by: Mike Ginsca,
Vancouver company, Damon Motorcycles, recently unveiled their Hypersport electric superbike at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Electric high performance motorcycles are few and far between but the Damon Hypersport is a bit different than the rest.
The Hypersport uses a battery pack that is just over 21 kWh and is capable of producing 200 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. That puts it in line with other gasoline powered superbikes like the BMW S1000RR or Ducati V4. Top speed is said to be around the 200 mph (320 km/h) mark and range is also around the 200 miles (320 km) mark. The number 200 seems to be a common theme with this motorcycle. But that range is estimated at a straight 60 mph highway run. So in a city, it would be even longer.
However, what really sets this bike apart from all other motorcycles is its CoPilot advanced safety features. This will be one of the first motorcycles with advanced safety features which include blind spot detection, forward collision alert, and rear collision alert. It uses a radar in the front cowl and an HD camera in the rear to detect and alert the rider of possible dangers around the bike.
Other features on the Damon Hypersport include electronically adjustable handlebars, seat, foot pegs, and windshield, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes with carbon fiber discs, and a single sided carbon fiber swingarm.
A limited run of 25 examples will be made at launch sometime next year and it will be equipped with the Ohlins and Brembo goodies. Standard Hypersport HS models will not have the suspension and brake goodies but it will come standard with the advanced safety technology. Damon says that the standard bike will cost around $25,000 USD while the special edition launch models will be around $40,000 USD.
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