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Triumph Acquires Electric Manufacturer OSET Bikes

Triumph Acquires OSET Bikes

Triumph is moving into the world of off-road motorcycles. Earlier this month, it announced that Ricky Carmichael, the greatest motocross rider of all time, and Iván Cervantes, a five-time enduro world champion, visited the Triumph motocross and dual-sport team in the U.K. to help with prototype testing.

As part of Triumph’s expansion plans, this week it announced the acquisition of OSET Bikes, a manufacturer of electric dirtbikes for kids, teenagers, and adults. The following is the official press release from Triumph America.


Ahead of the launch of the Motocross and Enduro range, Triumph Motorcycles takes another exciting step in the off-road world through the acquisition of OSET Bikes, a leader in the world of children’s electric, off-road motorcycles. Started in 2004 by Ian Smith, who wanted to build an electric off-road bike for his son Oliver, OSET has been setting the benchmark in its segment for the past 18 years. OSET has sold more than 40,000 bikes globally that feature their inhouse developed electric powertrains.

The acquisition of OSET sits within Triumph’s strategy of entering the off-road segment, announced in 2020, and provides both companies with the opportunity to share and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience in their respective segments, enabling both brands to grow internationally in parallel.

Triumph’s philosophy, For The Ride, played an important role in the acquisition of OSET as it enables the Hinckley-based brand to inspire future generations of riders by providing them with the perfect starting point to develop their passion and dreams. OSET Bikes offers products that are suitable for any rider, starting from 3 years old and upwards.

Nick Bloor – Triumph CEO
“We are excited about the opportunity of joining forces with OSET Bikes: a dynamic brand that has been encouraging children into motorcycling for many years and have been at the forefront of developing electric trials bikes for fun and competition. Whilst the two brands will continue working independently, Triumph and OSET will collaborate on new state-of-the-art products to inspire young riders into off-road riding, across the segments that Triumph and OSET will have a presence in, drawing on their respective strengths to build the best bikes in the world.”

Ian Smith – OSET Bikes CEO
“When we built that first ‘garage’ bike for my son, Oliver, I had no idea that it would lead to this moment. We are all very excited for what the future holds for OSET as part of the Triumph family. The OSET brand will remain as OSET and will continue to serve the trials and off-road motorcycling community. We are now better positioned to develop and innovate across our range, while enjoying the security of scale and market position Triumph can offer OSET.”

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Is Damon Motorcycles Working on an Adventure Motorcycle?

Damon Motorcycles has given us a progress report on the state of their production plant, which is set for a summer completion – and in the ranks of the virtual tour, we noticed a new model chilling in the final product ranks. 

The progress video shows a conceptual view of what Damon’s production plant will look like from the inside, with mock sapiens riding fork trucks, tweaking bikes in their production belt cradles, and walking amongst the plant’s eventual lines of ready-to-ship scoots…

But wait. 

Are those off-roading bikes in there?

Damon motorcycles with their virtual plant tour - and a suspicious percentage of adventure bikes in the ranks. Photo courtesy of Youtube.
Damon motorcycles with their virtual plant tour – and a suspicious percentage of adventure bikes in the ranks. Photo courtesy of Youtube.

A quick screenshot shows three genres of motorcycles laid out for the world to see: Damon’s OG Hypersport range, their newest Hyperfighter model…and a new machine that boasts a higher ground clearance, thinner, (spoked?) tyres and a massive windshield. 

Damon Motorcycles' electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand's supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Damon Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand’s supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Talks of a potential adventure bike for Damon aren’t exactly NEW news; our man Jimbo (or Jim Pruner) has mentioned that Damon was asked about a potential Adventure model, to which the obligatory response was that they “couldn’t confirm or deny the plan to build one.”

Indian's refreshed Milestone Apparel Collection, featuring key 'milestone' pieces of history from the brand's legacy. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles' press release.
Damon Motorcycles' electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand's supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Damon Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Hyperfighter, next to the brand’s supersport variant, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

With a two-bike range and no solid mass production date in sight, we wouldn’t put it past Damon Motors to toss in another bike under the proverbial umbrella of delays and call it a day. 

What do you think?

Damon Motorcycles' electric motorcycle, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Damon's Facebook page.
Damon Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Hypersport. Photo courtesy of Damon’s Facebook page.

