Tune-In: Interview with Jay Giraud, CEO of Damon Electric Motorcycles

Interview with Jay Giraud, CEO of Damon
Electric Motorcycles

Damon electric motorcycles exploded on to the scene with their debut this year at CES. The Hypersport is one of the fastest, longest-range electric bikes on the market, with a range of over 200 highway miles and a 200mph top speed, and unmatched collision avoidance and safety features.

On this episode of the podcast, I’m talking to Jay Giraud, co-founder and CEO of Damon Motorcycles. We thought things were getting incrementally better in the electric motorcycle world, then we learned about Damon. Their bikes aren’t officially shipping yet, but they boast the most insane specs you’ve ever heard. It’s a sportbike with a top speed of 200 mph, it puts out 200 horsepower, and it has a 200+ mile range on the highway. You’d think this bike would be unattainably expensive, but it really isn’t.

Jay himself is a passionate motorcyclist, and Damon is his third automotive startup company, and before his entrepreneurial ventures, he was a professional snowboarder. Through his travels and adventures, he learned that motorcycles are the number one form of transportation worldwide. This gave him the thought that if we’re going to get the world off of using oil, we need to get motorcycles off oil. But he also knows that a bigger concern for motorcyclists is safety, as motorcycling is a significantly higher risk than driving a car.

To mitigate risk, Damon bikes come with their Copilot system, which offers 360-degree collision warning system that utilizes radars and cameras on the front and back of the bike. It’s really impressive that it can track up to 64 objects at once and warn the rider.

After the interview, take a look at www.Damon.com to check out the bikes and the technology.

I have to mention that the sound quality is a little different on this episode. We recorded it directly with Callcast, whereas I normally use Skype for higher sound quality and less delay between us talking. Damon is located in Vancouver, Canada, and we couldn’t make Skype work. I’d rather have phone call quality than no interview at all, as this company is shaking things up in the motorcycle world.

Jay talks to us about performance, safety, and the cash advantage of selling direct.

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