Ryvid took to LinkedIn to share this exciting news, expressing their enthusiasm for the upcoming deliveries. The company stated, “We're excited to announce that we will begin shipping a small quantity of Anthem's this week. We are proud to say we were flooded with pre-orders over the last 12 months. We're thrilled to have achieved so much in just a year, and are excited to put the Anthem out into the world.”
Key specifications include a top speed of approximately 75 mph (120 km/h) and a maximum range of 75 miles (120 km). While these figures may not compete with the long-range electric motorcycles available today, it's important to note that the Ryvid Anthem is purpose-built for urban riders covering commuter distances, rather than extended touring.
What sets the Ryvid Anthem apart is its innovative design, featuring an aircraft-style chassis constructed from folded metal plates, as opposed to traditional welded tubes. This unique approach enables Ryvid to employ an assembly method predominantly reliant on mechanical fasteners, reducing assembly time and supporting production based in California.
Additionally, this design allows riders to adjust the bike's geometry at home, a feat that typically necessitates replacing entire frames.
Embracing nonconformity, the Ryvid Anthem also incorporates an actuator capable of raising and lowering the motorcycle seat by up to 4 inches (10 cm), even while in motion. This feature accommodates multiple riders seeking the perfect fit on the same bike or enables riders to lower the seat at a stoplight and then raise it back up while on the move.
The Anthem boasts a 4.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with an integrated 3.3 kW charger. Remarkably, the entire battery unit is removable and includes built-in wheels for ease of transport. This design permits the battery to be lowered from the bike and rolled along like carry-on luggage, eliminating the need for riders to lift the entire battery's weight during removal and reinstallation.
The announcement of the commencement of deliveries coincides with significant developments in the commuter-level electric motorcycle market. LiveWire has recently initiated deliveries of its latest model, the LiveWire S2 Del Mar. In contrast, the SONDORS Metacycle, previously touted as a potential leader in the commuter electric motorcycle market, faces uncertainty amid questions about the company's stability.
Ryvid's approach differs significantly from SONDORS, evident from the company's launch strategy. Ryvid founder Dong Tran explained that they waited to unveil the Anthem and commence pre-orders until the design of their bikes was well-advanced, with multiple prototypes already undergoing testing. Additionally, the company ensured it had secure funding for production, avoiding reliance on pre-order revenue that could potentially be jeopardized by mass cancellations, as seen with the SONDORS Metacycle.