Drop a comment below letting us know your thoughts on a potential third pledge to Damon’s fleet; be sure to check back at our webpage for updates to this story and others, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Youtube, Damon’s Facebook page, and Damon’s webpage*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CAKE’s New Fairings are Paper-Based

An electric motorcycle brand is taking our clean emission future so seriously that theve partnered up with a company that punts out paper-based fairings. 

Yup, paper – and the result is water-repellent and fire-resistant, too.

I love technology.

CAKE's electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from CAKE.
CAKE’s electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from CAKE.

According to MCN, electric bike brand CAKE has joined forces with PaperShell AB – “a start-up focused on turning paper into a durable, wood-like material that can be moulded like plastic or carbon fibre.”

While the concept of these fibrous fairings is obviously not for everyone, the benefits are hard to ignore – the parts can be used in wet or hot climates ‘without the need to add flame retardant chemicals,’ and show off surprisingly strong and dense specs for what it is, putting PaperShell AB’s product against our own present plastic parts very nicely indeed.

CAKE's electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from Papershell.
CAKE’s electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from Papershell.

The manufacturing process is even similar to plastic fairings; press moulds sculpt the shell, and the material also responds brilliantly to bladder moulding. The end result apparently keeps quality specs while offering gloss, satin, matte, rough or patterned textures, which are all paintable, down to potential for logos and script.

CAKE's electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from Papershell.
CAKE’s electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from Papershell.

Best part?

You guessed it – everything coming out of PaperShell AB’s plant is biodegradable, putting these paper fairings in the same category as wood for the local recycling/composting program.

Still not sure how good these fairings are for the good earth?

Here are some comparison figures to prove it, with material production/manufacturing/end-of-life all measured by ‘kgCO2-equivalent per kg’:

25.05 kgCO2-eq/kg – Glass-fibre reinforced plastic

4.95 kgCO2-eq/kg – Plastic (such as polypropylene)

Indian's refreshed Milestone Apparel Collection, featuring key 'milestone' pieces of history from the brand's legacy. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles' press release.

0.65 kgCO2-eq/kg – PaperShell

CAKE's electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from CAKE.
CAKE’s electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from CAKE.

As they say, the numbers don’t lie – and both CAKE and PaperShell are pretty jazzed about their partnership.

“This is a collaboration that ultimately will benefit the entire vehicle industry and beyond,” says Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of Cake. 

“We’re excited to work with PaperShell and hope that we can play a crucial part in finding a material that can minimise or even eradicate the use of conventional plastics in our motorcycles,” adds Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of Cake. 

“PaperShell aims to make components that are more environmentally friendly than press moulded veneer, as weather-resistant as plastic and strong as fibre composites,” adds PaperShell in the report.  

CAKE's electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from TechCrunch.
CAKE’s electric motorcycles, in the bid to present new paper-based fairings as a result of a partnership with PaperShell AB. Media sourced from TechCrunch.

We look forward to seeing where this partnership goes; stay tuned by checking back at our webpage, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from WIRED, TechCrunch, and CAKE*

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The RGNT Sport Extended (SE) Segment

Electric motorcycle brand RGNT is coasting on the successes of their first bird, the No. 1, by introducing a new range to their lineup – and spoiler alert, we’re looking at the same excellent specs for these two new babes.

RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.
RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.

“Following extensive customer testing of the previously released limited edition SEL models, the new, highly customizable Classic SE and Scrambler SE models are successfully homologated and ready to silence city streets and coastal boulevards all over the world,” states a press release issued from the Swedish electric bike manufacturer

RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.
RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.

RGNT’s CEO is jazzed to have the Classic SE and Scrambler SE available to the world, especially given the two now sport even more components made in-house.

So what’s new about the RGNT Classic SE and Scrambler SE?

RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.
RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.

Both bikes feature ‘new ride modes and the industry-first One Pedal Drive with regenerative braking,’ as well as an improved drivetrain, electromotor and efficiency (to start). 

Add to this the strange but surprisingly economical One-Throttle Drive:

“One Throttle Drive adds new functionality to the gas throttle, easing rider operation; twist the throttle normally to ride, twist it the other way (‘backwards) and it will brake and fuel up the batteries through regenerative braking.”

RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.
RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.

