Canadian startup Damon was at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, unveiling its Hypersport electric motorcycle. We don’t have all the specs we’d like, but we do have a much better idea of the new machine’s performance. Or at least, the claimed performance—nobody’s seen this bike in operation yet.
The big numbers include a range of more than 320 km (combined city and highway riding), a top speed over 320 km/h, and an electric motor that’s good for 147.5 lb-ft of torque and the equivalent of 200 hp.
Those specs are good enough for the Hypersport to hold its own in the world of electric superbikes; they’re actually superior to some of the high-end machines on the market, including the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
We have not seen an official weight listed anywhere, although show attendees are saying it’s in the 200 kg range. We also have not seen a recharging time, and the press release does not mention battery capacity. The website does have a 21.5 kWh rating hidden away in the specs, though. That makes the 200-kg weight seem optimistic.
Of course, the Hypersport also has the much-vaunted adjustable ergos, made to change the riding stance from aggressive to relaxed—see a demonstration below. Not only is this proof that the idea works, sort of, but it’s also proof that Damon has actually built a working model of the bike, and isn’t just flogging 3D renderings.
The Hypersport will also come with Damon’s Co-Pilot advanced warning system, which combines cellular technology, AI, cameras and onboard sensors that monitor traffic and road conditions for danger. If Co-Pilot senses trouble ahead, the rider is notified by haptic, audio or visual cues.
Co-Pilot can track up to 64 moving objects at once, running on Blackberry’s QNX technology.
All very cool-sounding, but practically speaking—what’s the cost, and when and where can you buy a Hypersport?
The base model Hypersport will have a $24,995 US price tag (an upscale Hypersport Premier, with Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension, carbon-fibre swingarm and trick paint will cost you $39,995). It’s supposed to hit the market in 2021 (a very aggressive timeline), and Damon says it plans to sell directly to consumers, drop-shipping the bikes instead of selling through dealerships. How will that work for warranties and other service? Stay tuned …