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Vintage Electric storms the streets with the Tracker WWI-era e-bike racer

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When e-bikes first hit the market, they were rather drab, plain looking “hybrid” bikes with cheap parts (to keep the cost down), and a motor. Now that they have gained traction, many companies are putting in a bit more effort to put a little style into their bikes.If you’re into the retro motorcycles look, Vintage Electric’s Tracker looks like it just might squeeze its way onto someone’s want list.

Race past the break and check out some of the quality details and parts that went into this retro speedster……

 

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One common bit of controversy that comes up with e-bikes is which side of the gray area do they sit closer to in regards of a being a bicycle vs. a motorcycle. Vintage Electric’s Tracker nudges it a little in one direction when they took the technology of an e-bike and put it into a design resembling the smooth low stance of a vintage “motordrome” race bike from the 20’s and 30’s. Vintage Electric not only made a cool looking e-bike, (who can argue with that), but the closer you look, the better it gets. Oh, and toss in the fact it’ll do 36mph.

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The triple crown rigid fork flanking the motorcycle like headlight with the hand-made stainless steel swept track bars looks the part while keeping things really simple. It’s hard to tell by sitting on it but that aggressive looking stance looks like it would make you want to sneak it on to the local velodrome and make motor noises while banking hard into the turns.

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The bike comes with Brooks leather grips and saddle further adding to the “vintage” look. Even the “throttle” control was designed to be simple and as out of the way as possible so not to take away from the bike’s clean lines. The bike comes stock with a non-pedal assist motor configuration, (yes, you can ride it like a motorcycle), and a pedal assist option is available as an upgrade for $129. Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes control the speeds when needed.

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Up front, the bike’s triple crown fork houses a top-shelf Phil Wood thru axle hub. Though the quality and craftsmanship that went into this bike makes it stand out, as expected, this isn’t going to be cheap.

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The Vintage Electric Tracker’s patent pending aluminum battery box is designed and locally sand cast in Santa Clara, CA, housing the electrical components, including a 702 watt hour lithium battery. The housing is designed to help disperse heat allowing the system to run at lower temperatures, significantly increasing efficiency to provide a range of 35 miles. The Tracker’s 3,000 watt 3-phase brushless electric motor can be switched between a 250 to 750 watts in street legal mode to accelerate you up to 20mph. An optional “Race Mode” upgrade can be had for $149 providing you with 3,000 watts at the tap that is good for a whopping 36mph (which highlights one of the main concerns with eBike regulation). The motor also has a regenerative braking system that charges the battery under deceleration. The Traker’s range is up to 35 miles and recharges in just 2 hours.

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The Vintage Electric Tracker is protected by a Kevlar-Guard paint, high grade powder coat available in 4 classic colors with custom colors available for $599+.

MSRP $4,995 USD
Warranty
Bike 1 year / 30,000 miles
Battery 1 year / 30,000 miles

VintageElectricBikes.com

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Gunnstein
Gunnstein
7 years ago

Designwise, IMHO, ebikes should not try to camouflage as nonelectric bikes, nor try to be a poor mans motorbike, when they are neither. Ebikes are ebikes and should aim for their own design estetic. That said, these things are quite nice looking, and the fat tires is something most ebikes would benefit from. Hybrid tires should not be the default.

J N H
J N H
7 years ago

Well blow me down, a cool E-Bike. Guess anything’s possible these days.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
7 years ago

Motor + Bike = Motorbike

That said, it is a cool little motorbike.

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

That v-twin like thing looks horrible on an otherwise nice looking bike. They should have integrated the design better, or made it look more like an actual v-twin. Instead it looks like a horribly cheap casting

goulash prakash
goulash prakash
7 years ago

It’s a straight up moped. Looks ok, the battery pack shouldn’t be trying to imitate a motor imo, it would look better as blacked out pack. It should have a bigger front rotor.

Antney
Antney
7 years ago

How much without the motor? 🙂

PsiSquared
PsiSquared
7 years ago

Motor + Bike = knotted panties

Interesting looking bike.

Myke
Myke
7 years ago

Looks like a early motorcycle. There is actually not much that says hey I’m a bicycle. Anyways this is just a waste of space on this site.

scentofreason
scentofreason
7 years ago

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John
John
7 years ago

Dang you BikeRumor! Why…WHY do you waste scarce, precious bandwidth? There is only so much to go around.

You are ruining the internets (and my day) by posting free stories that I can choose whether or not to read and comment on.

Never, ever underestimate my ability to be outraged.

heatwave23
heatwave23
7 years ago

It had be propelled by you pedaling it and does not have the same regulations as a motorcycle… so it is a form of a bicycle…

stuff
stuff
7 years ago

Complains about E-Bikes. Goes out and pushes 20-30mph on the local bike path on road bike.
#pathletics

Heffe
Heffe
7 years ago

Don’t care about electric motorcycles, mopeds, whatever they are.

souleur
souleur
7 years ago

motor dope…..

onion
onion
7 years ago

John nailed it.

Axel
Axel
7 years ago

Great article, awesome looking bike.

Greg
Greg
7 years ago

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Ron
Ron
7 years ago

If it can be pedaled then I think it belongs as bike news. Regardless if it has an electric motor or not.

ascarlarkinyar
7 years ago

Pretty much an early motorcycle.

So what. Why is it on a bike site?

Bikerumor falls victim to ebike financial power. This is straight up advertising for ebikes on a bike site. We don’t care about motorcycles or mopeds…..

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

Complains about people complaining about ebikes and assumes all that do so can and do push 20-30 mph on congested bike paths.
#assumptionsmake…

bearCol
bearCol
7 years ago

I’m down with E-road bikes, not down with E-mtb.

David
David
7 years ago

Why even bother with pedals? Up the wattage, or better yet put a 49cc gasser on it, and roll. The only way I can see an argument for e-whatevers is if you have your own renewable energy station to charge the battery, otherwise the electricity mostly comes from fossil or nuke powered plants, voiding the benefit.

Axel
Axel
7 years ago

I like reading about cool and unique e-bikes. I come to BikeRumour to get my daily bike news. Please keep posting E-bike articles BikeRumour. If it can be pedaled it’s a bicycle!!!!!

T J
T J
7 years ago

Hey you fools,

Every single one of these things equals one less car on the roads.

Second Ron’s comments as well.

Smallwood
Smallwood
5 years ago
Reply to  T J

I put pedals on my 250cc. Works great. Ran out of gas once and pedaled two blocks to gas station.

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