Spanish motorbike manufacturer Bultaco returns with 37mph electric bicycle

The rugged Brinco is designed to tear-up forests and city streets

The Spanish motorcycle manufacturer, which once crafted some of the most exquisite off-road two-wheeled machines in the world, is back but with an all-electric contraption that will have a few fans scratching their heads.

The Brinco is a 100 per cent battery-powered bicycle that can either be pedalled or, with a flick of the wrist, propelled by the on-board 3kW motors at speeds of up to 37mph.

Don't expect to be throwing the Brinco over your shoulder and tackling a challenging cyclocross route anytime soon because it weighs a whopping 33kg, but it does produce an impressive 60Nm torque (great for wheelies) and boasts a range of 100km on a single charge.

Charging takes just two hours from a standard domestic plug socket.

The aluminium frame is designed to hit the trails - as long as there is no lifting required - and is based on a modern downhill mountain bike. It features two independent suspension systems, upside-down forks at the front and a Piggyback Monoschock unit at the rear, while braking is taken care of by serious discs and four-piston calipers.

Users can also pair a smartphone to the Brinco and easily access the remaining battery charge, as well as geographically locate the so-called moto-bike from anywhere in the world via an optional on-board sim card.

Distance, speed and energy consumption can also be pulled up on a bespoke app, while the business of locking and starting this beefy bike is taken care of by a NFC-enable wristband, doing away with keys entirely.

Only 175 Bultaco Brino moto-bikes will go on sale next year, each sporting a price tag of £3,756, so it might be worth sticking to the rusty Raleigh in the garage.

This bike goes so fast you should definitely be buying one of the best motorbike helmets to go with it.

Leon Poultney

Leon has been writing about automotive and consumer tech for longer than he cares to divulge. When he’s not testing the latest fitness wearable and action camera, he’s out in a shed fawning over his motorcycles or trying not to kill himself on a mountain bike/surfboard/other extreme thing. He's also a man who knows his tools, and he's provided much of T3's drills coverage over the years, all without injuring himself.