Could the Royal Enfield become the world’s motorcycle innovation brand? Probably not, but there’s plenty of people out there tinkering with their Royals to explore new technology on this cafe-style favourite. The latest is the Hammarhead Volta 102 electric drive Royal Enfield from James Hammarhead.
Hammarhead has kept the look of the RE Clubman but has replaced the single-cylinder 500cc engine with a 6kW lithium iron-phosphate battery pack and an EnerTrac motor. Part of the package in the gas tank are two 110-volt chargers which provide a recharge time of about four hours.
The electric power train of the Hammarhead Volta 102 also acts as a performance upgrade, providing 13.4 hp continous and 40 hp at peak, compared to the 18 hp of the original Royal Enfield Bullet. According to Hammarhead Industries, the bike is now faster and could potentially have a top speed of 118 mph (about 190 km/hr).
James Hammarhead actually builds these bikes in small quantities with three available this year and another five planned for next year. Each costs about 18,500 USD and are part of a small portfolio which includes a ‘Woodsman’ model from the Royal Enfield Electra X, and the Jack Pine, built off the back of a Triumph Scrambler. For more details, see the Hammarhead Industries website.
Source | The Kneeslider