Tarform starts delivering its sleek, American-made electric motorcycles
Tarform Motorcycles, based in Brooklyn, New York, began designing models for its sleek electric motorcycles nearly five years ago. Despite pandemic-related setbacks that have delayed production, the company is now beginning deliveries of its first electric motorcycles.
These are not just any ordinary bikes.
Unlike many electric motorcycles we see today which take on a more conventional design aimed at appealing to the widest audience, Tarform focused early on on more bespoke, handcrafted steering.
It was not an easy task, and the pandemic certainly did not help. But as the company explained, those long nights (and years) were worth it as Tarform finally begins deliveries:
“Thousands of design and engineering hours later, pushing the boundaries of technology and sustainability, as well as navigating unpredictable challenges due to Covid and supply chain disruptions, we put the bike Tarform on the market!”
The first two models unveiled were Tarform’s Luna Racer Edition and the Scrambler Edition, which launched for pre-order in mid-2020.
Of these, a limited run of 54 Tarform Founder Edition bikes were the first models destined for production after being handcrafted in Brooklyn. And the very first of this initial crop has already been delivered to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
The Tarform Founder Edition bike has a hefty price tag of US$42,000. Those who can wait for the 55th bike in the line can grab a Tarform Luna for a more affordable $24,000 USD, which should begin deliveries this summer.
That price puts it more in line with other flagship electric motorcycles like those from Energica and Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire, though it’s still far above a Zero Starter electric motorcycle.
For the price, you not only get that love-it-or-hate-it design that sets Tarform apart from more conventional electric motorcycles, but you also get some pretty decent specs.
A top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h) from a 41 kW electric motor provides plenty of high-speed thrills, though the city range of 120 miles (193 km) suggests you won’t be able to. not hang around in the triple-digit speed range for very long.
The bike’s 10kWh battery supports Level 2 charging with a claimed charge time of 2 hours (or 0-80% in 50 minutes), but it lacks DC fast-charging capabilities which are becoming increasingly popular in the electric motorcycle industry.
The 440 lb (200 kg) bike also comes with its own unique sound profile that combines the native electric motor with acoustic enhancements.
As the company explains:
“The sound of the Tarform motorcycle is generated by enhancing the existing sound of the electric motor using an acoustic resonator which gives it an unmistakable presence. This has the function of enhancing the riding experience to create a more intimate with the machine, as well as providing a safety feature that alerts surrounding commuters.
by Electrek Take
I imagine the design will be divisive, but I think it’s pretty impressive.
Handcrafted construction means big electric motorcycle companies like Zero probably don’t have to worry about Tarform catching up with them in terms of production capacity.
It can’t be a very efficient way to build bikes. But the custom CNC work and attention to detail that Tarform’s production process allows for will absolutely set these bikes apart.
$24,000 isn’t cheap, but it’s at least a more affordable high-end electric motorcycle than a $120,000 Arc Vector (although it’s true that the Arc’s specs are a class or two higher). So if someone really wants an electric motorcycle with extreme attention to detail, it’s cool that they can find one at a price close to the price of other commonly available electric motorcycles.
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