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Designing the RM1

A deeper dive on the details, inspiration and moments of magic that went into creating the Maeving RM1.

Designing the RM1

Maeving boasts comfortably the most talent-rich motorcycle engineering team in the United Kingdom. Our Coventry-based team consists of the finest motorcycling minds and most dexterous hands East of the Atlantic, and each element of the Maeving RM1 has been created by them with love and attention. Let’s take a ride through the making of the Maeving RM1, the first British-manufactured electric motorcycle.

1. Removable Batteries

This was a dealbreaker for Maeving. The batteries had to be removable. It’s one of the features that sets Maeving apart from most manufacturers and allows us to solve the issue of range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure, as well as making the Maeving RM1 extremely cheap to run and maintain. You can remove the battery from your motorcycle and charge it at any ordinary mains socket in your house, from zero to hero, for 73p. Removable batteries also make the Maeving RM1 an ideal bike for those living in high-rise buildings without access to home charging infrastructure. The solution is simple: take the battery inside, go up the elevator (or stairs if you’re looking for gains), and plug it into a mains socket.

2. Keeping it Light

Maeving has kept the RM1 stripped of any unnecessary heavy components and weighs in at just over 120kg with dual batteries. We were dead set on keeping the weight of the motorbike down partially to ensure it is a great bike for new riders, providing ultra-easy handling and manoeuvrability. It’s Maeving’s mission to spread the joy of riding a motorcycle to as many people as possible, and the lightweight nature of the Maeving RM1, as well as its intuitive twist-and-go throttle, means our first model is accessible to people who may have no prior motorcycling experience. 

Another reason we were keen to keep the weight of the Maeving RM1 as low as possible was to accommodate those innovative removable batteries. The batteries weigh 12kg a piece, so keeping the frame down to a mere 98kg (without the batteries) was vital.

3. Style Influences

Our team was influenced by iconic lightweight motorcycles of the past when designing the Maeving RM1, chief among those influences being board trackers, café racers, and bobbers.  

Board trackers originated in the USA and were essentially bicycles fitted with motors. In the 1910s and 1920s, they were used for racing around circuits made of literal planks of wood, or board tracks, hence the name. They are beautiful, elegant, and clean motorcycles, devoid of any superfluous features or unnecessary weight. 

Café racers were the preferred mode of transport for British rockers in the 1950s and 1960s. Rockers used them to swiftly move between motorbike meet-up spots, prioritizing functionality above all else. These bikes are also undeniably cool, boasting a minimalist and sleek appearance. 

Similarly, ‘bobbers’ were stripped of any unnecessary embellishments, and featured the iconic ‘floating’ seat. That floating seat was designed for comfort and for one person. We believe, with Maeving, riding solo has never looked so good. 

Maeving wanted to create an electric motorcycle that uses the best facets of these legendary bikes, but with an aim toward creating something that meets the needs of today’s riders, whilst looking genuinely beautiful. 

4. Economical Ownership, Easy to Operate

Our team is made up of motorcycle enthusiasts. With years of ownership between us, we know too well how maintaining your motorbike can be laborious and messy work. The Maeving RM1 uses a hub motor with a single moving part. This means no oil, no chain, no petrol - no mess. Not only does this make maintaining your motorcycle easier, but it also saves you pennies in the long run due to low-servicing costs. 

Maeving is designed to appeal to first-time motorcyclists as well as seasoned veterans of the two-wheel world. Our team designed a bike that handles with extreme ease and feels naturally intuitive to ride. The simple twist-and-go throttle reacts to your hand in a natural-feeling way, making it easy for inexperienced riders to adapt to a new mode of transport.

A Future Classic 

The Maeving RM1 was designed to redefine motorcycling. However, this doesn't have to mean reinventing the wheel. By harnessing the best of British motorcycling heritage - in both design and engineering - and working with the latest innovations in electrical technology, we have designed a motorcycle that leads the charge into the future of urban travel.