Glenn Hammond Curtiss is a motorcycle legend who has been given the title of the Godfather of the American V-Twin. It was in 1903 that Curtiss developed the V-Twin—three years ahead of Indian, and six ahead of Harley-Davidson. Three years later, Curtiss set an unofficial speed record of 136.36 miles per hour. He did so riding a 40 horsepower, 269 cubic inch V8 motorcycle that he had designed. He kept the record of being the Fastest Man in the World until 1911. His motorcycle record stood until 1930.
In reverence to this innovative genius, Curtiss Motorcycles has released Hera, the Goddess of Motorcycles. Hera is an electric motorcycle whose design owes a great deal to Curtiss’s speed-record-setting bike. “With Hera,” stated Curtiss Chairman and CEO Matt Chambers, “we set out to crate the world’s most luxurious motorcycle. Featuring the world’s first V8 battery architecture, an ultra-powerful, yet refined, E-Twin motor, and a 66-inch wheelbase, Hera will occupy a class all her own.” No information has been released about performance, but without a doubt, this motorcycle will be able to rival its inspiration. Hera is scheduled for release in 2020, when she’ll take charge of Olympus and the world of electric bikes.