Motorcycle insourance

How to choose the best motorcycle insurance

When choosing an insurance policy, whether for a home or a vehicle, many factors come into play that can determine the choice of one type of policy or another. 

 

In the case of motorcycle insurance, sometimes the price is the determining factor in opting for one or the other. However, in most cases, if not all, it is worth increasing basic insurance protection and evaluating different options. 

 

To do so, it is important to consider several tips that will ensure comprehensive coverage and avoid the owner of the motorcycle certain problems in the medium and long term. 

 

Rossvolt, as an expert in the electric automotive sector, will give you some tips to help you choose the best motorcycle insurance. Are you ready?   

 

Why is it so important to choose the right motorcycle insurance?

 

There is no denying that the level of risk when driving a two-wheeled vehicle is higher than when driving other types of vehicles, such as cars. 

 

For this reason, choosing the most suitable motorcycle insurance according to your preferences is vital to provide you with all the guarantees you need when you are out on the road daily. 

 

In many cases, when choosing the best motorcycle insurance, only the motorcycle insurance quotes are considered. However, it is essential to evaluate more aspects that, although you may think they are not very important, can be decisive when the time comes.

 

Below, we will go deeper into the questions you have to ask yourself before choosing one motorcycle insurance or another. Let's get to it!  

 

How to choose the best motorcycle insurance

 

In the following sections, we give you the keys you should consider to choose the motorcycle insurance you need. 

 

 1. How do you usually use your motorcycle?

Being a motorcyclist is a lifestyle, but it doesn't mean you use this vehicle every day. That's the first thing you should consider: how much do you use your bike? 

 

To find out, establish these points:

  • How often do you ride your motorcycle? 
  • What journeys do you make? 
  • How many kilometers do you ride? 
  • Do you usually ride alone or with someone else? 

 

Then follow a simple rule of three: the more you use your bike, the more risks your bike is exposed to and the more cover your insurance should have. 

 

 

2. What does your motorcycle look like?

 

Just as when you take out cover for your car, motorcycle insurance depends on the characteristics of the vehicle:

  • Its cylinder capacity.
  • It is fairing.
  • Its accessories.
  • If it is classic motorbike insurance or not. 
  • If the motorbike is top of the range. 

 

Here we use the same rule of three that we saw in the previous section. In other words, the more valuable and newer the motorcycle, the more cover you will have to take out.

 

When making motorcycle insurance quotes, you need to assess your investment in the vehicle and when. From there, you can then go for the policy you need. Don't forget that it will never cover more than your motorcycle is worth. 

 

 

3. Where are you going to park your motorcycle?

 

Another vital question when choosing motorcycle insurance is where you park your vehicle. Not only when you are at home but also on your regular commute, especially when you go to work. 

 

If your motorcycle is parked most of the time in a garage, the level of risk decreases. For example, it will be more difficult to damage it by vandalism or weather conditions. This will be taken into account by you but also by the insurer when setting the price. 

 

 

4. How do you want to pay for your motorcycle insurance?

 

The best motorcycle insurance is the one that offers you the best coverage for the lowest price. That is why, when talking about economic issues, we will focus only on the payment method. 

 

It is not uncommon for your insurer to offer you to pay in installments, but they do not always do so without receiving consideration. So check if there is a discount if you pay in one installment and if the cost increases if you pay monthly, in three or four installments, or in whatever way you agree with the company.

 

In any case, it is normal that if you make a single payment, the insurance price will be lower. 

 

 

5. What coverages are basic when taking out motorcycle insurance?

 

Multi motorcycle insurance or with various covers is always the best option. These are the ones that you must have, regardless of the policy you take out:

 

  • That it covers the driver's health care. 
  • That it offers roadside assistance from kilometer zero. 
  • That it has a good defense, it must deal with the processing of appeals through administrative and enforcement channels, regardless of the fine imposed on you. 
  • It must guarantee that you will receive financial compensation in the event of theft or damage.

 

In addition to all these factors, it is also important that you check the ratings and reviews of former customers to make sure that all the services offered by the insurer are true and that they are delivered. In the end, a good or bad review can tip the balance one way or the other. 

 

From Rossvolt, we hope these tips have been useful, and we invite you to choose the best motorcycle insurance, but above all, that you enjoy it to the fullest wherever you go!  

 


Electric charging point installation

How to install an electric charging point

Electric vehicles are becoming the most popular mobility option and are increasingly taking center stage on the road. 

 

This type of vehicle has so many advantages that not only make it clear that the future of mobility will be completely electric but also make it clear that this future is getting closer and closer, and more and more drivers are opting to leave fuel aside as a refueling method. 

 

However, before deciding whether to opt for an electric vehicle or not, one of the most frequent doubts has to do with the charging process and how it is the electric charging point installation.  

 

Don't worry. Rossvolt, as a manufacturer of electric motorcycles, invites you to discover the different electric charging solutions you can find, read on! 

 

What do you need to know to install electric recharging points?

 

For the electric vehicle charging point installation, we can consider different scenarios, depending on the location of the charging point itself. So, from Rossvolt, we will raise the various methods to know what tips we should know and apply in each of them. Take note! 

 

If you live in a single-family house

 

You will install your electric charging point at home if you live in a single-family house. This is the easiest option, and you can choose to do it outside or in the garage. 

 

If you choose to install your electric vehicle charging point outdoors, the socket must be protected from damage due to changes in the weather. In addition, it must be connected to the house's electrical panel. Therefore, it is best to choose the closest location. 

 

We recommend you to charge your vehicle at night, as your consumption is minimal at that time, and you will not have to contract more power, as it is sufficient to have a charger limited to approximately 3.7 kW. If you have no choice but to charge your motorcycle during the day or want a more powerful charger, you will have to contact a higher power. 