The Boost Ride mode also allows up to +20 kW peak power at the yank – all the better to complement the endless opportunities to customize, from “fenders to seats, and from tank colors to pads, headlight grills and luggage racks – the possibilities are endless.”

RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.
RGNT Sports Extended (SE) Motorcycles. Photo courtesy of RGNT.

RGNT Sport Extended (SE) General specifications:

Top speed: 120km/h

Range: 148km

Peak Power: 21kW

Battery: 9,5 kWh

Charge 20-80%: 3 hours

Pricing: No.1 Classic SE – RRP €13,495, No.1 Scrambler SE – RRP €14,495

For other related news, check back here for the best of the latest, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from RGNT*

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Kawasaki Announces 2023 Returning Models, New Electric Balance Bike

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in Metallic Matte Twilight Blue / Metallic Diablo Black
2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in Metallic Matte Twilight Blue / Metallic Diablo Black (MSRP $10,699 non-ABS only)

The whole family will be able to take their turn on two wheels following  the recent announcement from Kawasaki of the return of three models for the 2023 model year – the KLX300 dual-sport, KLX300SM supermoto, and Ninja ZX-6R sportbike – as well as a new electric balance bike for the kiddos called the Elektrode. Read on to learn more about these bikes, then don your gear and follow Kawasaki’s advice to “let the good times roll.”

2023 Kawasaki KLX300

2023 Kawasaki KLX300 Lime Green
2023 Kawasaki KLX300 in Lime Green (MSRP $5,899)

The Kawasaki KLX300 dual-sport returns for 2023 with all the features riders have grown to love, whether off-roading or on the street. Starting at $5,899 for the familiar Lime Green ($6,099 for the Fragment Camo Gray), the KLX300 is still a financially friendly entry point for new motorcycle riders. It features a 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled 4-valve Single with its powerband, electric starter, cam profiles sourced from the KLX300R off-road model, and a 6-speed gearbox. We did a first ride review on the KLX300 in March 2021 and reported solid bottom-end torque and midrange power.

2023 Kawasaki KLX300 in Fragment Camo Gray
2023 Kawasaki KLX300 in Fragment Camo Gray (MSRP $6,099)

The bike has a steel perimeter frame and aluminum swingarm, a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel combo, and dual-sport tuned long-travel suspension for optimal ground clearance. The 43mm inverted fork with adjustable compression damping and the fully adjustable gas-charged Uni-Trak shock provide 10 inches of travel in the front and 9.1 inches in the rear, meaning the KLX300 can dish out whatever the trail (or asphalt) throws at you. When it comes to braking, the dual-sport comes with a 2-piston caliper and 250mm disc up front and a 1-piston caliper and a 240mm disc in back.

2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM

2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM in Neon Green
2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM in Neon Green (MSRP $6,299)

First introduced for the 2021 model year and developed alongside the KLX300 dual-sport, the KLX300SM shares a similar engine and chassis with its stablemate. However, the SM features a host of supermoto-inspired components, including 17-inch front and rear wheels paired with IRC Road Winner RX-01 street tires, supermoto-tuned suspension, and a larger 300mm disc and 2-piston caliper up front for braking.

2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM in Ebony
2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM in Ebony (MSRP $6,299)

Priced at $6,299 for both Neon Green and Ebony, the KLX300SM is still a great entry-level supermoto bike but with the credentials that make it attractive to more skilled riders as well.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black
2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black (MSRP $10,999 non-ABS or $11,999 with ABS)

In order to meet growing consumer demand, Kawasaki has reportedly moved up the production and introduction of its 2023 model Ninja ZX-6R supersport motorcycle, featuring a 636cc 4-cylinder DOHC engine optimized for both the street and the track. The Ninja ZX-6R has the Kawasaki QuickShifter, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), selectable power modes combined with Kawasaki Traction Control, Showa suspension with a SFF-BP fork, slip/assist clutch, adjustable clutch lever, multifunction LCD screen, and a pressed-aluminum perimeter frame.

The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is available in Metallic Matte Twilight Blue / Metallic Diablo Black without ABS for $10,699, or in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black for $10,999 without ABS or $11,999 with ABS.

