Sarolea Manx 7 Is the Electric Cafe-Racer Developed on the Isle of Man Track

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Sarolea reveals the Manx 7, the electric cafe-racer homologated for street use, a machine derived from the SP7 bike that was engineered for the TT Zero. The Manx 7 received road-legal homologation last month and will soon become available to interested customers.
We told you that Sarolea was back from the dead and a new, all-electric era dawned over the Belgian manufacturer. Their first machine was the SP7, a bike engineered for road racing, and it's been racing around the Snaefell Mountain for two years.

Things are getting better for Sarolea, as the 2015 edition of the Isle of Man saw the Belgian bike ridden by Robert Wilson finishing on an honorable fifth position.

Still a good 13 mph (20.9 km/h) behind the leading Mugen bike ridden by John McGuinness, who was clocked at 119.2 mph (191.8 km/h), Sarolea made a strong, promising debut that anticipates even more good things for the coming years.

Selling road-going bikes will help the business grow

While fielding only race bikes and having to deal with competitions alone does, indeed, sound like a dream come true, such endeavors have to be supported financially, because they can't last for too long otherwise.

Sarolea's decision to tap into the electric business market may turn out to be a smart move, especially as electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular. Still, even though Sarolea is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, established in 1850, almost half a century prior to Indian or Harley-Davidson, this will not be enough to make customers fork out their checks.

So far, Sarolea has not revealed any tech details about their all-new Manx 7 cafe-racer, but we can suspect it retains the full carbon fiber bodywork and most of the sportive character. Rumors have the Manx 7 delivering around 150 horsepower, and this might make it quite fun on the street.

The price tag is another important factor. If Sarolea wants to push Manx 7 machines at a rate better than how 20-million dollar paintings sell, the price should be kept in the affordable lane, at least as far as electric bikes go.

We'll get back to you with news soon, but until then, enjoy watching the Manx 7 on the very roads of... Manx.

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