GoWheel creates an electric Triumph Daytona

As a motorcycle-friendly writer, I would prefer if makers of electric motorcycles would start with something a bit less exclusive than a Triumph Daytona, but, I guess in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter. The execution is what we are really interested in, and this one seems pretty well done (minus perhaps the windscreen), if the specifications are anything to go by. Speaking of specs, here they are: up to 103 mph and 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. There is an alternative economy mode which caps speed at 93 mph and extends range to 143 miles. Worries about how long the batteries will last are somewhat understandable, but the crew who made the bike expect 5 years or 114,000 miles, whichever comes first. It would take lots and lots of riding for the mileage to come first, obviously.

The conversion doesn't come cheap. From their website, I extract that you might be looking as as much as $50,000 for a DIY kit, or you could buy the entire Triumph from them for $77,000. If those numbers are right, I expect few, if any, takers. But, at least people are experimenting with what is possible. The more examples are made, and the more are sold, the less electric vehicles will end up costing... at least, that's the theory anyway.

I remember people saying that one big problem with the electric R1 we brought you was the looks. It seems that GoWheel was able to integrate the electrics under the bodywork, which is a plus. If you don't like the sportbike look, check out their chopper! The specs aren't quite a high, but it does cost less at less than $50,000 complete, and the operating costs of twelve cents a mile are a bonus.

[Source: Bikes in the Fast Lane, thanks Mike!]

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