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J MeltonBy J Melton
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J MeltonBy J Melton
First created
$106
pledged of $58,000pledged of $58,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 4 2019

About

The only electric bike that can be an electric scooter, a full on serious electric motorcycle, or somewhere in between, all with iOS integration and real time GPS tracking.  This IS the ultimate future bike.  Most “ebikes“ these days say something like “the Tesla of electric bikes”, but we were wondering, what is the level above that?  We think we found it...

BISON Mark 1 (black) & Mark 2 (white)
BISON Mark 1 (black) & Mark 2 (white)

You don’t have to be into motorcycles or bikes to appreciate this machine.  Maybe just a desire for fun, at a reasonable safety threshold...  approachable by all. 

MARK 2 - COPY, PASTE
MARK 2 - COPY, PASTE

Powerful and Unique Electric Motorized Scooter

We love the torque provided with electric motors, and generally more is better.  Such is the Bison Bike Mark 1, a 2x2 dual wheel drive 1KW(x2) 48v e-bike.  We are also fans of vintage motor bikes, clean designs, and solid engineering.  20” x 4” direct drive wheels (chain driven results in lose of power due to friction - direct drive is power and torque direct to the ground, plus, no chain to get your pants caught in or break), 160 mm disc brakes, large banana seat, steel frame, 1 or 2 48V 12Ah batteries (depending on model), GPS tracking, iOS app for nav, manual, service, how to, video recording, locating, you just can’t beat this thing. Everything we learned from the Mark 1, we put into the Mark 2, with less power but more refinement (less weight (~65 lbs total), same speed).  We intend to build 5-10 of each model with the option for more Mark 2’s beyond our timeline, (we have already successfully built both prototypes), as works of art, as much as a method of mobility. 

Producing the Bikes at Scale, Service, Shipping

We are utilizing a performance motorbike racing R&D shop for fabrication, assembly, shipping, and servicing that has over 35 years of experience building and shipping quality products.  This will allow us to work at scale and provide quality service.  Our fabricator can issue MCO’s (Manufacture Certificate of Origin), which allow the frame to be registered in states where the bike is considered an electric motorcycle, or if your state requires registration for scooters.  This will also ensure the frame will last beyond the technology, so if a new wheel hub or battery tech emerges,  or if state laws change, the bike can also evolve.

The ‘production’ run of bikes will be professionally ceramic coated, and will include P2P Bluetooth location trackers (utilizing Tile) on battery, and will also include GPS trackers on bike, utilizing Trak-4 GPS trackers (AT&T Network). GPS tracker is rechargeable, but should last 3-18 months depending on poll interval.  You will be able to see where your bike is via the mobile app, ping it (or find the battery), and map it’s history of movement, as well as setup geofences and movement alerts.   We have the prototype frame nailed down, just need to produce at scale and through a certified vendor.  Really, the heart of this Kickstarter is to get the frames built through a DOT certified fabricator, and to get them professionally ceramic coated, for your safety and security. Note the final production version of the bikes will be fully cable managed, brake mounting points welded to frame, polished up, and without defect (bikes pictured in Kickstarter are “hard tested” prototypes).  The bikes can go up to 30 to 60 miles, depending on model.  And all bikes have keyed batteries, so you can walk away from your bike knowing it’s safe. Batteries are swapable, so if you are out and run out of juice, just pop in a spare and keep going.  You don’t have to pedal this bike, as it is a “noped”, just hit the throttle and hold on.  We think you will certainly like what we have created. Save the planet, ride a BISON!

Safety Certification:

After some really enlightening talks with the folks at CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and the NHSTA (National Highway Safety Transit Authority), and several late nights researching multiple states DMV and the federal DOT guidelines, the end result is that producing through an NHSTA/DOT approved fabricator (which we are doing) should cover the bike. Our bikes can be issued VIN numbers, and a Title that can be transferred to you, and all proper safety/info stamps and processes.  So you can ride without worry.

 *Please check with your local state DMV/laws for street legality or registration (This is a Motorized Scooter per Oklahoma law - 1000w Max Motor).

