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Druid Motorcycles planning hybrid-electric motorcycle

Written by Nizam Shaikh

A new American motorcycle company called Druid Motorcycles has revealed its plans to make a new hybrid-electric motorcycle. The company is founded by Walter G Schellenburger, Silvia Chu and former aerospace designer Milan Svoboda. The motorcycle is called ‘Druid Sorcerer Hybrid’ which uses the ‘Druid Prophet’ platform which has a 3D printed, variable geometry graphene frame. The bike is equipped with the Druid Artificial Intelligence System which uses real-time data and algorithms that adjusts the bikes performance to changing the weather, riding styles and geography.

Though technical specifications on the motorcycles are scarce at the moment, the brand claims some remarkable numbers. The hybrid motorcycle is claimed to produce 230 HP of power from a twin-cylinder engine coupled with AC electric motor linked to a 14 kWh battery.

In terms of design, the motorcycle gets a full faired design with a tall windshield visor, split-type LED headlamps and daytime running lights on the front, turn indicators integrated with the body and the bike gets handlebar mounted mirrors. The handlebar is a single piece design, the seat is a semi-step-up type and motorcycle gets a big pillion grab rail.

In the mechanical department, the motorcycles feature disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, upside down telescopic front forks, a twin pipe exhaust, a 5×2 spoke machine cut alloy wheel and gunmetal finish cast aluminium swingarm. The details on the availability, price and exact specifications are unavailable at the moment but it is reported that another low power variant called Druid Sorcerer XEV which is expected to produce 150 HP of power is on the cards.

Will it come to India? Most probably not. But so much flexibility from a machine is unheard of and we would like to see this turn to reality.