Droog gets all post-apocalyptic with its latest electric streetfighter
This Washington-based company will build you a murdered-out, snub-nosed electric brawler of a motorcycle, at a fantastical price. It'd be the perfect commuter for a post-apocalyptic hellscape, provided that hellscape still has power points to plug into.
The E-Fighter V2 becomes the fourth bespoke ratfighter in the Droog catalogue, which now includes two combustion bikes and two electrics. The first Droog E-Fighter took the excellent Zero FXS electric supermoto and gave it a budget Batman makeover, and the new E-Fighter V2 takes things up a notch by moving to the Zero S as a base platform.
That presumably gives this thing some 46 horsepower and 78 lb-ft (106 Nm) of torque, good for top speeds around 98 mph (158 km/h) and reasonably brisk acceleration. The battery pack on the Zero S is the 7.2 kWh, which can take you some 89 miles (143 km) around the city at low speeds, or about 45 miles (72 km) down the highway.
Droog has stripped it to the bare bones and applied a full cosmetic makeover. The tail's chopped into a stubby single seat unit, the "tank" has been replaces with a nasty-looking angular metal confection, and the friendly Zero headlight has been binned for a dystopian sci-fi version of a flat race plate, with LED-lit slashes in it and the actual headlight hidden back in the chest of the bike behind the forks and the barely-there front fender.
Incidentally, Droog has left the mount points for the Zero front fender on the bottoms of the forks if you wanna actually not get sprayed in the face with water and stones as you ride. Those fashionably chunky Bridgestone soft-road tires on their blacked-out solid-look rims are going to fling some crud, and the Droog front fender offers g-string levels of coverage.
The standard Zero dash is embedded in the top of the tank, and all the custom metal parts are sanded to a distressed-look finish as if it's been pre-dragged along the ground. Droog says it's "upgraded" the suspension on both ends, including some facility for adjustment. The bike runs a single mirror and brake lever, a fancy-looking Brembo master cylinder and some custom grips and bar-end indicators.
You can get yourself a custom-built Droog E-Fighter V2 if you're willing to part with a pretty wild US$40,000 base model price tag, on top of which you can customize things further. The Zero S donor bike underneath all the tough guy stuff is now retailing for US$11,000 before any incentives are applied, so if you see one of these on the road, you can know its owner coughed up US$29 grand just to look special.
And that makes this, for me, a pretty hard bike to get very excited about. Surely for 40 grand, the least you could do would be to build it on the much gruntier Zero SR platform, or better still, the stomping SR/F. The S is a fine little commuter and good fun in its own right, but its US$11K pricetag is already a stumbling block for many buyers.
This is a nutty amount to pay for something with such a deliberately chopped-up and brutalized look. It's all a bit Derelicte on wheels to me; I love me a good rattle-can ratfighter, but paying Panigale V4 R money for something that looks like a slightly more refined version of what your friend did with his crashed Fireblade is madness.
Check out a video below.
Source: Droog Moto