2021 allowed the two-wheel fans to get back on the streets, to feel again the nice windy breeze on the face, and get the rust off our engines. it was a rich year for motor content: EICMA, the most relevant fair in the segment, returned in milan showing us the electric, long-lasting :work series from cake. we have witnessed it all. from the cutest russian made mono-tracked motorcycle, to a dutch student running his motorcycle with alternative sustainable and local sources, passing by kaneda’s bike concept from the famous japanese sci-fi movie akira.
continuing our TOP 10 round-ups of 2021, we look back at 10 motorcycle and scooter designs that attracted our and, most importantly, designboom readers’ attention over the past 12 months.
EICMA 2021: cake unveils the :work series – upgraded performance for fully electric professional use
image courtesy of cake
cake, the swedish maker of premium electric motorbikes, launched the :work series at EICMA 2021. the new utility vehicles are specially designed for professional applications such as delivery drivers and craftsmen. this series addresses pollution and traffic, which are common problems of metropolitan areas, and it is intended to be an environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional petrol vehicles.
the new :work series updates cake’s three already existing categories: the off-road kalk (pharrell williams’s favourite. he owns a total-yellow model), the modular utility bike ösa, and the urban commuter makka. all those three models have increased power, and range, which allows the bike to operate for a full working day.
image courtesy of nacho alfonso.
honda baiku is a futuristic vehicle concept that gives us a taste of transportation’s next step. envisioned by valencia-based designer nacho alfonso, the one-wheeled motorcycle explores the new electric mobility that has become popular in the last years, where electric vehicles — scooters or skates, occupy the streets of many cities around the world. the honda baiku concept adds a high-end segment to this market targeting younger generations.
image courtesy of katalis.
from the jakarta, indonesia-based design house behind the EV.500 and EV.1000, katalis sculpts the spacebar electric scooter that appears equally as monolithic as its predecessors, but is actually foldable. its design was inspired by the spacebar on our computers that inserts distance in between text. the idea is that the bike’s handlebars fold down and it’s railings can help carry items through our cities, such as shopping, luggage and more.