High (end) voltage: Curtiss Motorcycles now taking deposits for debut electric superbike

The Curtiss One electric superbike in profile

Launched by petrol-driven motorcycle company Curtiss (formerly known as Confederate) back in 2015, its electric bike division is finally open for orders on its first production ride. Called the Curtiss 1, it’s listed at $115,000; deposits for this limited run of 300 machines are $30k – so, what are you getting for your investment?

Well, the design takes plenty of inspiration from the Glenn Curtiss V8-powered land-speed bikes from the early 1900s. It’ll definitely turn heads.

The 193kg completed ride will give you power output equivalent to around 108bhp with 147.5lb.ft of torque. Teasing a future software update, Curtiss says it can get that up to 214bhp, which is more than most superbikes.

The design takes plenty of inspiration from the Glenn Curtiss V8-powered land-speed bikes from the early 1900s…

Curtis motorcycles first electric bike
The Curtiss 1 vibes on the past with a futuristic design

This power does come at a price: the range is just 120 miles in the city and 70 miles on the open road, then a two hour charge for 80 per cent, or wait another 40 minutes for a full tank.

Have a look and tempt yourself on the Curtiss website where you can pay your deposit and begin configuring your bespoke ride, before building starts in Q4 2022.

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