 Wikipedia - eBike Laws - United States 

Disclaimer:

This product should not be used by persons without excellent vision, balance, coordination, reflex muscle and bone strength and good decision making capabilities. This product should not be used by minors without adult supervision. This product should not be used by persons unwilling or unable to take responsibility for their own actions. The buyer/user of this product assumes ALL RISKS & LIABILITIES associated with its use. To minimize these RISKS, the user must wear safety helmet, goggles, elbow & knee pads and appropriate footwear. Please obey and check local laws as applicable.

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Mark 2 - Functionality (Modular Battery, Bluetooth tracking/GPS, USB Charging)

We are using a fairly common eBike battery, so that you can buy as many as you would like, and swap out on the go, as needed, extending your range, and allowing for easy replacement.  And at only a couple hundred dollars, they don’t break the bank when you need a back up.  The batteries have built in, as a feature, the ability to charge any USB device as well as power the bike. The frame is modular as well, so if you want a motor on the front wheel, it is a minimal controller change, (no frame change needed), or if you want a 3-5KW motor in the back wheel, to take the bike full electric motorcycle, the frame can handle it.  The idea is that the frame will last many iterations of tech, and you will still be riding. We are including Bluetooth tracking and cellular/gps tracking, built into the bikes. You can set geofences on bike ranges, get text alerts on movement, and add multiple devices to your account, making this perfect for delivery services or fleet tracking.

Bike Battery with USB charge port, Battery Switch, and Charge Port
Bike Battery with USB charge port, Battery Switch, and Charge Port
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YES!  We have an app for that.. BisonSB iOS App

Bison Superbikes iOS App - GPS Nav, Device Tracking, Video Recording, User Manual, Servicing
Bison Superbikes iOS App - GPS Nav, Device Tracking, Video Recording, User Manual, Servicing

Beta App on Bike

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Beta App Simulator Example

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With hooks into the Tile app, Instagram, Video and Camera use (record your ride!), real time GPS, route mapping, altitude, speed, trip distance, integrated user manual, and access to servicing, we figured why not use the best bike computer, the iPhone in your pocket. We also added a “dark mode” feature, because who doesn’t love dark mode?  Backers will get access to the iOS app that allows users to unlock so much more of their ride, with so much potential to come.

We are utilizing iOS device location data to provide GPS navigation data, but we also have a GPS chip onboard, (with up to 18 months of battery at 1x/day rate) that we have yet to tap into it’s full potential, (fleet tracking, geofencing, SMS alerts on GPS change), so, more to come... The app stops tracking location when the user switches out of GPS Navigation, the bikes GPS always transmits.  NO USER DATA IS UTILIZED BEYOND DEVICE. You control your own account and access.  We value privacy.


 Mark 2 - Off Road

 Mark 2 - Urban

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This will be a limited run, limited edition, each bike will be numbered, and only available (right now) to USA backers.  We will allow more than 10 of the Mark 2, and will ramp up accordingly. This will help to guarantee delivery time, success, and reduce shipping complications.  See timeline below for additional details.

THE IDEA

Bike Design
Bike Design

TESTING DUAL WHEEL DRIVE - CONTROLLER WIRING

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BISON SUPERBIKE Mark 1 ($5,000.00) 

Dual Wheel Drive (2) 1KW HUBS. 

Removable, keyed battery, with USB Charging.  Dual battery system.  Simple design, built to last, full length seat,  super fun. Integrated GPS and Bluetooth. iOS app. This thing can take you deep into the woods without disturbing nature, or allow you to pull a trailer for delivery services (trailer mount will be added to frame).

2x2 Dual Wheel (1KW each wheel) 48V E-Bike - Mark 1
2x2 Dual Wheel (1KW each wheel) 48V E-Bike - Mark 1

 Features

 Mark 1 - Dual Wheel Power

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Mark 1 - Dual Wheel Drive - Wheel Slippage / Surface Transition 

BISON Mark 1 - In the Wild
BISON Mark 1 - In the Wild
BISON Mark 1 - GoPro mounted on seat to catch Mark 2
BISON Mark 1 - GoPro mounted on seat to catch Mark 2

BISON SUPERBIKE Mark 2 ($2,500)

Removable, keyed battery, with USB Charging.  Simple design, built to last, full length seat, modular design,  super fun. Integrated GPS and Bluetooth. iOS app. ~65lbs total bike weight. 

