Fly Free is one of a handful of new electric motorcycle startups offering light electric motorcycles designed for urban riding. Fresh off the announcement of their first two electric motorcycle designs, the company has just unveiled its latest bike, the Smart Old. A smart key, USB charging and smartphone integration are all modern additions to the retro and minimalist style of the bike. And in keeping with a minimalist theme, accessories are quite limited.
However, that doesn’t mean storage is nonexistent. Riders will have the option to choose between three different cargo options: leather bags in either brown or black or a black ammo tin style steel box.
The Smart Old
The motor will offer three riding modes: Eco, City and Speed. Keep in mind though that as the speed and acceleration profiles increase, the range will naturally decrease. The bike’s 50 mph (81 km/h) top speed is only achievable with two batteries. With a single battery, the top speed is limited to a more modest 40 mph (64 km/h). A unique LED headlight gives the bike a retro face, while the rear LED tail light bar adds a modern touch.
The Smart Old is powered by either one or two LG batteries mounted beneath the faux gas tank. Each battery is rated for 50 miles (80 km) of range in Eco mode, meaning two packs should be sufficient for 100 miles (161 km) of riding. The batteries are also rated for 700 charge cycles before reaching 70% of their original capacity.
The heart of the Smart Old is its mid-drive brushless motor. Just like the batteries, all three of Fly Free’s electric motorcycles share the same motor. It is rated for 3 kW of continuous power, though its peak power is likely higher for acceleration bursts and hill climbing