The 5 Most Futuristic Motorcycles in 2020
What comes to mind when you think of a futuristic motorcycle?
AI-assisted safety features? An interactive mobile app integrated into your dash? Over-the-air (OTA) updates? On-the-fly shape-shifting ergonomics? Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications? How about Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) connectivity? Or a design that turns heads?
If so, the motorcycle of the future is already here.
In 2020, all of these features (and more) are already available in new motorcycle models. Electric motorcycle brands, like Damon, are pushing the envelope of what’s possible with future motorcycle design. However, with so many manufacturers releasing their own futuristic motorcycle in the market, it can be difficult to know which one to go with.
As a result, we’ve compiled the top 5 futuristic bikes on the market in 2020.
Damon HyperSport HS
The Damon HyperSport HS is the motorcycle of the future.
The HyperSport HS hits some heady numbers when it comes to performance. In fact, you could say it’s a triple threat for the ‘200’ club. This futuristic motorcycle hits 200 for horsepower, top speed (mph), and highway + city range.
As you’ll see from other motorcycles on this list, these numbers are revolutionary in future motorcycle design.
The HyperSport HS features Shift™ technology. This allows riders to switch between commuter mode and sports mode at the flick of a switch. Driver ergonomics is not usually prioritized by bike brands, especially those with a sports bike design. This makes the HyperSport a truly futuristic motorcycle.
Another aspect that needs to be considered when choosing the right motorcycle for you is safety. Using advanced technology, the HyperSport takes motorcycle safety to the next level. This is evident in the HyperSport’s award-winning CoPilot™ advanced warning system. CoPilot™’s 360° sensors know instinctively what’s around you at all times by tracking and warning riders of potential dangers through haptic feedback on the handlebars, integrated LEDs on the windshield, and constantly running 1080p front and rear view cameras.
In addition, all of the HyperSport family are fitted with Damon’s revolutionary powertrain HyperDrive™. The multi-variant powertrain platform allows for incredible weight distribution and provides a full charge in less than an hour.
If you’re looking for a safe motorcycle with futuristic specs and design, The HyperSport should be at the top of your list.
Energica hails from the same town as scooter mainstays, Vespa. That being said, the Energica Ego couldn’t be more different from their Italian compatriots.
The Energica Ego’s focus is on power, speed, and futuristic motorcycle design. Here are a few of the numbers behind the Ego’s power:
- 145 horsepower
- 159 ft-lb torque
- 150 mph top speed
- 100-mile range (highway + city mix)
Although not as powerful as the HyperSport, these numbers still pack quite a punch. This futuristic motorcycle has an integrated GPS receiver, and through pairing with the Energica app, riders can see where the nearest charging stations are located.
That being said, there are a couple of drawbacks to the Energica Ego. Firstly, it only has a total range of 100 miles (highway + city mix). Moreover, due to it’s heavy battery, it weighs approximately between 569–617 pounds. This is heavy for a sports bike and makes the Ego a difficult motorcycle to maneuver around heavily built-up areas.
Nevertheless, if you want a powerful motorcycle that will turn heads and stroke your ‘ego’, this futuristic motorcycle might be for you.
When you picture a futuristic motorcycle, the design may look similar to the Johammer J1.200. Looking like something out of Star Wars, the J1.200’s bizarre design is sure to drop collective jaws. However, this bike is not just style over substance.
The Austrian bike manufacturer has equipped the J1.200 with a range of 124 miles and, at only 390 lbs, the motorcycle is super lightweight. In addition to all of that, it’s available in five different colors: silver, white, blue, yellow, and green.
Yet, with a top speed of just 75 mph, the Johammer is more of an electric motorbike than an electric motorcycle. While this is perfect for urban environments or inner-city commuting, it wouldn’t be the best for tearing it up on the highway.
If you’re talking about a futuristic bike, the Johammer J1.200’s design alone makes it part of the conversation. But if you’re looking for an electric motorcycle that’s adept at commuting as well as long-distance riding, you should look elsewhere.
The Brutus V9 brings an old school design into the future. And while it may not have the most futuristic motorcycle design, the specs of this curvy cruiser help it make the cut as a futuristic bike.
Electric motorcycles in this mold are usually used for long-distance rides and this motorcycle is no different. The Brutus V9 has a reported total range of 270 miles. This truly groundbreaking range may convince Harley heads to ditch large engines and go electric. Moreover, Brutus is also trying to make police fleets greener by offering incentives to local law enforcement.
The Brutus V9 is clearly a great cruiser. Unfortunately, this also makes it quite one dimensional. The bike weighs a whopping 780 pounds, which makes it very difficult to lug around in busy commuter traffic.
This bike is clearly a brute. And if that’s your thing, you could do a lot worse. However, similar to the J1.200, consider what you would use it for.
Zero’s SR/S is considered an easy sidestep from a gas guzzler to an electric motorcycle. Furthermore, it’s sleek design makes it a must for this list of futuristic motorcycles.
The SR/S is an upgrade from the SR/F. Similar to its sibling, the SR/S features the Cypher III, Zero’s operating system (OS). Working alongside the mobile app, Zero’s OS is able to communicate ride information, customize bike performance and get real-time charge estimations. While a great start, there isn’t a focus on relaying real time information that encourages safe motorcycle riding.
Despite this drawback, the Zero SR/S also offers pretty solid numbers across the board:
- 124 mph top speed
- 140 ft-lb torque
- 161-mile range
While these are a little shy of the numbers offered by Damon’s HyperSport, the Zero SR/S numbers are those of a pretty well-rounded bike that can be used for a variety of different rides.
The Future is Now!
The motorcycle of the future is here today.
An all-electric, futuristic motorcycle that can offer minimal maintenance, maximum rider safety, and a futuristic motorcycle design is no longer science fiction but truly a reality. You may be looking for a touring motorcycle or an inner-city commuter. But, why not have it all? The Damon HyperSport is the futuristic motorcycle for any destination.
- Multiple Bikes, One Electric Motorcycle Powertrain: The Numbers Behind Damon’s HyperDrive™
- The 5 Best Motorcycle Road Trips In the World
- Motorcycle Ergonomics: How Damon’s Got Your Back
- The Ultimate Guide to the Best Motorcycle Gear for Men
- How We’re Using Motorcycle AI to Create the Safest Electric Motorcycle