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PHOTO CAPTION: Comoto electric motorcycle by Hirsch Design

Jeff Hirsch Rolls Out Comoto Electric Motorcycle

72 Volt motorcycle weighs just 53.5kg (118 lb) and has top speed of 40 mph, with range of 30+ miles.

Published: 20-Jan-2010

Jeff Hirsch has designed and built a lightweight (118 pounds!) electric motorcycle called the Comoto, it's about the size of a mountain bike. In fact, it looks a lot like a mountain bike without pedals and from the photos, you would expect this to be very nimble and easy to maneuver. With a top speed of 40 mph and a range of 30+ miles, Jeff says it's well suited for police patrol, airports, emergency response, campus and mall security, commuting, trail riding, and other recreational uses.

The monocoque frame is built from the ground up, using only high strength 6061-T6 alloy aircraft aluminum sheet metal. There's almost no welding to affect the structural integrity of the T6. Charge time is 2 hours.

This looks like it would be fun to ride and the build quality looks first rate. His target markets listed above, campus and mall security, police patrols and the like, do seem to be a great place to take advantage of something like this.

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