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The electric revolution is well and truly underway, and one of the most popular forms of electric transport is, of course, the electric bike.

Electric bikes, or e-bikes, offer a fast, environmentally-conscious, low-effort way to get around, whether that’s on an urban commute, a rugged mountain bike trail, a dirt track or even a race track.

While an electric bicycle is usually the first thing that comes to mind when e-bikes are mentioned, the motorised road bike is not the only form an e-bike can take.

There are e-MTBs, e-mopeds, e-motorcycles and even e-bicycles that look like motorcycles, which are a fun way to cruise with a bit of extra power and style.

On this page, we’ll explore all the different kinds of two-wheeled electric modes of transport on the market, from e-bikes to electric motorcycles to electric mopeds, and take a look at the top 7 e-bikes that look like motorcycles for those who want the best of both worlds.

Motorcycle-Style E-Bikes: Top 7

  1. Best known

    Super73 R-Series

    This offers a combination of the super-cool motorcycle looks and a street-legal electric bike.

  2. Packs a punch

    C3STROM Astro

    A motorcycle-style e-bike that really packs a punch with a top speed of 32mph.

  3. engwe m20 ebike in white background

    Budget pick

    Engwe M20

    By far the cheapest pick of the bunch – but still an amazing motorcycle-style e-bike.

  4. Old school

    Texolabs La Panthère E-Bike

    Combines pedal power with a fierce throttle that goes a decent distant on a single charge.

  5. E-bike for adrenaline junkies

    Vintage Electric Bikes Scrambler

    With a top speed of 40mph, the Vintage Electric Bikes Scrambler is an e-bike for adrenaline junkies.

  6. Unique looking e-bike

    Michael Blast Springer

    The Michael Blast Springer is a really unique-looking e-bike that’s great for cruising.

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Types of Electric “Bikes”

There is a wide range of different e-bikes available to suit any rider’s needs, whether they’re hopping on a bicycle to work, undertaking a mountainous cycling expedition, or spinning through the dirt on an off-road track.

Depending on the intended purpose of the e-bike, it will be designed with different levels and modes of power and different physical designs, components and functionalities.

The commuter e-bike is the most popular type because they’re suitable for a wide variety of uses from travel to leisure in urban settings. They tend to look like a regular road bike, just with added electric functionality, and while they have a motor assist to help the rider achieve higher speeds with ease, the speed of the bike is limited according to local speed laws for road use.

Off-road e-bikes and electric mountain bikes are growing in popularity as people begin to realise what a difference electric assist can make on tough and hilly terrain. There are also electric fat bikes, which have (you guessed it!) fatter tyres for a smoother, grippier ride.

On the more powerful end of the spectrum are electric mopeds and electric motorbikes which, like electric cars, are entirely powered by the motor instead of pedals. They offer low-noise, fume-free and smooth rides like no other, so it’s no surprise that some say they could be the future of motorbiking.

Let’s go into a little more detail about each of these types of electric bike.

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Electric Bicycle (AKA “E-Bike”)

The classic e-bike can come in many forms, from road bike to mountain bike, cargo bike to folding bike — and even electric bicycles that are designed to look like motorbikes.

As you pedal, an electric motor is activated which gives you a power boost, helping you to achieve higher speeds, tackle tough climbs, and carry heavy loads with less effort.

That said, it’s important to note that electric bikes come with speed limiters that cut out the motor when you hit a certain speed dictated by local speed limit laws.

In the UK, Europe and Australia, e-bikes are not allowed to go faster than 15.5mph on public roads. In the US, they can go up to 28mph depending on the class of e-bike.

However, this does not necessarily mean that getting an e-bike is not worth it when compared to a regular bike: you’d be surprised how much this motor assist can help, especially when it comes to avoiding arriving at work a sweaty, tired mess.

Another common concern surrounding e-bikes is that they are more likely to get stolen. While, of course, they are generally much more expensive than regular bikes, you absolutely can mitigate the risk of having your electric-bike by having a proper bike security system in place. It’s better to be safe than sorry, whether you have an expensive e-bike or a budget bicycle.

Electric Motorcycle

Thanks to the global push for green energy, electric motorcycles are now a popular high-power, high-speed and accessible mode of transport for those looking for a two-wheeled EV.

Unlike electric bikes, electric motorcycles are powered entirely by the motor (no pedalling required), and can reach much higher speeds — we’re talking in excess of 100mph. As such, you will need a valid motorcycle licence to ride an electric motorcycle, and details of the type of licence you need for different motorbikes in the UK can be found on the Government website here.

Electric motorcycles offer motorcyclists a quiet, low-emission, environmentally-sustainable way to enjoy their rides without compromising on the cool look of a traditional motorbike.

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Electric Moped

Electric mopeds are popular with commuter riders and those who frequently travel in urban areas thanks to their compact size and decent range.

As a general rule, electric mopeds are limited to a speed of 28mph and are powered between 1000W and 4000W, and can be ridden by anyone over 16 years of age who has passed a CBT course and has a category AM or P on their driving licence. This is the same as for 50cc petrol mopeds and scooters.

