Tarform Motorcycles is all set to commence production of their performance electric motorcycle called the Luna. Ever since the New York and Stockholm based company unveiled two concept prototypes in New York in October 2018, we’ve been curious to know more about their performance and production details.
We’ll get to the performance, but Tarform is aiming to combine classic retro design with modern-day technology to give an optimum riding experience. Tarform has integrated tech like AI and computer vision to create a bike that is aware of its surroundings and alerts the rider of any potential danger. This is integrated in a 3.4-inch HD display with additional features like Bluetooth connectivity, blind-spot detection with haptic feedback, and a 180-degree rearview camera. It also comes with keyless ignition, three riding modes and regenerative braking.
Tarform says the Luna will be made using sustainable materials like recycled aluminium, biodegradable leather, biodegradable cornstarch plastic and flax-fibre materials to minimize waste. They plan to fabricate parts with new forms of biomaterials, taking a step closer to a sustainable vehicle.
The Tarform Luna is propelled by a powerful 41 kW (55 hp) air-cooled PMAC (permanent magnet) electric motor that draws power from a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Luna has a claimed top speed of 90+ mph (145+ kmph) and a range of 120 miles (193 km). It’s equipped with a 3.3kW onboard charger, that Tarform claim can charge the battery from 0 to 80 per cent in around 50 minutes.
The suspension setup is an inverted fork in the front and a single Coil-over setup in the rear. Customers can choose to upgrade to the Ohlins suspension setup. Braking is performed by a six-piston ISR single floating disc at either end. 18-inch wheels are the default option but you get a choice of either cast aluminium or old school spoked wheels during the purchase. In total, the Tarform Luna weighs just under 200 kg.
The Tarform Luna will have a Modular platform which enables easier and more distinct customization. This gives Luna a major benefit of future-proofing. As technology improves over time, Tarform customers will be able to upgrade certain parts such as batteries and motors for increased range and performance. This would result in a motorcycle that would last longer and reduce wastage.
However all of this does not come cheap. The number is $24,000 before you add options. The Luna Founder Edition is costlier at $42,000 but is limited to just 54 units. It is scheduled for customer delivery in 2021.
Tarform Luna electric bike for India?
Tarform is interested in building a presence in India. “The Indian market is of course interesting from a variety of perspectives, not only the mere size of it, but also due to the two-wheel tradition in the country,” says Henry Otto Skjoldebrand, Tarform’s Operations Manager, to ElectricVehicleWeb.
“In terms of showcasing the bike in India, unfortunately it is hard to estimate that at this point given Covid19 restrictions. Possibly we can do it in 2021, but so far our road map for 2020 only includes North America,” he added.
|Tarform Luna Specifications||Figures|
|Seat Height||33 inches|
|Rake Angle||25 degrees|
|Wheel Size||18 inch wheels front and back|
(Aluminium / Spoked)
|Battery Capacity||10 kWh|
|Charging Time||0-80% charge in 50 minutes|
|Motor Power||41 kW (55 hp)|
|Motor Type||PMAC Motor|
|Top speed||152 km/h / 95 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph in 3.8 Seconds|
|Range||193 km / 120 miles (City)|
|Tech Features||– 3.4-inch high definition display with WiFi & Bluetooth|
– Blind-spot monitoring system with haptic response
– High Definition 180° wide angle rear camera
– Acoustic Sonic Aura Sound System
– 3 different Riding Modes – ECO, CITY and SPORT
– Regenerative Braking System
– Key-less system for ignition
|Additional features for Luna Founder edition||– Hand-made Aluminium Body |
– ISR High Performance Brakes
– Ohlins front & rear suspension setup
– Hand fabricated Trellis frame
|Pricing||$24,000 for Standard Edition|
$42,000 for Founders Edition
Display image of the Tarform Luna source from Tarform’s Instagram channel.