Kalashnikov’s all-new ELECTRIC motorcycle. The UM-1.

Russian arms specialist Kalashnikov has just unveiled its all-new electric UM-1 adventure motorcycle. And it’s not just for police and armed forces – you can get your hands on one too.

If the name Kalashnikov doesn’t ring any bells, you’ll probably be more familiar with its most iconic product, the AK-47 assault rifle; a gun famously so reliable and indestructible it’s rumoured that you could bury it in mud, leave it for a year, and when you dig it up it’ll still work as good as new. Whether that’s actually true or not, it’s a promising proposition, particularly considering the Russian companies most recent venture; adventure motorcycles.


Kalashnikov has justy unveiled its all-new UM-1 at the 2018 International Military Technical Forum. The UM-1 (Urban Moto) electric motorcycle first started its life as an electric service bikes for police for the 2018 World Cup, as well as for Russian special forces – and now, Kalashnikov is set to make it available to consumers.

As far as specs go, Kalashnikov hasn’t given much away so far. All we know is that the UM-1 tips the scales between 364 – 540 lbs, can hit at least 62 mph and can get you 93 miles on a single charge. Ok, so they’re not the most inspiring of statistics, but for the company’s first foray into the electric two-wheeled market – it’s not a bad start. And of course, you’d have to hope that the bike is as reliable, long-lasting and indestructible as the small arms Kalashnikov is known for.

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