I love coming across new bike manufacturers. With the democratization that new and efficient fabricating and collaborative technologies bring to the manufacturing sector, companies looking to enter marketplaces historically locked down by the established brands are more empowered than ever. Motorcycle manufacture is the ideal proving ground for this new ambitious wave of talent, as bikes are complex enough to be a real engineering challenge for a small firm to prove their mettle, but at the same time, niche enough, with attendant economies of scale, to be conducive to a start up business model.
San Francisco based Monday Motorbikes, buoyed by Tesla's success in the automotive sector, are serving up an electrically powered bicycle configured to be the ultimate urban commuters tool. Stylish and chic and with a 40 -50 mile range and a weight of only 170lbs (meaning you can use the pedals if you wanted or needed to) it looks like a very practical and sophisticated solution to the challenges of navigating the metropolis on your doorstep.