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode Electric Balance Bike

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode electric balance bike
2023 Kawasaki Elektrode electric balance bike (MSRP $1,099)

From the brand behind the KX motocross powerhouse comes the new Elektrode electric balance bike. Little rippers can now start their journey on two wheels as early as 3 years old, putting them on the path to the podium earlier than ever.

Since engine noise and exhaust can often be intimidating to young children learning to ride, the Elektrode should help encourage those who might otherwise be nervous to see how much fun riding can be. The Elektrode is lightweight and compact in size to allow for easy transportation in the back seat or trunk of a car.

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode electric balance bike

The 2023 Elektrode electric balance bike features an air-cooled, brushless, in-wheel electric motor producing 250 watts of acceleration at the rear wheel. Power is said to be delivered in a smooth, linear fashion, getting the bike moving in a predictable way and gradually building the rider’s comfort with power and control. The motor positioning contributes to the Elektrode’s low center of gravity, which should create a light steering feel and easy turning and leaning.

The Kawasaki Elektrode’s in-frame lithium-ion battery is said to provide up to 2.5 hours of riding (or approximately 9 miles) depending on battery and rider conditions. The battery takes 2.5 hours to fully recharge from any home outlet, car, camper, or side-by-side vehicle, and the bike features an auto-sleep feature that shuts off the power after 10 minutes of inactivity. The battery’s location in the aluminum frame provides protection from dirt, debris, and potential impact damage that could occur during hard use.

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode electric balance bike

Three speed modes allow young riders to grow and adapt as their abilities increase. Modes can be selected using the LCD screen located on the handlebars – but only when the bike is at a complete stop. Each mode caps the electric bike at a specific speed: low at 5 mph, mid at 7.5 mph, and high at 13 mph. A special parental lock requires a unique passcode to deter unauthorized changing of power levels. Or turn off the power entirely, fold up the rubber-padded steel footpegs, and use the Elektrode as a standard balance bike.

The Elektrode’s lightweight aluminum frame and 32.8-inch wheelbase provide durability while remaining light for kids to handle. A highly rigid steel front fork on the front of the bike should grant young riders a solid feel for steering, and a 160mm rear-mounted mechanical disc brake provides ample stopping power at the pull of a lever.

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode electric balance bike

To add to the lightweight, sturdy nature of the Elektrode, Kawasaki designed special 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels with 16- x 2.125-inch HE-type knobby tires for use on several different types of terrain and tubes with Schrader valves.

The Elekrode is designed to accommodate riders from ages 3 to 8. The 16-inch wheels and adjustable components make it suitable for growing riders, including over 4 inches of adjustability in the seat, meaning the Elektrode can fit children 37-55 inches tall. The handlebar design promotes an upright riding position without compromising knee space, providing the extra room as kids grow, and with a common-sized handlebar and seat, parents will have the ability to change and customize their child’s bike as they see fit.

And when it comes to looking cool, Kawasaki designed the Elektrode to look like a full-fledged off-road machine. A KX-inspired front number plate adorns the front of the Elektrode, and the bike comes in the iconic Kawasaki Lime-Green coloring and racing graphics.

The 2023 Elektrode electric balance bike will be available in Lime Green with for $1,099.

For more information or to find a Kawasaki dealer near you, visit Kawasaki.com.


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Energica Reveals an All-New Electric Adventure Tourer at Mugello MotoGP

Energica’s done it again. 

On top of phasing out of MotoE to pursue greater heights of electric success, the Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer has now given us what we’ve been waiting for: an electric adventure tourer with a battery/range combo that doesn’t suck. 

Energica's new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of .
Energica’s new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of MCN.

The report from MCN says that this particular model represents “the first of a range of models in a new Energica Green Tourer program,” with the bike herself being “optimized for long-range, two-up comfort with an aerodynamic sport-touring fairing, adjustable windscreens, and ample hard luggage capacity,” according to Energica’s website

Energica's new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of .
Energica’s new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of MCN.

Curious what specs this sparky beauty holds? Let’s take a look under the proverbial hood.

Energica states that the Experia carries a very new, very efficient, very light battery model.

22.5 kWh maximum (19.6 kWh nominal) are the direct energy specs, with the range purported by NewAtlas to be around 420km. 

Energica's new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of .
Energica’s new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of Energica.

