Published on April 21st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro
Johammer Electric Motorcycle Is A Wonderful Kind Of Weird
Vehicular design was dictated by the needs of combustion engines. The Johammer electric motorcycle is what happens when you toss those needs to the curb. Yeah, it’s pretty funky lookin’, but we like funky here, and with about 124 miles of driving range, it’s got more range than most electric motorcycles on the market.
Guaranteed for at least four years or 124,000 miles, whichever comes first, the Johammer seems like a serious attempt to create a competitive electric motorcycle. Unlike standard combustion engines that need heaps of air to ingest and keep themselves cooled, electric motors comparatively less space and air. It allows for more out-there designs, like this. The Johammer is offered in 8.3 kWh and 12.7 kWh flavors, the latter giving it that 124 mile driving range in combined city and highway driving. That puts it on par with competitors like the Zero ZF11.4, with which the optional “power tank” feature is rated for up to 131 miles of combined riding.
Alas, this kind of cutting-edge design and driving range comes at a steep cost. The starter model with the smaller battery sets you back more than $31,000, while the larger model with more range will leave you $34,000 lighter. A $420 guided tour of Upper Austria includes a factory tour and a chance to test the Johammer for yourself.
There’s more to this oddly-styled electric motorcycle than a big batteries and price tags though. The Johammer does away with a traditional dashboard in favor of integrating the speedometer and battery level indicator into the side mirrors. A hub-steering and suspension setup on the front end replaces the traditional fork setup, and adds to the price tag.
Is the Johammer electric motorcycle funky enough to justify its high price tag?