Resurrected motorcycle brand Soriano Motori is set to digitally reveal its Giaguaro V1-Gara (giaguaro is Italian for “panther” and gara means “race”) model on Thursday, November 5th.  In a press release, the company says it will reveal:

“…the Giaguaro V1-Gara model, its state-of-the-art EV with more power, revealing that it has returned to production to stay and to revolutionize the electric sector of two-wheeled design vehicles.”

The online unveiling will also include “…a tour of its history, the rebirth of the brand, the current situation of the market and the sector and the evolution of the new Soriano motorcycles.”

According to their website, the electric Giaguaro V1-Gara puts out a claimed 100hp (75kW) and develops 58 lb-ft of torque.  Soriano Motori claims that the motor will propel you from 0 – 60mph in 3.5 seconds.

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The electrically powered Soriano Motori Giaguaro V1-Gara.

A “dual battery system provides energy for the motor.”  The battery pack contains “high capacity” lithium-ion batteries that range from 15kWh to 20kWh.

“Unusual” features

Unlike many other electric motorcycles, the Giaguaro V1 Gara utilizes a 3 ratio manual hydraulic gearbox.  According to the company, first gear is for “reaching optimal ratio and torque at lower speeds.”  Second gear is used for “intermediate modulation between first and third gear.  It’s appropriate ratio and torque used mainly for city surroundings.”  Finally, third gear is “an overdrive for long-distance and continuous riding.  This gear allows to have less engine stress and energy consumption.”  (Note: quotes translated from Italian.)

Another “unusual” feature is the bike’s aluminum girder front suspension.  It provides 4.33 inches (110mm) of travel.  At the rear of the bike is a “progressive, triangular” suspension providing 5 inches (125mm) of travel.

The bike uses disc brakes on both ends but features a peripherally mounted rotor on the front.  The setup is similar to that seen on some Buell motorcycles.

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Only the front wheel uses a peripherally mounted brake rotor.

The big question about electric mobility is range.  Soriano Motori says the Guaguaro V1 Gara has a range of 75 – 100 miles (120 – 160 kilometers).  Compared to other competitors, that seems to be a bit short.  However, Electrek says that the range figures are likely based on the machine’s highway range.  If that’s the case, the Giguaro V1 Gara range figures are in the hunt with its competitors.

Only 100 of the Giguaro V1 Gara motorcycles will see production.  And they will not be cheap.  MSRP for the Gara is $37,950 (€32,500).  What do you think of the Giguaro V1 Gara?  Do you think it is competitive with other electric motorcycles like Zero’s SR/F?  Let us know in the comments below.


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