Yamaha revives Booster e-bike name with new models
The Booster Easy and Booster S-pedelec feature a step-through frame, chunky tyres and up to 78 miles of range
Yamaha, a leading motorcycle manufacturer, has reintroduced the Booster name with two new e-bikes aimed at the European urban utility market - the Booster Easy and Booster S-pedelec.
There styling is said to have been inspired by Yamaha’s Booster scooters from the 1980s and ’90s, and both feature a step-through frame and chunky 20x4-inch tyres,
The Booster Easy, however, is an electric bike that provides electric assistance up to 15.5mph, making it complies with current UK e-bike regulations.
The S-pedelec on the other hand can reach a maximum speed of 28mph with pedal assistance, meaning it is classified as an L1e moped, which requires an AM licence, number plate registration, and a helmet for riding.
Yamaha’s own PW-S2 electric drive unit provides power for both models, weighing 2.85kg and offering 75Nm of torque. It features a "zero cadence" system that provides electric assistance as soon as the pedals are engaged.
Both bikes are powered by a centrally mounted, removable 630Wh 36V battery, which is said to provide a claimed range of up to 75 miles for the Booster Easy and up to 68 miles for the Booster S-pedelec depending on the drive mode selected.
On board equipment for the bikes include bespoke Yamaha fork covers upfront, a front plate cover, mudguards, and "supernova" headlights, while the Royal Orbis seat can be adjusted. There's also rear LED lights from Koso.
The Booster Easy has a 1.7-inch LCD digital display screen, while the Booster S-pedelec has a 2.8-inch colour TFT display and a mirror on the left handlebar to comply with L1e rules.
The Booster Easy will be available for purchase soon, with the more powerful Booster S-pedelec following in June.