It’s not every day that we get to report on a motorcycle racing legend starting a new business venture.
But such is the case with Valentino Rossi and his VR46 product development company.
The Doctor has long been a masterful marketing machine, and his latest venture should not surprise fans.
Just last month, rumours began circulating of Rossi’s foray into electric bicycles, with the news confirmed by Dainese.
The new VR46 E-Bike range of road bikes is being developed with mobility specialists MT Distribution.
The VR46 e-MTB arrives in a Premium and Limited Edition variant.
On this occasion, VR46 CEO Carlo Alberto Tebaldi said, “In VR46 Racing Apparel, we have already embarked on an evolutionary path for some time that will see the birth of projects that have as their objective the creation of performance-oriented products.
It had been a long time that we wanted to expand our offer and enter the world of cycling, especially in the off-road sector”.
Specs and Features
The bike will boast carbon fibre parts for those about to drop a few extra quid on the higher-end variant, including a super-smooth suspension, feel.
The particular variant will also have the wireless gearbox, and MT Distribution plans to bring only 46 units which will also arrive with a certificate of authenticity and signed by the Doctor himself.
The motor and the electronics will arrives from Bosch.
Apart from these, both these limited editions will share the same specs. Both these bikes will also arrive with Pirelli Scorpion E- tires.
And will get a 27.5-inch rear wheel with a 35mm inner rim width and a 29-inch front wheel with a 30mm rear wheel.
To lower the centre of gravity and increase the robustness of the frame, the battery is located at the bottom of the frame.
Further, the suspension has a 160 mm fork and a 205/67.5mm shock absorber.
However, in the e-MTB, much of the tech details are still under the wrap. But VR46 has strong tech partners like Ohlins, Sram/Rock Shox, Bosch, Pirelli, Fulcrum,Ochain, Crankbrothers andTechnomousse.
The pricing and tech specs will be revealed at 2021 EICMA.