Electric bike market heating up
I know, I know another electric bike. Sorry people, but despite BMW not wanting to jump on board the electric motor is here to stay. Every year more and more manufacturers jump into the electric market both bike and car. We can be a little excited though because all of these companies creating more innovation we are getting some really great bikes.
Let's start with what we are really interested in ... 200hp coupled with the instant torque of an electric engine. Hold on to your helmet. The lines fit right in with the latest gen liter bikes. It seems to have taken styling tips from the latest R1 in particular. Add in some Brembos and Ohlins and it should be a peach to ride. It also claims 200+ miles of range on a 3-hour charge. While the charge time is rather painful, the 200 miles is on par with the likes of Zero.
The Co-Pilot system seems to be taking a page out of the latest automobile sensor craze
However, Damon also brings some interesting tech to the table along with the upper-level performance figures. They have what they call a copilot system. It scans the road ahead and around for objects. This is not revolutionary for our car counterparts, but this tech on a bike is fairly advanced. This system will have blind spot warnings as well as handlebar feedback. It will be very interesting to see how useful this system actually is. It also will be able to communicate with other Damon bikes and learn from their riders habits to better predict dangers. A very useful system they are adding is an electronically controlled 4 point adjustable rider position. This will allow the rider to move around on the bike for various riding styles. On the way there you can have a more touring setup then put it in a sportier position and go canyon carving on the way home. We have seen this type of system before but not very often and not as conveniently as the Hypersport claims.
Do we really need it?
We could always use another bike, right? We truly are spoiled for choice, however, do we need this one? Being that there are not many high spec electric sportbikes, the short answer is yes this will likely sell well for an electric bike assuming it comes in around the same price as it's main competition, the Lightning LS218. This will have more kit on it than the Lightning, though. It will definitely fit in a Ducati/Aprilia type role of the top shelf in performance, equipment, and looks.
The main determinant for me will be the build quality. If it's put together like an old Lancia Beta then maybe not. But if they can make a reliable bike and the fit and finish can live up to the tech, it will be a tough bike to beat. Especially as time moves on and the electric market continues to invade the motorcycle world the sale should only increase. This should be a great bike outright, however it could revolutionize the electric bike market as well as standard kit on motorcycles.
What do you all think of the Damon? Will you be preordering or waiting to see how it turns out?