PHOTO CAPTION: Concept model of Honda Oree electric motorcycle. Photo courtesy of Motorcycles USA.

Students Unveil Oree Concept for Honda Electric Motorcycle

Bart Madson discovers an ambitious student design that anticipates a motor producing 90-plus horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque and top speed near 120 mph.

Published: 07-Jan-2009

Wandering the 1057 booths at the 2008 INTERMOT Bike Show in Cologne, Germany, one of Motorcycle USA’s favorite exhibits was the Innovation Café. Featuring alternative two-wheeled designs, electric motorcycles and scooters were prominent. Yet there was one electric design that stood out in our minds, the Honda Oree.

A naked street bike concept, the diminutive scale model size of the Oree doesn’t diminish its big ideas. The creation of two German design college students, Nike Albertus and Andre Look, the intention of the Oree “was to create a concept bike for dynamic road riding.”

Creating the model only days before the INTERMOT show, Albertus and Look sourced their interest in motorcycles and honed their talent at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach am Main.


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