The unique Zeus idea has developed into two production-ready electrical bikes, nearly.
Curtiss Bikes launched two supposedly production-ready electrical bikes at EICMA based mostly on the Zeus Idea. The Zeus Bobber has swoopy strains and curves that evoke the traditional bobber design, whereas the Zeus Cafe Racer is all about straight strains and sharp angles in its quite completely different design.
Curtiss, previously recognized by the not politically right identify Accomplice Bikes, has fully reworked itself up to now 12 months. It has modified not solely its identify but additionally its path, leaving gasoline bikes up to now together with its former identify and embracing the way forward for electrical bikes in partnership with Zero. Curtiss now considers even the Zeus prototype to be out of date and as sleek as a cinder block.
The Zeus lineup seems to have a totally completely different drivetrain than the prototype for the reason that manufacturing bikes lack its huge blocky physique. Whereas there aren't any official efficiency specs but, Curtiss is aiming for 280 miles of vary, 145 pound-feet of torque, and a Zero-60 mph time of two.1 seconds with a 140-kilowatt motor.
Though Curtiss is asking these bikes production-ready, they nonetheless seem like ideas and lack facilities like mirrors, license plate frames, and padded seats which might be vital on any bike supposed for the road. Curtiss continues to be saying the Bobber and Cafe Racer will start manufacturing in 2020, however it’s unlikely that we’ll get precisely the bikes we see right here. I hope they’re shut, although.
That’s across the identical time we might, lastly, hopefully, see the Harley-Davidson Livewire, which we've got some opinions about. In comparison with the Zeus twins, the Livewire seems to be like much more of a cinder block with just a little little bit of scaffolding round it. Whereas the Curtiss bikes are aesthetically pleasing (the Bobber is extra to my style, although I recognize each of them), the Livewire has lingered on for therefore lengthy that it’s fallen behind the occasions—one may say quite like Harley itself.
Supply: The Drive