Bicycles Local Motors Latest Crowd Sourced Project: the Cruiser Moped

Published on January 4th, 2014 | by Jo Borras

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Local Motors Latest Crowd Sourced Project: the Cruiser Moped

Local Motors Moped

We’ve covered a number of Kickstarter hopefuls looking to launch their company through crowdsourcing the funding they need to produce their vision for the next craze in women’s cycling underwear or to introduce a dirt bike aesthetic to urban moped commuters. We talked about Local Motors’ first commercial product, the Rally Fighter off-road sportscar, back in 2010. Since then, the company has looked to its crowd of design-fan followers for its next big idea. It wasn’t the Dominos Pizza Ultimate Delivery Vehicle that got the nod, however, it was the Cruiser moped shown here.

In its gas-powered form (shown), the Cruiser uses a 50 cc Honda motor and a 0.6 gallon tank to achieve a governed top speed of 34 MPH and a theoretical range of about 70 miles. That’s just over 115 MPG to you and me! In addition, the Cruiser is also being offered as an electric bicycle with a brushless electric drive system that’s good for 27 MPH over 20 miles of range.

You can see Jay Rogers, Local Motors’ CEO, introduce the board track inspired Cruiser designed by Ianis Vasilatos in the video, below- but if you want to skip ahead to the good part: the Local Motors Cruiser moped project has already met and exceeded the company’s $50,000 goal, and is set to deliver its first 13 functional mopeds to eager customers by April 2014.

 

Source | Images: Local Motors, via Asphalt and Rubber.




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  • Jason Carpp

    Sweet looking moped. It looks similar to what motorcycles looked like 90 yrs. ago.

    • http://www.insteading.com/ Jo Borras

      That seems to be the hot trend in bikes these days. Next up: 1970’s flat-trackers!

      • Jason Carpp

        Why not? You’ve got to start somewhere. :)

  • ScrewBot

    If it has a motor, whether gasoline or electric, it’s a motor-bike – don’t put unnecessary pedals on it.
    If it has pedals – don’t ruin it by adding a motor.
    Pedalmotor hybrids are not created because they are good engineering.
    They are made to avoid having to have a licence or registration – they are just exploiting a legal loop hole.

    • Phoghat

      Unfortunately, due to some local laws, the pedals are a necessary evil

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