Not so often will you find me writing about motorcycles as they rarely tinker my gear-head status, but sometimes I get so excited about one that I decide to write an article just to illustrate that us car guys are able to fall in love with any good piece of machinery – just read my Kawasaki Ninja H2R article, that thing is a beast and if I were to purchase a motorcycle in this life time, that would be it.
This however is a completely different ballgame, nothing fast and surely nothing fancy. But it certainly is something interesting enough to ramble about, the Johammer J1 is the first electric motorcycle to reach (124 miles) or 200 kilometers of range on a single charge, call it the Tesla of motorcycles if you will. Those badboys powering this styling 2-wheeler underneath are lithium-ion cells that retain up to 85% of their capacity even after you’ve put a beating on them during 124,000 miles of riding.
The design is a bit hard to get used to at first and not so conventional but for some reason it works and it looks pretty intriguing. That is of-course if you are into 11kW and 14 horsepower powered electric motors that can push up to 400 pounds (Driver and bike) with an electronically limited top speed of 62mph.
Recharging the lithium-ion batteries to 80% takes 3.5 hours from a 240v power socket and can be faster with higher output chargers. You wont find any gauges on this bike however, you can tell speed and remaining charge on the high resolution rear view mirrors.
The shocker is the hefty price tag that puts the Johammer J1 at $31,860 for starters – I can’t see my self paying that much for this bike seeing that I could get me something as beautiful as the H2R for less money, that thing pushes 300hp out of its 1 liter supercharged monster of an engine.