The new Biktrix Moto is one of those odd creations that we aren’t entirely sure about – is it an e-bike or is it an electric motorcycle? Biktrix calls it a moped, which doesn’t entirely clear up the matter, since it has both pedal-assist and throttled means of propulsion. So, let’s just embrace that it’s a quirky form of alternate electric-powered transportation that might get some people out of a car, and definitely will make some existing cyclists grin from ear to ear as they cruise around town…

Biktrix Moto combination e-bike, alt transport e-moped

OK, watching that video makes it pretty clear how Biktrix expects most people to ride their new electric Moto moped… sit back and crank the throttle to cruise around town on this electric motorcycle. But let’s not be entirely too hasty, this is actually still a Class 2 e-bike which means it offers pedal & throttle-assist options and a 20mph / 32kph top speed that means you can ride it in most places like a pedal-assist only e-bike.

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation
c. Biktrix

Canadian e-bike company Biktrix makes a number of conventional-looking cruisers, hardtails & full-suspension eMTBs, you know the ones that just replace the bottom bracket with a motor and bolt a heavy, bulky battery on the downtube. The Moto is not one of those. Instead, the Moto isn’t really intended for trail riding in any way, but as more of an alternate form of transportation. It just so happens to get a set of 4″ tires that will make it as happy on dirt roads as it is on city streets, even with what appears to be a super basic coil suspension fork (shown only in studio photos) and no rear suspension.

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, snowy

And you know, it looks cooler than an e-hybrid city bike.

e-Moped Tech details

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, Bafand 750W motor

The Biktrix Moto e-moped is built for long-range with the standard 1008Wh battery powering the 750W, peak 85Nm Bafang rear hub motor for a claimed 50+ miles. It even offers a double battery setup option to get over 100 miles out of a single charge. And according to Biktrix that’s with the Moto doing most of the work, not with you pedaling.

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, details

Class 2 limiters top the thumb throttle-controlled Moto out at 20mph. But Biktrix’s own user-customizable settings via the built-in speedo display let you select a ‘No Limit Motor Power’ mode that will top out at 28mph for “off-road use only” which would make it subject to other regulations.

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, shadow silhouette

You can pedal too, though. The Moto offers pretty easy ~2:1 single-speed gearing (42:23T) with either 20″ or 24″ wheels, and 3 levels of pedal assist. But, don’t expect to spend long rides pedaling along at a nice consistent cadence-building fitness. The fit of the Moto is motocross-inspired, with a long seat that you can slide around on to find a comfortable position, but isn’t exactly optimized for pedaling ergonomics or proper leg extension.

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, rear

The 6061 alloy frame includes an integrated rear rack and mini moto-style fenders. Wide 4″ small diameter fat bike tires on 80mm, 36H rims help pout the power down, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 200mm rotors will bring you back to a stop. And a built-in bright LED headlight & rear taillight make sure you can see & be seen, powered off the main battery.

Total weight is claimed at a whopping 75lb for the 20″ Moto, 78lb for the 24″ Moto (no battery) plus one or two 48V, 21Ah battery at another 11lb a piece.

Biktrix Moto – e-moped / e-bike pricing & options

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, urban mobility

All that said, the Moto is kinda cool… like a moped is ‘kinda’ cool, but without the hydrocarbons getting burned and exhausted out the back. Probably no one who reads our site is going to ditch a real bike for one of these e-motorcycle things, but maybe some people might but aside a car or even a gas-powered motorbike to cruise around in electric-powered silence. It does look fun… kind of like a low-budget cruiser Cake.

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, sizes
20″ medium or 24″ large

The e-Moto is available in two sizes – with 20″ or 24″ wheels, ostensibly to fit small or tall riders, starting at $2300 or an extra $600 for the double battery version. Three frame colors of the Biktrix Moto are available for pre-order now, with free North American deliveries starting later this month (April 2021).

Biktrix Moto e-bike, urban mobility eMTB e-moped alternative transportation, cruiser

Biktrix.com

9 COMMENTS

    • @JT, It’s a grey area… they are sliding in as a class 2 legal ebike, (or trying to at least). If it’s one less car (thanks Hurl) that’s a good thing. That’s about all i can say positive about this.

    • Ebikes are not mopeds just junk like this! Ebikes require you to pedal in order to get assistance, mopeds have a throttle

      • Biktrix are Canadian, in Canada any electric bike with a motor over 500watts is automatically a moped, regardless of any other factors like throttle control or battery size. That will be why their literature refers to it as a moped.

  1. If they’re not going to go for a 50 state legal e-bike then at least they’ve done well to keep the price down. One can buy a Yamaha or Honda 150cc scooter for less than many premium e-bikes (sub $4k) that’ll manage short stints on he highway @ 65mph. There are other compromises (license, registration, insurance) that come along with it, but that’s a great deal more capability.

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