Black Tea Motorbikes, the German electric motorcycle manufacturer is now finally beginning its production of the first model, Bonfire. This off-road electric motorcycle combines the best of both worlds, the offroad capability of Enduros and convenience of scooters for commuting.
“We’ve been anxiously awaiting the production start of the Bonfire in Munich and we’re pleased to say we’re only about three months delayed from our initial production start in April. Due to the impact of corona we have experienced a lot of delays from suppliers and also price increases in raw materials. However, we are on track and we will now speed up production to send out all Indiegogo orders as soon as possible.” says Viktor Sommer CEO of Black Tea Motorbikes.
Sommer further adds: “Our ambition has been to create a motorbike that would serve as a powerful exploration tool but also as an everyday commuter without breaking the bank.Thanks to the high power density and state-of-the-art motor control, the Bonfire is the ultimate explorer motorcycle.”
“I am really impressed by my team who created a beautiful bike basically from scratch in less than a year. As well as making it street legal. TÜV Süd in Munich helped as a lot during the certification by criticising every detail of the bike. The result is a bike that convinces in design & performance. In a few weeks we will finalise the homologation documents before the Bonfire will be finally street legal. We expect to ship out the first bikes in August.” says Sommer.
The Bonfire has a top speed of 45 mph (75 km/h) which is restricted to 45 km/h in Europe to comply with regulations. It has a charging time of 3 hours and a WMTC tested range of 55 km per battery. The bike starts at 3.999 € and is street legal in USA & Europe. The Bonfire is available under www.blackteamotorbikes.com and has currently a delivery time of 5 months.
- Top Speed (USA): 45 mph
- Top Speed (EU): 45 km/h (restricted)
- Rated Power: 3 kW
- Peak Power: 5,4 kW
- Torque: 195 Nm
- Range (Sport Mode): 55 km (WMTC)
- Range (Normal mode): 65 km
- Range (Eco Mode): 75 km
- Charging: 80 % in 3 hours
- Capacity: 1.8 kWh
- Class: L1e (EU) & Motor driven cycle (USA)
- License: AM (EU) / M1 (USA)
- Batteries: Removable
No compromises: everything, from frame, to wheels, drivetrain & lights have been carefully sourced and assembled in Munich to create a bike that convinces through an agile, torquey and exciting experience is possible while maintaining its vintage charm. Our Motorcycles are designed to empower the Rider that is why they are made as simple as possible. Thereby reducing maintenance and allowing repairs without the need to visit any garage. The reduction in weight & the simple-to-use electric drivetrain make riding easier, more fun & more attractive for everyone with less experience. In addition, the silent characteristics makes it the perfect bike for exploration while respecting the surroundings – whether nature, animals or people nearby.
Innovative Battery Strategy
To further improve the performance of the motorcycles and enhance the usability across models, Black tea Motorbikes launched two innovative steps for the future product strategy:
- Dual Battery Drivetrain: Two batteries are used simultaneously to improve acceleration & top speed through a high voltage drivetrain while offering the convenience and safety of low voltage batteries.
- Uniform Battery System: All Electric Motorcycle Models are powered by the same battery. Newer Motorcycles can be used with older batteries & vice versa. This ensures that our Riders can benefit from the latest progress in technology.
About Black Tea Motorbikes
Black Tea Motorbikes was founded in 2020 by Viktor Sommer who set out to make a vintage inspired electric motorcycle. He started by transforming a vintage bike into an electric one. Quickly realizing that electric motorcycles with a vintage design bare a huge potential, he set out for a crowdfunding campaign. After raising over 600,000 €, the first product was developed: Bonfire. It is equipped with off-the-shelf parts to minimize development costs & time. Thereby offering an affordable but fun-to-ride motorcycle.
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