Curtiss One Design, Pt. 1: Innovation

At the beginning, when the future was all that mattered, and technological progress was measured in months, not years, we find our inspiration. In 1902, Glenn Curtiss built his first production motorcycle. Within five years he had achieved a world speed record of 136 miles per hour. As we enter fully into the 21st century, we encounter a similar nexus, a second Industrial Cambrian Explosion. For our own journey, 118 years later, it’s his passion that still has value and informs our process.

Rather than being merely a pastiche of clumsily applied vintage motorcycle styling cues, our goal has been to create a new motorcycle that is culturally and contextually relevant. We seek understanding of what the ancients got right, what they got wrong, and what they did not yet know. To this end, an appreciation and sensitivity to the past, without a prostration to it, carries a responsibility to innovate.

Because the gestation period has been fluid, our team has had the luxury of front-loading the underlying engineering work. Getting things “right” the first time is the logical result when passion and experience intersect, both of which are on hand with our team. Therefore, we have arrived at the precipice of a series production motorcycle that simultaneously predicts and shapes the future we desire….

Our patent-pending Curtiss Centered Power Axis uses the strongest part of the motorcycle, the massive splined hard-steel axle, to perform two key functions. It serves as the drive shaft of the electric drivetrain adding outer-bearing support surface area and the swingarm pivot at the same time. This proprietary solution offers part-count reduction and ease- of-assembly. The design also eliminates a weak stub-axle swingarm pivot, providing strength and longevity to the design. Splined drive plates perform double-duty, front and rear, providing bearing surfaces on the drive-side of the system.

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