I wonder what happened to this bike. To me, it’s just about everything. Based on a small Royal Enfield frame, slightly modified to handle the battery pack, running an EnerTrac hub motor and sporting a classic ’70s vintage full fairing and about the yummiest polished tank you’d care to set eyes on, it is all I’d want a small, electric cafe bike to be. Hell. It’s even got what looks like a 9″ landing-gear headlight. Old School.
I’d pay money just to find out where that seat came from and how I can get one.
Enjoy the photos while I try to track down more on this gem.
It’s the work of Hammarhead Industries, but they seem to have vanished into the mist. Their only seemingly live presence is here, on Facebook, but there’s been no update for months. The website is dead and the other links shown are only partially complete,and mostly focused on their gas bike builds, notably the Jack Pine. Their Vimeo page apparently belongs to Craig Scheihing, since it redirects there… apparently a, uh, dentist? Well, if he was the force behind this bike, he’s a dentist with good taste in motorcycles. I’d been under the impression, though, this came from James Hammarhead, story here, from 2012.
Here are the only reference to specs I could find, via BikeEXIF’s 3 year old post on it:
…the Volta uses “BLDC 3-phase permanent magnet brushless motors”. These have a 10KW continuous output with a 30KW peak. Current top speed is 75 mph, with a range of 50 miles, but Hammarhead is shooting for a goal of ’100/100′. Bringing that within reach is extra capacity in the electrical system: The current battery pack is a 32-cell setup, but there’s room to expand to 36 cells for more power. And the bike weighs just 368 lbs—the same as stock.
A quick Google and it appears not much has happened since then… but in 2010 this bike got picked up by just about everybody.
My big question on this bike was the hub motor and the significant unsprung weight on the rear wheel that it would create, and I always had fantasies of getting a chance to ride it. It was, in fact, a huge part of my inspiration to look for a ’70s Yamaha RD frame, and probably the reason I built the R5eIII.
Funny how things go.