Ride the lightning: Arc Vector full reveal
Many moons ago, I spoke about a British electric motorbike that paired with a haptic feedback jacket and a fancy heads-up helmet. Well, now it is available to order and it seems to be out of this world. Arc showed off the new Vector at EICMA in Milan, just a few weeks ago. So, what's new?
The Vector itself hasn't changed in its appearance, but now we can actually see what it looks like, without all the moody stage lighting. At first, it looks like any normal cafe-racer, but look closer and you see the devil in the details. Let's break it down...
The body that hugs that electric engine and battery unit is a carbon-composite, painted to look like aluminium in these photos. The Vector shown at EICMA though looked like it was made of wood. This might be a possible customization choice when you pick your colours. The main photos show a lot of rose gold and brown soft leathers, so if you are into that, this is the bike for you.
This electric engine puts out 103 Kilowatts of power, in Petrolhead terms, that is 138 BHP - which for a lightweight bike, shows it's not messing around. The power is created by high-end Samsung battery cells, these batteries are amazing, a full charge can be done in 30 minutes with the CCS Rapid charging set-up and gives the Vector a range of 270 miles on one charge.
Being so light and having instant torque can only mean one thing - a 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds. It doesn't sound a lot compared to the big boys at Suzuki and Kawasaki, but think about it for a moment. This is not a sports bike, the Vector is a cafe-racer, its created for inner cities and suburban runs, not a day on Silverstone. It can keep up a good pace though, with a top speed of 125mph, it's no snail by any measure.
Zenith and Origin..
What makes the Vector different is the two accessories that go with it. Imagine it as a three-piece puzzle. Zenith is a HUD specialized helmet, giving you all the information on the bike you need as you ride - speed, temperatures, revs and navigation. Its party pieces is a camera which feeds an image of the road behind the rider at all times - the other trick is that the helmet acts as the key.
Origin is a haptic feedback jacket worn under your gear, having different ride modes, depending on where the biker is riding through. Lightweight and breathable, Origin gives the rider a sixth sense on the road - giving psychical feedback as well as protection. Each is tailor-made for each customer in the Lake-district - the British mecca of motorcycling.
The price of all this...
It's not cheap. I will be blunt about this, it isn't but electric vehicles aren't cheap, they cost a lot to produce - its the last devil in the detail which will make your jaw drop... slightly.
The whole package - Vector, Zenith and Origin - is £90,000.