Do you have small children? Or, perhaps, with relatives, friends? Want to help them learn to ride on two wheels?
This, of course, is not yet about motorcycles, and not even about bicycles. In our childhood, everything started with tricycles, followed by Lyovushki and Olympics with additional wheels. But oddly enough, it turned out that the only thing these things are good for is developing the ability to pedal. Frankly speaking, not the main skill when driving on two wheels.
Some smart guys decided to combine a scooter and a small bike and came up with a balance bike, which in Russian-speaking everyday life was aptly dubbed “balance bike”… What it is? Yes, the same Lyovushka, the most lightweight small bike suitable for a kid in size, but devoid of pedals. The child learns to ride, pushing off with his feet – that is, absolutely not afraid of losing contact with a reliable ground, but at the same time receiving all the reflexes necessary to control a two-wheeled bicycle, including tilting, braking and even counter-steering. Children who have mastered the balance bike, without any fears, without the need for additional support and with excellent skills, immediately transfer to a two-wheeled bicycle, generally bypassing non-tilting options.
But we live in the 21st century, and where there is room for two wheels, one of them can be equipped with a motor. If the internal combustion engine for a balance bike is a clear overkill, then a small electric motor is the very thing. If parents buy little electric cars in which they drive on the sidewalks, independently steering and braking, then why not give the child the opportunity to learn how to drive a two-wheeled children’s “transport”? Such balance bikes are called in English. “power-assisted balance bike”, but in Russian it will be an electric runbike. Doesn’t it look like anything?
Someone may joke, they say, millennials invented the scooter, but this is ridiculous until you find out that major motorcycle manufacturers are happy and interested in this product. This is the Pierer Mobility Group, the parent company of KTM and Husqvarna. Together with electric balance bike manufacturer StaCyc (Stability Cycle, read Stasic), they launched two balance bike models wrapped in the well-known Husqvarna and KTM livery.
KTM Factory / Husqvarna Replica StaCyc
In early February, KTM announced the release of the orange and black StaCyc models, that is, wearing the trademark livery of the Austrian brand.
And given that modern Husqvarna products are most often based on the same chassis as KTM, it was only a matter of time to release similar products in Husky livery.
The models are called KTM Factory / Husqvarna Replica StaCyc 12eDrive and 16eDrive. The 12eDrive has a seat height of 33cm, is fitted with 12-inch wheels and is designed for children ages 3 to 5, weighs less than 8 kilograms, is based on an aluminum frame and features a BMX-style fork, while the 16eDrive, with a 43cm height seat, rides on 16 wheels and is designed for ages 4 to 8.
Both models have a free rolling mode – that is, they can be used without an electric drive, like conventional balance bikes, as well as three electric traction modes, useful as the child’s skills grow. Three 12eDrive modes set the top speed at 8, 11 and 14 kilometers per hour, and on 16eDrive – 8, 12 and 21.
The batteries of both models charge quickly and provide 30-60 minutes of runtime.
Features of the KTM and Husqvarna StaCyc 12e and 16e
- Strong and lightweight aluminum frame
- Three power modes
- Safe 20V lithium battery with thermal protection
- Working time 30-60 minutes, charging time 45-60 minutes
- Seats height 33cm and 43cm
- Riders age from 3 to 8 years
- Steel BMX fork, pneumatic wheels
- Multifunctional gas, display mode and battery charge
- Aesthetics and Ergonomics of Off-Road Racing Motorcycles
Balance bikes from KTM Factory and Husqvarna Replica StaCyc will be sold exclusively through KTM and Husqvarna dealers.