Designer Giacomo Galbiati is the man behind GDesign and has previously worked on projects with Moto Guzzi. He resides in northern Italy near Lake Como. However, its most recent creation aims to leave the realm of traditional motorcycles and enter the incredibly lucrative world of electric mobility, but with a twist. He calls it the Elettracker, and it’s a contemporary machine that draws design cues from times past.
Giacomo chose to base the design of the Elettracker on a bicycle rather than a motorcycle. This is evident both in the simple frame and even more so with the presence of pedals. It’s obvious that this piece was built with form rather than function in mind as it doesn’t take the form of a conventional bike but more of a hipster cruiser. Giacomo claims the Elettracker was influenced by the well-known board trackers produced by Indian and Harley-Davidson when they first appeared on the scene over a century ago.
Perhaps the coolest thing about the Elettracker is the way the batteries have been arranged to look like a V-Twin motor. While it certainly sounds cool, it also packs a decent amount of punch. Overall, the bike’s e-motor has a peak output of 2.5 kilowatts, which translates to around 3.4 horsepower on what is essentially an e-bike. The single V-Twin-esque battery is rated at 72 volts and provides approximately 25 miles of range on a single charge. The powertrain is said to be capable of propelling the Elettracker to a top speed of 56 miles per hour.
Besides the star attraction, the Elettracker has a vintage aesthetic that gives it a charming personality. It rolls on a semi-rigid frame equipped with a leather saddle. Upfront is a retro-style spring fork that should provide respite from bumpy roads. Additionally, because the Elettracker is capable of reaching faster speeds than most riders are comfortable with, it features a steering damper to keep the front end stable at speed. The bike rolls on 26-inch wheels and comes equipped with front and rear disc brakes for confident stopping. Overall, the Elettracker tips the scales at just under 50 kilograms.
Other touches include a swept handlebar covered in brown leather. A set of Kustom Tech hinged levers give the bike an authentic aesthetic. All the cables and wires relating to the electronic and mechanical components of the bike have been hidden under the frame, keeping the construction very clean. Finally, the Elettracker does not lack modern technology and benefits from Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated mobile application.