The pandemic has forced Eric Buell’s plans to be shelved, like everyone else’s. American motorcycle The designer is finally back – almost – with electric two-wheeler we first met in 2019. The company was called Fuell and sold a electric bicycle named Fluid-1S since last year. The motorcycle, called the Flow, packs an engine with 47 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque to move its 400-pound weight in the top-of-the-line Flow-1S version. The bike is designed to serve urban commuters with a claimed practical range of 150 miles from 10 kWh the battery, accelerates 3.5 seconds to 62 mph and top speed remains at 85 mph on the highway. The 15hp version allows European drivers with a limited license to overtake.
At a 50 kW CCS fast charger, the 400 volt architecture can squeeze a battery from 20% to 80% in less than 15 minutes, from empty to full in less than 30 minutes. LCD screen displays data and runs apps for features like GPS and tracking can be updated over the network. Buell says nearly the entire bike can be upgraded like those apps, with the modular battery, rear-wheel motor, charging socket and accent panel all replaceable. For instance, European buyers starting with a 15hp engine can exchange it for a 47hp engine when their license allows it.
Placing the hub motor inside the rear wheel opens up space in the magnesium frame for storage. Riders will find a 1.5-gallon space where a gas tank would normally be, enough to fit a small bag and a full-face helmet.
The Fllow is made to accommodate two riders – note the rear handles and footrests – but that extra seat and ergonomics can be more slippery than one would expect.
Fuell asked for $11,995 for Fllow. That’s almost half the price of the Harley-Davdson LiveWire One, $1,000 more than the Zero S that offers an urban 89-mile range, and almost twice the price of the Sonders Metacycle which has “real world range of 60″ miles” from the 4-kWh battery.
However, there are two crowdfunding campaigns that need to be completed before Flow can hit the market. First is running on Prelaunch.comDescribed as a marketplace validation platform used to gauge whether an audience likes a product or not. Buell said tree hugger, “The only way to avoid wasting your time and resources on unexpected situations is to do market confirmation.” The company is looking for 3,000 pre-orders, each with a refundable $200 deposit. Anyone who signs up at Prelaunch will get a $2,000 discount on the Fllow and the Fuell x Veldt carbon helmet that retails for $1,060, if Flow crosses the next hurdle, which will be a Kickstarter campaign or similar. You know where to register your interests.