 

When it comes to installation, it is highly advisable to seek professional advice and consult the regulations governing the installation of an electrical charging point at home; ITC BT 52, and its Scheme 4, to avoid any problem or unforeseen eventuality. 

 

If you have a parking space in your building

 

If you live in a flat and have your own parking space in the garage, installing a electric charger is the best thing to do. You should consult Diagram 2 of the regulations that control the installation and connect the charger to the meter in your home so that the expense produced is independent of the community.

 

This is the simplest option, as the cost will go directly to your bill, you will only have to check if you need to increase the power. The installation price will also depend on how far away your square is from the meter panel. It is also advisable to know that you do not need the permission of the residents' association to install any electric charger. It is enough to communicate, so you will not have any problem. 

 

If you have a parking space in another building

 

Ideally, you should have a charging point at home, but this is not always possible. If you have a parking space in another building, the issue becomes a little more complicated, and you will have to take into account the following steps:

 

  • Apply to the residents' association. As the charging point will not be connected to your electric panel, you must apply for a permit from the building's community, which will have to be approved later at a neighbors' meeting. Afterward, you must install your meter to be billed directly for your consumption. The rate you will pay for electricity will be the same as the rate contracted by the community in its common areas. 

 

  • Supply point. Another possibility for an electric vehicle charging point is registering a supply point. If you do so, you will have a bill in your name directly and choose the most convenient tariff for you.

 

  • Renting a parking space. If the parking space is not yours and you only rent it, you have to ask the owner to install a recharge point, which will have to be connected to the house's meter. The most effective way to pay will be to pay your landlord the amount corresponding to this electricity cost, as this consumption will be included in your electricity bill. 

 

If you need to install a charger in an outdoor garage

 

It is also possible to install a charging point in an outdoor communal garage. The drawback? The cost will be higher due to the distance from the building's meter, and installing this charging point sometimes requires building work. However, it is worth it for the subsequent savings. 

 

In this case and any other that involves the installation of the charging point in a communal place, the benefit is that several neighbors can take charge of the investment and share the sockets. 

 

What if you don't have a garage?

 

If you do not have a garage, you will have to charge your vehicle at a charging point located in a public space, something that may not be entirely convenient as you will have to travel and depend on the charging point's opening hours every time you need to charge the battery.  

 

Do you have any other questions about the installation of electric charging points? Rossvolt, a specialist in electric motorcycles, will be happy to advise you and provide you with all the information you need. Contact us! 

 

 


Apps for drivers

Top 7 essential apps every driver should know

Nowadays, technology is present in practically all areas of life, providing us with facilities and conveniences for whatever we need. 

 

This context, characterized by technology and digitalization, also extends to the field of driving and traveling, with the development of driving apps that try to solve doubts and offer content oriented to the user's interests and needs on the road becoming more and more frequent. 

 

At Rossvolt, as a manufacturer of electric motorcycles with a focus on innovation and technology, we are going to discover the list of apps for drivers that you should have on your phone. Grab your phone and take note!   

 

What are the 7 apps for drivers that you can't do without?

 

Smartphones, since their inception, have had a Play Store with an endless number of apps for all tastes and needs, including any requirements that drivers may have when tackling their journey or during it. 

 

There are many apps for drivers, but some stand out for dealing with issues that are truly relevant to drivers. The options are varied. However, at Rossvolt, we have made a selection of those, available for Android and iOS, that stand out for meeting the demands of most drivers and are geared to cover all their needs. 

 

Below, we invite you to discover the 7 best driving apps that you can find

 

1.- Waze. We could say that it is a collaborative app, as it is the users of the service themselves who provide the information, and it is, for many, one of the best driving apps. It allows you to know, at a European level, the state of traffic, road works, and anything else happening on the roads in real-time. This tool will save time and some problems related to fines or traffic jams, for example.

 

   2.- GasBuddy app or Google Maps. These are two applications that, using the phone's GPS, can find the nearest service station or petrol station at the lowest price. The App uses data sent by users, apps, and petrol station operators directly, so it has up-to-date information.

 

   3.- PlugShare. In case you are committed to electric mobility, this App, available for iOS and Android, provides information on where the nearest charging point is, so if your battery charge is on its last legs, don't forget to check this App! 

 

   4.- Drivies App: Are you a good driver? Then Drivies is sure to confirm it. It is an application that seeks to encourage the  development of good driving habits to promote driving based on safety. When this is the case, the App detects it and rewards the user. For example, one of the rewards is to help you get the lowest prices when taking out your motorcycle insurance. 

 

   5.- Find my Car. This App for Android devices is perfect for anyone who forgets where they parked their vehicle... in other words, for most drivers. The App records the exact spot where you've left your vehicle and then uses Google Navigation to navigate the vehicle via GPS. If you have an iPhone, you'll discover other similar options, such as Find My Car Parking. In any case, no more hours of wandering around because you forgot where you left your motorcycle.  

 

   6.- Drivvo. Also available for iOS and Android. This App helps drivers save money by keeping track of expenses related to their vehicles, such as fuel, maintenance, and insurance. It also provides drivers with useful summaries and statistics.

 

   7.- Driver mode. Finally, Driver mode is an iPhone application that allows you to control the different apps on your phone without touching them. It comes with a non-glance interface and is useful for avoiding distractions while driving. For Android, you can use Driver mode, thanks to Google Assistant.

 

What is the best App for driving?

 

Knowing all these driving apps will allow you to enjoy your journeys even more and bring conveniences and facilities to make your trips safer and more enjoyable. 

