E-Motorcycle With A Module: No Wind, No Helmet

To make a splash in the electric motorcycle market these days, you have to do more than strap a battery pack under the seat. Because of the rapid advances in design and performance, these days a designer has to think out of the box. Or, in the case of British based design firm Phil Pauley, you have to climb into the box and figure out just how to rethink the entire concept of a motorcycle.

According to a report on Inhabitat, Phil Pauly’s new electric motorbike concept, the Crossbow, is an extreme all-weather electric motorcycle that features a canopy cover that shields the rider from the elements and offers another level of safety for motorcyclists. According to the company, Crossbow riders don’t even need to wear a helmet.


image via Phil Pauley

The gracefully designed automatic canopy has been styled around the riding position allowing the riders legs to keep stability and full control at low speeds. With the aerodynamic aid of the canopy, the Crossbow also is is designed for high-speed cruising and the racetrack.

Since the canopy offers protection from the elements, the Crossbow allows motorcyclists to in a much larger range of weather conditions thanks to unheard of motorcycle luxuries like a windshield wiper and (gasp!) a heater.


Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

    • bull

      Quit calling it a motorcycle!!

      • pdxpete

        What should we call it?
        (Pete Danko, EarthTechling)

        • Jaredcompton

          Podcycle  –  cycloudome

          • Jaredcompton

            MC O U DO ME
            MY HONDOME  EE

            It needs a little more head room
            and lean room.

        • Robert Cobb


        • Robert Cobb

          Cycletron Xe

      • Johnnie Little

         A motorcycle (also called a motorbike, bike, or cycle) is a single-track,[1] two-wheeled[2] motor vehicle. Motorcycles vary considerably depending on the task for which they are designed, such as long distance travel, navigating congested urban traffic, cruising, sport and racing, or off-road conditions. 

        It’s still a motorcycle!

    • emolePod

      e lectronic  mo torcycle  Pod (Personal Onroad Device) 

    • funBubble

    • Wilkimoto

      How do I do handlebar wheelies now?

    • Redrider260

      No wind, why ride, If I wanted to be in a cage I’d drive the car.

      Electric is a great idea but forget the bubble.

      Come to Indiana, we still have freedom here, no helmet required.

    • chris

      Looks like it’ll be lucky to have a turning radius less than 60 feet.

    • Yiddish

      If they travel in this kind of bike means how they will breathe?

    • Wow, very tron… Awesome.  But don’t know how much I’d like to be behind a windshield.. whole point of riding is that you’re in the elements, not stuck behind glass like you’re still in the office.

    • Bubba

      nice coffin……