This Company That Electrified ’80s Motorcycles Is My Personal IFA Highlight

This Company That Electrified ’80s Motorcycles Is My Personal IFA Highlight

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reduce reuse recycle. It is a simple slogan that summarizes what we all should do to reduce our impact on the planet. But let’s be honest, most of us only think about the third principle and forget about the others. And while recycling is important, it is equally essential to reduce our consumption and reuse Whatever we can do.

Do not get me wrong. I appreciate the innovation and technological advancements in e-scooters and e-bikes I saw at IFA. Products like the fully foldable Riley RS3 scooter are really interesting. But many micro-mobility vehicles appear to be designed to hit a lower price point when checking out some of the features from the list. Sustainability, long-term support and environmental impact rarely seem to be a concern. Against this backdrop, Second Ride stood out for me as it focused on making the most of existing products rather than trying to innovate.

Second Ride makes retrofitting kits for mopeds and motorcycles manufactured by Simson, an East German company that was discontinued in the early 2000s. This includes the Schwalbe, a small moped made from the 60s to the 80s that has gained a cult following among German motor enthusiasts. There’s also a kit for the Simson S51 (pictured below), a more practical and larger moped made in the ’80s.

simson bike second ride with electric conversion kit

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According to Second Ride, more than six million of these vehicles are still in circulation in Germany. The company’s electrification kits let owners swap out the old petrol engine for an electric motor. The battery is mounted in the replacement seat. The kit includes a new throttle grip with a display and all the other bits and pieces needed to go from a clunky fume-spewing ICE to a smooth and silent electric. According to the company, the conversion process should not take more than a few hours.

With the new electric motor, Simsun mopeds can reach speeds of up to 60 km/h and an autonomy of up to 50 km. It’s not a bad idea to bring decades-old technology back to life.

Decades-old technology rejuvenated

Second Ride’s conversion kits aren’t cheap, at €2,690 for first customers. It’s set to go up to €2,990 from next year, which is probably enough to buy a new one e-moped, Still, a company representative told me that its production is already booked up a year in advance, so there’s clearly interest in the idea.

Second Ride is a startup and there is no guarantee that it will establish itself in the long run. The scalability of its business model is limited by the number of functional old bike Left on the road – and owners who go electric can pay €3,000. Regardless, a company loves to deal with a segment that is mostly neglected. while others produce normal conversion kit for bike And even motorcycles, it’s very rare that automakers focus on classic vehicles like Simsons.

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IFA tells about the modern consumer electronics industry. Everything is attractive and demands our attention. Everything is better, faster and often cheaper than the stuff we saw a year ago. It’s a race to change, and it’s easy to forget how disposable our things, from smartwatches to automobiles, have become. There are few companies as valuable as Second Ride that focus on extending the life of the products in which we have already invested our limited resources. And that’s something we need to do more.


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