This modular e-bike instantly transforms from urban commuter to forward-thinking sport bike

We’ve come across a fair share of shape-shifting bikes in the past that are screaming out loud to the automotive design community with their bold plans. Such creations have their own cheeky advantages when considering comfort or performance dynamics. CAKE’s modular electric motorcycle, the BMW Motorrad e-scooter, the EXT E-kick Scooter and the Tesla electric bike concept.

E-bikes are leaning left-right and center due to the gradual shift to zero-emission means of transport, and if these bikes can be customized to the rider’s needs, it’s only for a better future. The R8 Switch+ e-bike is yet another concept that gives us a good look at the likely shape of EVs without being overly complicated or hard to imagine being feasible in real-world conditions. The bike designed for the urban lifestyle is a personal project resulting from a need felt by the designer.

Designer: R8

The scooter he had was economical and could even transport his friends. Where it failed was the aggressive riding position to experience high-speed freedom without looking silly. This prompted him to create a scooter with a shape-shifting core to go from a mellowed e-scooter to a blazing motorcycle in just under a minute. To achieve this, the geometry of the two-wheeler is seamlessly flipped.

Switch+ looks like a compact urban bike ready for daily errands in mode 1 that emphasizes efficiency, ride comfort and psychological feeling of calm. Here, the rider’s saddle is much lower and the pillow seat is slightly raised. In mode 2, the e-bike has an elevated seat positioning for the rider – like you would find on a sports bike. In this setup, the wheelset is trimmed for solo skirmishes where chicane lean and hard braking won’t be unusual. Both of these mode changes are achieved via the geometry of the rotating seat attached to the front frame section. The headlights with 4 independent LEDs can also change shape for far or shorter range in either mode with a flatter orientation or a more pointed position respectively.

The battery placed on the left side can be removed for charging or replaced with an interchangeable battery for long distance journeys. This one also features a rotating pivot for easy removal of the heavy battery from the case. The Switch+ e-bike’s longer wheelbase means it can indeed be your cafe racer whenever you feel like it!

Wiley C. Thompson