They cannot, however, be used on motorways, and are best suited to short zips around city roads.

E-Bike vs Electric Motorcycle vs Electric Moped [DIFFERENCES]

Electric BikeElectric MotorcycleElectric Moped
Pedal power and electric motorElectric motorElectric motor
Speed limited to 15.5mph in UKFast speedsLimited to 28mph
Road bike, folding bike, MTB and moreRange of motorbike designsCompact design for urban travel
Don’t need a licence to rideLicensing restrictions applyLicensing restrictions apply
Great for commuting and leisureGreat for longer distance travelGreat for short city rides

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Electric Bikes That Look Like Motorcycles [Top 7]

  1. Super73 R-Series [REVIEW]
  2. C3STROM Astro [REVIEW]
  3. Engwe M20 [REVIEW]
  4. Texolabs La Panthère E-Bike [REVIEW]
  5. Vintage Electric Bikes Scrambler [REVIEW]
  6. Michael Blast Springer [REVIEW]
  7. Serial 1 E-Bikes [REVIEW]

1. Super73 R-Series

  • UK Flag £4,599
  • US Flag $3,695
  • EU Flag €4,599

Prices are approximate

Motor: 250W
Throttle: No
Weight: 36.3 kg
Range: 120 km
Wheel Size: 20″
Gears: 8-Speed

Street-legal per European regulations

Stable on and off road riding

Adjustable full suspension

 

The Super73 R-Series offers a combination of super-cool motorcycle looks and a street-legal electric bike riding experience.

It has adjustable full suspension and four ride modes so you can customise your ride to your terrain. All of the Super73 models come street-legal per European regulations, so they don’t require a driver’s licence or registration, but this does mean that the speed is limited to 25 km/h with a continuous rated power of 250-watt motor.

The four ride modes incorporate a ‘default mode’ which is street legal for all European countries as well as modes which allow pedal-assist at higher speeds which are strictly for use on private land.

A stylish low-rise handlebar adds to the motorbike look, as do the GRZLY tyres which are made through a blend of motorcycle and bicycle tyre methods. These tyres’ proprietary SUPER73 tread pattern improves traction, reduces road noise and increases stability both on-road and off-road.

The bike is designed to be fully customisable when it comes to accessories and apparel, so you can carry cargo your way with ease.

Plus, the battery is removable so you can recharge it wherever you like, and the RX model has an estimated 64-120+km of range depending on the pedal assist mode.

Pros

  • Cool-looking e-bike
  • Fully customisable accessories
  • Stable to ride

Cons

  • Expensive


2. C3STROM Astro

  • UK Flag £2,499
  • US Flag $4,150
  • EU Flag €2,499

Prices are approximate

Motor: 750W
Throttle Yes
Weight: 42.6 kg
Range: 80 km
Wheel Size:
 20”
Gears: 
8-Speed

Top speed of 32mph in off-road mode

Puncture resistant tyres

Easy switch between ride modes

With top speeds of up to 32mph in off-road mode, the C3STROM Astro is a motorcycle-style e-bike that really packs a punch.

Its 4-piston hydraulic brakes are reliable whether you’re riding on-road or off-road, and the Lux headlight system means you can ride whenever, wherever.

The puncture resistant tyres are thick and sturdy, and the half-twist throttle gives you the motorcycle experience while still having all the fun of pedal power.

With a max range of 50 miles on a single charge thanks to the large 780WH lithium-ion battery, you can trust this bike to take you on an adventure — and you can get a full charge in 4-5 hours, so you’re ready to go again in no time.

The extra-long silicone-filled saddle reduces vibration for a smooth ride, so despite the hefty 750W motor, you’ll be as comfortable as can be.

Plus, you can switch between the multi-class ride modes with ease, so whether you’re going on an off-road adventure or trying to get from A to B on tarmac, you can legally ride without a licence, insurance or registration by selecting the appropriate speed limiter.

Pros

  • Sturdy and reliable
  • Offers smooth rides
  • 50 miles max range in single charge

Cons

  • 4-6 hours charge time


3. Engwe M20

engwe m20 e-bike
engwe m20 colours
  • UK Flag £1,199
  • US Flag $1,699
  • EU Flag €1,299

Prices are approximate

Motor: 1000W
Throttle: Yes
Weight: 34.8 kg
Range: 75km (47 miles)
Wheel Size:
 20”
Gears: 7
-Speed

Incredible value for money

Chunky eye-castching design

3 colour options

If you’re looking for a motorcycle-style electric bike, the Engwe M20 offers the best value for money by a mile.

Engwe are a great place to find affordable e-bikes and the M20 is one such example.

This fat-tire e-bike has built-in lights, throttle and splashguards. It’s nippy too and quickly reaches its top speed.  The battery can easily be removed for charging indoors.

