventure bikes. Of course, this is an electric motorcycle so some concessions had to be made.
Rather than the gas tank taking up the centre of the bike, you’ll find the battery, which powers the motor. Unlike most electric motorcycles, however, the Electrica uses a chain rather than a belt or direct drive. The bike also comes with keyless activation, LCD instrumentation, and electronic rider aids. The wheels are six-arm Phonics and the body is made of a lightweight forged carbon fibre. And to finish off the sport bike look, the bike has a specially tuned mono-shock as well as an inverted fork.
There’s no word on Aprilia will be making the Electrica available, but they have said that one of the driving forces behind the motorcycle is to make it affordable, which makes sense given that they are marketing to a younger demographic that may not be able to afford a big ticket item just yet.