Why We Picked It:
In the world of cars and bikes, there are sometimes big announcements about very special, very exclusive vehicles that promise to be the next big thing. One of these vehicles is the Hypersport, the first bike developed by the Canadian company Damon Motorcycles when it was formed in 2017. With a street date of Summer 2020, it promised to put the screws to bikes like the LS-218 and the Energica Ego.
But... 2020 came and went... then 2021... then 2022...
Customers who had put down a reservation deposit were starting to question if the Hypersport was ever going to actually be made. It's already three years beyond its original street date, so they are perfectly within their rights to be concerned, however if all the reports are to be believed, as well as the fact that test rides are now available, 2024 might finally be the year that the bikes show.
They do promise a lot, which might explain the delay. The Hypersport, and a streetfighter variant the Hyperfighter, are both promising "Four 200s." 200 MPH, 200 HP, 200 NM of torque, 200 Miles Range. It sports a 20 kWh battery, a liquid cooled 150+ kW DC motor, DCFC supercharging capability, and multiple ride modes depending on the usage scenario.
What is the most promising, and we really hope it works as intended, is one of the first built-in collision avoidance and traffic warning systems on a motorcycle called "CoPilot." Much like collision avoidance in a car, it will warn you of an impending crash from any angle, and can even apply the brakes if you have it set that way to slow you down as much as possible if a collision is unavoidable. It will also "transform," raising and lowering the handlebars and pegs from a comfortable sport tourer stance for commuting, to a full racing tuck with low clipons for hypersport mode.
It does promise a lot, and we're hoping that it is as good as it sounds, but it needs to hit the road first before anything can be determined...