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Saroléa's exquisite all-carbon SP7 electric superbike

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May 5, 2014

Sarole's gorgeous SP7 electric superbike, featuring enough carbon to raise the temperature...

Sarole's gorgeous SP7 electric superbike, featuring enough carbon to raise the temperature in your trousers by two degrees celsius

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Resurrecting the name of Belgium's first home-grown motorcycle company, Saroléa racing is gearing up for this year's TT Zero electric motorcycle race at the Isle of Man. And the bike is an absolute beauty: 180 horsepower, 200 kilograms, 400 Nm of torque (!). The Saroléa racing bike features carbon fiber just about everywhere, including the frame, subframe, swingarm and even cable guides – and it sports an old-school Norton factory racer kind of look with its vintage bikini fairing, tank and seat designs.

This week I've been riding about on an electric motorcycle that weighs about 180 kg and has 70 horsepower and 144Nm of torque (review video coming soon). That bike felt seriously fast – it took off like an rocket at the lights and really stretched your arms out in a way I didn't expect.

The experience made one thing clear to me – the pace of development in electric motorcycles is absolutely frenzied. They're catching up to petrol bikes at light speed, and in some ways they're already better. I have no hesitation in saying I now believe within 10 years, electric bikes will be so much better than petrol bikes that there simply won't be any argument.

The Saroléa bike's weight and horsepower specs put it up there with street superbikes from just 5 or 6 years ago, but with a whopping 400 Nm of torque, this thing will absolutely fly.

With a single-speed transmission, riding couldn't be simpler – there's no clutch, and monstrous loads of power will be available whenever and wherever the throttle is rolled on.

Saroléa's SP7 electric superbike: beautifully machined triple clamps and dash

The choice of a carbon-fiber frame will give nervous twitches to anyone who has been following Ducati's disastrous carbon frame experiments in MotoGP - the carbon monocoque Ducati GP bikes have made fools of world champions Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, and have been viewed as virtually unrideable by everyone short of Australian Casey Stoner.

Saroléa's SP7 electric superbike: exquisite carbon swingarm

But the Saroléa bike has gone all-in on carbon, from the frame to the bikini fairing to the subframe and the beautiful swingarm. It's an exquisite looking machine with a retro, hipster, industrial, almost Roland Sands kind of feel to it. Take a good look through the detail shots in the gallery.

We look forward to seeing how it performs on the world's biggest stage when it lines up for the Isle of Man TT Zero race at the end of the month.

Source: Saroléa

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Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain
8 Comments

I think that is really nice. I like the retro look to it, a lot better than the 'snail' electric motorcycle. With it beling electric, it would make a very quiet race.

BigWarpGuy
6th May, 2014 @ 06:11 am PDT

Gorgeous design.

180 hp is great, I just wonder what the range would be ?

If this is made for the Isle of Man TT it needs to go at least 37 miles mostly flat out. That could translate into a reasonable distance for everyday riding.

Captain Danger
6th May, 2014 @ 06:14 am PDT

I don't mind electric bikes. Maybe I'm old fashioned but when I go see a race, I like to hear the noise. The silence is too much for me :)

Rocky Stefano
6th May, 2014 @ 07:32 am PDT

A. COOOOOL

B. Ewe stop mixing units! Nm and kW - OR - ftlbs and HP.

Jason Minahan
6th May, 2014 @ 11:00 am PDT

Beautiful bike. Left hand lever isn't that much of a mystery = rear brake. Check the pics, there's no foot pedal.

Dave Olney
6th May, 2014 @ 04:44 pm PDT

With that big barrel shape on top, it looks more steam-power than electric to me!

I wonder about that all-carbon idea as well - I have got the impression from various reading that carbon fibre is a little brittle upon impact.

What happens if (which in the real world happens all too often) the bike gets dropped to avoid a bigger crash, slides into the armco barrier on an oil spill etc?

Does the RAC send over a recovery vehicle for the bike or a dump truck for all the littie broken bits?

The Skud
6th May, 2014 @ 06:15 pm PDT

Oooh boy would I love a spin on that!

400Nm? Even without any gearing that's getting up to twice most 1000's in their first gear!

Holy wheelstands batman!

Will have my eye out for it at the TT Zero.

Craig Jennings
6th May, 2014 @ 06:29 pm PDT

Amazing design/build...now just get them with 200 mile range, 2 hr recharge MAX 15 min for 50 miles, with a price-point of $25,000 and we got a contender to take the streets. Imagine when they can fit a traction control motor within the front wheel as Ohlins did, but with electric not hydraulics. Then we'll see some amazing handling machines, especially offroaders.....

PaulYak
3rd June, 2014 @ 03:05 pm PDT
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