Curtiss Motrocycles Reinvent A Century Old Design And Give It An Electric Makeover
Imagine making a mean machine that looks way too cool to be real and you come to know that the design is actually over a 100 years old.
The Hera, is based on the 1907 American aviation and motorcycling pioneer Glenn Curtiss’ record-setting V8-powered motorcycle. But this time around, Curtiss motorcycles went for an electric heart, with 8 batteries aligned in the formation of a V8 engine and it powers an electric twin motor placed under the seat.
Glenn Curtis Riding The 1907 V8 Motorcycle
In a report by Designboom, Curtiss’ Design Director, Jordan Cornille was quoted saying how the design has evolved since its prototype was unvieled earlier this year in California. “Our original zeus concept prototype featured obsolete battery and motor technology that was as graceful as a cinder block. this made it difficult for our team to engineer the machine we all aspired to create. with our new advanced technology division, we are developing new battery, motor, and control system technologies that enable us to deliver on our clean, modern aesthetic vision,” he said.
The Hera claims to go from 0-100 in just a mind-blowing 2.1 seconds.
The bike comes with just one colour scheme for now which is black and white.
Not a lot of other information has been released on the bike but it is set for a 2020 launch. The company plans to announce further details like pricing, specifications and reservation details later this year.
(Image Credit – Curtiss Motorcycles Website)