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CES: Damon Hypersport electric motorcycle promises 200-mile range, active safety, adjustable seating position

Electric motorcycles are coming to market quickly and Vancouver-based Damon has a new spin on two-wheeled emission-free riding.

The Damon Hypersport HS was announced last month and made an appearance this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The electric motorcycle comes with active safety features that help keep its rider safe and offers multiple seating positions to better suit the road and driving style. Damon said the motorcycle will cost at least $24,995 before applicable state and federal tax breaks, and interested buyers can reserve theirs for $100 via Damon’s website.

The Hypersport HS creates more than 200 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque from its electric motor. Damon didn’t say how big the Hypersport’s battery is, but said the motorcycle would deliver about 200 miles of range at 60 mph, about 160 miles at 70 mph, and about 300 miles in the city. The motorcycle takes less than three hours to recharge on a Level 2 plug, according to the company. Damon claims the motorcycle’s top speed is 200 mph and 0-60-mph time is less than 3 seconds.

Damon Hypersport electric motorcycle

Damon says the Hypersport will use advanced safety features typically reserved for cars. The bike uses two cameras, radar, and other sensors to track the road and warn riders of possible dangers via visual alerts and haptic feedback in the grips. The system uses Blackberry-based software to track up to 64 objects on the road and displays information on a 6.0-inch screen that doubles as a digital instrument cluster.

The motorcycle also uploads sensor data to a cloud-based network to help refine safety warnings. Software can be updated via over-the-air updates.

Riders can change their seating position from a supersport to an upright touring position. According to Damon, the Hypersport can shift its seat, windshield, pegs, and handlebars between a supersport riding position and more upright touring position.

The first 25 Hypersport models will be called the Hypersport Premier. They will feature Brembo brakes, Öhlins dampers, and a single-sided carbon fiber swing arm. Damon didn’t say how much Premier model will cost.

Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but they have struggled to reach a broader audience. Harley-Davidson’s Livewire motorcycle reached dealerships last year, but a production issue forced the company to temporarily halt production. The Livewire offers up to 146 miles of range from its battery and costs nearly $30,000.

Damon says deliveries of the Hypersport will begin next year and advanced prototypes will be on the road by the middle of this year.

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Aston Martin and Brough Superior unveil 180-horsepower superbike

Aston Martin has teamed up with Brough Superior to launch a motorcycle.

The limited-edition AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior superbike, unveiled on Tuesday at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, is the first Aston Martin to ride on two wheels. And Aston Martin is already labeling it as just the first chapter of a new partnership with Brough Superior, so we could be in for more jointly developed motorcycles from two historic British brands in the near future.

2020 AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior

For readers unfamiliar with Brough Superior, it was established by George Brough in 1919 and lasted until 1940 in its original form. It was revived in 2008 by Mark Upham, and Thierry Henriette, who currently serves as lead designer. The original Brough Superiors were described by reviewers of the day as the Rolls-Royces of motorcycles. Just over 3,000 were built, with a handful owned by T. E. Lawrence, best known as Lawrence of Arabia. He actually died after suffering a crash on one of the motorcycles. That was back in 1935.

The modern Brough Superiors feature a retro look but also benefit from all the latest tech including titanium frames and powerful 1.0-liter V-twin engines with four valves per cylinder. There’s nothing retro about the AMB 001’s design, though, as it appears to have drawn inspiration from Aston Martin’s upcoming Valkyrie. The Aston Martin logos on the nose and tank are also the same used on the hypercar. To save precious grams, these are 9-micron stainless steel wings that sit under a clear coat.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie

The AMB 001 has been designed for the track only and is powered by a turbocharged V-twin engine delivering 180 horsepower. No performance numbers were revealed at the launch but we’ll point out that the dry weight is only 396 pounds, the number acheived thanks to lightweight construction including carbon fiber for the body.

Just 100 examples will be built, each priced from 108,000 euros (approximately $120,210). Production will take place Brough Superior’s factory in Toulouse, France, and the first examples should be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020. No word yet if the motorcycle will be available in the United States.

2020 AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior

2020 AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior

You might be wondering how a project like this came about. It turns out that Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman is a motorcycle enthusiast and close friend of Henriette.

“This is what we believe a cutting-edge motorcycle should be and we are very proud to see the Aston Martin wings on a motorcycle for the first time,” Reichman said at the launch. In addition to applying the skills we have developed for cars such as the ground breaking Aston Martin Valkyrie, we have also been able to bring our special expertise in the traditional craft techniques to this project.”

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