 

Each App offers different functionalities, so deciding which is the best App for drivers is a bit complicated. You'll have to try them and tell us which one you choose. But without a doubt, best driving apps are the ones that enriches your experience on the road by ensuring your comfort and safety. From Rossvolt, we can only wish you a happy journey!


Motorcycle equipment

Safety equipment for motorcycling: Everything you need to know

For many, motorcycles are considered their favorite mode of transport, not only because of the freedom they represent but also because of the adrenaline rush they feel on top of it. 

 

When riding a motorcycle, whether it is a short distance trip or a route that has hundreds and hundreds of kilometers ahead of it, it is essential to take into account several motorcycle protection elements that will guarantee our safety at all times in case of any unforeseen events, bumps or falls. 

 

At Rossvolt, as lovers and experts of motorcycles and electric mobility, we want to guarantee you maximum safety on the road at all times. That's why in the following post, we will take a closer look at the safety equipment for motorcycles, take note!

 

What is motorcycle equipment?

 

Motorcycle equipment includes all those elements that protect the integrity of the rider on the road. Among these items, only one is mandatory now: the motorcycle helmet. 

However, the rest are highly recommended, especially when the weather conditions are not optimal and you have a long journey ahead.  

 

Motorcycle helmet, what should you know?

 

As you already know, at the moment, the only element that is compulsory by law when riding a motorcycle is the helmet, as stated in the General Road Traffic Regulations.

 

Furthermore, this document specifies that the motorcycle helmet must be approved or certified to comply with current legislation and that its use is compulsory on all types of roads.  

 

When choosing the best motorcycle helmet, it is important to remember that it must have specific characteristics to perform its function properly.  

 

Among the most standard models of motorcycle helmets, there are several options, from full-face helmets recommended for long journeys to avoid wind blows to the face and eyes to open-face or jet helmets or modular helmets

 

Another factor to take into account when buying a motorcycle helmet is the choice of size, avoiding in any case that it is loose, trying to adjust it as much as possible to the head so that it exerts some pressure, always in a controlled manner and without being an excessive pressure. 

 

When you do not wear a motorcycle helmet, you risk a fine, but above all, most importantly, you threaten your safety and expose yourself to worse consequences in an accident. For this reason, you should never neglect to wear a helmet at any time, no matter how short or well-known the route is.

 

In the following section, we invite you to learn about other safety elements for motorcyclists that are not mandatory but highly recommended. Let's get to it!   

 

What other safety features are there for motorcyclists? 

 

To ensure complete safety and be really protected on two wheels on the asphalt, in addition to the best motorcycle helmet, you also need to take into account the following elements: 

 

  • Gloves. Although there has been a lot of talk about making them compulsory, they are not at the moment. What they are, however, is almost essential. They protect you in the event of a fall, improve grip, and reduce vibrations... So please don't skimp on buying good summer or winter gloves and ensure they protect the knuckles and the rest of the hand and wrist. 

 

  • Motorcycle jacket. When choosing a motorbike jacket, don't settle for just anyone, but check the materials and strength to ensure it is protective. These jackets must be made of materials that can withstand abrasion and allow mobility, so the choice of size also plays an important role. In addition, if you opt for brightly colored garments, you will improve your visibility to other drivers. There are models of motorbike jackets for summer that help ventilation and perspiration, avoiding accumulating too much heat for times when the heat is suffocating.

 

  • Motorcycle trousers. Motorbike trousers are intended to fulfill the same function as jackets. So they are another essential motorbike accessory when you're out on the road, especially on long trips. 

 

  • Motorcycle boots. Motorbike boots are not everyone's cup of tea, although there is a wide variety of designs to find models that best suit your style. In any case, their design should protect you, at least up to the ankle. Also, ensure they have protection on the toe and heel, so they are effective in case of impact. 

 

  • Leather overalls. Leather overalls are rarely used for short rides because they can be uncomfortable for your routine. However, they are ideal and highly recommended for longer routes or trips, as they can protect the body's most sensitive areas that may be exposed to other types of clothing.  

 

In addition to these garments, other motorcycle accessories help drivers enjoy their favorite vehicle with guaranteed safety and comfort, such as visors and goggles. They have to be the right choice to have a wide vision angle and correspond to the weather conditions. 

 

At Rossvolt, as specialists in electric motorcycles, we will be happy to advise you on everything you need to make the most of the road while ensuring complete safety at all times. Contact us! 


Lithium batteries

Challenges of electric mobility: Capacities and recycling of lithium batteries

Among the challenges of sustainable mobility is making progress in developing mobility solutions that are increasingly in line with respect and care for the environment. 

 

In this sense, the focus is on developing and producing the necessary automotive components that enable electric and sustainable mobility without losing the goal of enjoying excellent mobility capabilities in terms of electric efficiency, speed, and range.

 

At the center of this objective are the lithium batteries, a fundamental element to operating electric vehicles that bets for complete energy efficiency, leaving aside the combustion engines characterized by their high levels of pollutants. 

 

From Rossvolt, as experts in electric mobility and all the factors that influence it, we will delve into lithium batteries to know their environmental impact and their contribution to sustainable electric mobility. Read on!  

 

Why are lithium batteries one of the challenges of electric mobility?

 

Lithium batteries are currently the focus of research worldwide due to their importance in the energy transition process, especially in the electrification of the automotive sector. 

 

Its development has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, as it is one of the technologies beginning to lead the new energy and mobility paradigm. Lithium batteries are one of the main challenges of electric mobility because they are key to the continued progress in the design and performance of electric vehicles. 

