Great as the bike may be, the best thing about the new Lightning Strike electric motorcycle may be its name.
Perhaps in an effort to beat the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric bike to market, Lightning introduced its new, more mainstream Strike last week.
Unlike the LiveWire or the new Zero SR/F, the Lightning Strike is a sportbike, with riders hunched over the tank—although it's much more subtle than Lightning's first effort, the LS-218, named for its top speed in a standing record run for an electric motorcycle on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The LS-218 also set a record at the Pikes Peak hillclimb in 2013.
The Strike will have "only" a 150-mph top speed, but will be significantly more affordable than the $38,888 LS-218.
The Strike will offer three trim levels starting at $12,998 with a 10-kilowatt-hour battery pack that's expected to offer 100 miles of range in the city or 70 miles on the highway. It comes standard with a 3.3 kilowatt charger and J-1772 port that can recharge the bike in two to three hours on a standard public charger. A 6.7-kw charger that can cut the charge time in half is optional.
For another $4,000, the Midrange Strike gets a 15-kwh battery good for 150 city miles or 105 on the highway.
The two lower trims get a 90 horsepower motor with 180 pound-feet of torque and a top speed of 135 mph. They also have USB connections on top of the gas tank
The top-trim Carbon Edition sells for $19,998, and gets a boost to 120 hp and the 150-mph top speed. It also gets a 20-kwh battery and comes standard with the 6.7-kw charger, which can replenish its bigger battery in a little over 3 hours. It also offers DC fast charging capability that can deliver 100 miles of range in 20 minutes or a full charge in about 35 minutes. To justify its name, the Carbon Edition also adds carbon-fiber bodywork, upgraded Brembo brakes, and Ohlins suspension.