On Saturday 6th May 2023, millions of people from around the world will watch the coronation of King Charles III. Adhering to the traditional mode of coronation transport, a horse-drawn carriage, His Majesty and Queen Camilla will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey and back again with a collective force of 14 horses, plenty of footmen and a load of horse poo. Seems like a lot of hassle, right?
Here's why King Charles III should consider riding a Maeving at his coronation
Popularised by James Watt in the late 18th century to market his steam engine, horsepower was used to compare the output of steam engines to the power of draft horses, which were the primary source of power at the time. Watt determined that his steam engines could perform the same amount of work as several horses, with more control and efficiency, and less need for feeding and rest. Watt's pitch worked as the industrial revolution accelerated greatly with the Watt steam engine.
Now, we don't want to be party poopers (though the horses clearly do). Horses are wonderful, hardworking creatures and the centuries-old carriages are steeped in tradition. But like Watt some 250 years ago, we think it's time for a move away from four hoofs. We believe The King's Procession should take place on electric motorcycles.
After all, wouldn't King Charles look magnificent on a Maeving?
HORSE VS MAEVING
Let's breakdown some stats:
|Draft Horse||Maeving RM1|
This shows that, even if a horse gallops consistently at 30mph for 30 minutes, it will have only made up 15 miles before needing to take a rest. Further, a Maeving doesn't need feeding, doesn't leave a nasty mess on the floor and doesn't have a mind of its own.
Using data, we can clearly see that the Maeving RM1 is a lighter, faster and more efficient way to ride.
Of course, we don't expect Charles and Camilla to gallop 30mph on horseback down The Mall, especially when we apply the findings from a recent study that suggests horse riding is more dangerous than motorcycling.
It wouldn't make sense for a start: the speed limit on The Mall is 20mph and a slow travel speed at a royal procession allows spectators to soak in the spectacle. It is, therefore, a sensible option to travel on a horse-drawn carriage. But we still feel it's too much hassle.
Let's take a closer look.
The couple will be travelling from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the impressive Diamond Jubilee Stage Coach. While it does have some surprising up-to-date modifications, such as air conditioning and electric windows, it requires 6 horses to carry the 2.75 tons coach along the 1.3 mile journey and 8 more to get them back again. Add to that weeks of 'crowd training' to prepare the horses for the thousands of cheering spectators, a team of backups, a squad of footmen to direct the carriage and a load of smelly horse mess, and suddenly a horse-drawn carriage seems like a less desirable mode of transport.
In Drive Mode 3, the couple would be restricted to 20mph, meaning they'd be in no danger of breaking the speed limit. With a max weight of 123kg, the electric motorcycle requires no four-legged assistance to get moving. A next-generation powertrain developed in collaboration with Bosch and a simple twist-and-go throttle makes the bike smooth to ride and easy to operate. All Charles and Camilla would need to step onto a Maeving is a CBT (or higher). With no oil, no chain, no petrol and certainly no smelly mess, the Maeving RM1 is clean and requires no feeding. Plus, if the batteries need charging before the royal couple head back to Buckingham Palace, they can simply charge from a plug socket in Westminster Abbey (there's bound to be at least one in there, right?).
At Maeving, we know heritage. Our team of engineers have been responsible for some of the most revered motorbikes of the last 25 years. They've done their 10,000 hours - and then some.
We have designed a beautiful, 'old-meets-new' motorcycle with the appearance of a mid-twentieth century café racer, and the power of tomorrow.
Saturday's coronation is set to be modernised to reflect the monarchy's present day role but will retain the "longstanding traditions and pageantry" seen at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953.
Surely then, The Maeving RM1 is the perfect vehicle to represent Britain as a nation with rich heritage, timeless elegance and innovative craftsmanship.