Maeving RM1 electric motorcycle: retro bike with power socket

Many electric motorcycle brands have been established in recent years, but most of them are characterized by a rather boring and discouraged design. The English Maeving RM1, on the other hand, has a lot of charm. Impresses with a deft retro touch without negating the electric drive.

Founded in Coventry in 2018, Maeving was inspired by the board trackers of the 1920s. The RM1 does not have a tail, but a bicycle saddle, obviously covered with hand-stitched leather. A tubular steel frame in classic black underlines the nostalgic look.

The Maeving proudly displays its brushed aluminum battery casing. A shiny tube doesn’t carry coolant above it, but rather elegantly hides the electrical wires. The dummy tank can hold small items or the optional second battery. The round headlight, taillight and turn signals may have an ancient shape, but with the LED light they have a modern interior. The faux tank is available in seven paint finishes, with a black or brown saddle.

As in a bicycle, the rear wheel is covered only by a mudguard and the swingarm in round tubes is damped by two elastic struts with spring travel of 80 mm variable in preload. A non-adjustable telescopic fork works at the front with a spring travel of 110 mm. A rather flat handlebar with two stylish mirrors steers the heavy 111kg RM1. Maeving wants his retro chic bike to be intended as a means of urban transportation and gives it a 1395mm wheelbase, 103mm trail, and 64-degree head angle. This suggests pronounced handling. With a seat height of 785 mm, it is also suitable for small motorcyclists. In keeping with the old look, the RM1 rolls on 19-inch spoked wheels with narrow 2.5-inch tires.

Maeving chose a rear wheel hub motor from Bosch for the drivetrain. It has a maximum power of 4.3 kW and a continuous power of 3.0 kW. Provides up to 160Nm of torque. The battery comes from Samsung and has an energy content of 2.1 kWh. If you can’t find a charging station, you can quickly remove the 12kg battery and charge it from zero to 100 percent in about four hours at a regular power outlet. Even with the drums, Maeving attaches importance to style and provided it with faux wood inlays. The RM1 is expected to achieve an average range of 64 kilometers. An optional second battery for 995 British pounds (around 1150 euros) in the dummy tank doubles the range. It will probably become one of the most chosen extras.


Elegance lies in its simplicity. A tubular steel frame provides stability and a saddle is sufficient for the driver.

The driver can select three driving modes that allow a maximum speed of 32, 45 or 72 km / h. The developers also stuck to the retro style in the cockpit and installed an analog speedometer with white numbers on a black background and a red needle and gave it an aluminum ring. But you can’t do without modernity completely, so a small LC display is integrated that shows the battery level, the selected driving mode and, optionally, the mileage, trip odometer or time. Quite non-nostalgically, the motorcycle can be connected to the smartphone via an app and displays important data. There is an option to activate an anti-theft locator at an additional cost.

Many electric motorcycle startups have been founded in recent years by people who have no experience in the two-wheeler industry. In Maeving it’s completely different: the two founders Sebastian Inglis-Jones and Will Stirrup have now gathered around them a team of 16 people, many of whom worked at Triumph. Their Coventry manufacturing facility is located just a few miles from Triumph’s Hinckley headquarters.


Maeving chose a wheel hub motor from Bosch for the transmission.

Maeving excels not only in design, but also through intelligent marketing. So they invited former test driver Colin Dean to a test drive on the RM1. Dean is 90 years proud and hasn’t ridden a motorcycle in over a decade. Since 1957 he had worked for Francis-Barnett, an English brand from Coventry founded in 1919. With Colin Dean, Maeving has skillfully established the connection with his RM1. The visibly moved elder was very impressed with the electric motorcycle and was surprised at how easy it was to use.

The Maeving RM1 costs £ 4995 in the UK and the first series is already sold out. The next one is expected to start shortly, but the British electric motorcycle is not yet available in Germany. It is currently still open if and when the Maeving will receive EU approval.


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