The Kollter RS1 80 MPH electric motorcycle soon on American roads

The market for commuter-class electric motorcycles is rapidly heating up, with the Kollter RS1 set to become the next mid-powered bike on American roads.

While electric sports bikes that can easily exceed 160 km/h (100 mph) have been the most popular models so far, commuter electric motorcycles are coming into their own. Several models that can reach speeds between 60 and 80 mph (96-130 km/h) have been announced, rolling at a fraction of the price of flagship e-sports bikes.

The Kollter RS1’s top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h) and its 35 kW (47 hp) chain-driven mid-engine put it at the more capable end of this group.

The ability to break any speed limit in the United States and a powerful motor means this will probably be one of the most fun ways to get your two-wheeled electric commute on a budget.

That budget price is $11,995, which puts it $1,000 below Zero’s entry-level bikes. The RS1 has nearly identical power and speed specs to bikes like the Zero FXE, but a larger battery at 8.6kWh. The RS1 also includes a J1772 charging port allowing it to be charged at a public charging station, although riders can still charge at home using a wall outlet.

The battery offers between 65 and 130 miles of range (104-210 km), depending on whether it’s highway or city miles.

The heavy 417 lb (189 kg) Kollter RS1 carries 127 lb (58 kg) of battery, although this doubles the battery capacity of smaller bikes like the 300 lb (136 kg) SONDORS Metacycle electric motorcycle.

The suspension consists of an inverted front fork and a rear shock. Dual hydraulic disc brakes use a combined braking system with two manual levers instead of the more traditional right brake lever and right brake pedal.

The bike rolls on 17-inch rims and also features keyless operation, an LED display and an integrated anti-theft alarm.

A 5 year/50,000 mile warranty is included to cover parts and labor.

US dealer Kollter is now taking pre-orders for the RS1, with inventory expected to arrive in the US in the coming weeks – shipping is currently expected to begin late next month.

Last year I tried the little brother of the Kollter RS1, the Kollter ES1. This bike had a top speed about 10-15 mph below the RS1, smaller battery capacity and lower power.

The bike lacked the fit and finish of nicer models from manufacturers like Zero and LiveWire, but had plenty of performance for commuter riding at a fraction of the cost. Watch my driving video below to see it in action.

Now, the RS1 seems to raise the bar for fit and finish, but is still significantly below the price of flagship electric motorcycles. To succeed, the new model will have to compete with a growing crop of mid-level electric motorcycles.

In addition to the aforementioned SONDORS Metacycle, the newly unveiled Ryvid Anthem could offer the competition a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) for a lower price of just under $8,000. The Anthem’s smaller battery limits its range, though Ryvid’s lightweight design may help alleviate range issues compared to the heavier Kollter RS1.

What do you think of this exciting new offering in the US electric motorcycle market? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

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