Motorcycle industry legend Erik Buell announced his new brand of FUELL electric bikes and motorcycles in early 2019. Now that a pandemic later, the motorcycle visionary is finally ready to roll out the FUELL electric motorcycle Flow… for reservations, that is.
The Fllow electric motorcycle follows the Fuell Flluid, an e-bike that was simultaneously unveiled alongside the Fllow in 2019 and has been selling in the high-end e-bike market ever since.
The Flow electric motorcycle hasn’t rushed to market that quickly, leaving many wondering over the years if it will ever see the light of day.
That day has finally arrived, spotlighting the new electric motorcycle as the company opens reservations ahead of an official launch.
The bike is now available for pre-order with a $200 down payment towards a target price of US$11,995 for the base version, marking a modest increase from the $10,995 price target originally announced in 2019.
So what does that $12,000 get you?
The FUELL Flow is largely an urban-class electric motorcycle. It has a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h). It’s not as fast as most flagship electric motorcycles these days, but it does get it over the speed limit on just about any freeway or freeway in the United States.
The bike might not be the fastest on the road, but it could be one of the fastest—if the spec sheet is to be believed. According to the company, the Flow boasts a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 2.7 seconds. That’s better acceleration than leading electric motorcycles like the LiveWire One.
The bike is aiming for a total weight of 180 kg (396 pounds).
Two versions will be available, an 11 kW model and a 35 kW model. In Europe, the 11kW model will benefit from reduced licensing requirements.
The motor is an axial cross-flow hub motor which saves space in the frame for more battery and additional storage space. Above the battery is a large charging compartment that can hold a full-face helmet.
The battery itself is a 10 kWh pack which FUELL says should provide a city range of 240 km (150 miles). The battery was designed as a structural component of the chassis, which LiveWire has also used on its upcoming S2 Del Mar electric motorcycle.
But according to Erik Buell, nobody did it like this:
“It’s the most radically innovative chassis design I’ve ever done, and from the steering head to the rear wheel, it’s filled with new design concepts that no one has ever done before.”
Charging this battery will be possible on Level 1, Level 2 and DC fast chargers with charge times of eight hours, 1.5 hours and 30 minutes, respectively.
The bike is said to use optimized battery cooling to help achieve those fast charge times under higher power load.
A FUELL mobile app will provide connectivity to the Flow, and additional accessories can be added to increase safety with features such as blind spot detection and front/rear cameras.
The Flow isn’t quite ready for the start of production in the United States just yet, but is taking reservations ahead of production scheduling. The company says it hopes to collect around 3,000 reservations, which it says would show enough interest to start a crowdfunding campaign for the first bikes that would eventually lead to self-funding as production ramps up.
The Flow is therefore probably still far from touching the garages of future pilots. When it does, it will have to compete with a growing line of light and mid-weight electric commuter motorcycles like the SONDORS Metacycle, Ryvid Anthem and CSC RX1E.
What do you think of the next FUELL Flow electric motorcycle? Could you see yourself commuting on a ride like this? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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