Electric Motorcycles and Electric Bicycles

Created by Steven Minichiello on 30 October, 2020

If you were to take a classic Steve McQueen 1960's style Triumph enduro motorcycle (today called the Bonneville) and recreate it into a modern electric motorcycle, you would probably end up looking very close to the Tarform Scrambler and Tarform Racer electric motorcycles. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/3025924735551149/


The styling cues of the chrome spoked wheels, dirt bike tires, naked style forks, flat seat that blends transparently into the gas tank and low / short handlebars. But that's where the comparison would end.


The Tarform styling and engineering has taken the best of traditional 'what-works' and combined it with what is technically revelant and modern such as a single swing arm and single rear shock, belt driven rear wheel connected to an in-chassis electric motor.

https://www.returnofthecaferacers.com/electric-motorcycle/tarform-cafe-racer/


As typical with all electric motorcycles, the heart of the mass is (as you'd expect) - batteries. And there is also more modern conveniences and features such as :

  •  3.4" HD display with Bluetooth connectivity
  • blindspot detection with haptic feedback
  • hd 180° rear view camera
  • sonic aura acoustic sound
  • 3 riding modes
  • regenerative braking
  • keyless proximity ignition


What also makes this brand unique is the attention to sustainable materials in reduction (or elimination) of plastics and materials that go well with renewables and organic materials. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/business/electric-motorcycle-tarform.html


Performance is typical with 120 mile range, a tops speed of 90+ mph, 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, as well as an 80% charge in under an hour. And the price is within reach at $24K, but as with most things early adoption is expensive, but still within reach for those who truly want 1 of only 55 made for 2021 (as a 2020 model).


So if you haven't already seen or heard of the Tarform bike, be sure to take a look and see for yourself. https://www.tarform.com/