The BMW C Evolution is not what you would call the craziest looking vehicle around. The clean and green electric scooter has a top speed of 129kph and has a range of 160 kilometers.
When BMW wanted to do something crazy with the C Evolution for the Pure & Crafted festival in Berlin at the end of August, they turned to German builder Rolf Reick of Krautmotors.
The result is what BMW claims is the first production electric bike to be customised. Named the Krautmotors E-LisaBad, the custom electric motorcycle which wouldn't look out of place with Batman perched on top of it if the Dark Knight trilogy was remade in the future.
The E-LisaBad is named after Reick's grandmother. Reick told BikeExif, that the bike's styling was inspired by grandmother and her Cubic tea service, which was designed by the Dane Erik Magnussen in the 1920s.
The edgy bodywork up front unlike ones found on many custom bikes today is not something made using the help of CAD but was instead drawn by Reick himself. the German builder then built the custom composite material of the bodywork by hand, judging the bodywork with his trained eye, to remove any flaws.
Reick's custom front bodywork is lighter than the 40 kilograms of plastic cladding that was removed from the BMW maxi-scooter in the first place and can be fitted and removed easily thanks to the sliding rail mechanism.
The dash has been relocated and while most of the electronics including the power unit remain untouched, a few pieces have been moved around. A tiny 'starter' battery pack sits behind the seat on the tail paying homage to a late 1970s Egli Kawasaki which sported a cooler in its rear end.
Mechanically, the BMW C evolution's shock absorbers have been removed to make the E-LisaBad's front-end totally rigid and the bike has been lowered as well. The E-LisaBad also features stubby LSL handlebars and a slick rear tyre which it put to use in the StarrWars 1/8th mile dragstrip at the Glemseck 101 festival in Leonberg, Germany (famous for the Leonberger giant dog breed) last weekend.
The E-LisaBad transforms the BMW C Evolution maxi-scooter into a drag racing motorcycle that even Bruce Wayne wouldn't mind riding on his nightly sojourns as Batman looking for the Joker and the other baddies on the dark streets of Gotham. We sure wouldn't mind having a go riding it.