You see, I really only cared about how motorcycles look, it didn't matter to me if they ran on oil, steam or even bubbles! That being said however, I'm a massive lover of electric bicycles - even though I've only ridden them five times. #HookedFromTheStart Because quite frankly and no offence, they give the almost ‘exactly’ same experience as a motorcycle; albeit less vibration and audible noise.
All these things brought me to a strangely legitimate conclusion, that there had to be a hybrid between the two; that there would be a sub-genre of electric bicycles with the styling from 'cruiser' motorcycles. (See the Harley Davidson ones), And so began my two years of debating with tutors about this coming electric bicycle/moped subgroup.
My tutors said I was dreaming and that bicycles could never equal the speeds of motorcycles, at least the modern ones that is. However the ones back in the 1920-50’s, funnily enough, were very content with the speeds of 20-50mph for commuting, which sounds reasonable doesn't it? Skip forward three years later and many electric motor kits have come onto the market and ironically, can maintain these speeds.
So anyway, I ended up starting and maintaining the first ever comprehensive community and visual design database for this subject on a Facebook page called, 'electric cruiser bicycles’. In doing so, I gathered multiple one-off custom builds and companies that currently or have previous designed electric cruiser bicycles either by accident/sub-consciously or otherwise intentionally.
By doing this, I and many others/fans of ebikes found there were, in fact, hundreds of designs, some better than others true, but still that other cultures/countries and companies were oblivious to each others existence. It made them aware, that not only did they have competition, but that frame designs thought impossible, in actuality are very possible, but also that future electric motorcycles could indeed be the current ebikes of today! (see Italjet, Oto Cycles, Power bikes.De, Dusenspeed and Vintage ebikes) Either way, this subgenre holds much promise.
- Jaimes Lewis Moran, Founder of electric cruiser bicycles