Hold onto your helmet. Another electric motorcycle is about to hit the market. It’s called the Strike and its from electric motorcycle upstart Lightning Motorcycles.
Lightning Motorcycles boast that the Strike, which was teased in mid-March, is the most aerodynamically efficient electric motorcycle on the market. Thanks to its impressively slippery bodylines, the Strike is rated to achieve up to 200 miles per charge in the city and 150 miles per charge on the highway.
The Strike, which starts at $12,998 comes in two versions: standard and Carbon Edition. However, only the standard variant is configurable by buyers. Carbon Edition comes fully loaded with the brand’s more powerful liquid-cooled AC induction electric motor (capable of 120 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque), 20-kilowatt-hour battery pack and Level 3 DC fast charging as standard.
Niche Of A Niche
Buyers of the standard Strike can specify one of three battery sizes (10, 15, or 20 kilo-Watt hour), which route electrons to the standard 90-horsepower electric motor. Standard buyers can also add Level 3 DC fast charging to their bikes for an extra $1,500 as well as a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger — again, for $1,500.
Electric motorcycles are starting to become more prevalent. That is, at least with startups aiming to reshape the performance motorcycle market with affordable, long-range eco-friendly motorcycles. Traditional motorcycle makers, save Harley-Davidson, are oddly absent in the space.
Traditional motorcycle makers have not yet entered the electric motorcycle fray because, so far, it’s not proved a very promising market. That’s because many upstarts have made a run at electric motorcycle sales and quickly gone bankrupt.
Long Road Ahead
The most notable failed e-motorcycle brand was Eric Buell Racing, which went belly up in 2015. However, company namesake and founder Buell is back at it with another electric motorcycle brand, this time called FUELL.
Will electric motorcycles with their incredible performance and futuristic looks gain popularity with riders? We will have to wait and see. Likely, however, we won’t see a meaningful shift in motorcycle powertrains until municipal regulations force riders to give up their gasoline engines altogether.