 

Increasing their capacity is among the objectives of numerous research projects, in addition to discovering how to optimize the recycling process for lithium batteries. 

 

This insistence on improvements in this type of battery is supported by the importance of sustainable mobility, predicting an all-electric future on the roads. 

 

The European Commission's report "Strategic Research Agenda for batteries 2020" states that by 2030 the world energy demand is expected to reach 2,600 GWh. According to experts, this figure makes it clear that electric batteries need to be more powerful, charge faster and last much longer. 

 

In addition to this report, PROMET stands out; the analysis focuses on extending the life of lithium-ion batteries that also seeks to have a more efficient battery design from the beginning, which does not entail so many tests or such high costs related to its development. 

 

This research has resulted in a digital battery model, which includes a tool that simulates the process of assembling the battery, analyzing the final quality of the product, its capacity loss, and other issues to estimate its maximum lifetime. 

 

The degradation process of the electric batteries has also been the focus of analysis to find out how they lose their capacity to store energy and why their performance decreases over time, a research that has also been carried out through a digital battery model. 

 

As is logical, the PROMET project is key for battery manufacturers to realize the advances achieved through digital models and that these advances are reflected in the incorporation of lithium batteries that meet these characteristics in the different models of electric vehicles

 

This type of research is necessary to continue incorporating advances in the automotive and mobility sector. Lithium batteries, undoubtedly, already reflect the result of long research processes that make visible that efficient, sustainable, and electric mobility is possible.

 

What are some of the challenges to be faced when designing lithium batteries?

 

Lithium batteries are the present and the future of mobility, as they can store more energy in less space than other batteries, thus posing a challenge to the challenges of climate change through decarbonization and renewable energies.  

 

In addition, lithium-ion batteries incorporate other elements that improve their performance and safety, controlling the charge and current flow, recording the last capacity reached in the full charge, and controlling the temperature.   

 

Despite the many positive functionalities incorporated, lithium batteries are still exposed to research to integrate advances in their operation, charging, and useful life, among which we can differentiate: 

 

  • Lithium batteries charger. Developing faster, more efficient, and accessible battery chargers are necessary. Charging the vehicle must be a dynamic process that does not take too much time. It is also vital to increase their capacity to reduce the charges needed to cope with a trip.

 

  • Efficient rechargeable lithium batteries. Lithium batteries always lose some of their charging power. Depending on the model, it will take more or less time, but degradation is inevitable. Increasing the time they last offering maximum performance should be one of the objectives. 

 

  • Recycling lithium batteries. Recycling lithium batteries is a challenge in electric mobility; looking at developing a recycling process that allows them to be given a second useful life. Currently the batteries of motorcycles and cars are being reused for other elements that are less demanding. For example, there are companies that are professionally dedicated to making powerwalls so that photovoltaic energy can be stored in homes. This is just one example of how vehicle batteries can be given a second life. 

 

Compared to traditional rechargeable battery technology, lithium batteries have many advantages, mainly related to charging time, higher energy density, no memory effect, and no loss of charge when not in use. However, they are still open to incorporating many other advantages that make it clear that electric and sustainable mobility is possible and is the future of the automotive industry. 

 

At Rossvolt, with a clear focus on energy efficiency, environmental care, and respect, we will continue our production of electric motorcycles incorporating the latest technological advances in the battery system, range, and design. Are you ready to join the electric mobility revolution? Join Rossvolt! 


Electric vehicle maintenance

How to maintain an electric motorcycle

When you opt for an electric vehicle, whether it is a car or an electric motorcycle, you are not only betting and contributing to establishing sustainable mobility, but you will also be part of a community that is aware that the miles and roads can be enjoyed just as much or more without the need of combustion engines

 

One of the first things you ask yourself before deciding on an electric motorcycle is the maintenance conditions to know what care, revisions and specifications are required. What if I tell you that it is one of the most comfortable vehicles and requires less maintenance? 

 

From Rossvolt, as manufacturers of electric motorcycles with greater autonomy in the market, we will tell you how to maintain your electric motorcycle to enjoy it for many years. Are you ready? 

 

How to maintain electric vehicles in 4 steps? 

 

It is well known that the maintenance of an electric motorcycle is simpler than that of a conventional motorcycle with a combustion engine. The simplicity of its mechanics explains the simplicity of its maintenance. 

 

However, this does not mean that it is not necessary to pay a minimum of attention and make the relevant revisions to ensure that the vehicle is in perfect condition. For this reason, electric motorcycles require certain basic care that helps to prolong their useful life, such as periodically checking the wheels, the condition of the tires, the brakes and, of course, the battery. 

 

With these 4 steps for the maintenance of electric vehicles, as expert manufacturers of electric motorcycles, we want to show you how easy it will be to take care of your motorcycle. In addition, thanks to the new charging systems, you will always have your motorcycle ready in record time, increasing its autonomy capacity to very surprising levels.

 

Here are 4 of the most important things to keep in mind about how to maintain an electric motorcycle:

 

  1. Charging the battery 

 

One of the most important things to maintaining an electric motorcycle is to take care of the battery. It is not necessary to receive a course in electric vehicle maintenance. Still, it is required to consider some details, such as charging time or the maximum and minimum limits for plugging the motorcycle into the mains. 

 

  • Optimum charging percentage. To maintain electric motorcycles, it is necessary to charge them before it reaches 15% and disconnects it before it reaches 100%. It is OK if one day it falls below the minimum percentage or if one day it is charged to 100%, but it is not good if it becomes a habit. Nor should you leave it connected to the charger if it is already at maximum, even if it is only occasionally. 

 

  • Period of inactivity. Do not store it for a long period with the maximum or minimum capacity. The ideal is that it stays between 50 % and 70 %. 

