Italian startup Scarponi unveils its new electric Mini-Bike urban models.
Scarponi Motorcycles had been teasing its entry into the market for some time now, as the new Italian startup had eyes set on the growing segment. A trio of mini-bikes have been unveiled by the company after months of R&D: a fun spin on the mini-bike scene.
Scarponi is offering their bikes directly on Indiegogo, and we gathered all the details for you on this potential competition for light mini-bikes we will cover hare below.
Scarponi’s V.S.S, or Virtual Switch System, will be standard on all three bikes. The company claims that it is an energy-regeneration system that uses the electric motor of the bike as a generator and battery charger while simultaneously running the motorcycle. It also allows the rider to decide exactly how much energy can run through the battery. Furthermore, the V.S.S offers more efficient performance, as well as a more engaging riding experience, as the rider can effectively shift gears.
Scarponi’s model range consists of three bikes: the SP-Rinascita, SC-Density, and the CR-Gravity. All carry the same specifications, with somewhat different variations in style.
The SP-Rinascita is the more sportive looking model, with nice clean lines and body. The look you would see on a standard naked bike, but minimized and scaled down. It still has all the distinct traditional features, and it doesn’t try to break out of tradition, as the company describes: “inspired by the tradition of Italian motorbikes, with the aim of guiding towards the transition to electric propulsion while leaving unchanged the typical emotions and sensations of traditional two-wheelers.” €2,950 EUR
Quite like the SP-Rinascita, this is a slick looking bike, that wants to be the mini sized “urba scrambler”. It has some hints to the modern-day scrambler, but still isn’t far off the original design. Mostly a different seat style. €3,500
Last but not least, Scarponi’s take on the retro-styled bike is the CR-Gravity. It has a shorter tail, and finished in a retro looking seat, and some addition to the rear swingarm to give it more style. €3,500
The Brushless electric motors in all three bikes produce 11kW of peak power – which is around 15 horsepower – and continuous power of 5kW, or 6.7 horsepower, making it an ideal companion for a city ride. Scarponi claims the bikes can reach a top speed of 60 miles per hour, and a decent range of 60 miles, all from its 3.6kWh (72V, 50AH) lithium-ion battery pack.