 

Pros

  • Amazing value
  • Sturdy and reliable
  • Offers smooth rides
  • Very good range

Cons

  • Heavy


4. Texolabs La Panthère E-Bike

  • UK Flag £2,650
  • US Flag $4,150
  • EU Flag €2,650

Prices are approximate

Motor: 250W
Throttle Optional
Weight: 36.0 kg
Range: 40km
Wheel Size:
 26”
Gears: 
8-Speed

Road legal with speed  up to 15.5pmh

40km on single charge range

Comes with a throttle you can install

As e-bikes that look like motorbikes go, this really is a beauty.

A sleek black frame is complemented by tan leather grips and saddle, and its large wheels and frame size make it an imposing but beautiful vehicle.

Plus, the Texolabs La Panthère E-Bike combines pedal power with a fierce throttle for a fun combination of e-bike and electric motorbike.

The 250W motor will get you up to speeds of 15.5mph with the speed limiter in place, making it road legal. A throttle is included but not installed, so you can add it for off-road use if you choose.

With a range of around 40km on a single charge, you can go a decent distance without worrying about your battery, and you can increase the battery power at an extra charge when purchasing the e-bike. It also charges in 4-6 hours, so you won’t have to wait long for your next ride.

Pros

  • Wide range on a single charge
  • Beautiful made
  • Comes with a throttle

Cons

  • 4-6 hours charge time


5. Vintage Electric Bikes Scrambler

  • UK Flag £5,823
  • US Flag $6,995
  • EU Flag €6,620

Prices are approximate

Motor: 750W
Throttle Yes
Weight: 39.0 kg
Range: 120km
Wheel Size:
 26”
Gears: 
1-Speed

Top speed of 40mph

Powerful hydraulic brakes

Impressive and sleek-looking

This is one for the adrenaline junkies, for sure.

With a top speed of 40mph, a 750 watt motor that can deliver up to 4,000 watts in race mode, powerful hydraulic disc brakes and a thumb throttle included, the Vintage Electric Bikes Scrambler is a force to be reckoned with.

Five power modes are available depending on your needs, and the bike can tackle 15 to 20% grade hulls with ease. Plus, with up to 75 miles of range, the adventure can go on and on — and it can get a full charge in just 3.5 hours. However, the battery is not removable, so you need to be somewhere you can physically plug the bike in.

The satin black hydroformed aluminium frame is sleek and imposing, and the fork has 60mm of travel for a smooth ride. This is a really impressive looking bike, and whether you’re on gravel roads or tarmac, it’s designed with performance and fun in mind.

Pros

  • Quick charge at 3.5 hours
  • Smooth ride on road and gravel
  • Removable battery

Cons

  • Very expensive


6. Michael Blast Springer

  • US Flag $3,299

Prices are approximate

Motor: 500W
Throttle No
Weight: 28.0 kg
Range: 80km
Wheel Size:
 26”
Gears: 
7-Speed

Top speed of 22mph

With motor assist

Solid and stable ride on hill or pavement

The Michael Blast Springer is a really unique looking e-bike, designed in the boardtracker style with none of the noise or hassle of a vintage bike.

With a top speed of 22mph it’s great for cruising, and an 80km range means you can go on some fantastic long rides. The e-bike combines a Shimano Altus 7-speed and a 5-speed motor assist drivetrain, and the 5-speed backlit LED display gives you full control over your ride.

It feels like a motorcycle thanks to its size and weight, but can still comfortably be taken on paved roads and trails. The 500W motor makes tackling hills a breeze, but even at high speeds on flat terrain it’s solid and stable thanks to its aluminium frame and hydraulic brakes.

With three frame colours to choose from — black, red or blue — you can choose the look that suits you best, but whatever you choose, you’re sure to attract attention with this quirky but fantastic-looking bike.

Pros

  • Unique-looking
  • Solid and stable
  • Offers a quiet ride

Cons

  • Only available in North America


7. Serial 1 E-Bikes

  • UK Flag £5,000
  • US Flag $5,000
  • EU Flag €5,000

Prices are approximate

Motor: 250W
Throttle No
Weight: 27 kg
Range: 170 km
Wheel Size:
 27.5”
Gears: 
1-Speed

Wide range of choices in this series

Can be a lifelong investment

Okay, the Serial-1 e-bikes don’t particularly look like motorbikes. However, because they are made by the one and only Harley-Davidson, we’d really be remiss to mention them in this motorcycle-themed e-bike article.

The Serial-1 range consists of four bikes: the MOSH/TRIBUTE, RUSH/CTY, RUSH/CTY STEP THRU, and the MOSH/CTY. They start at €3999 for the entry-level model, MOSH/CTY, and go up to €6300 for the top-of-the-range MOSH/TRIBUTE, which might seem very expensive, but they’re designed to be a lifelong investment.

Each bike offers something different, and we go fully into the details here. All four of the bikes are packing a Brose S Mag motor, a max assistance speed of 25 km/h, and 90Nm of torque.

The two MOSH bikes have a single-speed, freewheel drivetrain, while the two RUSH bikes have the Enviolo AUTOMATiQ CVT drivetrain. The battery sizes vary too, but the series has a really impressive range of up to 170km depending on model and usage.

To top it off, they’re beautiful looking e-bikes — but what else would you expect from Harley-Davidson?

Pros

  • Sleek-looking

Cons

  • Expensive


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