Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer RGNT Motorcycles have combined forces with German customized bike builders Crooked Motorcycles. The outcome? The Crooked E-Type: an ultra-stylish, minimalist, and all-electric personalized motorbike. This vehicle will be revealed at the Bike Shed London Show this weekend and is now ready for serial production in the Crooked workshop near Munich.
Dominikus Braun, CEO and Creator of Crooked Motorcycles: “At Crooked, we’d been thinking about a project in the EV field for a while. But we wanted to collaborate with a high-quality partner who shared our outlook on custom design and style. After meeting RGNT at Intermot last October, we were immediately taken by the classic look and uncomplicated structure of their bikes. We had some talks with their team and then quickly decided to join forces to create our first EV project.”
Dominikus Braun and his team had taken a RGNT No. 1 Scrambler SE donor bike and worked to adjust it to follow the design principle behind their successful Crooked XS400-series; that is, ‘Simplicity is the key to brilliance.’ Because of this, they strove to make the frame look open and reduce both the size of its electrical modules – which were stowed away in the triangle frame – and the very large original dashboard. To do so, they redesigned the subframe on CAD for easier duplication and placed the converter unit inside the seat. Additionally, a cable duct was CAD-designed inside the frame triangle for cable protection. The rear was raised by three centimeters and reinforced with new YSS springs, also covered with 3D-printed fork covers. Blacked out rims with Continental TKC 80 tires, a minimalistic Bates-style LED headlight with Motogadget blaze turn signals, and an LED brake/rear light from Supernova completed the build.
Gideon Schipaanboord, Head of Marketing at RGNT, praised the work of Dominikus and his team at Crooked ahead of showcasing their first electric custom at the Bike Shed London Show this weekend. It was a remarkable feat to have completed it in only six weeks, but they worked diligently around the clock to make it happen. They are now also proud to announce that their standard bikes can be purchased in the UK. Not only will these bikes be present at the show, but Crooked will also offer them through their website for customers across the UK and Europe.
Europe’s premier independent motorcycle show at the historic Tobacco Docks, takes place on the last weekend in May. It celebrates the creativity and craftsmanship of custom bike culture and features over 300 unique motorcycles from all around the world as well as live music, art, photography, hand-made accessories, brands, retailers and exhibitors.