There is an argument that with an electric bike you don’t need to package elements where you would with an internal combustion engine – so you can have something radical-looking like BMW’s CE-04. But Maeving has packaged the RM1 so that it looks classically cool, and to our eyes, is none the worse for it.
What about the quality and ride?
Fit and finish, certainly, seems first rate. Even the battery packs, with bamboo trims look good. They each weigh 12kg and can be charged from 0-100% on a three-pin plug in around four hours and you get two chargers if you spec two batteries. Unlike electric car batteries, small bike batteries are too small to accept fast charging speeds.
With batteries clipped into place, the RM1 primes itself with a turn of the key, then you select drive and it’s twist-and-go just like a scooter. Throttle response is really nicely judged, reasonably soft but very linear, so it’s easy to meter out the right amount of power.
The bike is actually pretty small and the seat position quite low, and weight – even with two batteries fitted – only 123kg. It’s brilliantly manoeuvrable. Maeving has apparently hired several former Triumph motorbike engineers and they’ve set the RM1 up to handle with both stability and agility.
Given it’s also narrow and there are no gears or foot pedals to worry about, it’s an absolute doddle to ride and filter in town – and if you catch a glimpse your reflection in a window, it looks very cool, too.
Anything else I should know about?
Given its compact size, big lads might feel a touch cramped and the seat is quite firm, but ergonomically it works seriously well. There is no ABS but the brakes are linked – so if you apply the rear brake, it very gently applies the front, with the major part of the front’s stopping power coming from the front brake lever.
Either way it’s always very predictable and dependable, and feels stable at higher speeds owing to wheels that are larger than a trad scooter’s.