 

  • Regulate consumption. Do not always have the highest consumption mode activated on your motorcycle. Leave the sport riding option for specific occasions or moments. Otherwise, the battery will overheat again and again to the maximum, and you will lose performance. 

 

  • Improve your battery performance. To improve the performance of your electric battery, consider doing a complete charge and discharge cycle once a month. You will take full advantage of its capacity for longer. 

 

  1. Annual check-up 

 

A maintenance schedule for electric vehicles created by the manufacturer must be respected and carried out. Electric motorcycles are generally scheduled for an annual check-up in which the charge levels are checked for completeness, the condition of the brakes is checked, the oil levels of the forks are limited, and the lights' operation is checked. 

 

  1. Cleaning

 

The motorcycle must always be kept clean. After a long trip or a few days of rain, removing any debris adhered to the wheels, chassis and vehicle components is advisable. As it is electric, it is more susceptible to excess dirt that may corrupt some elements, or the humidity may cause an improper connection. 

 

  1. ITV

 

The technical inspection of vehicles is also mandatory for electric motorcycles. They must pass it with a periodicity of four years the first time and every two years after that. The first one will be three years in the case of mopeds with less than 50cc. However, as a positive aspect, the price of the ITV for electric motorcycles is more economical as they do not have to pass the gas or noise test. 

 

What are the maintenance costs of electric vehicles? 

 

The electric maintenance costs are more cost-effective than gasoline-powered vehicles. This is because the wear of parts, including wheels and brakes, is lower in this case. In addition, except for the oil-hydraulic part of the forks, there are no oils or fluids to replace.

 

Nor the electric vehicle charging stations maintenance is a problem. It is difficult and rare for them to break down, and they have an indefinite service life. The most advisable thing is not to charge them in a row to keep them in perfect condition, leaving at least 30 minutes between one and the other.

 

And do not forget that, in the case of motorcycles, the batteries are easier to charge than those of cars, vans or trucks. They are easier to replace and can even be conveniently charged at a household socket if they are removable.

 

Electric mobility is the future, not only because of its countless advantages and optimal technical characteristics but also because of its environmental friendliness and commitment to sustainability. In addition, we can add the advances that are being made in improvements in autonomy and maintenance, which make electric vehicles the best option for the next purchase in case you are thinking of changing your vehicle. 

 

Do you want to know all that an electric motorcycle can offer? From Rossvolt, as manufacturers of electric motorcycles, we will be happy to provide you with all the information you need and be your partner in your next two-wheeled vehicle. Contact us!

 


Motorcycle luggage

Motorcycle luggage: rules, options and tricks

Are you a two-wheel lover? If so, you are surely looking forward to taking your motorcycle at all times and planning with it the most amazing trips and routes. For that, it is sometimes necessary to spend a night away from home, which requires you to load and prepare your motorcycle with the essential luggage for your stay. 

 

The solution is clear: you need to find the best motorcycle luggage systems. The reality is that although it may seem like a simple, everyday action, it is necessary to take into account some standard size and placement measures to ensure the comfort and safety of travelers, two essential aspects to save you from a bad travel experience. 

 

From Rossvolt, as manufacturers of electric motorcycles and mobility experts, we will reveal everything you need to know about motorcycle luggage; what measures are allowed, how to place it and some tricks to ensure the comfort of travelers. Take note!

 

Which are the rules that motorcycle luggage must meet?

 

Although later you will learn some practical tips when choosing the most suitable motorcycle luggage, the first thing you should be clear about are the rules that motorcycle luggage must comply with and keep in mind that complying with them will not only help you avoid a fine, but mainly you must comply with them in order not to put at risk neither your integrity nor that of the rest of your companions on the road. 

 

Here are the main motorcycle luggage regulations that you should take into account: 

 

  • Weight. The motorcycle manufacturer will indicate the maximum weight that the vehicle can support, including the luggage, and do not exceed it because it could endanger the vehicle's stability. 

 

  • Speed. It would be best if you also remembered that riding a loaded motorcycle is not the same as riding a lighter motorcycle. The movements tend to be slower, the braking distance increases and the agility to make unexpected movements is considerably reduced. In this sense, it is essential to be safe and ride at a speed following the riding conditions.  

 

  • Length. We must remember that we are not riding alone on the road, so we cannot carry luggage that protrudes excessively from the motorcycle's structure. According to the regulations, motorcycle luggage cannot occupy more than half a meter on each side starting from the longitudinal axis of the motorcycle. 

 

Of course, keep in mind that if you opt for side motorcycle luggage rack systems, the ride will not be the same as the stability conditions vary. You have to take their volume as a new reference, something you will have to do, especially when riding between cars.  

 

And, although it may seem obvious, remember that you cannot carry luggage on the front of the motorcycle. Not only is it dangerous because it changes the vehicle's balance and obscures the headlights, but also because luggage can considerably reduce the driver's visibility.

 

What motorcycle are luggage options available?

 

There are many options for motorcycle luggage racks that you can find in specialized automotive stores. Here we show you the most outstanding and recurrent ones:

 

  • Rear suitcase. Also known as a top case, it is a motorcycle luggage box. It is the one used by couriers and has both supporters and detractors. For some, it spoils the motorcycle's aesthetics, but it is clear that it is very practical, and you can take advantage of it in your daily life. For example, carrying the helmet of the copilot. Also, for trips where you do not need too much luggage. 

