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The 2023 Ryvid Anthem Launch Edition. Slotted cutouts help cool the electronics within. (Ryvid/)

The electric motorcycle commuter category just grew by one. EV newcomer Ryvid is showing off its first offering, the $7,800 Ryvid Anthem Launch Edition, with preorders beginning Sunday, August 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. PST. Only 1,000 units of the Launch Edition will be produced.

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Billed as a “first-of-its-kind, customizable motorcycle,” the Anthem will feature an Ergo-Easy ride height-adjustable seat, allowing the seat to electrically morph in height from 30 inches up to 34 inches. This will be standard on the Launch Edition, while later models will use manual adjustments via compressed air.

The 2023 Ryvid Anthem Launch Edition, from the left side. Note the swingarm-mounted motor with belt drive.
The 2023 Ryvid Anthem Launch Edition, from the left side. Note the swingarm-mounted motor with belt drive. (Ryvid/)

The rest of the bike follows more traditional best practices of design and configuration. The engine is mounted to the swingarm, like a scooter. The proprietary planar frame is made from 316 stainless steel and is said to be inspired by aerospace design, a nod to founder and CEO Dong Tran’s aerospace design background. A planar frame means all the members, pieces, or components of the frame are the same plane, or line. Think along the lines of XB-era Buells. (That’s not a slight, by the way.)

A 4-inch range of seat heights mean almost all riders are welcome. Will it be adjustable while riding? Stay tuned.
A 4-inch range of seat heights mean almost all riders are welcome. Will it be adjustable while riding? Stay tuned. (Ryvid/)

Power comes via a 72-volt air-cooled brushless DC motor running off a 4.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. Rather than the hub-mounted motor of the Sondors Metacycle, the Anthem mates its swingarm-mounted motor to a belt drive.

The fully enclosed motor and belt drive will help keep things as maintenance-free as possible.
The fully enclosed motor and belt drive will help keep things as maintenance-free as possible. (Ryvid/)

Peak wheel torque is a claimed 250 lb.-ft., or 338 Nm. Charging time is said to be three hours on 220V and six hours on 110V. Claimed range is 75-plus miles, or around 50 miles in Sport mode. Top speed comes at 75-plus mph.

A 4.9-inch TFT display keeps the rider informed.
A 4.9-inch TFT display keeps the rider informed. (Ryvid/)

A 4.9-inch TFT sums up what’s happening on the road, while a 310mm front disc and four-caliper piston pairs with a 240mm rear disc and two-piston caliper to stop things. The bike forgoes a foot pedal brake; the right lever is the front brake, the left the rear. The Anthem weighs in at 240 pounds.

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The Anthem fits in nicely in the growing class of commuter electric bikes, including the Sondors Metacycle, Super73 C1X, Kollter ES1 Pro, and the UBCO ADV. Of these, the UBCO and Kollter are in fact currently available for purchase. According to Sondors’ Facebook page, the June Metacycle delivery date has only been partially fulfilled, with lively debate among those still waiting. The 2024 C1X is slated to arrive in late 2023.

The stainless steel planar frame, said to be inspired by airplanes. Like a Saab, maybe?
The stainless steel planar frame, said to be inspired by airplanes. Like a

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Ryvid Enters the Electric Motorcycle Segment With Its Anthem
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 17:02:36 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results

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The recently held “Dare to Dream” auction in Toronto, Canada, represented a wide variety of automotive milestones, specifically for European Sportscars. Aptly described on Sotheby’s website, “They represent what could be—what will be in our eyes, the greatest.”

Collector Miles Nadal

It’s always inciteful to know a little about the face behind the collection and what his/her thoughts are on the business of acquiring automobiles. According to Nadal, he has always been a collector of types. Somewhat tangentially related to cars, his first collection was of hand tools he never used and had no intention of using, admitting he was not mechanical in any way. But he appreciated what they stood for Perfection. Engineering. Function. Those three pillars play a heavy part in his future collections, too. The tools were always pristine and presented in order. The same was applied to his following collection of keys, and then of model cars. The model cars were just a placeholder for the real cars Nadal truly desired to own someday.

After working as a sports photographer in his teen years, further exposed to the world of professional sports and the players that made the difference… the influencers… the icons, he figured out the direction of the collection he would someday start. Automotive icons. And so, we take a quick look at some of the sports car icons that were sold from the collection.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

$3,305,000 USD | Sold

There is perhaps no better archetype of a Ferrari model than the 275 GTB/4. As one of the last Prancing Horses manufactured in the vintage era, preceding the wholesale shift to mid-rear engine placement, the GTB/4 was the product of all the lessons learned since the company’s 1947 inception. Like the greatest Ferraris that preceded it, the model was defined as a grand touring berlinetta: a closed-body dual-use GT car that could be driven to the track and raced before being gently driven back home.

Introduced in 1964, the original 275 GTB was the first roadgoing Ferrari to be equipped with four-wheel independent suspension, and the first to employ a weight-saving transaxle, which also improved weight distribution. When the GTB/4 iteration arrived two years later, it boasted dual-cam valve actuation for each cylinder bank, making it the first four-cam road car from Maranello’s stable. This prodigy of mechanical performance was clothed in coachwork designed by Pininfarina and built by racing car carrozzeria Scaglietti, featuring a long hood and fastback rear end that were obviously developed from the legendary 250 GTO.

1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS ‘Sunroof’ Coupe by Reutter

$637,500 USD | Sold

The most potent mechanical variation of the 356 was the Carrera model, which was powered by the slightly detuned, Fuhrmann-designed four-camshaft, 1,600-cubic-centimeter racing engine. Available in both “GT” race specification and “GS” touring specification, Porsche made sure that their new engine could be marketed on a platform to individuals who were looking to spend time on the track, as well as to those who were looking to drive down the Autobahn in style.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results
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Powerbrick trims down the Harley Pan America for urban adventures

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Custom Harley Pan America by Powerbrick
Big-bore adventure bikes like the Harley Pan America have to tick a lot of boxes, which is why they end up looking like two-wheeled spaceships. But the custom scene has shown us a new side to the Pan America. If you can strip away enough of its adventure-focused accouterments, there’s a pretty gnarly street bike lurking under there.

This custom Harley Pan America from Powerbrick offers proof. The Dutch parts specialist and custom workshop has shown time and time again that they’re adept at building radical machines that buck convention. And although they made their bones creating edgy BMW K-series customs, this Pan America suggests that they can apply their signature aesthetic to just about any type of motorcycle.

Custom Harley Pan America by Powerbrick

According to Powerbrick head honcho Tim Somers, the Pan America mission had two objectives; create “the streetfighter that Harley never released,” and develop a range of bolt-on parts under Powerbrick’s sub-brand, CNCPT Moto. To that end, Tim got major financial support from Harley-Davidson Rotterdam and Amsterdam, who also supplied the bike.

“We’ve designed everything to make it look OEM so that people would think that the bike is supposed to look like this,” Tim adds. “Harley-Davidson has a strong heritage, we’re just trying to give it a little shake-up to make it appeal to a new generation.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Powerbrick trims down the Harley Pan America for urban adventures
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