All-electric motorcycles are going to come in all forms, it seems. None is more striking perhaps than the creations from Alabama-based motorcycle brand Curtiss, which has not one but two variants on its Zeus model: Bomber and Cafe.
Curtiss recently opened up its reservation banks for the bikes, which are both priced at $60,000. To get your name on the order sheet, however, you’ll need to plunk down a $6,000 pre-payment. Production is scheduled for early 2020, though. So you’ll have a while to scrape together the remaining $54,000.
For that not insignificant chunk of change, you get more than an electric bike that looks like it’s straight out of a Dick Tracy movie set in the distant future. The incredible looking motorcycles feature a 140 kW motor that churns out 190 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Curtiss says the bikes will also offer 280 miles of range per charge.
Curtiss says its bikes will directly compete with the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Will they, though? The LiveWire will cost $29,799 — less than half the Zeus. Granted, the LiveWire has half the range of the Zeus and looks half as cool. But, from where I am sitting, that’s like saying a Honda Civic competes with a Mercedes S-Class. I mean, they do … in that they are cars you can buy. The gulf between the two is too vast to consider them true competitors.
Since the Zeus variants are the most expensive and most long-range electric motorcycles coming to the market (so far), I expect the kind of person who will be attracted to them is the same kind of buyer who goes for the $133,000 Tesla Model S P100D, which is the fastest, fanciest electric car you can buy in the U.S. right now.