Who would have thought the Royal Enfield would be such a platform for innovation? Whether it’s Aniket Vardhan building the V-Twin Musket or Fabrizio Di Bella creating the McDeeb specials, the work always starts with the humble Royal Enfield. Well, now you can add
James Hammarhead to the list of Bullet modifiers with his Hammarhead Volta 102, a Royal Enfield Bullet converted to electric drive. A clinical neuropsychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, he has a passion for old British iron, we would just call that therapy.
The Volta 102 has the look of the RE Clubman conversion but it’s missing the 500cc single cylinder engine, in its place is a 6 KW lithium iron-phosphate battery pack and an EnerTrac hub motor. The polished gas tank houses two 110-volt, 15-amp chargers that take about 4 hours to recharge the bike.
The electric conversion is actually a performance upgrade:
The Volta uses an EnerTrac hub motor. It makes 10 kilowatts (13.4 horsepower) continuous and 30 kilowatts (40 horsepower) peak. That’s a big jump over the Bullet’s 18 ponies. Both the Volta and the Bullet weigh 368 pounds, so the conversion made the bike faster. The motor is, in theory, capable of 118 mph. Hammarhead is shooting for somewhere around 100.
You can order one up for $18,500, his Hammarhead Industries has 3 builds available this year and 5 more next year.
Hammarhead doesn’t just build the Volta, he builds the Woodsman from the Royal Enfield Electra X and the Jack Pine from a Triumph Scrambler. I guess motorcycles really are therapy, after all, a neuropsychologist should know.