 

  • Side cases. The side cases for your motorcycle are compatible with the luggage rack and maximize your options to carry a larger volume of luggage, especially to cope with long trips. With a little skill, you can store many things. Remember that in Spain, for example, a motorcycle suitcase cannot exceed half a meter on each side. For this reason, keeping the papers in the bags is advisable to prove that they are homologated. In addition, as a tip, carrying a universal motorcycle luggage rack will save you problems and uncertainty about whether it is a piece of approved luggage. 

 

  • Backpack on the back. It is a classic to see a driver in his day-to-day with a backpack on his back. It can be used for everything, to go to work, to go to sports or to travel, although it must be taken into account that the backpack's volume does not affect the safety elements of the motorcycle jacket. 

 

  • Leg bag. This is a fanny pack with a closing mechanism that allows it to be attached to the leg. It is used to carry the basics when you don't need anything else: your house keys, your cell phone or your documents. Of course, it is compatible with the rest of the options for your luggage on the motorcycle. 

 

  • Tank backpack. With this backpack, you can go on a trip for a few days. Opt for models that change the size to suit your needs and do not occupy more volume than necessary. 

 

What tips will help you make the most of your chosen luggage rack and ensure your safety?

 

As is evident, the limitations when it comes to carrying luggage on a motorcycle are greater than in a vehicle, so the skill when it comes to packing is essential in these cases to make the most of every space. On the other hand, the strategy when placing all the luggage will greatly influence its comfort and safety of it, so you must take into account the following tricks to get the most out of your luggage rack:

 

  • Luggage carrier suitcase. Do not carry belongings that move a lot inside, as the noise can scare you on the road. 

 

  • Side cases. Please do not place the panniers close to the exhaust pipe, as they can burn. 

 

  • Backpack on the back. Always opt for a waterproof model so that what you carry inside does not get wet in case it rains during the trip. In addition, it is better if the zipper is on the side so that it does not open so easily. 

 

  • Leg bag. We also recommend that it be waterproof. 

 

  • Tank backpack. In addition to being waterproof, it must allow the handlebars to rotate well and have quality magnets. 

 

For Rossvolt, the most important thing is that you enjoy two wheels on every trip. Therefore, our blog will always bring you the best tips to ensure the best experiences on the road. If you want to know more tips like these, don't hesitate: Join our community! 


Autonomy electric vehicles

How to compare in a real way the autonomy of electric vehicles?

It is not uncommon to read comments from drivers who claim that the range of their electric vehicles is much less than what they were promised. In most cases, these differences are because many electric vehicle manufacturers only pay attention to one factor, battery performance, but do not take into account other factors such as the terrain's incline, the user's weight, the speed, or the care of the electronics. 

To avoid this misleading information and to avoid promises of electric range that cannot be fulfilled, there is a regulation that aims to measure and communicate the correct data: the WLTP cycle. 

In the following article, Rossvolt, as a specialist in electric motorcycles, will explain how the electric vehicle autonomy should be measured in general, what the WLTP cycle is, and what factors it covers. Read on! 

What is the WLTP test cycle?

For a manufacturer to assess and communicate the current autonomy of motorcycles, the results must be based on the WLTP cycle standard. If this does not support the data provided to the buyer, likely, the data provided is far from the reality. 

Suppose each company conducts its tests and presents the numbers according to its criteria. In that case, the result will be very different in each case, offering, in the end, what each manufacturer wants to emphasize. 

The acronym WLTP, Worldwide Harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure, describes a global standard used to determine the electric consumption of electric vehicles. This is referred to as the WLTP cycle standard when applied to motorcycles. But not only that, it is also used to determine and report the levels of CO₂ pollutants in the atmosphere that all drivers should pay attention to. 

The WLTP test cycle is characterized by an attempt to measure the most representative conditions possibly related to the fuel consumption and emissions of electric vehicles. The measurement process is governed by the SLTP cycle to provide a true and uniform figure for all-electric vehicle manufacturers by the WLTP cycle, which takes into account factors such as vehicle weight, aerodynamic drag, actual traffic, and the vehicle's extra equipment, as these will largely determine the level of electric range. 

Why was the WLTP cycle standard created?

The WLTP standard was born out of two needs; to conform to a global standard and to replace the old standard, which proved less reliable. 

Previously, the performance of electric vehicles was measured according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) protocol. However, this protocol was characterized as being rather poor, as it did not consider any external factors. 

Now, with the new WLTP standard, when an electric vehicle is sold in different countries, its range and the rate of pollutant gases emitted are accepted and measured under the same reference. This makes it possible to offer much more accurate data, as all the autonomy of electric vehicles is calculated under the same parameters, preventing each manufacturer from highlighting what is of interest to them or offering a range figure that is not real. 

How reliable is the WLTP cycle test?

Although the data collected through this test is completely accurate, it is not a 100% reliable test. Although it is closer to the real consumption of the average person, the brands have some leverage, albeit reduced, to boost their advantages over the competition. 

However, the WLTP cycle ensures that all manufacturers consider a series of factors that considerably affect the level of autonomy to extend or reduce it. ¿Cono

What factors influence the autonomy of an electric motorcycle?

The autonomy of an electric motorcycle refers to the maximum distance the vehicle can travel before stopping and requiring the next battery recharge. 

