There’s something special about a stripped-down, efficient motorcycle design that puts everything on display for you to see. Every single person who put work into that machine is clearly proud of the finished product—and they have such sights to show you. You might not previously have thought of BST when you thought of electric motorcycle manufacturers, but that’s all about to change thanks in large part to designer Pierre Terblanche.
BST did indeed make some trick 17-inch carbon fiber wheels for their brand new Hypertek electric bike, which you probably expected. The company also used its carbon fiber expertise in making the frame and front fork, which it describes as a “carbon fibre integrated structure with down tubes and triple clamps in one piece.”
Additionally, the Hypertek features a single front 330mm aluminum ceramic-infused ventilated disc brake, as well as a combination aluminum sprocket/disc brake (also aluminum ceramic-infused and ventilated) in the rear. It weighs 205kg (or 452 pounds), which is honestly a bit heavier than you might think, just looking at it.
Gallery: BST Hypertek
Now, for the really important stuff: The Hypertek is powered by a DHX Hawk water-cooled PMS motor that produces 80kW (or around 107hp) and 120Nm (or around 88.5 ft-lbs.) of torque. BST says it can do a DC/DC quick charge in just 30 minutes, and go 300km (186 miles) on a full charge. The seat height is adjustable, and can go from 790mm (just over 31”) to 820mm (just over 32”), which is a nice touch if your personal ergos fit within that range.
Instrumentation, BST says, is integrated into a heads-up display helmet manufactured by Cross of Japan. (Is it an X1? It sure looks like an X1. BST didn’t specify.)
Anyway, I’m sure this point will be divisive, as some riders would prefer to have a choice between more traditional on-bike instrumentation and HUD. Then again, if it isn’t divisive, is a bold design like this really doing its job?
One more thing people will likely be divided on: This electric bike has a clutch. It’s non-slipper and regenerative, and BST specifically states that riders can rev using this clutch. Importantly for every rider who enjoys fun, BST also mentions, “Burnouts and wheelies standard features with Wheelie & Traction Control.”
There’s also a built-in sound generator, cruise control, and hill stop for an added sense of all-mod-cons-ness. BST says that it will be producing this bike in limited numbers, but it doesn’t mention what those numbers will be. If you’re interested, you’re invited to contact them to find out more. There’s no pricing or availability information available at this time.