Almost one year ago, Triumph revealed their electric TE-1 design as a series of concept drawings. They’ve now completed their prototype and it’s ready for testing on the road and track which is expected to take around 6 months. The prototype looks very close to the drawings we’ve already seen, but they plan to wait until testing is complete before body panels and paint scheme are finalized.
Range and performance numbers are obviously not available since testing is just beginning, but from an appearance standpoint, it looks good.
Triumph says its project is aimed at building electric motorcycle capability in the UK and indications are that goal is being achieved. Ducati is going racing with theirs. So far, though, it seems only the LiveWire is clear in its descriptive text when it refers to the bike as “built for the pursuit of urban adventure,” and “focused primarily on the riding experience in urban environments and surrounding areas.” That is unsaid elsewhere, but it really holds true with all of them.
Electric motorcycles are coming from all directions, cruising on the open road, not so much. If your riding is confined to short distances, you’re good, but for those long weekend rides, you’re better off taking your other bike. If you can’t afford two, you have to choose. Of course, internal combustion works in both cases, while electric only fits one. Something to keep in mind.