Here’s the list from Energica’s website: 

Energica Experia Specs

Power (kW/hp)

Continuous: 60kW/80hp @ 7000rpm

Peak: 75kW/102hp @ 7500rpm

Torque

115 Nm / 85 ft-lb – 900Nm / 664ft-lb at the wheel

Top Speed

Limited at 180km/h (112 mph)

Acceleration

0-100 km/h (0-60 mph): 3.5 sec

Range

City: 420km (261 miles) 

Combined: 256km (160 miles) 

The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Del Mar.

Extra-Urban: 208 km (130 miles)

WMTC: 222 km (138 miles)

Energica's new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of .
Energica’s new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of Energica.

The Experia will be up for grabs as of June first (tomorrow), with the additional perk of three piece of luggage contributing to the 112 liter carrying capacity. 

Add to this the 17in wheels rolling with six-stage traction control, four riding modes, lean-sensitive Bosch ABS…guys, this could be a winner and give a few of the bigger boys a run for their sales. 

Just saying. 

Energica's new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of .
Energica’s new electric adventure tourer motorcycle, the Experia. Photo Courtesy of Energica.

For more information be sure to check out Energica’s webpage (and check back here for updates); drop a comment letting us know what you think, and as ever- stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Energica’s website and MCN*

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LiveWire Unveils S2 Del Mar Electric Motorcycle

LiveWire S2 Del Mar Electric Motorcycle
2022 LiveWire S2 Del Mar

Harley-Davidson and its LiveWire brand introduced the S2 Del Mar today, a smaller, lighter, and less expensive electric motorcycle than the LiveWire ONE. The street-tracker is said to produce 80 hp and weigh less than 440 lbs, yielding a 0-60-mph time of just 3.5 seconds. City range is said to be 100 miles, and highway range will be significantly lower.

The S2 Del Mar was designed at LiveWire Labs in Mountain View, California, in the vicinity of Silicon Valley companies like Apple, Google, and Meta. It’s built around a new, scalable “ARROW” architecture that uses a proprietary battery, motor, charging, and control systems. The powertrain serves as the central component of the chassis and is a modular design so it can be adapted to future models.

LiveWire offered 100 serialized “Del Mar Launch Edition” models with an exclusive paint scheme and a unique wheel design for $17,699, but all were sold out in the first 18 minutes. Those who missed the opportunity can get their name on a waiting list for when regular production models ($15,000) are shipped from Troy, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 2023. The press release below includes more details.

Petersen Automotive Museum Exhibit to Feature Custom Electric Motorcycles


LiveWire is set to bring advanced design, technical innovation, and engineering expertise to urban riding and beyond, with the all-electric S2 Del Mar motorcycle, the first LiveWire model to feature the new S2 ARROW architecture.

  • The first 100 units will be built to order and serialized as Del Mar Launch Edition models, which can be reserved now at livewire.com for expected delivery in the spring of 2023.
  • The 100 Del Mar Launch Edition models will feature an exclusive finish and wheel design and an MSRP of $17,699.
  • The production S2 Del Mar will deliver immediately after the launch edition, with a target MSRP of $15,000 USD.
  • The S2 Del Mar features a targeted output of 80 horsepower (59.6 kW), and less than 440 pounds of weight, delivering projected 0-to-60 mph times of 3.5 seconds or less.
  • Del Mar range in city riding is targeted to be 100 miles.*

“The S2 Del Mar model represents the next step in the evolution of the LiveWire brand,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “The ARROW architecture underpinning the Del Mar, developed in-house at LiveWire Labs, demonstrates our ambition to lead in the EV space and establish LiveWire as the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.”

Advanced LiveWire ARROW Architecture

LiveWire’s scalable ARROW architecture with proprietary battery, motor, charging, and control systems debuts on the Del Mar model and was designed at LiveWire Labs in Mountain View, California. The ARROW architecture is intended to be modular and serves as the central component of the motorcycle chassis.

Del Mar is designed to offer its rider thrilling performance with a targeted output of 80 horsepower (59.6 kW), delivering projected 0-to-60 mph times of 3.5 seconds. City range is expected to be 100 miles.* The Del Mar model weight target is 440 pounds or less.

Urban Street Tracker

Del Mar presents a street-tracker stance on 19-inch front and rear wheels equipped with custom developed LiveWire Dunlop DT1 tires equally capable on paved and dirt surfaces. The slim seat tops a short tail section. A tracker-style handlebar fronted by a thin flyscreen places the rider in an upright position for a comfortable and controlled riding experience.

