When motorcycle companies make the shift from traditional builds to electric platforms, the design tends to shift toward a more futuristic aesthetic. This is understandable since the technology is still relatively new. On the other hand, the Curtiss Zeus Radial V8 takes a different path and goes for something remarkable. This electric motorcycle flaunts a skeletonized body that arranges the components stylishly to resemble on the familiar side.
The name obviously holds a clue. The way the designers are arranging the battery packs is in the shape of an internal combustion engine. To be more specific, a V8 setup with four cylinders on each row. Since these are sitting out on the open, cooling won’t be a problem for this all-electric two-wheeler. The 16.8 kWh battery powers a Yasa P400 R series motor and promises a peak output of 217 horsepower with 147 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, it comes with a Cascadia Motion PM100 propulsion inverter to manage its electric powertrain.
Another cool aspect of the Curtiss Zeus Radial V8 is the location of the electric motor. We believe it’s very clever of them to mount it on the swingarm pivot because it looks seamless. Both the front and rear suspension use a fully-adjustable RaceTech monoshock with a 6-inch travel Meanwhile, the chassis is mostly made of 6061 aluminum with a dash of titanium and chromoly. Curtiss is hinting that this battery-powered ride will launch in 2020. Ownership does not come cheap at $75,000, but it’s not every day that you get a chance to own a bike from the future.
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