AP Works, a German Airbus subsidiary, has come out with the first 3D-printed, small, electric motorcycle. The name of the model is the Light Rider.
Many people would refer to it as a “motorized bicycle,” as it certainly looks like. That being said, the early, pre-1910 motorcycle manufacturers took bicycles and added engines to them. Unlike these early-era “motorcycles,” the Light Rider doesn’t have pedals, so I’ll opt to use the classification of a “motorcycle.”
The hollow exoskeleton frame is based on natural structures and growth patterns. The frame is made Scalmalloy, which is a corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy and is touted as stronger than titanium. These two items make the frame very light at around 13 pounds. The motorcycle’s total weight is 77 pounds.
AP Works used a six kilowatt electric motor. With the motorcycle being so light, this engine enables the motorcycle to run at a top speed of 50 mph.
The 3D motorcycles are in production batches of 50. The price is $56,000, which is high, but “firsts” are often expensive. Let us know what you think on social media.