There are some startups who just want to see them shine because of the sheer audacity of their ideas – and product execution. Ark Motorcycles, an emerging UK-based electric motorcycle maker, is one of those concerns that we hope will succeed.
Not to be confused with movie star Keanu Reeves’ ARCH motorcycles, the Arc first banged its ears in 2018 with images of their Vector prototype’s base chassis, which included a radical front suspension, trick monocoque frame, tons of technology and some interesting performance promises. Also, there is a $117,000 price tag.
Three years later, a global pandemic and some near-death calls including the founder’s buyback of the company, Arc has managed to stay afloat (sorry), and new images show that Vector will retain its basic shape seen in 2018, but now with a bit of a frost. method above.
The first bikes are said to be going to customers who supported the original pre-Covid crowdfunding campaign. “The architecture shown in the images is now ready for production, and a number of Vector bikes with production specifications will be rolled out in Spain for final signature and approval over the coming months,” Arc CEO Mark Truman said in a press release. “Customers are already passing through our new commissioning suite in central England to individually design each Vector motorcycle so that they are all unique.” want one? Better get your order because Arc will only produce 399 units this year. You know Bruce Wayne is likely to have a low production number.
The new photos show the new chassis, which consists of a small belly section that cleans the engine area and a seat/headlight unit that covers the battery case – which is also the bike’s primary frame component. The headlights consist of a pair of LED projectors backed by some DRL compatible LEDs. The turn signals are neatly integrated into the retractable wings that move outward from the headlight. spot? You bet, at a price like that, you’d better believe you could have it with some well-polished wood trim as an option.
Technology Quick Overview: The 485-pound bikes will have 138 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque directed through a single transmission and chainring. Top speed is limited to 124 mph (200 kph) and 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The odd center pivot front suspension gives the Vector miles of style and if other hub-center systems are a guide, it’s likely to give the bike some nice anti-dive stability going into corners, but perhaps at the cost of a side turn radius in parking lots. Black Öhlins dampers control the suspension movement and the wheels are lightweight carbon fiber collars.
Power comes from a clean 399-volt, 16.8 kWh battery that uses Samsung’s latest battery technology, and Arc claims a range of 436 km/270 miles on the NEDC cycle, which sounds like numbers coming from a bike headed for a downhill urban traffic With a tailwind with a knight at the controls. Real world numbers? Perhaps even less, given the Zero’s SR/S with similar battery and engine numbers didn’t manage to reach 90 miles of highway in our test, even with more conservative throttle thinking.
But that’s the hope, and it’s unlikely that most Vector owners will ever take long-range flights on their rare and all-expenses machines anyway anyway. Arc claims that the battery can be recharged in 40 minutes using a CCS/DC fast charger.
The Arc Vector is more than just a bike, it’s a complete system. The retro-style bow special helmet also packs a rear-facing indicator camera that feeds into a full head-up view (HUD) system for monitoring traffic, riding route, bike stats and more. The “Origin” upper body undergarment imbued with eight tactile feedback points inserted into the sensors in the Vector will give riders a true shoulder click when vehicles are in a blind spot, among other warnings. It will also hit the bass with the rhythm of whatever the rider swings at as they go. The helmet, if they could make it work, would be a tech wonder even though aftermarket HUD systems are now popping up.
The Arc Vector shows one way forward for electric motorcycles as they slowly release themselves from the traditional form factors of their gas-powered predecessors. It’s a creative, bespoke machine that, while not focused on outright record-breaking performance, certainly moves the needle in innovation, form and function. worth the money? I have to ride one to tell you, but Ark should get a patent and sell this shirt to the masses right away.