You have a surprising number of choices if you want a fully electric motorcycle. Makes sense: the super-light, super-efficient design is ready to maximize the benefits of electric over gas. But until now, those choices have been limited to less comfortable sports bikes and the like. Curtiss changes that with the eye-catching One, a long, low cruiser bike.
With a frame that both emphasizes its electric guts and harkens back to early 20th century motorcycle design, the Curtiss One is visually stunning. The only thing more shocking is the price tag: it will cost you $ 1
The bike’s frame is built around a central 399-volt power source, placed where the base of the motor would go on a gas bike. It delivers the equivalent of 217 horsepower, although it’s limited to 89 kilowatts (120 horsepower) so as not to laminate the rider against the nearest wall. The battery is not exposed: it has its own “crumple zone” of protection in the event of such a crash.
Other innovations include a super-slim design for a comfortable ride, a fully enclosed belt drive for less maintenance, fully adjustable suspension and a weight of 425 pounds – significantly less than the average Harley.
Curtiss doesn’t seem interested in sharing this monster’s reach, but honestly, if you can afford it, you can afford to let someone drive you with a trailer full of batteries. Even if you’re never going to find yourself in the Curtiss target market, you can try out the various color and hardware combinations on the online builder. Just try to resist the urge to hit the $ 30,000 “reserve” button.
Source: Curtiss via Electrek