It’s official, Vancouver-based mobility startup Damon Motorcycles has entered the electric vehicle arena with a preview of its first e-moto, the Hypersport Pro.
Damon announced today that the #futureofmotorcycling will be unveiled on January 7th at CES 2020.
“We are for the first time being black and white about the fact that we are a full on producer and we have a motorcycle we’re going to unveil at CES,” Damon Motorcycle founder and CEO Jay Giraud told TechCrunch.
The Damon Hypersport addresses age old problems in motorcycling that have long been ignored, namely rider safety and comfort.
“Exhaustive studies have shown that in almost half of motorcycle accidents, riders were found to have taken no evasive action before the impact occurred. So we know that riders need more warning time,” shared Dom Kwong, Chief Technical Officer of Damon Motorcyclesin today’s announcement.
“Damon’s flagship motorcycle the Hypersport Pro with CoPilot™ expands the reach of your senses in 360º, giving you that one extra second you need to react to keep you safe on the road.”
CoPilot™ employs radical innovations in sensor fusion and AI, including radar, cameras and non-visual sensors to track the speed, direction and velocity of up to 64 moving objects around the motorcycle. To keep the rider’s attention forward where it is needed most, CoPilot’s forward collision warnings are delivered with patent pending haptic vibration in the grips.
To address the issue of comfort, Damon’s next generation motorcycle features Shift™, electronically adjustable ergonomics that lets riders adapt to road and traffic conditions while in motion. At the push of a button, Hypersport’s windscreen, seat, footpegs and handlebars move in unison to adjust the rider from a high-speed supersport position, to a comfortable sport-touring position, to full upright commuter position for dense city traffic.
To ensure high performance dominance, Damon recently added electric powertrain veteran Derek Dorresteyn to its team to head up operations and powertrain development as its new COO. Dorresteyn had the technical vision and led the engineering and manufacturing teams at Alta Motors from 2008 – 2018.
With performance specs to be released at CES, Damon’s advanced prototypes are set to hit the roads in mid 2020.