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The ‘KillaJoule’ is the world’s fastest electric motorcycle

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Built by Eva Håkansson, this electric streamliner has reached 270mph. So far.

Back in August 2014, the KillaJoule became the world’s fastest electric motorcycle and the world’s fastest sidecar motorcycle of any kind when it hit 241.9 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The ‘of any kind’ part of that last sentence is important here, because this was the first time since 1899 that an electric vehicle had become the fastest vehicle of any type; including internal combustion.

The irony being that back in 1899 the world’s fastest vehicle then was in fact, also powered by batteries.

In August of 2016, Eva and her electric bullet-bike broke her own record by setting a speed of 248.700 mph (400.2 km/h)

The technical data for the bike looks complicated, but a quote from Eva on her website will put everything into a little perspective,

“The KillaJoule may look complicated, but if you think about it, it is just a giant cordless drill with wheels!

It has a battery  with the same kind lithium-ion chemistry that you will find in cordless tools, a motor, some power electronics and a throttle. And wheels, of course. Except for the wheels, it is pretty much the same components in as in a cordless drill.

A 400 horsepower cordless drill….. 😉”

The actual specs show that the machine isn’t powered by a supercharged Dremel though, but rather an EVO Electric AFM-250 Motor that is capable of producing 500 horsepower. These are provided power by  lithium Nano-Phosphate, 400v and 19kWh batteries, whilst two Rinehart Motion System PM100 controllers keep all that power in check – limiting everything to 400 HP.

The rest of the motorcycle is a little more traditional, with a 19ft long with a Chrome-Moly steel tube frame, the suspension is Springer style at the front and ‘classic stereo’ at the rear.

And it’s all built for one, single purpose according to Eva, ‘to show that eco-friendly can be fast and sexy’.

For a fantastic overview of the project, Eva and her KillJoule are currently featured on Engineering.com. It’s well worth a read and gives a wonderful breakdown of some of the technologies used within the world record breaking machine.

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters

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New Harley Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special come with new graphics, chrome and high bars.

There are a lot of new motorcycles coming out of the Harley-Davidson stable – at least one hundred by 2027 in fact, so we can expect a frequent flow of model revisions and changes to be revealed over the coming months and years.

The two new bikes announced today by Harley aren’t hugely new or exciting – but the new graphics are pretty sweet and ape-hanger bars are always worth clinging onto.

‘Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders’ -Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design.

The Harley Sportster was introduced in 1957 and has now hit somewhere in the region of 30 varying production models. Along that time owners have got pretty used to stripping their bikes down and customising/re-inventing them. It’s this fact that Harley say they’ve used as inspiration for their two, new machines.

The Forty-Eight Special comes with a tiny 10 litre tank, new, steamroller front-end and 8 inch high Tallboy handlebars. Compared to the regular Forty-Eight, there’s also a lot more chrome.

The Iron 1200 features a ‘fast-back’ café seat, mini-ape black handlebars and a glossy black fly screen. It’s also got more range with a 15 litre tank and fancy colour paint/graphics. There’s also a lot less chrome and a lot more black.

So that’s two more of the 100 bikes out of the way.  And a new electric just around the corner

 

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Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle will be a ‘Revelation’ (according to trademark filings)

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Harley-Davidson trademark casts revelatory eye into future of their electric motorcycle plans.

If you were to have said a year or so ago that arguably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand would be frequently linked with falling sales and financial woe then most people would have said that you were barking mad.

However, with recent stories of millennial woe and mounting board concern the immediate future of the famours Bar and Shield brand is far from certain.

With a commitment to releasing 100 new motorcycles over the next ten years however, the folks at Harley-Davidson motorcycles do at least seem to have a plan to tackle their problem, and – along with Indian Motorcycle – they are preparing to take that battle to uncharted territory.

Last month the news broke that Harley were looking to get their electric motorcycle out and onto the streets by the end of 2019 and now it would seem that we know a little more about what form that new electric technology might take. Or the name of it at least.

According to a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office then name that Harley Davidson will use to refer to their new electric drive-train technology will be ‘Revelation’.

The interpretation by our (genuine) friends over at Asphalt & Rubber is that this will not be the name of the final motorcycle however, but rather the name used to refer to the technology/motor itself.

We’re not sure if the final name of the electrified Harley will be that of the Livewire moniker attributed to its pre-production/concept that was produced as a test vehicle back in 2014, but the choice of ‘Revelation’ for the motor technology is an interesting one to say the least.

The company already uses similar sounding names for it’s Evolution’ and ‘Revolution X’ V-Twin engines, so ‘Revelation’ isn’t too far of a stretch for the imagination, but it’s certainly an interesting one…

The Book of Revelation in Christian faith is effectively an apocalyptic prophecy.

The notion that it will be the old, warhorse Harley-Davidson to be the first major manufacturer on course to release a production electric motorcycle could well be considered an event of almost biblical proportions.

Source: USPTO via Asphalt & Rubber

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