BIKES BRIEF­ING

2.9s for a 0-100kmph run! 250kmph in just 10.9 se­conds! And it’s elec­tric. Say hello to the Kymco that elec­tri­fied EICMA 2018

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Much awaited un­veils from EICMA, Kymco’s elec­tric su­per­bike con­cept, the re­turn of Jawa and other news

ALL BUILDERS OF SUPERBIKES AS­PIRE TO BREAK the sound bar­rier. Most of them have been try­ing to do so by re­leas­ing more horses from their in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines. Tai­wanese man­u­fac­turer Kymco how­ever, which is also one of the world’s largest scooter mak­ers, has de­cided to take a dif­fer­ent route.

The com­pany un­veiled the rad­i­cal Su­perNex elec­tric sport­bike at the re­cent EICMA 2018. Like all other all elec­tric two-wheel­ers the Su­perNex uses a bat­tery and a mo­tor for propul­sion. What’s dif­fer­ent though is that this one sports a six-speed trans­mis­sion! Ac­cord­ing to Kymco, and prob­a­bly rightly so, elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles can’t reach great speeds be­cause most of the power is made in a band and all this power is usu­ally trans­mit­ted by a CVT that has lim­i­ta­tions where top speed is con­cerned. Kymco’s so­lu­tion, an in­no­va­tive one in the elec­tric two-wheeler in­dus­try, is the use of a man­ual gear­box. They say it will al­low the rider to ac­cess the wide power and torque band, eas­ily.

But how do you know when to change gears? An­other in­ter­est­ing in­no­va­tion awaits in the form of an acous­tic mo­tor. The mo­tor used in the Su­perNex am­pli­fies the sound so that the rider knows when to shift gears. The bike is equipped with a slip­per clutch and is ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing clutch-less shifts, both up and down. A very in­ter­est­ing propo­si­tion from a man­u­fac­turer that’s now poised to make an In­dian de­but.

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