RGNT collaborate with Crooked Motorcycles to build unique EV custom
-RGNT x Crooked E-Type pushes the boundaries of EV design and customization
Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer RGNT Motorcycles has joined forces with German custom bike builders Crooked Motorcycles. The result of this cross-pollination is the Crooked E-Type: a stylish, minimalistic, and 100% electric custom motorcycle. The E-Type will be presented at the Bike Shed London Show, coming weekend, and is now ready for serial production in the Crooked workshop near Munich.
Dominikus Braun is the CEO and Founder of Crooked Motorcycles.
‘At Crooked we had been debating a project in the EV-realm for a while, but we wanted to collaborate with a high-quality partner, who shared our vision on custom style and design. As soon as we ran into RGNT at the Intermot, last October, we fell for the classic look and simple design of their bikes. After some talks with their team, we quickly decided we would partner with them for our first EV project.’
Simplicity is the key to brilliance
The donor bike was a RGNT No. 1 Scrambler SE. Following the design principle of their successful Crooked XS400-series – ‘Simplicity is the key to brilliance’ – the biggest challenge for the builders was to reduce or stow away the large electrical modules in the triangle frame, so the frame looks open and the bike loses weight optically. Another challenge was to reduce the size of the very large original dashboard. Dominikus Braun: ‘To reach these goals, we’ve redesigned the subframe in CAD to make duplication easier. We placed the converter unit inside the seat and then CAD-designed a cable duct inside the frame triangle to protect all cables in the best possible way. We raised the rear by 3 cm and reinforced the chassis with new, more progressive YSS springs, covered with 3D-printed fork covers. Blacked out rims with Continental TKC 80 tires, a minimalistic Bates-style LED headlight with Motogadget blaze turn signals and a new LED brake/rear light from Supernova made the build complete.’
Celebrating RGNT’s UK-launch
Gideon Schipaanboord, Head of Marketing at RGNT, is very happy with the Crooked E-Type.
‘We think Dominikus and the team at Crooked have done an outstanding job. Building your first electric custom in a tight, six-week timeframe is very challenging, but they worked day and night to get it done. We are stoked to present the build at the Bike Shed London Show this weekend, especially since our standard bikes are now also available in the UK. Apart from our launch in the UK, we are sure the Crooked E-Type will find its way to customers throughout the UK and Europe through the Crooked website.’