Canadian electrical motorbike startup Damon Motors revealed a brand new high-performance, tech-laden machine referred to as the HyperFighter on the 2022 CES electronics conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The brand new mannequin will be part of the prevailing HyperSport, introduced two years in the past. Thus far, each machines are within the pre-production levels, with a Damon consultant telling Forbes.com that manufacturing of the HyperSport ought to begin within the first half of 2022 with the HyperFighter popping out in 2023. Damon Motors is building out a manufacturing facility in Vancouver, British Columbia presently.
Damon already has quite a few pre-orders in place for the high-performance HyperSport, which is a technology-packed all-electric motorbike that includes sturdy efficiency numbers and a few novel security and luxury options, a lot of which can carry over to the HyperFighter.
The brand new HyperFighter will use the essential underpinnings of the HyperSport however will tackle a “bare” or “streetfighter” type issue, which does away with the HyperSports entrance windscreen and full-coverage bodywork in favor of a extra primary headlight-and-handlebars look.
The “streetfighter” aesthetic grew out of the Nineteen Nineties customized motorbike scene, the place bike (re)builders took frivolously crashed sportbikes, stripped them of their plastic physique panel components (thus the “bare” connotation) and added dirt-bike handlebars and a naked minimal of devices or stylistic accoutrements, if any. The ensuing stripped-down, lighter-weight however nonetheless high-performance machines grew to become generally known as “streetfighters” and “bare bikes” inside the rider lexicon. The types had been rapidly picked up by OEM bike builders who now sell new models based mostly on the simpler-is-bettter beliefs.
Damon Motors is bringing quite a few distinctive tech and efficiency options to their two bikes.
A security suite, referred to as CoPilot, makes use of sensors, cameras and an AI system onboard the motorbike to alert the riders utilizing haptic vibrations within the handlebars. Nonetheless, at no level does the CoPilot system take over management of the motorbike in the way in which lane conserving and car collision avoidance tech does on many fashionable vehicles. As a result of a bike is an unstable automobile by nature (as are bicycles), sudden management adjustments not made by the rider might trigger a lack of management. Subsequently, the CoPilot system merely lets riders know a automobile is within the blind spot or they’re following too shut, amongst different warnings. LED lights within the cockpit may also give riders visible warnings. Damon CEO Jay Giraud has stated for the reason that firm’s inception that his aim is to present riders a safer using expertise. An experienced entrepreneur, Giraud began Damon after a bike crash.
Consolation is a Damon tech problem as effectively. Their novel Shift ergonomic system permits riders to vary up the place of handlebars and different issues, akin to footpeg positions, whereas using. Elevating or decreasing the handlebars and footpegs by only a few inches can imply main adjustments within the ergonomics and luxury of any motorbike, and on the Damon bikes, the Shift system can change the HyperSport using place from a road-racer crouch for sport using to a extra upright system for navigating city visitors.
Whereas some bikes (BMW involves thoughts) enable for adjustments in seat, bar and peg positions, these adjustments must made with instruments whereas the motorbike is stopped and might’t be modified whereas using. On the Damon bikes, small electrical motors change these components on the fly. A video for the HyperFighter signifies the handlebars will have the ability to change place, it’s unknown presently if different onerous components shall be included within the HyperFighter’s Shift system. On the HyperSport, the handlebars, footpegs and windscreen place can all be modified on the push of a button. I used to be the primary journalists to trip the Damon prototypes (beneath) again in 2019 and the tech is each novel and efficient.
Extra Damon tech consists of their HyperDrive system, which makes the battery a central load-bearing a part of the motorbike, simplifying building and saving weight on the identical time. HyperDrive was a Innovation Award Honoree this 12 months as CES.
Whereas most electrical motorbike makers basically slot a big dice filled with battery cells in a metallic body, which can also be just like how most gas-powered bikes are constructed, the Damon HyperDrive system as an alternative makes use of a purpose-shaped central battery casing that hugs the motor and attaches on to the suspension system.
This artistic aspect, a spin on the monocoque body thought, additionally permits Damon to pack the bike with 20kWh value of batteries, giving the machines longer vary. Different electrical motorbike makers, akin to market chief Zero, have battery capacities that prime out simply over 16kWh. Nonetheless, “longer vary” could also be a problem as Damon guarantees most HyperSport and HyperFighter fashions will make 200 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, with prime speeds closing in on 150mph for top-tier fashions, and supercar-level 0-60 time of below 3 seconds. Output like that tends to suck down the fuel, regardless of if its fossil fuels or electrons.
The Damon Motors HyperFighter shall be accessible in three configurations, with the top-tier “Colossus” mannequin having particular (probably “lighter and really costly”) wheels and different premium trim bits for $35,000. Energy is rated at 200hp with vary close to the 150 mile mark, and solely 100 Colossus fashions shall be made. The same-spec’d “Limitless 20” mannequin could have much less bling and price $25,000, whereas the bottom Limitless 15 mannequin could have a smaller 15kWh battery, “solely” 150hp and a $19,000 price ticket. All costs are earlier than any electrical motorbike rebates and incentives, which can vary widely depending on where you live.
Damon in taking deposits for the HyperFighter presently.