The future of urban motorcycling is ugly

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This is the Agility Saietta, a new electric motorcycle unveiled today in London. Its makers claim it’s, “the future of urban motorcycling.” If it is, we’re switching to cars.

Not a huge amount of specs yet, but you can clearly see a steel tube frame and girder fork along with the ubiquitous air-cooled Agni95 motor. In the Zero DS, that motor is good for 26bhp and 98lb/ft of torque. Agility does quote a range — 50 miles for the £9,975 Saietta S and 100 miles for the £13,975 Saietta R which presumably accounts for its cost with a larger battery pack.

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Here’s the full press release on the Saietta, it’s packed full of words like “social media,” “paradigm” and “sustainability.” Notably absent are the two words that really matter here — Brammo Empulse.

  • http://www.jeepsunlimited.com LoTGoD

    This is really what the motorcycle world is coming to? Man, I’m glad my dad started me out on his ’68 TR-6R. How am I supposed to convince my kids to take up riding something like that?

  • Jack

    The future sucks.

    • Dan

      unless your an urban giraffe with excellent motor skills

  • http://www.footshifted.com Footshifted

    Like the Dugally Somma, but different…

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    The future’s so ugly, I gotta wear shades

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Its like the Permian Explosion of electric motorcycle design.

    Its funny, when you look at the first motorcycles, the style was essential bicycle + engine. They look quaint and silly to us, but I’m sure even advanced bikes like the MotoCzyz or the Brammo will soon look as ungainly and rudimentary as those 1900s bikes did.

    But yeah, let’s hope this thing is an evolutionary dead end.

    • http://rohorn.blogspot.com rohorn

      Shouldn’t that be “Cambrian Explosion”?

      Or “Permian Extinction?”

      The Burgess Shale awaits…

  • JRl

    Why do all these interpretations of the “future” motorcycle consist of a standard motorcycle with an ugly fairing?? Come on people, get a little more creative.

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
    Droideka. Google it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The force is strong with this comment.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Can we get Ewam McGregor in a BMW enduro one-sie smashing this thing with a blue pipe?

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      That’s the first thing I thought of, as well.

      Oh well, someone has to keep the used market alive.

  • Johndo

    After riding that bike you probably know how it feels to hump an elephant.

    • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

      As if one would have to ride this bike to know how that feels.

    • paul

      hmm beat me to it, I was thinking “i like dolphins” but I don’t want to hump one in public

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

        Who among us can say that the thought of humping dolphins in public is something that hasn’t crossed our minds from time to time? That said, I doubt I would ever be so obsessed with it that I would pay $16,000 – $22,000 for the exquisite pleasure of the act.

  • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

    The Agni 95 may be ubiquitous but it is never sitting where wind can’t get to it and it is never seen without a mirror twin to help pull the load.

    I like to be able to reach over and unzip my sleeve at a stoplight if I need to improve venting. I also think I would feel claustrophobic with all that bulk under my helmet and torso.

  • markbvt

    Wow. That’s so hideous I don’t even know what else to say about it.

    I love the pic where Charley Boorman appears to be gazing sadly at it, pondering the dreadful future it represents.

  • http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=305107 stickfigure

    I guess it’s up to me to be the contrarian. This bike is refreshingly different, and looks rad.

    Nearly every bike that you guys praise on aesthetic grounds looks like Yet Another Boring Sportbike to me and the 99% of the population that doesn’t wank to parts catalogs. The aesthetic difference made by a single-sided-swingarm or trellis frame is only slightly less subtle than the variety in H-D’s lineup.

    This bike is unconventional, but it’s a head-turner. Kinda like the 990A when I first saw it.

    Too bad it’s more expensive than a 990A.

  • Ed

    It’s can’t possibly be as uncomfortable as it appears … right? And what’s the purpose, why make a motorcycle with a big weird thing in front of you? Is it supposed to handle better? Why are there no pictures of a human actually ON one? This seems like it was design by someone who doesn’t actually ride motorcycles? Makes my thinking bone hurt! This http://goo.gl/PK1k1 looks a lot more futuristic and badass to me. Fun to ride too!

    • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

      ” Why are there no pictures of a human actually ON one?” You’ll be sorry you asked.

      • Johndo

        Because they simply couldn’t find a human who was willing to sit on it while someone captured the moment on camera.

  • pavinguire

    in the immortal words of Slim Pickins, ‘What in the wide, wide, world of sports is goin’ on here?’

  • kneepuck

    So you defend the same design in “Why the Dugally Somma isn’t ugly” but revile it here? I must be a philistine, I can’t really see that much of a difference.

  • Dan

    First off, I want to make it perfectly clear that I’m not defending this ugly machine.
    With that said, I gotta say that In order for the design of motorcycles to change and (hopefully) improve someone is going to have to think outside the box.
    Brainstorming is a technique that can lead to new ideas that are better. I look at these couple of design excersizes we’ve seen on here in the last week or so kinda like brainstorming only they are using metal and engines or motors. Plus money. Lucky for us! Who knows when one of these crazy rich folks might just hit on a really good improvement.

    Has anyone ever thought about how handling might be affected if the upper body could be in firm contact with the bike if wanted? Kinda makes me go hmmmm….

  • Beale

    That’s a bucket full of huh?

  • Isaac

    Kill it with fire!

  • fasterfaster

    Am I the only one that sees pacman (fairing) eating a power pellet (front wheel)? Nom nom nom.

  • AHA

    I saw this bike at the London Bike show at the Excel yesterday and I thought it looked OK – for a concept. Trouble is, they’re talking first deliveries this April – I have a LOT of doubts about that.

    That said, electric propulsion systems ARE (part of) the future of motorcycling. It’s a huge missed opportunity if we shroud them in retro bike designs. Electric Street Rods, anyone?

    IMHO this is a good start. Something similar (but better) will come out sometime in the next 12mths and many of you guys will like it a lot more. Maybe you just had to see this first?

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    Can we get Michael Uhlarik in here to talk about the front fork, rake, and trail, and how that would affect handling of this machine?

    I’m done with attacking the Hoffsthetics. Let’s do some McQueening.

    • pavinguire

      +1

  • Core

    They’re trying too hard… WAY too hard to come up with something new…or

    Maybe this is a tactic to grab peoples attention. I mean.. bad news always spreads faster than good news and you can bank on that.

    Anyways, they bait and switch this for an awesome bike… They take us from crappy low to super high!