Launch Edition Model

Only the 100 examples of the Del Mar Launch Edition models will be made, featuring an exclusive finish and wheel design. The graphics and paint – in a choice of Jasper Gray or Comet Indigo – are applied by hand using a process that takes 5 days to complete. The design employs an opposing-fade, representing and celebrating both the exciting and soulful experiences of riding LiveWire electric motorcycles. The intricate pattern of the 19-inch PCB cast-aluminum wheels evokes the dense patterning and framework found on printed circuit boards. The vaulted and tapered spoke design promotes lateral stiffness for enhanced handling performance, while also pushing the boundaries of casting technology.

The Del Mar Launch Edition model debuts with an MSRP of $17,699, while the production version is expected to launch with a target MSRP of $15,000. Delivery of the Launch Edition and production versions of S2 Del Mar model are set for the spring of 2023. All LiveWire S2 Del Mar motorcycles will be assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA.

To learn more about the LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition motorcycle visit: livewire.com/delmar.

UPDATE:

The all-new LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition sold out its 100 reservation deposits in 18 minutes today. Customers can still add their names to a wait list for the standard S2 Del Mar motorcycle expected to begin deliveries in Spring 2023 at livewire.com.

*Range estimates are based on expected performance on a fully-charged battery and are derived from SAE J2982 Riding Range Test Procedure data on a sample motorcycle under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual range will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, ambient weather, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight).

Check out Rider‘s 2022 Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

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Petersen Automotive Museum Exhibit to Feature Custom Electric Motorcycles

Petersen Automotive Museum
Eva Hakansson’s “KillaJoule”

The Petersen Automotive Museum‘s latest exhibit will feature a multitude of the most innovative electric motorcycles ever made by cutting-edge designers. Opening to the public on April 14, 2022, in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, the unique “Electric Revolutionaries” collection is an exclusive look at the ground-breaking creations of the visionaries at the forefront of the ever-expanding electric motorcycle industry.

Highlights of the new exhibition include “KillaJoule,” the land speed racer that made Eva Hakansson the fastest woman on an electric motorcycle with a run of 240.7 mph. Built by Hakansson and her husband at home and with a limited budget, “KillaJoule” is the fastest sidecar streamliner ever, regardless of engine type.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Walt Siegl’s “RONTU”

On the slower side of the spectrum are the innovative solar-powered “Solar Scooter” and “Solar Rickshaw” created by Samuel Aboagye. The Ghanaian teenager constructed both using only salvaged, discarded and recycled materials that he could source for free. Making its worldwide debut will be the intricately designed and exquisitely crafted “The One” by Curtiss Motors. Conceptualized by JT Nesbitt, “The One” features a retro-futuristic design and quality of construction usually only found on hypercars.

Petersen Automotive Museum
“The One” by Curtiss Motors

A follow-up to the Petersen Museum’s popular first-ever electric motorcycle exhibit, “Electric Revolution” in 2019, the new display features over 25 unique custom electric motorcycles guest curated by Motor/Cycle Arts Foundation Co-Founder Paul D’Orléans.

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“I’m super excited to assemble this wildly diverse collection of EV pioneers. ‘Electric Revolutionaries’ really does represent the range of interest in an electric future, from a humble teen in Ghana making EVs from scrap, to genius artisans building conceptual and boundary-pushing designs, to speed demons and global superstar designers interested in pushing mobility into the green zone,” said d’Orleans. “Electric Revolutionaries” is produced by the Motor/Cycle Arts Foundation and Sasha Tcherevkoff with support from LiveWire.

Listen to our interview with Paul D’Orléans on the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Petersen Automotive Museum
Hugo Eccles’ “XP Zero”

“It is incredible how far electric motorcycles have come in the short time from our first exhibit in 2019,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “This new display gives a unique and close-up look at the innovative machines and the creators behind them pushing the boundaries of motorcycle electrification and design. The detail, level of craftsmanship, and unorthodox thinking behind these electric motorcycles make them must-sees.”

