Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

It’s pretty clear there’s a passion for all types of bikes at Specialized. So far, our visit to their concept museum has shown a wild variety of Fast Bikes, some clever Fun Bikes, and now this collection of motorized bikes. Many of them bear more resemblance to motorcycles, street racers and motocross bikes, but the bicycle inspiration is obvious…

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

This race bike got the full faring treatment to resemble classic race motorcycles.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

If you’ve noticed a theme of “74” on the bikes, it’s because that’s the year Specialized was started by Mike Sinyard. Check out our HQ tour for a look at how he kicked things off.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

This stretched cruiser was sitting just outside the security-coded steel doors leading to designer Robert Egger’s private lab.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

This Road Toad uses their Turbo battery pack and motor, paired with a Bluto and fat bike tires.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

This commuter reminds me of a Honda Ruckus, except it’s electric and wouldn’t cause you to choke if you had to draft it.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

During image sorting, I mistook this yellow “electra” Globe bike for an e-bike, so I’m including it here, but it looks like that dark compartment in the middle is actually a closed in storage box with yellow fade-in paint on tinted plexiglass.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

If the dirt is more your speed, this Moto Demo is based off their downhill mountain bike, but adds a lot of extra oomph for racing up the hill, too.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

This Scrambler looks like it’s got a motor at first glance, but it’s electric.

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

The Cafe Racer gets a special motor…

Specialized concept moto and e-bikes from their headquarters tour and museum visit

…from none other than Robert Egger Motor Works Co.

Huge thanks to Specialized for showing us around. That wraps up the four-part tour!

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30 COMMENTS

    • The term “Motorized” is highly offensive, please refrain from this terminology and instead use the accepted phrase “Pedal Assist”.

      • Do they or do they not have a motor? Must be painful to come to the realisation that your motorbike has pedals to assist the electric motor. If you are offended and have to hide or deny the fact a motor is integrated then what you are is “embarrassed”. As they say in NZ – “shame bro”.

      • actually, you raise a valid point. I suspect that battle lines are being drawn on potential access to public lands with these things. I don’t have a problem with assisted pedaling, provided it doesn’t encourage en-mass idiocy/idiots coming out to destroy landscapes. I figure anybody who rides a bike is less likely to want to kill me when I’m out on the road.

    • Well, they have sponsored a number of pro motorcycle racers. And a lot of cyclists are also motorcyclists, and vice versa. It’s just marketing, and to a lesser extent exploring ideas and having fun.
      Not a specialized shill here, just looking at it objectively.

  1. Were all of these from a failed exercise in making motorcycles or the marketing department testing the waters to see if they could move completely into something Cannondale failed at?

  2. Odd place for the exhaust in the first bike. I understand its a show bike because as soon as they ride it for like 15 minutes they’ll move the pipe away from your under thigh.

  3. That grey Ruckus / Fatbike mashup is actually very cool. Mark my words thats a marketable concept and if S won’t do it, a chinese start up will!

    Step thru frame. cargo capacity. comfortable and upright position. and all that without looking like a German trekking bike.

    • I think Specialized would have trouble bringing any of these bikes to market. They are copies of iconic real bikes. They would have to strike some kind of licensing deal beforehand

  4. This Scrambler looks like it’s got a motor at first glance, but it’s electric. When did “electric power plants” cease being motors?

  5. Who remembers Mike Sinyard rolling his beard, bike, and trailer full of shiny bike goodies in to Missoula’s New Era Bicycles? I do. Sinyard was always cool with me, though his company did, 25 years later, demand New Era double our purchase orders or risk losing our “S” distributorship (New Era was the U.S.A.’s #1 Dealer from 1988-1992). 6 years later the infamous New Era Bicycles closed our doors. Sad day indeed.

  6. Exhaust pipes in stupid places, stealing awesome motorcycle names like “Road Toad” from vintage motorcycle makers…stay in your lane, Specialized.

    • I caught the Road Toad thing, too. Came looking to see if anyone else did. I had a Super Rat, Silly fun bike. Sad when Hodaka fizzled out.

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