1x2 Rear Wheel (1KW rear wheel) 48V E-Bike - Mark 2
1x2 Rear Wheel (1KW rear wheel) 48V E-Bike - Mark 2
BISON Mark 2
BISON Mark 2

Prepare to launch in 5..4..3..2..  - Foldable Foot Pegs

 All Models have Foot Pegs

Large Fold Up/Down Footpegs
Large Fold Up/Down Footpegs

Production Process (Simplified View - Mark 1)

From Frame to Customer
From Frame to Customer
BISON Mark 2 - In the Wild
BISON Mark 2 - In the Wild
Bison Mark 1 and Mark 2
Bison Mark 1 and Mark 2
BISON SUPERBIKES - Land to Sea
BISON SUPERBIKES - Land to Sea
Urban Bike
Urban Bike
Ultimate Adventurer
Ultimate Adventurer

BISON SUPERBIKES T-Shirt ($45)

Front of Shirt
Front of Shirt
Back of Shirt
Back of Shirt

Canvas Print ($35)

Canvas Print (front view)
Canvas Print (front view)
Canvas Print (side view)
Canvas Print (side view)

Wood Poster ($30) 

Wood Based Poster
Wood Based Poster

Timeline:




 Ride a BISON!

 BISONSUPERBIKES.COM 

Risks and challenges

Almost all parts are sourced readily and within the USA. We assemble in USA. Very few parts are shipped in, so only those parts might cause time delays, but is not to be expected.

Attaining VIN (Vehicle Identification Numbers) and Titling the bikes will add some time to the project. But we have a team that knows the hurdles involved and have no foreseeable issue with going through the process.

Shipping out bikes: The bikes are rather large to ship, but we are limiting our run to the USA only for bikes, to guarantee minimal logistic hurdles. We are located in the heart of the U.S. making shipping logistics relatively similar no matter destination (excluding Hawaii). Additionally, the limit on the number of produced bikes in this batch will help constrain unknowns.

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    BISON Mark 2 E-Bike 1kw 48v Noped 1x2

    1000w 48v ebike, 25mph max. Custom design, assembled in America.

    Mark 2 Includes:
    *160mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes w/ electronic engine shut off (controller function) - kills motor when brakes are engaged
    *Rear Wheel 1000w 48V 20” x 4” + tire and tube
    *48V 12Ah battery
    *48V 1000w controller
    *Large Banana Seat - full length seat
    *Foot pegs - foldable
    *20” x 4” front wheel (no motor) + tire and tube
    *Bison Superbike Frame (white ceramic coated)
    *Controller box (housing)
    *Tile Bluetooth Tracker (on battery)
    *Trak4 GPS Tracker - for on device GPS locating
    iOS App that provides user manual, navigation, user mapping, video recording, instagram tie in, GPS locating, access to service, and pinging of the bike, with more features to come.
    Total Bike Weight: ~65lbs

    Buyer will need to setup Tile and GPS features.

    Bike will come almost fully assembled. Buyer will attach front wheel (quick release mount), attach battery, check tire psi, and will need to check brakes before use.

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    Bison Mark 2 - with VIN and Title

    Same as Mark 2 but with VIN number and Title. For those that need to register the bike with their state.

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    BISON Mark 1 E-Bike 1kwX2 48v Noped 2x2

    LIMITED EDITION:
    2 powered 1KW 48V wheels, 25mph max speed. Black on Black frame and parts.

    *160mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes w/ motor shut off
    *Rear Wheel 1000w 48V 20” x 4” + tire and tube
    *Front Wheel 1000w 48V 20” x 4” + tire and tube
    *Foot pegs - foldable
    *Keyed battery system
    *Bison Superbikes frame - black
    *(2) Tile Bluetooth Trackers (on batteries)
    *Trak4 GPS Tracker - for on device/bike GPS locating
    *iOS App that provides user manual, navigation, user mapping, video recording, instagram tie in, GPS locating, access to service, and pinging of the bike, with more features to come.
    *(2) 48V 12Ah battery - each battery should go ~30 miles, making this thing run for near 60 miles on a charge. And it can run on just one battery at a time or both.
    Total Bike Weight: ~85lbs
    Bikes will be numbered. Only 10 of these are going out, limited edition, limited run.

    Buyer will need to setup Tile and GPS features.

    ***Check local laws for street legality.

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    Same as Mark 1 but with VIN and title

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