In this sense, the battery of an electric motorcycle is the main responsible for the vehicle's autonomy, and, although work is constantly being done to try to prolong this range as much as possible, many factors can influence its performance and alter its duration, so the buyer of an electric vehicle must assume that the kilometers that it will travel may vary taking into account the following factors: 

  • Weight. The weight of the occupants and the load can alter the battery's performance. The heavier the vehicle, the more it consumes. 
  • Performance variation. The battery loses capacity with use. A decrease in performance is evident and predictable as kilometers are traveled and years go by. 
  • Maintenance. Maintenance is also important to ensure service life is in line with the WLTP standard. An appropriate electric motorcycle battery charger should be used, and charging times and cycles should adhere to the manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Height. Ride height can alter battery charge life by requiring more effort. 
  • Temperature. Temperature also affects performance. Both excessive heat and excessive cold can alter the kilometers traveled. 
  • Type of road. Driving on straight roads is not the same as driving on a winding road. Neither are those with ascents and descents. These factors significantly influence consumption, just as they do with fossil fuels. 
  • Speed. Speed can greatly affect the mileage traveled by increasing or reducing it. 
  • Obstacles. There may be rain, poorly maintained roads, or heavy traffic. These all affect the duration of each charge of electricity. 
  • Add-ons. Adding electrical accessories to the bike or using all available accessories simultaneously will increase the power consumption. 

These are some factors that the WLTP cycle takes into account when establishing the current range of an electric vehicle. Therefore, the main advantage of this regulation is that it obliges all manufacturers to measure their autonomy by considering the same factors, which makes it possible for all manufacturers to offer data measured by the same standards. 

On the other hand, taking care of the electric battery from the beginning, avoiding sudden or fast accelerations, choosing an efficient route, and not overcharging the electric motorbike are some tips that can help extend the battery's life

At Rossvolt, with a focus on innovation and technology and to provide our customers with real and verified data, the autonomy of our electric motorcycles is measured according to the WLTP cycle standard, and all our electric batteries are designed to offer the longest possible range. Would you like to face kilometers and kilometers without limits? Join Rossvolt!


Motorcycle tires

Motorcycle tires, everything you need to know

Tires are one of the most important parts of a motorcycle. They are what keep you in contact with the road. Therefore, constant servicing is essential to ensure maximum safety on roads

Even though constant maintenance is essential to avoid unforeseen events or scares on the asphalt, it is curious how some motorcyclists pay little attention to this element, prolonging their replacement for when they are already too damaged. 

From Rossvolt, as specialists in electric mobility, we will bring you all the information you need about motorcycle tires: their pressure, wear and when to change them, take note!

Motorcycle tire pressure

One of the most important technical characteristics of tires is their pressure level. The correct tire pressure will ensure maximum safety on the roads. 

There is a misconception that tires below the normal tire pressures provide more grip, but this is not the case. If the manufacturer's recommendations are not adhered to, the chances are that, at some point, the tire will not keep enough tire surface on the road, and a loss of control will occur. 

Another defect caused by altered tire pressure, either over or under, is premature tire wear. When this situation occurs, some areas of the motorcycle tire rub harder on the road than others, wearing out certain parts of the tire prematurely, leading the rider to change the tire. 

If the tire pressure is too high, there is also a risk of a tire blowout. If, on the other hand, the tire pressure is too low, the rubber loses consistency, and it is easier for the sidewall to bite into a curb or the edge of a pothole, leading to a puncture

Tire wear 

Another factor closely related to tire pressure is tire wear. It is essential to carry out regular checks on the level of wear of motorcycle tires, as factors such as the level of use, maintenance conditions, and the type of road surface ridden can accelerate or retard tire wear. 

There are warnings on the tires which indicate that the tire should no longer be used to make it easier for the rider to know when a tire is excessively worn and needs to be changed.

That does not mean that it is necessary to wait until this point. It is highly recommended to carry out regular checks to monitor the evolution of the tire and, at the slightest doubt of excessive wear, consult an automotive specialist. 

When should motorcycle tires be changed?

There is no precise answer to the question of when to change motorcycle tires. Since, as we have seen, several factors affect when to change motorcycle tires, including rim model, motorcycle model, riding style, and so on. 

Here's a standard simple guide to the general facts that might help you to know whether your tires need changing or not. However, if in doubt, you must consult a specialist mechanic. 

  • Wear. If the tire has less than 1.6 mm tread, it should be replaced. It should never reach the wear indicator on the tire.
  • Mileage. Low-quality tires usually last 5,000 km; high-quality tires generally reach 30,000 or 40,000 km.
  • Date of manufacture. Even if they have tread left, keeping a tire for more than 3 or 4 years is not advisable. It could have crystallized. 
  • Condition. If the tire shows discoloration, cracks on the sidewalls, bites, or appears to have crystallized, it is time to change it.  

Whether out of convenience or carelessness and laziness about going to the mechanic, tires could be overused, taking an unnecessary risk. For this reason, it is essential to carry out regular inspections to help realize whether tires need to be replaced. 

Age of motorcycle tires 

The DOT refers to an important number you should know, as it indicates both the manufacturer and the production date of the motorcycle tire

The date of manufacture of the tires is stamped on the sidewall of the tire immediately after the code that indicates the factory where the rubber was manufactured; DOT number. 

The DOT includes 3 groups of alphanumeric characters; the first two refer to the manufacturer and the manufacturing plant, while the third refers to the date of production. On the other hand, the first two digits of the production date indicate the week of production, while the last 2 digits refer to the year. 

Motorcycle tire fitting

Although it may seem obvious, motorcycle tires should be replaced by professionals. It is common for many people to try to do their repairs, but in this case, it is inadvisable. Among other things, you need a specific type of tool and the knowledge to use it properly. 

The workshops have a motorcycle tire machine designed for these vehicles. This machine is prepared to work with the specific diameters making the correct balancing afterward. This way, the wheel will be perfect, and vibrations and other problems during driving will be avoided, missing any kinds of unnecessary risks. 

Choose quality tire brands 

Finally, it is highly recommended to choose the best motorcycle tires. The differences between one brand and another can be very large. Therefore, it is essential to use those with extensive experience that guarantees a good quality tire, using the best materials in their manufacture and considering all the necessary quality controls. 

