A new electric motorcycle is soon going to prowl the streets of American cities. The Maeving RM1S will be coming from Britain promising a 65 mph top speed and 80 miles of range likely for a price under $10,000. Its mix of board-tracker and café-racer styling is stunning, but what’s really neat about this motorcycle is its simplicity, where what you see is what you get.
Watching automakers carve out new designs with electric cars has been exciting, but I think what’s really awesome is seeing what motorcycle producers have been able to cook up. There have been countless electric motorcycle designs coming out in recent years and so many of them do things a bit differently. In our own coverage, we’ve written about dirt-cheap electric motorcycles for Africa, a motorcycle with a see-through hubless rear wheel, Erik Buell’s latest creation, and even Can-Am is getting back into the motorcycle game after more than 30 years.
A lot of these designs have been complex, sometimes overwrought, and arguably not always well thought out. Electric motorcycles are perfect for people who live in apartments and may not be able to charge an electric car. Some manufacturers take this into account with removable batteries or entire motorcycles that could fit in elevators. Others force you to figure something else out. The Maeving RM1S stands out for its clean, simple design.
A What, Again?
Now, Maeving isn’t exactly a household name, but it does follow in the footsteps of giants. The firm was founded in 2018 by William Stirrup, and Sebastian Inglis-Jones and the pair assembled a team of former Triumph engineers to build a high-tech electric motorcycle that doesn’t have the design often found with electric motorcycles.
The home of Maeving is Coventry in England. Maeving says its location was chosen because Coventry and the Midlands are historic places in British motorcycling. Names like BSA, Norton, Royal Enfield, and Triumph can all trace their ways back to the area. Elaborating further, Maeving says Coventry was where the UK’s first practical motorcycle was built as was the location where the first motorcycle race on a track took place. Coventry and the Midlands have served as home bases for 48 motorcycle companies spanning over a century of time.
Maeving sees itself competing with the low-cost Chinese electric motorcycles flooding both America and the UK, and it wants to win the fight with quality and engineering. So, Maeving isn’t just planting its stakes in a historic area, but scooping up British motorcycle engineers along the way, too.
The company unveiled its debut product in 2021, the Maeving RM1. Styled after vintage board trackers and café racers, the £4,995 Maeving RM1 is strictly a city machine with a top speed of 45 mph, a 5.9 HP peak (4 HP continuous) motor, and a maximum range of 80 miles. That motorcycle hit the road in 2022, now, Maeving has another offering coming, and this one is coming to America soon.
The Maeving RM1S
Will Stirrup, co-founder of Maeving, said owners and fans of the original RM1 have been begging for a motorcycle that could be used outside of a city. The RM1S is Maeving’s answer to this request.
This new motorcycle looks like the RM1, but you’re getting a little more top end speed and more than twice the power. At the heart of both of Maeving’s motorcycles is the charging system. In the RM1, you have two 2.03 kWh batteries. One battery was stored in the box just behind the front wheel and the other went into the false fuel tank.
Both batteries, consisting of Samsung 18650 cells, are removable. In fact, the only way to charge the RM1’s batteries is to remove them and charge them at home. Maeving even went the extra mile to give the battery cases a brushed metal and wood appearance so they wouldn’t mess up the aesthetics of your apartment’s interior.
The RM1S keeps this idea going but with an even better implementation. The batteries are now LG 21700 cells and are rated at 2.6 kWh for a total capacity of 5.2 kWh. These new batteries now reside in a redesigned battery box that fits both in at the same time, freeing up the false tank to be a 2.6-gallon storage compartment. Also new is how those batteries charge. The RM1S can be charged at a charging station with both batteries in the motorcycle, or you can remove the batteries and charge them at home.
Maeving says the motorcycle comes with both batteries, but you can operate the motorcycle with just one battery or have spares charging at home. That way, if you use this motorcycle for local city deliveries, you can have fresh packs waiting for you at your home base. Of course, you can expect that 80-mile range to be cut in half if you’re operating on just a single battery.
That power system is driving a Bosch hub motor. As I said before, the RM1’s motor is good for 45 mph and has a peak output of 5.9 HP. The RM1S gets a motor good for a continuous 9.5 HP and a peak output of 14 HP. Put into ICE terms, the Maeving RM1S is able to punch out a Honda Grom’s worth of power continuously but is able to go faster. It’s unclear for how long you can get the RM1S to punch out 14 HP. Maeving also doesn’t say exactly how the batteries are cooled but says the RM1S has an improved “heat dissipation structure” so the batteries stay cooler under high loads.
The bigger batteries and the more powerful motor mean the RM1S can hit 65 mph and the motorcycle has a maximum range of 80 miles, unchanged from its predecessor. Now, those numbers do not translate to a touring machine, but it’s fast enough to go down a country road or a state highway without getting murdered by traffic. Maeving says the RM1S is still largely an urban machine, but the extra capability means you aren’t entirely stuck in your city. The company is also targeting rural riders who want enough speed to be able to ride between towns.
All of this rides on a chromoly steel cradle frame and the motorcycle features non-adjustable forks, a twin shock with preload adjustment in the rear, linked disc brakes, and a 30.9-inch seat height. Rider technology comes in the form of three riding modes that adjust throttle response. Yep, that’s it. You aren’t getting any fancy screens, traction control, ABS, or anything like that. The RM1S also weighs just 287 pounds, just 13 pounds heavier than the RM1. Sadly, we do not get any information about how much each battery weighs. Back in 2021, Maeving said that 65 percent of its parts come from the UK and the bikes are assembled there in Coventry.
Something I really like about the RM1S is the choice of colorways. You can get your RM1S false tank painted to resemble a Triumph T120 Bonneville or even a Vincent Black Shadow.
It’s Coming To America, But There’s A Catch
The Maeving RM1S is already on sale in the UK with deliveries sold out through March 2024. Apparently, Maeving has seen enough success to justify expansion into other European countries. Also on the company’s radar are the United States, Australia, and Singapore. According to the company, a United States rollout is expected very soon with the motorcycle projected to go on sale in October. United States-specific details such as price and charging will be revealed closer to go time.
Until then, we have the UK version to look at. Maeving says that you can charge both batteries from dead to full in under 4 hours, or in 2.5 hours if you’re charging from 20 percent to 80 percent. Of course, that is on a 240-volt UK electrical system, so who knows what that’ll look like on our power system.
In the UK, the Maeving RM1S starts at £7,495, or about $9,400. However, it’s unfair to compare prices in other markets as vehicles rarely cost the same in America as they do in the UK. The best competition I can think of is the BMW CE 02, and that costs the equivalent of $10,573 in the UK, but $7,599 here. I would bet on it being priced under $10,000 for sure.
Still, that’s a lot of dough for a motorcycle barely faster than a $3,599 Honda Grom. It’s a shame because I love the simplicity and I love the design. In a world where some motorcycles look like Transformers, these look like the vintage motorcycles people like to hack up in sheds. Maeving even gives you torque specs in case you want to work on your RM1S. It’s a nice departure from the norm and I hope it lands in America with an attractive enough price.
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