Do you remember the Hubless Verge TS electric motorcycle? It’s almost here | EngineBiscuit
Although automakers sometimes release cars that are close to production specifications, electric or otherwise, as “concepts,” the wildest rarely end up in the hands of consumers. And that happens a lot in the electric motorcycle world too. But sometimes an unconventional idea goes the distance. And the Verge TS, with its only brake and hubless wheel, is about to do just that.
Verge TS electric motorcycle goes into production, hubless rear wheel and all
If you are a Tron legacy fan, you probably remember the high-tech light cycles from the movie with their big wheels. Wheels which, although they rotated in a conventional manner, were not connected by a chain, belt or propeller shaft to an engine or motor. However, these hubless wheels are not science fiction. Franco Sbarro, the founder of Swiss automaker Sbarro, created the first practical examples in 1989, which used large circular bearings to spin the tires.
Since then, a handful of companies have tried to polish and improve the idea. And in 2019, a Finnish company named RMK introduced an electric motorcycle concept, the E2, which featured a hubless rear wheel. Only instead of turning a bearing with a motor, the wheel of the E2 turns thanks to the repulsive forces generated by its electromagnets mounted on the rim, Multichannel network Explain. While the hubless design adds weight to the wheel and requires wide tires, the trade-offs are low maintenance and higher power transfer efficiency. Both are major selling points for electric motorcycles. Additionally, since the hubless design works like regenerative braking, the TS does not require a rear brake, further reducing maintenance requirements.
Shortly after the debut of E2, RMK became Verge Motorcycles. Then, a few months later, he presented an updated version of his concept, the TS, at EICMA 2019. At the time, Verge claimed that his bike would go on sale in 2020, Bike world reports. But while the pandemic has undoubtedly changed plans, the TS has not been canceled.
Two years later, the Verge TS goes into production and the company accepts pre-orders, RideApart said. And it basically looks like the 2019 concept – hubless rear wheel and everything.
While this sophisticated rear wheel hasn’t changed, the Verge TS has received some technological upgrades.
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However, while the overall design of the Verge TS has not changed, some of its features have changed. As before, the bike develops 107 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of rear wheel torque. This distinction is necessary because, unlike non-electric motorcycles, the TS does not have a transmission to multiply the torque of its engine. But it’s still enough to let the bike under 500 pounds go from 0 to 62 mph in under four seconds.
While the Verge TS’s engine specifications haven’t changed, its electrical system has changed. As of this writing, Verge has not released any details on the battery capacity of his bike. However, the Finnish company claims the TS can travel up to 124 miles on the highway or 186 miles in the city. And plugging it into a DC fast charger adds 62 miles of range in just 15 minutes. But even if you’re not using a Level 3 charger, Verge says the TS fully charges in four hours.
Additionally, the Verge TS comes with BST wheels, dual front Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension, Multichannel network reports. The electric motorcycle also comes with an integrated color TFT screen in the tank area. And while the TS is often pictured in orange, other colors are available.
How much does this electric bike cost?
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The Verge TS starts at around $ 29,300; and if you want to pre-order it, there is a deposit of around $ 2350. Verge says deliveries are expected to begin next year.
Admittedly, a sticker price of nearly $ 30,000 is rather expensive for a motorcycle, electric or otherwise. It was a sticking point for the Harley-Davidson LiveWire before it got a new name and lower price as LiveWire One. And speaking of the One, it and one of its closest rivals, the Zero SR / F are $ 7,000-8,000 cheaper than the TS. Plus, they’re available today.
That being said, neither the One nor the SR / F offer 186 miles of range in the city. They also don’t offer hubless rear wheels. To be fair, it’s hard to tell without stepping on a production Verge TS whether the claimed benefits of its design translate into the real world. But then, how often does an OEM make something that even looks a bit like a light cycle?
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