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Curtiss Designs All-Electric Motorcycles with Aluminum Frame

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Curtiss Motorcycles is accepting reservations for two models of its new all-electric Zeus motorcycle. Both Zeus motorcycle models, named the Bobber and Cafe, feature carved aluminum billet and carbon fiber construction and can be ordered in raw or anodized black finishes.

“We are working with our proprietary technology now, so our hands have been untied in terms of design,” said Jordan Cornille, director of design for Curtiss. “With our new Advanced Technology division, we are developing new battery, motor, and control system technologies that enable us to deliver on our clean, modern aesthetic vision.”

The electric power train is being developed with components and input from Zero, a Santa Cruz, California company that produces high performance lightweight, electric motorcycles using aluminum frames.

Front suspension systems feature a four-link girder mono-shock, and rear suspensions are machined with a 6061-T6 aluminum swing arm. Center-lined cantilever mono-shocks are designed to give the driver a smooth ride. Utilizing a a state-of-the-art powertrain system, the Zeus models have a target range of 280 miles. The motorcycles produce 145 pound-feet of torque from a 140kW motor, and can go from 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds.

The Zeus prototype, which secured the “Most Innovative Motorcycle” award at the 2018 Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California, is reminiscent of something one might see in a futuristic movie like TRON or Blade Runner. The motorcycle’s chassis is constructed from machined modular 6061-T6 billet aluminum using bolted members, rather than traditional welding methods.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Curtiss Motorcycle Company is on a mission to lead the industry in designing innovative electric motorcycles. Currently, the company is asking for investors to help crowd fund production. The Zeus motorcycle line is slated to begin rolling off the production line in 2020.

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