Source: Walt Siegl Motorcycles | A few months ago, Walt Siegl designed in cooperation with industrial designer Mike Mayberry their urban enduro, the WSM PACT. The PACT is based on the Alta Motor’s sophisticated, high-performance Redshift platform for versatility and peerless performance.
The PACT is a limited series of 8 motorcycles only, built to order in the WSM workshop to each client’s specs and terrain preferences.
At the Vision Moto Project (8 – 10 May, Dairyblock, Denver – Colorado, more info at the website vision-moto.com) you can discover the PACT in real life.
- Frame: Aircraft grade chrome moly tubing
- Bodywork: Structural forged carbon fiber, but can also be ordered in the standard woven carbon fiber layup
- Suspension: Öhlins
- Swingarm and Wheels: 60-series aluminum, designed with strength and weight savings in mind
- Seat: Upholstered in Alcatara, with an easy-access storage compartment underneath, built into the subframe
- Electronics: Four power modes, 1 to 3 for cruising, 4 for completely bonkers
- Battery Pack and Transmission: From zero-mile Alta Redshifts with a power output of 50 hp and 120 ft-lbs of torque (in mode 4)
- Range: 70 miles with normal riding
- Recharge: Just 1.5 hours from 240VAC, 3 hours from 120VAC
- Weight: Just 251 pounds
Walt Siegl: “Mike is the founder of Ronin Motorcycles, which in my opinion represents the quintessential all American performance bike. During a visit to his workshop in Denver, I had the chance to ride several electric motorcycles he owns. I was so impressed by the sensation, I decided that my next design challenge was an electric bike. I had already been thinking about building something smaller, something that represents the future, something with two wheels that many people have access to, even without a motorcycle license; maybe a moped or a scooter, something relatively affordable. Even before I test road Mike’s electric bikes, I had been interested in the e-motorcycle challenge: to create a machine that is devoid of all the familiar components that make up a combustion engine motorcycle.”
“I think that electric bikes have a strong future. Young people especially always embrace the romance and fun of traveling on two wheels. Newcomers to two wheels don’t have the reference to combustion engines, therefore they won’t miss them.”
“E-power distills the riding experience. There is no sound other than the wind, which kind of translates to “I’m moving.” It’s the next best thing to flying. I feel like I enjoy riding even more because it happens in the silence. You’re not preoccupied by anything else but forward motion. Because of that it feels awesome. I feel like it even has the potential to make me a better rider, because I can fully concentrate on what the bike does underneath me. I think all of us wool and dyed motorcycle riders should at least try an e-power bike once, to form our own opinion. I’m fully aware that electric powered technology is not the final answer to our planet’s pollution problems, but I see it at least as a step in the right direction. We should all be coming together to help support the advancement of clean technology in whatever way we can.”
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