Take that, Harley!
Until now,Lightning Motorcycleshas been known for one thing, and one thing only: the LS-218, a high-end electric superbike with a look and a price tag to match. Now, the company looks about ready to tackle the more mainstream segment with an affordable and long-range model. If the numbers the company is teasing turn out to be real, were potentially looking at what could become one of the bestelectric motorcycleofferings on the market.
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Without any big announcement, Lightning Motorcycles posted a teaser image of a new bike coming to its one-model lineupon its Facebook page.Well leave this right here. While the company has been focusing on a more niche, premium segment la Tesla, it now looks ready to tackle the mass production beast with the launch of the equivalent of its Model 3. The Strikean appropriate name if there ever was onewill target a much broader audience than its big brother. According to the teaser, pricing will start just below the $13,000 mark, an average if not reasonable price for the segment.
What is $13k going to get you? Always according to the teaser, a top speed of 150 mph, a full charge within 35 minutes with a DC charger, and, drumroll, an impressive 150-mile electric range. In comparison, Harley recently released the LiveWire with a 110-mile range for double that price. Ill let that sink in.
The image that reveals the future models specs also shows a pair of feline headlightsa typical feature of fully-faired sportbikes. Considering the look of the brands current model, it doesnt come as a surprise that it is opting for a sportier silhouette; you just have to look at theLS-218to know that their designers have an eye for this type of silhouette. I mean, it is meant to top at 150 mph after all, so a little aerodynamics wont hurt.
Lightning will show us the bike this upcoming month of March at which point we can also expect to get a better idea of what the company is working on. Well find out whether the 150-mile range will be available at the announced price point or whether the Strike will be offered with different trim levels and battery capacities. I kind of hope to see the first scenario unfold because this could be a game changer for the electric motorcycle industry. Lets keep our fingers crossed.