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Da Vinci DC100, a self-balancing electric motorcycle

Da Vinci DC100, a self-balancing electric motorcycle

Beijing's Da Vinci Dynamics has launched its DC100, a high-performance electric streetbike with an impressive 250-mile (400 km) NEDC range, and some wacky "robotic" tricks, including the alleged ability to self-balance and follow you around.To get more news about davinci, you can visit davincimotor.com official website.

We've got ourselves a bit of a kitchen sinker here; Da Vinci has thrown all sorts of features at this one. But even some of the basic specs are a tad elusive. For starters, while it makes a peak of 135 horsepower, putting it very much in the "fast electric" category, the company says it runs "a smart control system that seamlessly integrates multiple different motors." Who the what now? Multiple motors? A separate press release then states it's actually 137 horsepower, running through a hub motor.
Peak torque is listed at a ludicrous 850 Nm (627 lb-ft), but then hub motors often have wild torque specs; witness the outrageous Verge TS, with a hub motor that doesn't even need a middle in it to break 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft). The DC100 will sprint from 0-100 km/h in somewhere between 3-4 seconds, so crazy torque or no crazy torque, a well-ridden gixxer will still see it off at the lights.
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Then there's the battery, a 17.7 kWh unit capable of 30-minute level 3 fast charging. That's a tad less battery than our old favorite, the Zero SR, in its latest model with a Power Tank kit in. At 18 kWh, the Zero offers 223 miles (359 km) of start-stop, slow-speed city riding, or just 112 miles (180 km) on the highway. Unless Da Vinci's managed a pretty impressive efficiency leap, we'd say a 250-mile range is highly optimistic.

In addition to a pretty full-color dash and lovely running gear from Brembo and Ohlins, this bike has plenty of electronic fruit in its bowl. Combined ABS braking and traction control for starters, but these are pretty standard. More interesting is the DC's "creep" feature, which starts the bike moving slowly forward when you release the brake lever – much like an automatic car. No playing drums on the tank at the lights, then.

It's got a slow reverse feature for getting out of awkward parking situations, which is nice, as well as the ability to tell when it's on an angle, allowing hill-start assist and automatic mild regenerative braking on downhills to top the battery up and make sure you don't accidentally speed up.
Coming soon," presumably in OTA software updates, is the really weird stuff. "Using EPS and six-axis IMU, the DC100 will be able to balance itself." EPS, we assume, means electronic power steering, and this would let the bike wobble around without the sidestand down like those concepts Honda put out back in the day. The Honda concepts could also sense and follow, and Da Vinci plans to give the DC100 this capability as well. "Imagine your motorcycle as your jogging companion."

There will also be app-based remote control of the bike as well, so potentially you could get your gear on under cover, and have your bike quietly bring itself to you from wherever you've parked it. None of this seems like an unsolvable problem, we're just highly surprised to see it coming to a production bike.

And here's something to think about: Da Vinci is going to open-source the code, opening up APIs into the system "to allow creative software developers to develop and share new features." New features, let me remind you, that can literally take control of the steering and motor of your high-performance electric motorcycle. That's a yikes from me, dawg.

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