Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Sarolea Motorcycles Electric Dreams For 2014 TT
Have you heard of legendary Belgian motorcycle manufacturer Sarolea? Well, Sarolea was the first Belgian producer of motorcycles and one of the first producers of motorcycles in the world. This Belgian company was established in 1850 as a weapons factory by Joseph Saroléa. Now it is planning its electric comeback plans with this ‘SP7’ motorcycle which is an electric carbon-fiber bike that will soon take to the Isle of Man where it will battle the best battery bikes at the 2014 TT Zero trophy. It will also relaunch a Belgian brand that had an eight-decade record of producing motorcycles and then it has been dormant for the past 50 years.
While most electric bike manufacturers are opting for futuristic designs, Sarolea went back to the yesteryear looks, and the result is a carbon-fiber electric café-racer. The monotube frame is hewn from carbon fiber, as is the unpainted skin, fairing, and swing arm. All the major components, including a battery pack of unspecified energy capacity, are liquid cooled. The motor is a super-efficient axial flux design, said to be good for 130 kW with 400 of torque ready to erupt from the first twist of the wrist, there’s enough mojo to move the 200-kilogram machine from a standstill to 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.8 seconds on its way to its top speed of 250km/h.