Above we will see the unique design for the Hades electrical bike. That design, which we first reported on back in July, despatched shockwaves (and grade college jokes) across the web for its distinctive design.
Now because the bike approaches its spring 2020 manufacturing aim, we’re seeing new updates to the design.
Curtiss Bikes updates Hades
Should you aren’t acquainted with Curtiss Bikes, then you definitely would possibly keep in mind them as Accomplice Cycles.
In 2017, the corporate made the courageous choice to rebrand and head full power into the world of electrical bikes.
They launched a collection of prototype designs for his or her Zeus electric motorcycle and continued pumping out impressive and high powered electric motorcycle designs.
The Hades was launched with excessive efficiency specs, together with a particularly highly effective 162 kW (217 hp) motor that was coaxially mounted with the rear swingarm and gave the bike a torque score of 200 Nm (147 lb-ft).
The 16.8 kWh battery pack actually got here with a particular design with its battery cells housed in a rocket-shaped enclosure that was cantilevered beneath the body.
Take a look at the unique design beneath:
The corporate deserves some critical design props for considering exterior the field. However as modern because the design was, it was additionally met with a good quantity criticism as properly. Whereas I initially questioned whether the design could support such a large bending moment on the body brought on by the heavy battery, others questioned the resemblance that the positioning of the battery enclosure gave to a sure facet of the male anatomy.
Curtiss’s subsequent redesign took a step in the direction of addressing each considerations by offering a second mounting level on the tip of the battery and including some further jewellery across the base.
Now the bike is inching ever nearer to its anticipated manufacturing begin date of spring 2020.
And as manufacturing approaches, the newest updates we’re receiving from Curtiss present additional redesigns to the battery enclosure.
We will nonetheless see the signature Curtiss girder suspension upfront, however the rear suspension linkage has been positioned immediately above the battery. In doing so, it removes the damaging area above the battery that had been key to its unique design traits.
Right here’s the brand new design:
The value has additionally been dropped by $15,000 – although the Curtiss Hades nonetheless isn’t a funds electrical bike. The MSRP is ready at $60,000 and requires a $1,500 deposit to pre-order the bike. Although when you put your deposit down by February twentieth, you’ll get a $3,000 carbon fiber suspension improve totally free.
The bike will even be out there in two variants: quick wheelbase and lengthy wheelbase.
The place do I start?
Look, right here’s the factor. Curtiss Bike’s designs are means on the market. And in a means, I like them. I imply, simply try their V8 electric motorcycle. That’s fairly superior. Certain, some will surprise why we have to design electrical bikes to imitate their gas-powered ancestors. However the beauty of Curtiss is that they’ve so many off the wall, far on the market designs that when you don’t like one, certainly there’s one thing else popping out of their design studio that may tickle your fancy.
So I actually respect the hassle they’ve put into designing modern electrical bikes.
That being stated, these are clearly nonetheless ultra-premium bikes. Or even perhaps increased than that – they’re luxurious electrical bikes. They make the $30,000 Harley-Davidson LiveWire look reasonably priced. And as a lot as I like these designs, I want a few of that modern considering could possibly be put into producing bikes for the frequent man, not simply the elite.
However hopefully, Curtiss is simply going the Tesla route. You’ve obtained to promote a number of Roadsters earlier than you may get to constructing Mannequin 3s. So if Curtiss can promote sufficient $60,000 electrical bikes, then possibly we’ll see their lower-priced choices lastly making it to market.
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