Hammarhead Volta – Click above for high-res image gallery
We recently got the chance to get some seat time with the new 2010 Royal Enfield motorcycle, and we came away rather impressed with that machine's transformation from an old-but-charismatic 1950s design to a new-and-charismatic 1950s design. Still, no matter how new, clean or fuel efficient an engine may be, if it burns fossil fuels, it's already outdated for an ever-increasing number of people.
If that's the camp you fall into but you'd still love to enjoy the wind in your hair on a Royal Enfield motorcycle, may we direct you to Hammarhead Industries, which would be more than happy to sell you a fully electric two-wheeler based on the 2002-2009 Royal Enfield Bullet chassis. Price? $18,500.
Though that sticker may be nearly four times what a stock gas-burning 2010 Enfield would cost, it includes some pretty worthy technology. The electric drive system was designed and built by Enertrac and includes a MHM-62 motor along with a 102-volt lithium polymer battery pack that offers 6kW of power. Sure, we'd prefer the bike if it didn't have the stock cutout for the now nonexistent exhaust header, but it's a pretty effective design nonetheless. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.
[Source: Hammarhead Industries]