Stark Varg, looks like the real deal and a possible game changer
Stark has helped blow up the internet inside the MX industry. They just launched info on an all-new E-MX bike that is said to deliver more power than an 450cc ICE (internal Combustion Engine) Yes, they have claims of 80hp. And 80HP with a claimed weight in the same range of a 450. The specs also call out run time up near 1hr or as much as a full tank of fuel on an ICE 450. This is an air-cooled bike so it keeps the weight down compared to say the defunct Alta. They are also claiming that the motor stays cool and will keep full power for an entire moto. Charging time is 1-2 hours. This bike looks amazing on paper. Will fasttrack the work that Honda has been doing on the bike they have been teasing for the last few years and Yamaha has also been up to? Not to mention, we bet KTM has something in the works they have yet to unveil. If this bike is real and does what it claims, we could be seeing electric bikes at the track in greater numbers sooner than most predicted. It only takes one shot to start a war. Alta kind of fired a small shot but it just never really hit the right target and left the door wide open for others to learn.
They are not messing around are using Sebastien Tortelli as a test rider as well as Josh Hill. Stark claims this bike could be in customer hands sometime next year with a price right around $13,500 US dollars.
How does the Stark VARG (Swedish for ‘strong wolf’)
Multiple bikes ‘in one’ with customizable power settings to ape a 125 two-stroke up to a 650 four-stroke
An innovative motor, cooling system and battery architecture for unparalleled performance
A class leading powertrain with 80hp at 9hp per kilogram meaning the Stark VARG is the fastest motocross bike on the market
An ultra small and light chassis concept with use of premium materials such as carbon fiber, magnesium, and aero grade aluminum
A Smartphone dash and motorcycle set-up App
Revitalized bodywork that prioritizes ergonomics, comfort, and performance
Renowned suspension solutions from specialists KAYABA
A ‘ride anywhere, anytime’ concept thanks to low maintenance, zero emissions and no noise
Stark VARG Specifications:
Weight: 110kg fully charged
Wheel torque: 938 Nm
Range: Up to 6 hours
Charging time: 1 to 2 hours
Battery capacity: 6kWh
Suspension: 310 mm travel Front/Rear KYB
Ride modes: More than 100
Adjustability: Power curve, engine braking, flywheel effect & traction control
No detail has been left untouched or unexamined and no compromise has been taken: the Stark VARG has been in development for over two years and every single component has been carefully examined and cross-compared for utmost performance and potential. As well as the raw numbers and exceptional handling, the Stark VARG hits ownership targets thanks to its quick charging time and unbeatable durability (offering a full ‘moto’ at Grand Prix-like intensity or up to 6 hours of easy trail riding with a 1-2 hour recharge) and the absence of emissions and noise. The Stark VARG is also incredibly versatile. Through the brilliant Stark Future App – contained on the waterproof and shock resistant smartphone/dash, held in place by a new robust fixture – the bike’s power curve, engine-braking, traction control and virtual flywheel weight can be tuned in a few seconds and through as many as 100 ride ‘modes’. What kind of moto will you ride today?
The silent heart of the Stark VARG is the prized engine and powertrain, providing 80hp – 30% more than any 450 – and with double the amount of torque. The drivetrain is surrounded by Stark’s production battery system which is one of the most compact and ‘energy dense’ in the world, boasting 6kWh of capacity at less than 32kg. The powerplant has been forged with advanced tech and ideas, such as the patent-pending magnesium honeycomb casing, ‘slippery-fingers’ cell holders, a pressure relief system and a one-sided powerboard configuring the battery cells. The Stark VARG’s ‘flying V’ system connects every cell directly to the tough, waterproof casing. This brings high conductivity to the air-cooled structure. The result is a very even and regular battery temperature that removes unnecessary weight for water or vapor cooling. The range from a full charge is similar to a 450 with a full tank of gas.
Low weight is key to the Stark VARG’s vivid handling. At 110kg the bike sets the best power-to-weight ratio of any model in any dealership. The chassis architecture uses the engine as a structural component, allowing Stark Future to build the lightest motocross frame in the world. The composition of the frame (and carbon sub-section) brings the right blend of lateral, vertical and torsional flex and a lower center-of-gravity placement to optimize the Stark VARG’s output on the terrain. The bike sticks and turns unlike anything else and the rider’s sensations are helped by the slim, sporty ergonomics (goodbye to airboxes, radiators and fuel tanks) and redesigned plastics, enabling more weight-saving. Japanese suspension experts KAYABA and Technical Touch need no introduction and the 310mm travel set-up can be tweaked between seven different stock settings depending on the size and bulk of the rider.
Look around the Stark VARG and there are details that will catch the eye. How about the innovative smartphone and dash housing that allows full set-up preferences? What about the patent-pending super-robust ‘floating’ dual compound skid plate that removes the need for a lower section of the frame and provides supreme protection? Or the wheels with CNC-machined 6082 T6 aluminum hubs, 7050 T6 rims, spokes made in Italy from high-grade steel and Pirelli MX32 tires? Then there is also the innovative chain adjuster ‘click system’ (erasing the need for measurement) and the flush axle and bolt composition for yet more effective profiling and protection. Even the Stark VARG footpegs are special: the parts are cast from a special stainless steel alloy, 40% stronger than titanium or chromoly steel and are lighter than any motocross footpeg. The installation process is also simple as Stark have taken away the need for a lock pin.
The industry has set their benchmarks for combustion-engined motorcycles and it focuses on minor incremental steps each year. Stark Future has blown this outdated and environmentally ‘unfriendly’ standard away from the track. The company want to take motocross ‘out of the rut’ and have analyzed and beaten every yardstick there is.
The motorcycle can be ordered through the Stark Future website www.starkfuture.com or through select, participating dealerships.
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