» Motorcycles » Tarform Luna Racer & Scrambler: Electric Retro Motorcycles
Touted as the “motorcycle of tomorrow” the vintage-inspired, Tarform Luna electric motorcycle is an exquisite, prospective vision of electric mobility. It’s a culmination of founder Taras Kravtchouk and his team’s vision (though more aptly toils) over five years, to fuse classic motorcycle form with contemporary technology.
Tarform Luna Racer and Scrambler
Available in a scrambler or factory café racer format, the Luna is capable of a range of 120 miles with a 10 kWh battery pack powered by Sony cells. Nought to 60 mph is reached in sub-four seconds via an electric powertrain that achieves 41 kW (55 hp), topping out at 120 mph.
The bike’s environmentally friendly credentials are found not only within the zero-emissions of electric mobility but through its construction. To that end, this minimalist machine (handbuilt in Brooklyn, NY), uses materials that are ultimately biodegradable at the end of their lifecycle.
This can be seen in the side panels that are composed of a natural fibre weave, using flaxseed as its base. Additionally, the plush seat is created with a combination of fruit cellulose, natural tree sap and coconut fibres. Furthermore, components are affixed with a non-toxic, bio-based resin.
Pertinently, the Luna seeks to mitigate obsolescence through modularity. It’s an aim manifested within the bodywork and battery of the motorcycle. Eventually, both can be removed and upgraded.
Finished in brushed, recycled aluminium and supplied with either (18″) billet aluminium or spoked wheels the Luna Racer and Scrambler’s design can be classed as futuristic-retro. It’s clear that inspiration comes from classic cafe racers and scramblers from the mid to latter 20th century. A healthy dose of 21st century, new wave custom aesthetic also influences form.
Innovative Features Fused with Classsic Lines
While the Luna may be inspired by the past, it features several forward-looking technologies that augment the riding experience. These include a blind spot detector that offers haptic feedback through the seat, regenerative braking, 180º rear camera, keyless ignition and a 3.4″ HD instruments’ display integrated with LTE and Bluetooth.
Perhaps one of the most progressive features is the acoustic resonator. Developed with sound engineer and film score composer Adam Nordén, it amplifies the sound of the electric motor as the bike accelerates. It’s likely to be appreciated by riders of traditional combustion-engined two-wheelers. And certainly, it nullifies the ‘noiseless’ complaints about electric motorcycles.