Other notable electric motorcycles on display include Joey Ruiter’s “NOMOTO,” which camouflages as utilitarian street furniture and his geometric “Moto Undone” concept. Also part of the exhibit is famed motorcycle designer Walt Siegl’s ultra-minimalist “RONTU” that uses carbon fiber, aluminum, and a lack of body panels to help weigh a scant 100 lbs. Hugo Eccles’ avant-garde and award-winning “XP Zero,” a radical reinterpretation of a production Zero SR/F into a futuristic cafe racer, is also among the extensive collection of unique and innovative electric motorcycles.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit Petersen.org.

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Can-Am to Launch All-Electric Motorcycles

Can-Am electric motorcycle

BRP has announced that the iconic Can-Am brand, which currently includes Spyder and Ryker three-wheelers and four-wheeled ATVs and side-by-sides, will return to its motorcycle roots. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am brand, BRP will launch a family of electric two-wheel motorcycles.

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“With the motorcycle industry shifting to electric, we saw an opportunity to reclaim our motorcycle heritage and to re-enter the market,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP. “This new product category is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled that Can-Am motorcycles are the first EV models in BRP’s electric lineup to be confirmed to consumers. Many of us have very fond memories of riding the early dirtbike models, and now we look forward to building on the rich history of the Can-Am brand to inspire and impress a new generation of motorcyclists and electric vehicle enthusiasts.”

So far, BRP has provided only the teaser photo above and a teaser video, which you can watch below:

BRP says the first models of the complete, all-electric lineup will be available in mid-2024. Based on the teaser photo, the lineup will include a roadster and an adventure bike. Bikes on the far right are harder to identify, but may include a cruiser and an all-electric version of the Spyder or Ryker three-wheelers.

The first Can-Am motorcycle was introduced in 1973 and the brand became a dominant force in motocross and endurance racing. The success elevated the brand to an iconic status right from the start. Half a century later, BRP says the new products have been developed with many different riders in mind, more specifically for those who crave adventure, seek the thrill of the open road, long for a quiet ride in the country, or want to liven up the city streets. BRP says riders can expect these new state-of-the-art electric Can-Am motorcycles to be perfect for everyday commuting and, to stay true to the track-and-trail heritage of the brand, recreational on- and off-road riding.

For more information, visit brp.com.

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Can-Am confirms electric bikes for Oz

A week after Canadian Powersports company Can-Am announced a range of four electric two-wheelers, the company has confirmed they will be available in Australia.

“I can confirm that they will be available in your part of the world,” Can-Am, Global Consumer PR Brian Manning told me.

“We are (not) disclosing any timing or pricing information yet.”

That’s a big move for electric two-wheelers in Australia whose market supply is currently limited to mainly electric scooters.

The Australian-designed Savic C-Series electric motorcycle has not yet hit the market while Sydney-based Fonzarelli only makes scooters and midi-sized bikes, and Perth-based company Vmoto imports a Ducati-branded Chinese-made electric scooter through Urban Moto Imports for under $5000.

The only major motorcycle companies importing electric motorcycles to Australia are Harley-Davidson with their LiveWire and Energica  imported by Australian Electric Motor Co.

The announcement that Can-Am will return to its motorcycle roots with a product lineup that will be completely electric is big news not only for our market, but around the world.

Can-Am is produced by Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) which also makes jet skis, ATVs, snow mobiles and the Can-Am Spyder range of three-wheeler roadsters.

So far there are few details except a launch date of mid-2024 and a silhouette image of four bikes.

From left, it looks like a streetfighter, an adventure bike and two cruisers.

Can-Am electric bikes

The official Can-Am press release simply says:

Riders can expect these new state-of-the-art electric Can-Am motorcycles to be perfect for everyday commuting and, to stay true to the track & trail heritage of the brand, recreational on- and off-road riding.

BRP boss José Boisjoli says the return to motorcycling coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary.

”With the motorcycle industry shifting to electric, we saw an opportunity to reclaim our motorcycle heritage and to re-enter the market,” he says. 

“This new product category is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled that Can-Am motorcycles are the first EV models in BRP’s electric lineup to be confirmed to consumers. 

“Many of us have very fond memories of riding the early dirt bike models, and now we look forward to building on the rich history of the Can-Am brand to inspire and impress a new generation of motorcyclists and electric vehicle enthusiasts.”

The first Can-Am motorcycles were enduro and motocross models in 1973.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com