The Fuell Flow, the first electric motorcycle coming from Erik Buell’s new battery bike venture, is now available for pre-order, and we also have more details on the machine.
Last month, we told you about Fuell, the ironically-named electric motorcycle company started as a joint venture between Erik Buell and Sauber Motorsports.
In case you just got here and are wondering who Erik Buell is, here’s our short rundown: In the 1980s, Buell started making sportbikes built around Harley-Davidson engines, eventually founding a Harley-Davidson subsidiary that bore his name, making sporty naked bikes. Harley-Davidson shut Buell’s subsidiary down in 2009, whereupon he founded Erik Buell Racing and continued to produce made-in-America sportbikes for several years. However, financial troubles eventually caught up with EBR, and shut the company down, whereupon we saw several months of weirdness as the assets were sold. You can catch up with some of that history here.
Buell has his devoted fans, and he’s been responsible for some iconic streetbikes, but he also has plenty of detractors. The complainers say he’s never been able to stay in business (perhaps unfair), and that some of his ideas, like ZTL (zero torsion load) brake designs are crap (perhaps more fair).
With that in mind, it will be curious to see who ponies up for the new Fuell Flow. When first announced, details were sketchy; all we were certain of was hub motor in the rear wheel, available in 15 hp or 47 hp versions.
Now, we also know the bike weighs 180 kg, with a 10 kW-hr battery at the bottom of the chassis, supposedly good for a 240-km range. A Level 2 CCS charger will juice up the battery completely in a half hour, but if you’re using a standard wall outlet, it will take 10 hours.
There’s a spacious trunk built into the bike where most machines have a gas tank (similar to the Honda NC750 series). The engine is said to have max torque output of 553 lb-ft—not constantly available, mind you, as that would put too much strain on the electric powertrain. The power is available in bursts, and the top speed is said to be 137 km/h. Sustained top speed is less exciting, at 88 km/h. You wouldn’t want to cruise the 401 on this bike.
The Flow also comes with some sort of smartphone integration, along with ABS, blind spot warning sensor, rear view camera and traction control.
But what about the price tag? No Canadian figures have been released yet, but in the US, the 15 hp version of the bike carries a $10,995 MSRP, and the 47 hp version will retail for $11,995 US. Steep, but in the same ballpark as other bikes in this bracket, although maybe with less battery capacity.