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Damon Motorcycles May Change the Way We Ride Motorcycles

Damon Motorcycles May Change the Way We Ride Motorcycles

  • Saturday, 10 February 2024
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Damon Motorcycles May Change the Way We Ride Motorcycles

For many motorcyclists, the Damon bike represents a long-awaited dream come true.damon motorcycles The company’s flagship HyperSport sport bike and the naked-bike-based HyperFighter offer cutting-edge technology in a lightweight, aerodynamic package with zero tailpipe emissions and exceptional handling. They are also equipped with two-way charging—also known as Vehicle-To-Home tech—that enables the bikes to supply a home’s power during a blackout or other emergency.

But it’s Damon’s suite of rider aids that may really change the way we experience motorcycle riding.damon motorcycles Its suite, called CoPilot, uses an onboard neural net to track the speed, direction and velocity of dozens of objects simultaneously and anticipate threats, warning riders via LED’s and vibration in the handlebar grips. The system is also network-linked and continually learns from every near miss. Over time, it should actually evolve into a kind of rider coach, adapting to the rider’s skill level and adjusting its assistance accordingly.

CoPilot is just one part of the HyperSport package, which also includes an embedded active ergonomics system called Shift that automatically adjusts the seat, foot pegs and handgrips to transform the bike from sports to commuter position while you’re in motion; an LCD display that streams a rearview feed from a wide-angle rear camera; 5G connectivity; and a proprietary battery system called HyperDrive that delivers up to 150+ miles of range in just three minutes of fast charging.damon motorcycles All of that is housed within a monocoque chassis that’s less than half the weight of a traditional, gasoline-powered bike.

The HyperSports have a lot going for them, including more than $70 million in funding and over $85 million in deposit-backed reservations—or around 3,400 pre-ordered bikes.damon motorcycles But the company’s biggest achievement may be the hiring of a world-class design team that has worked for iconic brands like Yamaha, Aprilia and Piaggio. Among the key members is Michael Uhlarik, who has designed everything from the market-leading Yamaha TZR-50 and MT-03 to the award-winning Yamaha YZF-R50. He is tasked with creating Damon’s visual language, product planning and building a world-class design team that will attract the best two-wheel designers to help make Damon motorcycles as desirable as possible to both end users and shareholders.

If all goes as planned, Damon will start production this year at a new manufacturing facility that it just announced in Surrey, British Columbia. The facility will have a capacity of 110,000 square feet and will be the base for production of the HyperSport, the HyperFighter, and other future models. And as the startup gets ready for production, it’s laying groundwork for its ultimate goal: listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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