Curtiss Motorcycles made the ultimate comeback after 100 years with their impressive v-twin Curtiss Warhawk. Now, they are ready with a future-proof fully electric bike that is also the world’s first fully symmetrical bike. Say hello to the Curtiss Hades 1 Pure!
Hades 1 Pure electric motorcycle by the Curtiss Motorcycle Company
In 2018, Curtiss Motorcycles revealed their first electric bike; a prototype named “Zeus” and pledged to make only electric motorcycles in the future. The Hades 1 Pure is the first bike to be released in the spring of 2020 and it is also the world’s first fully symmetrical bike. It has a stripped-down look that thanks to the raw billet aluminum resembles a skeleton while the profile with the distinct forks creates a pistol-shape.
“Electric motorcycles provide design freedom that internal combustion engines don’t have”
JT Nesbitt. Designer at Curtiss Motorcycles
Future-proof all-American hot rod
The Hades 1 Pure is powered by an ultra-lightweight and compact Axial Flux motor solution packaged via the brand’s signature “Curtiss Centered Power Axis” Design. A set-up that accommodates the bike’s reduced girth and width, with an eight-inch clearance, 27-degree rake angle and lower center of gravity.
Including a longer-wheelbase, the Curtiss Hades 1 offers an alternative 31-degree rake angle with six inches of ground clearance for an easier mount and comfortable ride.
In the design, Curtiss Motorcycles have reimagined the motorcycle and thought about what people might like to own 5 years from now. They have taken advantage of new technology and new components and created an honest motorcycle from a clean sheet without the limitations of a traditional combustion engine.
The historic link to Mr. Glenn Curtiss
Curtiss Motorcycle Company has revived the brand and made a remarkable comeback with an impressive history that dates back more than 100 years. In 1902, Glenn Curtiss began manufacturing motorcycles in New York and developed his own single-cylinder engines.
His first carburetor was adapted from a tomato soup can. Among his greatest achievements are several motorcycle land speed records – the first in 1903 of 64 miles per hour (103 km/h) and an unofficial world record in 1907 of 136.36 miles per hour (219,45 km/h) on a 40 hp V-8 powered motorcycle! Curtiss went on from motorcycles to airplanes and is one of the founders of the US aircraft industry. The Curtiss Warhawk bike was made in honor of Mr. Curtiss.
- Curtiss Hades 1 Pure Motorcycle
- Electric powered: ultra-lightweight and compact Axial Flux motor solution (Curtiss Power Axis Design)
- 217 hp and 147 ft-lb of torque
- Chassis primarily constructed by modular machined billet aluminum and titanium hardware
- Fully adjustable double-wishbone parallelogram fork
- Modular aluminum girders
- RaceTech mono-shock in the front
- 16.8kWh bullet-inspired battery
- Floating Beringer 230mm cast-iron disc brakes
- Swingarm and lower front suspension in carbon fiber
- Available with short wheelbase (27-degree rake angle) or Long Wheelbase (31-degree rake angle)
- Completely symmetrical motorcycle
- Production starts Spring 2020
Price: $60,000 USD (with an optional $30,000 carbon fiber upgrade) sign-up for your Curtiss Hades 1 Pure below the video.
Photo credit: Curtiss Motorcycle Company