Except for a number of one off projects by individual builders, electric motorcycles tend to be something either sporty and racer like or built for off road use. Companies getting into the e-bike business usually avoid cruisers, until now, that is, because Voxan, the newly revived French motorcycle company, just introduced the Wattman at the Paris motorcycle show. (Whether this is the same company or just someone who bought the rights to the name, I’m not sure.)
I’ve mentioned before that big bikes seem to me a natural starting point for electrics because they have more room for batteries than some racer trying to be light and flickable, and this is definitely not a racer. A 240mm rear tire and 771 pounds means we have a big bike more focused on straighter lines and slower turns, though 200 horsepower and 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and 0-100 in 5.9 is a lot better then you would expect from something of this size. It’s single speed and belt drive.
Batteries are lithium ion, range is 112 miles and they say an 80 percent recharge takes less than 30 minutes. I didn’t see any photos of the plug, but they call it a Combo 2 socket, so I think they’re referring to this one. This is evidently aimed at the European or international build to order client, so how prevalent those charging stations are will depend on location.
Price? Do you need to ask? Is this what the cruiser of the future looks like?
Thanks for the tip, Bob.