Ok, so now I’m actually getting interested in electric motorcycles. Or should I more accurately say I’m interested in a particular electric motorcycle? Some of this stuff electric motorcycle stuff is actually intriguing.
Lightning releases more info
Lightning Motorcycles has just released a few more tidbits that have me almost excited. The written details provide more information but it is a single picture that has grabbed my attention.
OK, so let’s get to it. The picture is of the Lightning Strike’s engine. The engine bears a remarkable resemblance to the one in the LS-218 superbike and Lightning has confirmed that the two engines share certain design features.
Next, we find that out that the Lightning Strike is liquid cooled. The website electrek received the teaser photo you see above as well as the following quote from Lightning.
“Based on the architecture and innovation in the Lightning LS-218 Superbike, Strike’s motor is fully liquid-cooled and engineered for track-ready performance. As far as we’re aware, LS-218 is currently the only electric motorcycle in the world with the technology and ability run flat-out at qualifying racing speed, pull in for a pit stop to fast charge and continue racing – all without ever overheating. Strike shares these exclusive performance characteristics while being fundamentally designed to be the ultimate street bike.”
Water cooling was not expected but would seem to be a welcome addition. When operating, an electric motorcycle generates heat. This heat has forced some manufacturers to write software into their bikes that reduce heat at the expense of performance. Liquid cooling may well reduce or eliminate this problem.
Of course, liquid cooling can add weight and complexity but could be a very good tradeoff. After all, the Lightning Strike is not supposed to be a superbike likes its LS-218 sibling. That bike weighs in at 495 pounds. So even with liquid cooling, the “smaller” Lightning Strike could weigh less.
We don’t know how similar the Lightning Strikes engine is to the LS-218, but if the Lightning Strike can match its big brothers charging capability it will be impressive. Lightning claims the LS-218 can charge in 30 minutes when hooked to a DC fast charger or charge in 120 minutes on a Level 2 charger.
There’s one more tidbit that looks quite tasty. The picture shows a glimpse of a gold Ohlins shock. If this makes it into the production version, it’s a good indicator that Lightning has made handling a priority as well and that can only be a good thing.
Electrek asked Lightning whether the Ohlins shock was to be on the “ordinary” production version and has yet to receive a response. My guess is that it won’t be on the Lightning Strike, but possibly on the Lightning Strike Carbon, an apparently far more upscale version than the regular Lightning Strike.
We don’t know what the “Carbon” version will have for upgrades, but if the pre-order deposits are any indicator, the Carbon should be a much higher spec machine. You can pre-order a Lightning strike now with a $500 deposit. If you’d like to pre-order the “Carbon” version, you’ll have to pony up $10,000. What does that tell you?
I must admit, I’m officially interested in the Lightning Strike. What about you?