17 Apr
The 2-wheeled eco-brainchild of Johann Hammerschin

Taking design cues from the famed 1929 Majestic motorcycle, Austrian engineer Johann Hammerschin’s eyebrow-raising Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle is one of the more unique two-wheelers in the game. Like early motorcycle entrepreneur Georges Ray’s obscure Majestic, the Hammerschin’s Johammer J1 has a fishlike profile with copious side farings. It also shares hub-center steering on the front wheel, another Majestic peculiarity. But Hammerschin updates his 21st century motorcycle by ditching the internal combustion engine in favor of an eco-minded 11kW (14 horsepower) electric motor integrated into the rear wheel. The e-bike stuffs the battery packs deep into the aluminium chassis in order to lower the center of gravity as much as possible — a big improvement on handling. With its whisper quiet zero-emission drivetrain, regenerative braking system, multi-function side mirrors, 124 mph range and 75 mph (120 km/h) top speed, the Johammer J1 is a fine signifier of how far we’ve come since Monsieur Ray was tooling around in his French garage eating baguettes and throwing shit. The Johammer J1 comes with two available Lithium-ion battery packs — 8.3 kWh (called the J1.150) and the 12.7 kWh (called the J1.200). The J1.150 takes 2.5 hours to charge and will cost you $31,500, while the  J1.200 takes 3.5 hours to fully charge and will run you $34,500.

More looks at the Johammer J1 & original Majestic motorcycles after the Jump…

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