Couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries might have to re-think overseas travel plans for a while yet, but in the meantime there are other attractive options for enjoying a pleasant day-trip or local getaway.
In recent months, cycling has become increasingly popular for those needing a break from their home environment and keen to savour the outdoors in a healthy and sustainable manner. At the same time, ongoing technological advances have enhanced urban electric mobility, expanding the array of e-bike models and consequently enabling cyclists to travel longer distances and include more convenient overnight stays.
So, if your wedding anniversary trip to a far-off destination requiring air travel is temporarily on hold this year, now might be just the right time to invest in a couple of state-of-the-art bicycles and at least take in some close-to-home travel.
Here we check out new models (electric and gravel bikes, and electric scooters) from Rayvolt, BMW and Ducati…
Rayvolt UK Cruzer and Torino
Rayvolt’s “high-style” personal mobility features were highlighted in a short film shot last year in the UK. Described as “the UK’s effortlessly cool premium e-bike brand”, Rayvolt produced the film in association with Flat-Out Creative. It can be viewed here on YouTube, featuring two of the company’s exclusive designs, the Cruzer and Torino, in both inner city and seaside settings.
“This film really shows off these two gorgeous models,” says Rayvolt UK managing director Graham Kresfelder. “Easy to charge and easy to ride, you have the benefits of full customisation of both frames and accessories, as well as the fully adjustable motor settings via the Rayvolt app; they slip effortlessly into everyday life. Not only is the styling the height of retro cool, but the technology is cutting-edge and the build quality superb.”
In addition to exquisite styling (including custom leatherwork, copper accents and retro-style accessories), the bikes are equipped with fast-charging capacities – with a full charge achievable at home in four to six hours. The lightweight, high-power batteries provide a range of up to 50 miles (80 kilometres) using electric power alone, and more with pedal input from the rider.
Both bikes have up to 1,000 watts of power available from a compact 48V motor, and intuitive control is made easier for the rider with a thumb-controlled throttle and motor cut-out activated by touching the hydraulic brakes.
Rayvolt’s e-bikes allow for a fully customised riding experience with the Rayvolt app. Using this connected technology, all aspects of the bikes’ performance can be tweaked to suit each rider, from regenerative braking settings to throttle response and top speed.
3T for BMW
Luxury car manufacturer BMW partnered with leading Italian bike manufacturer 3T to deliver “sheer cycling pleasure” in the form of a trendy urban gravel bike. Modelled on the Exploro all-road bike, 3T produced a special edition 3T for BMW model for adventure-seekers, in two colour variations.
“3T was a natural choice for us,” says Gaston Streiger, head of the BMW Lifestyle division, “as 3T’s Exploro model is the best gravel bike available, combining performance, luxury and cycling pleasure to our customers.”
The bike is characterised by sharp silhouettes and precise lines, aligning seamlessly with the minimalistic BMW design as part of the company’s overall lifestyle product range.
According to BMW, fine quality and peak performance were central to the design. The 3T for BMW bikes feature an aerodynamic carbon frame, the world’s lightest carbon aero cranks (made at 3T’s Italian carbon factory), an exclusive Brooks leather saddle and matching Brooks leather grips.
Fulcrum alloy wheels and resistible Schwalbe One Speed tyres “ensure a secure grip with maximum speed on any terrain – from cobbled city streets to abandoned B-roads and mountain trails. The innovative Shimano GRX group set for gravel bikes brings the highest quality down to the finest detail.”
Ducati Urban Mobility
A new line of Ducati electric mobility models unveiled in 2020 included both folding e-bikes and electric scooters. The range was developed in conjunction with licensee and commercial partner MT Distribution to cater for the growing trend in urban travel and sustainable transport.
It consists of four electric scooters and three folding e-bikes under the Ducati, Ducati Corse and Ducati Scrambler brand, “designed for all those who want to move around the city with style and originality”.
According to Ducati, during the development of the products, special attention was paid to the design curated by the Ducati Design Centre, which also collaborated with Italdesign for the folding e-bikes. “The result is an innovative collection with an attractive design.”
The e-bikes are equipped with 250W motors (the maximum limit stipulated by law for this type of vehicle), and the scooters, motors from 250W to 500W.
Main photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash – other photos supplied by Rayvolt, BMW and Ducati.