Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov, best known for the AK-47 assault rifle, is getting into the manufacture of a range of electric motorcycles and even cars. The latest electric motorcycle from Kalashnikov is an electric off-road motorcycle which was displayed at a Russian army show. The Kalashnikov SM-1, as it's been named, is only for military use, and gets proper beefy suspension with long travel, and dirt-oriented knobby tyres for pure off-road use. But the exposed trellis frame and single piece canted seat gives the SM-1 a distinctive street feel, hinting maybe at the bike's dual sport capabilities.
The Kalashnikov SM-1 may or may not be available for purchase by civilians, and specifications about the model at this stage are scarce. What we know so far is that the SM-1 is equipped with a brushless DC motor with water cooling and the rechargeable battery is lithium ion with a power reserve of up to 150 km. The Kalashnikov SM-1 has a maximum speed of 90 kmph. Suspension duties are handled by a beefy, inverted front fork and a pendulum-type central spring-hydraulic shock absorber at the rear.
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