Lightning Bikes has filed designs for an electrical journey bike. The designs, filed with China’s mental property workplace, reveal a bike with the everyday ADV accoutrements, and an electrical motor and swingarm design that look just like these of Lightning’s Strike sportbike.
The design was filed Feb. 11, 2022, with the China Nationwide Mental Property Administration by Lightning, with its founder and Chief Government Officer Richard Hatfield listed as the only designer. Lightning has a manufacturing facility in China, so it’s not totally stunning the American firm would register the design in that nation’s IP workplace.
The submitting included textual content (translated from Chinese language) saying the design as being for an “off-road bike”, together with “Dakar” written in English. Whether or not that’s what Lightning intends to name it, or if it was only a descriptor, is unclear. It’s extremely unlikely the bike is a full-on Dakar Rally racer (even earlier than accounting for its potential vary), however up to now, Lightning hasn’t shied away from headline-grabbing efforts like racing at Pikes Peak or trying to set land velocity information on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The design exhibits a bike with the same old ADV design parts comparable to a beak-style fender, tall windscreen, wire-spoke wheels, and off-road tires. The picture juxtaposition above has the Strike and the brand new design roughly lined up on the motor. Whereas we don’t know any actual dimensions, it’s clear the journey bike has rather more floor clearance. The swingarms seem like almost similar, however the journey bike has the pivot level lined up with the middle of the motor whereas the Strike has it offset to a decrease place.
The seat is larger on the design, which is what you’d anticipate on an ADV. Not like the Strike’s rearsets, the journey bike has beefy-looking footpegs positioned beneath the motor, nearly precisely lined up with the entrance of the seat. Longer fork tubes and tall risers put the handlebars a lot larger than on the Strike, whereas the “gasoline tank” hump can be a lot larger. We are able to speculate whether or not that is to permit room for a bigger battery.
The absence of a clutch lever or shifter verify the journey bike is direct drive like most electrical bikes. We are able to’t inform definitively because of the high quality of the drawings, however for its meant use as an off-road bike, we assume it’s chain-driven just like the Lightning LS-218 and never belt-driven just like the Strike.
Different options we spot from the drawings embody twin entrance brakes, two slender headlights, a big bash plate working the size of the battery and motor, and a digital show.
As this was a design submitting, it focuses solely on the bike’s look with no particulars about its efficiency, weight, or vary. There’s additionally no indication about when Lightning might formally announce the journey bike. It’s been some time since Lightning revealed the Strike in 2019, so will probably be attention-grabbing to find out how its expertise has developed since then.
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