Since the imposition of the lockdown in major cities in the country, public transport has been put to a halt. Now, as most of the country is shifting to the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) where certain industries will be allowed to reopen, public transport will be back but at reduced capacity. This means that many commuters may have to find a more efficient mode of transportation like a scooter or underbone.
Moto Morini Urban
For the more environmental and health-conscious, there's the Moto Morini Urban and Gravel bicycles. Moto Morini, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer, is now offering electrically-assisted bicycles for urban mobility.
Moto Morini Gravel
The Urban and Gravel bicycles are electrically-assisted bikes, meaning that besides pedaling, these bikes also have a small electric motor to help propel the it, similar to an e-bike. It can be used when the cyclist is tired or to provide some assistance on steep slopes.
The Urban and Gravel use a small electric motor from Zehus, touted as the “all-in-one” because the motor and battery are included in a single unit and act as the rear wheel's hub.
Inside the rear hub is the 250-watt electric motor.
The small motor has a power output of 250 watts with an initial charging time of 8 hours. It can propel the Urban and Gravel up to 25 kilometers per hour (the legal speed limit for e-bikes in Europe). The all-in-one motor also boasts of a regenerative braking mechanism that charges the lithium-ion battery during deceleration. Owners of the Urban and Gravel can check the battery level through a mobile app that can be downloaded to Android and IOS devices.
Perhaps, one of the more novel features of both the Urban and Gravel bikes is the incorporation of the revolutionary frame-block. It acts both as a stylish embelishment for the frame and as an anti-theft device. The frame-block is a rubber-coated steel cable that is integrated into the aluminum frame and can only be unlocked by the six-digit code that also identifies as the frame number.
Being an Italian product, the Urban and Gravel bikes are not without their trademark style touches. The Urban comes with a contrasting red saddle, handles, and chain, paired with grey tires. The Gravel comes with brown tires, handles, saddle, and 28-inch wheels. Both are fitted with unique embroidered saddles.
The Moto Morini Urban and Gravel bikes are available at Bikerbox, Inc. for an SRP of PhP95,000.