Lightning Strike 150 mph & 150 mile range electric motorcycle opens pre-orders today Micah Toll - Jan. 24th 2019 12:00 pm ET California-based Lightning Motorcycles recently announced plans to debut their new Lightning Strike electric motorcycle in March. But in a surprise move, the company has decided to begin taking pre-orders early, meaning potential riders can start reserving their Strike today. Lightning Motorcycles dropped the veil of secrecy surrounding their upcoming electric motorcycle just one week ago today. After we broke the news here on Electrek, the bike spread like wildfire around the internet. With impressive specs including a 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, 150 mile (242 km) range, 35 minute DC fast charging and a base price of just $12,998, the Lightning Strike received praise far and wide despite the only image of the bike being its front headlights. Apparently, the volume of interest generated by the announcement was enough to speed up the company’s plans. As VP of Communications Matt Schulwitz explained in an email to Electrek: “Based on an unexpectedly high number of customer requests received after the initial Strike announcement, Lightning is officially announcing the opening of reservations for US customers.” Lightning Strike pre-order available in two versions Riders placing pre-orders will be able to choose between two versions of the Lightning Strike electric motorcycle. The Strike Standard Reservation is available for a fully refundable $500 deposit. The starting price will be the previously announced $12,998, and there will be additional configurable options available. The Strike Carbon Edition Reservation has a much steeper buy in, available for a fully refundable $10,000 deposit. The Strike Carbon Edition is fully configured with every available option included on the bike. The Strike Carbon Edition will be the first-in-production model, while the Strike Standard will begin production after the Strike Carbon Edition. https://electrek.co/2019/01/24/strike-electric-motorcycle-pre-order/ http://lightningmotorcycle.com/ Well, I wasn’t expecting pre-orders to begin until the official unveiling in March, but then again, I was one of the hundreds of thousands who pre-ordered a Model 3 before it was officially unveiled, so, I suppose it makes sense, though I would point out that Tesla had a long list of people who were already waiting for Model S & Model X at the time, where as Lightning may not (I could be mistaken) have quite so many people waiting for an LS-218. In either case, there’s apparently enough interest for Lightning to start pre-orders today. Similarly, the $500 deposit (10k deposit for a carbon edition) is fully refundable (a la Tesla), and helps gauge commitment, which is a smart way to deliver bikes in the order they were reserved, project production/tooling costs, and procure supplies in advance to better control overhead, staffing, and manufacturing costs. The Carbon Edition will have “every available option included” and will come out first according to Lightning’s website. It’s also inferred that the $12,998 price is for the base Strike, which options can be added to.