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.

crossbow

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.

15 Comments

  • Reply February 28, 2012

    bull

    Quit calling it a motorcycle!!

    • Reply February 28, 2012

      pdxpete

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

      • Reply February 29, 2012

        Jaredcompton

        Podcycle  –  cycloudome

        • Reply February 29, 2012

          Jaredcompton

          MC O U DO ME
          MY HONDOME  EE

          It needs a little more head room
          and lean room.

      • Reply March 5, 2012

        Robert Cobb

        Cycletron

      • Reply March 5, 2012

        Robert Cobb

        Cycletron Xe

    • Reply February 29, 2012

      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!

  • Reply February 28, 2012

    Wally Hyatt Namer

    emolePod

    e lectronic  mo torcycle  Pod (Personal Onroad Device) 

  • Reply February 28, 2012

    Wally Hyatt Namer

    funBubble

  • Reply February 28, 2012

    Wilkimoto

    How do I do handlebar wheelies now?

  • Reply February 29, 2012

    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.

  • Reply February 29, 2012

    chris

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

  • Reply February 29, 2012

    Yiddish

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

  • Reply March 4, 2012

    adamator

    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.

  • Reply April 20, 2012

    Bubba

    nice coffin……

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