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Coninsan
03 February 2011, 0536
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/02/saietta-2011-02-02-600.jpg


A new player has entered the electric motorcycle game, joining the likes of Brammo's Empulse but doing it with rather more... unconventional styling. It's the Agility Global Saietta, an all-electric sports bike that will come in two flavors: the 50 mile range Saietta S and the 100 mile Saietta R. The latter of the two will be quicker than the first, getting to 60 in under four seconds, whereas S riders will have to wait another tick of the stopwatch. Naturally that extra range and speed will cost you: 9,975 for the S and 13,975 for the R, figures that equate to roughly $16,200 and $22,650. Hefty sums, both, but nobody said being on the cutting edge of the humpbacked sport bike trend was going to be cheap. We weren't given any specific horsepower or weight figures, but we're told the power to weight ratio is 675hp per ton. You can make your own guesses about weight to try and get a firm power figure, but it certainly should be peppy enough.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/03/agility-saietta-unveiled-the-decidedly-unconventional-electric/

:O

Richard230
03 February 2011, 0832
I just saw that on the MCN teaser web site. I admire the Italians for their forward design thinking - but I doubt that design is going to sell very many units to typically conservative motorcycle buyers. It would look wonderful displayed in a modern art museum, though.

harlan
03 February 2011, 0902
There are some actual pictures of it posted on Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/03/agility-saietta-unveiled-the-decidedly-unconventional-electric/)

The styling, with all the junk up front, reminds me of the Dugally Soma which Hell For Leather (http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/01/why-the-dugally-somma-isn%e2%80%99t-ugly/) points out, doesn't look as strange when someone is sitting on it.

teddillard
03 February 2011, 1408
... Dugally Soma which Hell For Leather (http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/01/why-the-dugally-somma-isn%e2%80%99t-ugly/) points out, doesn't look as strange when someone is sitting on it.

HAHAHahaaha: "We can practically hear your knuckles crack as you prepare to head into comments and type something along the lines of “I just threw up a little in my mouth” or “Nuke it from space, it’s the only way to be sure.” Took the words outta my mouth. Butt ugliest excuse for a bike I think I can remember ever seeing... both of them.

jpanichella
03 February 2011, 1545
that thing is a bummer

EVcycle
03 February 2011, 1614
IMHO....Butt Ugly.

Remotecontact
04 February 2011, 1821
Looks like an Agni to me.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/02/saietta-2011-02-02-800-05.jpg

Tony Coiro
04 February 2011, 1841
It might feel weird riding that at speed, normally a windshield/deflector moves the wind away from the rider. This body style seems ideal to channel it into you chest and body.

magicsmoke
04 February 2011, 1859
I admire the Italians for their forward design thinking -

It's British, just an Italian name. Designed by Agility Global ltd. in London.

Coninsan
05 February 2011, 0554
It might feel weird riding that at speed, normally a windshield/deflector moves the wind away from the rider. This body style seems ideal to channel it into you chest and body.

Have you every ridden a Feetforward harley stile cruiser? I'd bet this would feel very similar
It's like hitting a brick wall while riding at 140kph!

larryrose11
05 February 2011, 1358
Wow, that is ugly. I have seen a lot of ugly things done in the name of efficiency, but this is ugly just because.
Id be willing to bet it would be much more pretty naked.

In its current form, It looks like the skull of a duck-billed dinosaur
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-02/13/xin_2420205131015265224735.jpg

drivin98
07 February 2011, 0519
I'll admit I found the design somewhat jarring at first. Perhaps I could go over to the dark side...depending on how it looks going down the road. Preferably through some esses. I was taken aback by the catfishedness of the Nissan Leaf at first but it's come to grow on me.

BoneFire
07 February 2011, 1216
An a scale with great handling on one end and great looks on the other... what would you choose?


Crucially, Marazzi points out that the bike's appearance has been built around its handling capabilities, and not the other way around. Agility engaged top suspension designers from four major suspension companies very early in the design process and gave them free reign to design their dream suspension setups without regard for traditional looks.

I agree that it looks ugly, but from an engeneering perspective I give Marazzi props for focusing on the function over form. Sounds like the name, Agility, is the selling point and if it's as flickable as he says, it should be a blast to ride. I"m not hating the black & deep red as much.


http://i56.tinypic.com/2dbtppc.jpg



Here is a new article (http://www.gizmag.com/agility-saietta-interview-lawrence-marazzi-electric-motorcycle/17799/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=95124534ff-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email)with more info, more pics and a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfiL9oqMzCw) of Marazzi discussing his design process and philosophy.

NonPolluter
07 February 2011, 1226
That saddle looks hard. Where are the rear shocks?

BoneFire
07 February 2011, 1240
That saddle looks hard. Where are the rear shocks?

Click on the link in my above post for 21 pics.

http://i53.tinypic.com/10ekh1d.jpg

teddillard
07 February 2011, 1242
That's a pretty interesting video interview, thanks for posting, Bonefire. Looks like the same battery configuration as the Brammo, 'cept maybe more- three rows perhaps?
...and yes. Work is boring today. :O

Warren
13 June 2012, 1623
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi7EhYgHPX4&feature=bf_prev&list=UUzz4CoEgSgWNs9ZAvRMhW2A

http://saietta.com/saietta_r.html

CliC
13 June 2012, 2103
3265

Family resemblance?

Warren
16 August 2013, 1528
Someone likes it.

http://insideevs.com/first-saietta-r-electric-motorcycle-gets-delivered/

Richard230
16 August 2013, 1549
I am impressed with the engineering and effort put into the Saietta, as well at the company's guts for making and selling a very unusually styled motorcycle. I wish them well, but that styling is not for me. It is just too far out. No doubt more than one Saietta will find themselves exhibited in a modern industrial art museum some day.