Braaap MotoE: economical electric motorcycles hit the US market

Braaap Motorcycles in Australia might have a solution here in the US for anyone feeling out of the electric motorcycle market.

Owning an electric motorcycle is a great way to get around town with a much smaller environmental footprint. But for many, the cost of buying an EV is prohibitive. So far. The Braaap MotoE starts at $5,148.

Australian motorcycle company, Braaap – pronounced the way some motorcycles sound when they turn – has been designing and developing world-class bikes in Australia since 2005. Its inventory includes dirt bikes, sport bikes, economical, low-displacement cruisers and cafe racers. .

Braaap already has over 10,000 bikes on the road. Now the independent manufacturer is coming to the United States. It recently received stock for its line of electric motorcycles at its Michigan warehouse.

Braaap MotoE: Keeping Prices Low

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Whatever your reason consider an electric motorcycleBraaap thinks its MotoE range will offer better value than others internal combustion equivalents.

Brad Smith, founder and director of Braaap Motorcycles, explains: “Most people don’t have the price of the e-bike option right now. That’s really what we want to change.

Braaap’s sales focus is e-commerce and direct-to-consumer sales as much as possible. When it started in Australia, Braaap had five dealerships and sold through an additional 50 dealerships.

“That’s a lot of layers,” Smith says. “By stripping away the layers, such as franchise agreements, distribution agreements, and wholesale agreements, we can build a better quality bike.”

Affordable, but not cheap and nasty

Brad Smith, founder of Braaap Electric Motorcycles
Braaap Motorcycles founder Brad Smith with the new MotoE electric motorcycle; (photo/Jay Town)

Design and R&D work is carried out in Australia in partnership with Chinese manufacturing plants. “When we create a new model, we often try to build on something that [Chinese] the factory has a base for, and then make changes to make it ours,” Smith said. “We are not trying to be You’re here. We are not trying to win Moto GP. We try to make the bike at the best value for money.

Smith went on to say, “You’re going to get a bike that can do more than the speed limit, and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.”

Braaap MotoE Lifetime Warranty

What is it, you say? A lifetime warranty? “We have offered a lifetime warranty on Braaap bikes for over 10 years now. It’s not too good to be true. It’s a real win-win,” Smith said.

He explained that this is an opt-in guarantee that lasts for the duration of your service plan. In other words, you need to maintain your bike. “We even let you maintain it yourself now,” Smith said. However, you must join Braaap’s self-service program.

Lifetime warranty is available for an affordable one-time fee of $250, but does not transfer to the second owner. The self-service program also requires a regular membership fee.

What about maintenance?

Braaap Electric Motorcycles
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Braaap’s MotoE range can be serviced at any qualified motorcycle service center. Service interval is every 2,500 miles. That said, the maintenance of an electric bike is very different from that of a traditional motorized bicycle.

Oil changes, oil filters, air filters, spark plugs, coolant and chain adjustments are not necessary on an e-bike. This should significantly reduce the cost of maintenance.

“All the stuff that takes up your traditional serving time isn’t there,” Smith said.

However, you will need to have the following items checked:

  • Accelerator Operation
  • Lights
  • brake pads
  • Cables and pipes
  • brake light switch
  • Lens of headlights
  • Suspension
  • Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners
  • Wheels and tires
  • Steering head bearings
  • Battery health (via a Bluetooth battery management system app)

Braaap MotoE: features and technology

For an electric motorcycle at this price, you can easily imagine that there are few or no features included. But that’s not the case with Braaap’s MotoE range. Some of the surprising features include:

  • Reverse
  • keyless ride
  • Possibility to start the bike with your key ring
  • bluetooth speaker
  • Alarm
  • Driving modes

The riding modes come in the form of a 1/2/3 power select switch that allows the rider to choose the power output of the bike. The lowest setting, 1, will conserve the bike’s load and therefore increase the bike’s range. This selection will also limit the maximum speed.

The reverse is true when selecting Mode 3. With this power option the MotoE will accelerate faster and the top speed will become higher.

Doing wheel skids and wheel stands from a standing start could also quickly drain the battery. So, Braaap has included a soft launch feature that will allow you to get ahead of traffic at lights without draining your battery as quickly.

Range, load and more details

Braaap Motorcycle Dashboard
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Let’s face it, Braaap MotoE customers aren’t the ones who want ride across the country. People who commute to work and go out for coffee on the weekends will get the most out of these bikes. The range will depend on how you ride the bike, but if your round trip distance is less than 60 miles, you’ll be fine.

Charging any of the three MotoE bikes will take 4-6 hours through a standard wall outlet with the charger that comes with the bikes. A potential downside is that while a set of fast chargers is available as an option for $900, its use is currently out of warranty, should anything go wrong.

Further tests on the adapter still need to be done. So, in the meantime, charging is limited to a standard wall outlet, if you don’t want to risk the warranty. Smith says the fast-charging adapter “will be available as a normal warranty product for US$350 by spring in the US”

Braaap’s current MotoE range

The main difference between each of the three MotoE motorcycles is their battery size. There’s actually very little difference between the 8,000W MotoEv8 and 10,000W MotoEv10 versions, although you might be able to get a few extra miles on the larger battery.

The 5,000W MotoEv5 features a CBS braking system, as opposed to ABS in the larger battery models. The MotoEv5 also doesn’t share the same inverted forks as the MotoEv8 and MotoEv10 models.

MotoE model Engine Battery Top speed Interval lester Seat height Wheelbase Brakes Forks
MotoEv5 5000W 72v60Ah lithium battery 65mph 50-75km. 515 pounds. 305 in. 561 in. SCS Non-adjustable conventional forks
MotoEv8 8000W 72v100Ah lithium battery 68-80mph 50-75km. 523 pounds. 305 in. 561 in. abs Upside down adjustable front forks
MotoEv10 10,000W 72v108Ah lithium battery 68-80mph 50-75km. 533 pounds. 305 in. 561 in. abs Upside down adjustable front forks

Each bike is equipped with two-piston caliper brakes, with two discs up front and a single single-piston disc in the rear. The tires are base models and have no branding, but they meet DOT requirements and are good all-around tires. Performance and premium branded tires will also fit 17 inch rims.

Get your hands on a Braaap MotoE

If you want to get your hands on one of these bikes, you won’t have to wait too long. Braaap will list its dealer network on its US website by the end of the year, and the bikes will be available for purchase through those dealers. You can also order a bike directly from the Braaap site.

“The bikes will be assembled in Michigan and on the road [by] spring,” Smith said.

Eventually, Braaap plans to have bikes in dealerships across the United States, but the company is careful not to expand too quickly. Braaap has a long-term view and wants to ensure that they continue to provide affordable, quality bikes while creating happy customers.

“We’re not trying to put 15 dealerships in every city. We try to have grassroots partners and minimal touchpoints,” Smith said.

As with Braaap’s Australian sales method, US sales will be as direct to the consumer as possible. No distributor or franchisee will be used.

Current prices in the United States for the three MotoE motorcycles are:

  • MotoEv5 (5,000W) – $5,148
  • Moto Ev8 (8,000W) – $7,148
  • MotoEv10 (10,000W) – $9,148

Visit the Braaap website for more information on availability.

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