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    Lightning Strike electric motorcycle unveiled

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    It is kind of hard for me to believe that Lightning can sell this bike with the chassis, battery and drive train components at the advertised prices and still make a profit. I wonder what Ted Dillard thinks about the Strike and its marketing, with no apparent retail outlets, distribution network, service/repair plan, or warranty information? It would also be interesting to know what type of batteries power the Strike.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    I too am curious about the details but one article said they were making parts in China so that may have something to do with it. IIRC they had switched from Enerdel to Farasis on the Lightning, time will tell I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank View Post
    I too am curious about the details but one article said they were making parts in China so that may have something to do with it. IIRC they had switched from Enerdel to Farasis on the Lightning, time will tell I'm sure.

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    But then almost every part (such as the chassis, wheels, motor, batteries, controller, etc.) on the assembled-in-the-U.S. Zero is also manufactured in China. So I don't see how Lightning can undercut Zero prices as much as they seem to be doing. Plus, who knows what impact tariffs might have on assembled motorcycle prices? To me, the entire Strike platform just doesn't pencil out, unless Lightning plans to loose money on each unit that they sell in order to undercut Zero, Energica and H-D, and take sales away from them in order to establish a presence in the electric motorcycle market. Which, lets face it, is not all that large to begin with. If it was, Honda would be selling highway-legal electric motorcycles instead of Zero.

    On the other hand, maybe they are being backed by a large Chinese manufacturing company that wants to dominate the "first world" e-bike market, but wants to do it through a back door so as to not bring attention to themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    ...I wonder what Ted Dillard thinks about the Strike and its marketing, with no apparent retail outlets, distribution network, service/repair plan, or warranty information? ...
    aw, heck, why'dja have to drag ME into it
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    Here is Revzilla's take on the Lightning Strike - based upon their press release : https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...carbon-edition
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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