Makers of motorized bicycles, such as the ones used by tourists and schoolchildren, face the daunting task of making sure their devices don’t break.
But it is a challenge they have faced for decades.
A new tool developed by Israeli engineers, Motobee, aims to help solve this problem by enabling a rider to easily test their machine before it’s put to the test on the street.
The result is a bike that is more reliable, easier to maintain and less likely to break, said Eitan Leavitt, who co-developed the technology with fellow Israeli engineering students at Ben-Gurion University.
“Theoretically, if you break a motor, the next thing you want to do is replace it,” Leavitzit said.
“And it’s really difficult to do that.
You have to take a break and rebuild.”
Motorized bikes have been a fixture of the Israeli landscape for decades, and the country’s bike industry has been expanding ever since.
More than 80 percent of Israel’s population rides a bike at least once a week, and nearly half of all trips in Israel are made by bicycle.
The Motobees new technology can be used to make the new bike even more reliable and more affordable, said Leavitzer, who is also a research associate in the University of Southern California’s Robotics Institute.
“It’s like a tool to help us make better products and to improve the quality of the products.”
The company plans to launch its prototype of its new motorized bicycle in the near future, said co-founder Aviv Leavits.
“We are really working on the development of the product and we hope that it will become available to the public soon,” he said.
Motobee was founded in 2004 by Israeli engineer Aviv Levan and Israeli engineer and motorcyclist Yitzhak Nitsan.
Leavititzit, who worked at Israeli motorbike maker Shifters for nearly a decade, was introduced to Levan at a conference in Israel.
Levan had just completed a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Technion in Haifa.
Leevitzit became an early investor in the company, which he sold in 2008.
The company’s newest product, the Bicyclo-E, was announced in September.
It’s built from a combination of the same materials used in the motorized bikes and will feature a lighter frame, a carbon fiber frame, aluminum wheels, carbon-fiber brakes and a carbon-carbon composite frame.
The Bicycle-E is expected to be a popular and affordable bike in Israel and around the world.
Leavenitzit has developed several other products including a light-weight, compact electric motorcycle and a lighter and smaller version of the company’s electric scooter.
He hopes to offer a similar product in the future.
The new motorised bike uses a single motor with two propellers and is expected in the coming months to be in service on several Israeli cities.
The startup was founded by former motorcyclists and has attracted a large following among Israelis, Leavetts co-founded a motorcycle club called the Bikes of Israel, and Leavitalts sons have built a series of prototypes of their own.
The company says it has raised $10 million in funding and is in talks with major investors.
The bikes have sold well, according to the company.
“Our first test rode sold out within 24 hours,” Leavenits said.
“It was very, very fast, but the biggest problem was that the bike didn’t have the brakes,” Levan said.
Leavan said he and his sons started the company as a way to keep the bikes around in Israel during construction and to make them available for the community to use.
Levitt and Leavenit have also been making prototypes of a motorcycle that they hope will be ready in the first half of next year.
Motobo’s new motorbike is a big step in the right direction for the country, said Shmuel Siegel, the head of Israel Bike, an organization that promotes bicycling and public transportation in Israel, but there is a long way to go.
“Israel is a very big country and it is still developing,” he added.
“The first step is a product that is cheaper and faster and that can be made here in Israel.”