Cleveland CycleWerks has trickled out some more details on the two electric motorcycle models it plans to unveil March 20. While we still don't know many of the essentials, we can expect a lightweight and probably (relatively) affordable electric motorcycle with a swappable battery, Bluetooth connectivity and something called "Angry Pixy Mode."
CCW got its start in 2009 importing small but stylish and inexpensive motorcycles from China but the new Falcon models will fulfill founder Scott Colosimo's desire to build bikes in the United States. The company currently estimates the bikes will consist of 64 percent U.S.-sourced parts. The company's Instagram purportedly shows that CCW is ready to build.
CCW says the full details will be released at the unveiling March 20 at the Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum in Cleveland. That event is open to the public. For now, here's what CCW has told us.
The Falcon 01 and Falcon BLK (it's not clear what the difference between the two models will be — probably just styling) will have a 12 kW internal permanent magnet motor and will be powered by a pack of the readily available Samsung 35E lithium-ion batteries. How many batteries? CCW hasn't said. But the company did say the battery pack will be swappable. There's a 110/240-volt charger, presumably onboard.
Bluetooth connectivity will allow tuning with your smartphone and the Falcon will have four riding modes: Eco will provide off-throttle regeneration, Power will provide regeneration on braking, Custom will be configured by the rider and Wheelie will provide "aggressive throttle response." In addition, "Angry Pixy Mode" will be available at the push of a button in Custom and Wheelie modes and will provide "20 seconds of max discharge."
So what do we expect to see March 20? Probably an electric version of the small, carefully styled, low-power bikes we've already seen from CCW, but now electric. More expensive than previous CCW models but perhaps still undercutting most electric motorcycles on price.
"The team wants to focus on higher craft, innovative materials, and advanced manufacturing techniques while moving outside the constraints of the internal combustion engine," the release quotes Colosimo. He has also long wanted to manufacture bikes in Cleveland. Going electric is a way to accomplish all that and reach new customers who won't automatically dismiss a small motorcycle or one that's powered by a Chinese-built engine.
Just as Confederate changed its name to Curtiss Motorcycles and went all-electric at the extreme high end of the market, CCW is making the shift at the low end. With luck we'll see more of the results in March.