Paying tribute to the V8 1907 land-speed record holder

Curtiss Motorcycles showcased its first ever electric concept, the "Zeus" earlier this year in May. Yes, it is still in its concept stages and is sure shares all the designs of a post-apocalyptic machine, but the chaps at Curtiss have thought much more ahead and have given a fitting setup to their past by showcasing a render to a new concept model.

Calling it the world’s first V-8 Battery powered electric motorcycle, Curtiss released the image of the oblong “Hera” electric motorcycle at the Pebble Beach with the company claiming the bike will be available in 2020.

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Unveiled at the most prestigious custom shows in the US, the Zeus is the first step in Curtiss Motorcycle’s shift towards a new breed of personal transportation. Although in its concept form, it highlights many design inspirations from its Confederate past. The round plexiglass view near the fuel tank is retained here albeit something there to actually view.

Going even further in their history books, Curtiss has come out with a new V-8 battery-powered electric motorcycle that harks to the designs of Glenn Curtiss’s V8, the first American V-Twin motorcycle. This was also the same with which set a world speed record of 136.3mph in 1907 on Ormond Beach, Florida.

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Glen Curtis and his 1907 V8

Replicating the same visual cues from the 1907 machine, the V-8 battery is stacked like eight “cylinders” with high-density Li-ion batteries. But don’t fool yourself here because the Zeus is purposefully built away from the traditional motorcycle designs. With all future Curtiss products including the Zeus, the makers have redefined the package and layout of the motorcycle. The new electric components are arranged to be advantageous over ICE components in terms of weight distribution and rider ergonomics.

Like the Zeus, it seems to be using the same aircraft-grade billet aluminum monocoque frame construction that is bolted rather than welded giving it an industrial cynosure. It still has Double-wishbone, parallelogram fork and Race Tech monoshock springs the aluminum swingarm handle the suspension.

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The carbon-fiber BST wheels come wrapped with Pirelli rubber. Beringer 230 mm discs with four-pot, radial-mount calipers at the front, and a single, 240 mm disc with a dual-pot caliper at the rear take care of braking duties. The Powertrain is sourced from its technological partner, Zero Motorcycles, and includes “E-Twin” dual Zero mills fed into a single output shaft.

Being an honest electric motorcycle, the Zeus was being developed for many years exploring what that meant. ”Curtiss design DNA is organic, pure, and simple minimalism." Production of the Zeus will likely begin in early Fall 2019. And Curtiss are parallelly developing products for all pocket sizes which will have a great selection of genres, forms, power, and range that will satisfy the needs of every rider out there.

Including this V8 electric motorcycle.

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