Maeving delivers: First hundred RM1s arrive with customers

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Small-capacity urban electric firm, Maeving have now delivered around 100 of their RM1 motorcycles to customers across the UK, having only launched their website publicly at the beginning of November 2021.

Designed and assembled in Coventry, the RM1 starts at £4995 and is capable of a claimed 45mph and has a range of 80 miles with two 57.4V removable batteries installed.

“We are overjoyed,” said Maeving Co-founder, Will Stirrup. “It was a pretty special moment seeing someone enjoying what we’ve built, roughly four years after starting the journey.”


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Colin Dean rides the Maeving RM1 photo: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop press

Convincing traditional bikers of the merits of electric bikes can be a challenge. But when that biker is a 90-year-old ex-factory test rider who hasn’t ridden in over a decade, it might seem an impossible task.

But that’s exactly what happened when up-and-coming British electric bike brand Maeving invited retired former 1950s Francis-Barnett test rider Colin Dean to sample their first machine, the RM1.

Maeving are a new British brand founded by university friends Seb Inglis-Jones and Will Stirrup. Unlike many new electric lightweights, which are often Chinese-designed and built, the Maeving is a British designed and built machine, albeit using some proprietary parts such as the Bosch hub-mounted motor.

Colin Dean close up photo: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop press

The result, the RM1, is an A1/125cc equivalent roadster with retro wire wheels and classic styling but also clever, modern design touches such as a removable battery.

But what did ex-test rider Colin, who lives in Nuneaton, make of it all?

“I haven’t ridden for quite some time but I miss it,” Colin said. “It almost looks like an old bike. It looks the part. It reminds of the old way of building and design. My only worry is that I won’t be able to balance when I stop!”

Colin Dean collecting the Maeving RM1 test bike photo: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop press

A handful of runs later, however, it was all smiles from Colin.

“It’s 10 to 13 years since I’ve been on a bike but it feels comfortable, it feels right,” he added. “It’s great to be riding again after all these years. It’s something I never thought I’d experience – but I enjoyed it.

“It makes you realise what you’re missing. It’s an unusual bike but when you get used to it, it’s just a usual ride. It’s a motorbike. The more you ride it the more you want to ride it.”


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Maeving's founders outside their Coventry facility

The British motorcycle industry is making a comeback – but it’s not just the old guard re-establishing themselves. Hot on the scene comes Coventry firm Maeving, who have already sold the first 100 units of their A1-friendly RM1 electric ‘boardtracker’ with 1500 people registering an interest.

Designed and assembled in the UK by a 16-strong team of predominantly ex-Triumph engineers, the brand is the brainchild of Seb Inglis-Jones, 31, and Will Stirrup, 29, who met at university and shared a vision for setting-up a green business.

“It’s amazing to be working on bikes – particularly being electric – it feels like we’re doing our bit for climate change,” Inglis-Jones told MCN. “It’s been great to then get a positive reception.”

After five years working apart, the pair came together in December 2017 with the intention of importing a bike from China. Following a year of research and a month in China, they decided nothing on the market offered what they wanted but believed the key to their product was swappable batteries.

Maeving RM1 removable battery

“Realising that the product didn’t exist, we came back and went ‘right, we’re gonna start from scratch here’,” Will continued.

By January 2020, a prototype had been built and, despite the Covid-19 pandemic arriving that March, they were able to secure the necessary funding to begin building a team.

One of these people was Head of Product, Graeme Gilbert, who started working at Triumph in 1995, before rising to product management departments – having a hand in every Hinckley machine currently on sale.

Despite big plans, Seb, Will and the rest of the team are focused on the first batch of 100, with deliveries set for May. This is also to allow them to develop a parts and servicing operation, with Will saying: “We want to make sure that’s all tickety-boo before we try to sell too many bikes.”


Maeving RM1: British-built electric ‘boardtracker’ offers an alternative take on urban mobility

First published 12 December 2021 by Ben Clarke

Maeving RM1

The Maeving RM1 is a new small-capacity electric motorcycle assembled in Coventry which combines modern removable battery tech with 1920s boardtracker styling.

Chances are you’ve never heard of Maeving, but their 16-strong staff are predominantly ex-Triumph and they also claim to have sold out their first run of 100 machines after launching their website publicly at the beginning of November.

With a top speed of 45mph (or 28mph if you’re 16) from its Bosch hub-driven motor, the £4995 RM1 comes with a single removable battery, with a second available for an extra £995.

Both batteries can be used concurrently, with one housed inside the faux petrol tank and another directly below. The use of both boosts the motor’s performance from 4.5 kW to 5.7. The batteries can be charged via a standard domestic socket in under four hours.

Maeving RM1 removable battery

“We love this removable battery concept, and we’ll stick with that whilst we wait for the charging infrastructure to improve,” Maeving co-founder Seb Inglis-Jones told MCN. “Next year we will be starting work on a full-size bike as well. That’s very much waiting for charging infrastructure to improve, too.”

The batteries and frame are produced by Chinese firms Greenway and YCM respectively, but 65% of the components come from the UK and the bikes are  screwed together at Maeving’s Binley, Coventry unit.

“We went out to China, looked at the kind of bikes out there and thought removable batteries were an amazing concept – but we wanted to do it in a British way,” Seb continued.

Maeving RM1 dash

Away from the batteries, a metal tube running across the left of the bike routes cables to and from the dual battery controller and mimics the exhaust header pipe of a single-cylinder engine.

“When we were thinking about the original concept sketches right at the beginning, we were thinking about what era of motorcycle made sense for producing a light, manoeuvrable bike,” Seb continued. “We went right back to the turn-of-the-century, when they were converting bicycle frames into petrol frames.”

Adding to that design brief are wire wheels, twin shocks and a single analogue clock. The bikes are only available via the firm’s website (maeving.com), with servicing packages available online and the work carried out at your door.

Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

News Editor, sportsbike nut, and racing fan.