Electric motorcycles are gathering momentum, whether we like it or not. And customizers are slowly starting to discover the potential of e-bikes—which makes our job here way more interesting.
But there’s one shop we’d never have pegged as early adopters: Urban Motor of Berlin. Peter Dannenberg and his crew have made a name for themselves building classy petrol-driven machines, using old school techniques. So this battery-operated whippet based on the KTM Freeride E is a literal volte-face.
Peter refers to this project as a 180 degree turn for the shop. “As you know, we usually build ‘mechanical’ bikes,” he says, “and use ‘real’ materials, like metal and leather.”
“Our designs are made by hand, with a pen. 3D scanning, 3D design, 3D printing and synthetic materials…that’s almost revolutionary.”
So why the radical new approach?…