Alabama-based Curtiss Motorcycles announced a new electric motorcycle honoring Glenn Curtiss with a V8 Battery-powered E-twin motor to be the fastest and most luxurious motorcycle. Glenn set the speed record of 136.3 mph in 1907 on a V8-powered motorcycle, landing him the title “Fastest Man on Earth”.
Matt Chambers, CEO of Curtiss Motors, announced the bike at Pebble Beach this week, saying it features “the world’s first V8 battery architecture, an ultra-powerful, yet refined, E-Twin motor, and a 66-inch wheelbase, Hera will occupy a class all her own.”
We like “E-Twin”.
Utilizing a proprietary battery and electronics architecture, Hera pays homage to the iconic 1907 Curtiss V8 by reimagining the machine it in an all-electric form, complete with eight “cylinders” of high-density lithium-ion batteries.
Hera promises to deliver even greater speed than its record-setting predecessor, but in a far more luxurious package. Hera’s long wheelbase and low stance give her a classic and sensual proportion, a deliberate nod to the proportion of the original golden age of American motorcycling.
With the announcement of Hera, Curtiss continues to ratchet up the heat in the growing electric motorcycle space. The news comes on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s recent signaling of their own upcoming electric model. With both brands set to release bikes over the next 18-24 months, the stage is set for an all-electric all-American motorcycle showdown between two brands with deep roots in American motorcycle history.
Curtiss is also developing one other e-motorcycle called Zeus, and a traditional ICE-powered V-twin called the Warhawk, all with very modern designs with nods to tradition. The Warhawk is already available.