It is not only important to use these tires for the quality and safety they provide but also for their longevity. Cheap, poor-quality tires last a quarter of the time of the higher-priced professional tires, so if you use a calculator, not only in terms of safety, they are also more economical in the long run. 

As you can see, motorcycle tires are one of the most considerable parts when it comes to ensuring maximum safety. It is essential to have regular checks to regulate and confirm their optimal maintenance: monitoring pressure and wear to change them at the right time. 

At Rossvolt, we would like to inform you about what's new in the industry and how to take care of your motorcycle. That's why our blog will keep you updated with the best two-wheeled tips. Join our community!  


Motorcycle evolution

Motorcycle evolution, from 1867 to Rossvolt

In 1867, the American Sylvester Howard Roper invented a two-piston steam cylinder engine that was the forerunner of the combustion engines that were to follow. That was the beginning of a transformation that would lead to the powerful machines we know today. 

It may seem evident that the origin of motorcycles comes from an earlier invention; the bicycle. Many advances and innovations have been developed over the years to get a vehicle that did not require any physical effort to pedal, leading to the great variety of types and models of motorcycles that we have today. 

How have motorcycles evolved since then? From Rossvolt, a leading manufacturer of electric motorcycles, we will know how motorcycles have developed from the first model to today's electric advances. Take note!

How have motorbikes evolved since 1867?

The evolution of motorbikes since 1867 has been dizzying. Nine years after Sylvester Howard Roper's invention, in 1876, engineer Nikolaus August Otto produced the first four-stroke internal combustion engine. The machine was called the Otto cycle engine, and with this invention, the German Gottlieb Daimler was responsible for turning this prodigy into the first motorcycle in history. 

Later, in 1885, Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler built what was considered the first motorcycle. It consisted of a wooden frame and four wooden wheels. The engine was a combustion engine, developing 0.5 hp, 164 ccs, and reaching a speed of 18 km/h. 

Around 1894, Hildebrand and Wolfmüller created the first motorcycle intended for series production. The model was presented in Munich, Germany. In the same year, two Russian brothers living in Paris designed the first two-wheeled motorcycle, incorporating the engine in the front wheel. 

With the focus on further developments and the development of different models, the first scooter appeared in 1902. The concept was designed by Frenchman Georges Gauthier. Concerning his project, he presented a bicycle with small wheels, an open frame, and a protective cover with the aim that the driver could ride comfortably seated, with his feet on a flat base and that more accessories could be added, such as a small box or a spare wheel. 

1910 saw the appearance of the sidecar, the familiar one-wheeled trolley attached to the motorcycle, used by the public and, incredibly, also in some conflicts of war. It gained many followers and became very popular. However, its production stopped and has been paused for many years. So much so that it is rare to find one on the road today. 

After the end of the Second World War, in 1945, the custom motorcycle was born. The evolution of the motorcycle engine and some structural changes in motorcycles gave rise to the first custom bikes, a style of motorcycle characterized by its low and long motorbike design, with the same diameter and thickness of front and rear wheel. Their tires mimic the old style, and their rims are usually classic wheel rods.  

The 1970s saw some interesting and amazing changes, such as the appearance of the 4-cylinder. Japanese models also arrived, and with them came electronic ignition and other features picked up from racing, which boosted production and sales. 

From the 1970s onwards, innovations became more and more constant. Power ratings were higher, and designs more modern. However, the big surprise came in 1996, with the Scoot' elec, based on electric power as a substitute for fuel. There have indeed been attempts to use this source since 1869, but it was not until the 1990s that the first mass-produced units were sold, which were useful for their range and speed.

Today, Rossvolt focuses on innovation and technology to offer electric motorcycles' production based on efficiency and the inclusion of the best technical features on the market, always being aware of the needs of consumers to be able to offer a vehicle that is fully geared to meet them. 

 

Electric motorcycles, the present and future of mobility 

Rossvolt has emerged to break with the status quo and bring a touch of innovation to electric mobility. 

Regarding technical features, Rossvolt's electric motorbikes stand out from the competition in terms of acceleration, speed, and charging power, three of the aspects most valued by two-wheeled enthusiasts. In this respect, Rossvolt electric motorcycles offer: 

  • Motor power ratings above 120 kW. 
  • A maximum speed of 235 km/h. 
  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 in less than 3 seconds. 

In addition, as for the motorcycle's battery, Rossvolt has a battery system that offers super-fast charging so that the charging process is quick and convenient, trying to transfer the maximum number of conveniences to the rider. 

In terms of range, although this is a somewhat contentious issue due to the different range measurement systems, in our Rossvolt electric motorcycles, the battery's energy density allows us to reach a capacity of 30kWh, the largest that exists. For this reason, they are perfect and very comfortable to face trips and long journeys since they have more than 200 kilometers of autonomy between cities. In addition, if, on the contrary, urban use is intended, its battery is prepared for greater independence, allowing the user to carry out a very high number of trips

Rossvolt's electric motorcycles are committed to more efficient battery technology batteries than those used to dominate the market. The study and its insistence on technology and the latest advances applied to its production method make the efficiency and quality of its batteries a differentiating characteristic concerning its competition.

Undoubtedly, Rossvolt has emerged to spearhead innovation and technology in electric mobility, always committed to developing fully advanced technical features in its motorcycles, revolutionizing the concept of electric motorbikes.

Electric vehicles are already the present and will undoubtedly play a leading role in the mobility of the future. Are you ready to be part of this new generation of vehicles? Join the electric mobility with Rossvolt!