Russian arms producer Kalashnikov, the company behind the famous AK47 assault rifle have started making electric motorcycles.
Kalashnikov revealed two new electric motorcycles which are both offering rugged all-terrain capabilities with their trail bike inspired looks and characteristics.
The UM-1 and SM-1 both come complete with knobbly tyres and long-travel suspension, as well as bash plates and smatterings of crash protection, implying they are intended to be used off road.
There is still limited information about the two all-terrain motorcycles. However, the civilian-market-inspired UM-1, or Urban Moto, is said to capable of speeds of up to 100km/h (around 62mph), producing 15kw of power with a range of 150 kilometres. The bike also uses a chain drive and is said to weigh between 165kg and 245kg.
Meanwhile the SM-1, which has a military looking design is said to be capable of top speeds of over 90km/h with a battery life of 150km according the firm.
Using a brushless DC motor with water cooling, there is also a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, hydraulic shock and upside down forks.
Details about the production dates are still not yet confirmed though, we yet to see if the two bikes are as tough as the world’s famous AK.
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