Fly Free Smart Desert

Steve McQueen inspires Smart Desert electric

A Steve McQueen inspired Smart Desert from Californian company Fly Free is the latest in a long list of electric motorcycles about to hit the showrooms.

Next year will be a pivotal year for electric bikes when Harley-Davidson make their electric LiveWire available for sale in North America and Europe with the rest of the world to follow.

Electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire leads parade smart desert
LiveWire unveiled in Milwaukee this month

The electric sports bike from a major motorcycle manufacturer is considered the litmus test for mainstream acceptance of electric motorcycles.

Other electric bike manufacturers such as Zero, Alta and Lightning are relatively new to the motorcycle industry.

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One of the newest is Fly Free who have released prototype images and a video of their Smart Desert.

The retro scrambler-esque bike only has range of up to 100 miles (160km) and a top speed of 50mph (80km/h), but it shows the different designs that are available with electric motorcycles.

It seems inspired by McQueen’s Triumph “Desert Sled” that he used to race in the Californian desert.

Steve McQueen’s 1963 Triumph Bonnveille “Desert Sled” smart desert
McQueen’s Desert Sled

Smart Desert tech specs

There really is little point in detailing the tech specs as the company has not yet put its bike into production and specs may change if and when they do.Fly Free Smart Desert

Like most other electrics, it will have smartphone integration to monitor battery charge and lead you to the next charging station.

At 160km range that’s vital!

It has a removable battery, so they may be looking at a battery swap solution as suggested by Taiwanese scooter company Kymco.

Kymco proposes battery swap scheme for Ionex electric scooter hybrid smart desert
Kymco proposes battery swap vending machines

Pricing has not been announced and pre-orders being later this year.

  1. I don’t see a belt drive on the Fly Free but I see a quite conventional chain drive which is not such a bad thing off road.
    The rest of the bike look quite conventional (by 60s and 70s standards) which should make it quite maintainable. The twinshock rear end would simplify suspension tuning and seems to keep the wheelbase fairly short.
    All the heavy stuff seems fairly high up so combined with the short wheelbase pulling a mono should be easy enough.
    I have to wonder about the motor and battery pack cooling.

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