Looks, Performance and Handling
Braking, Fit and Finish
Whenever we say that we are on the cusp of transition, the future is changing rapidly; sooner or later, we must face the realities of the EV world. We tend to say this with a heavy heart as deep inside, we still want to experience the limit of an internal combustion engine, mainly with bikes. Ever since the Bangalore-based startup Ultraviolette showcased its F77 bike, it intrigued a sense of curiosity to see it in the real world. After delays and delays, and changes after changes - it finally made it into the market. Ever since it was showcased, I was pretty excited to ride it, primarily because it looked damm fast, and secondly - how well does it evoke thrilling emotions? F77 Recon puts itself in a unique proposition wherein one has no reference point to compare it against. Despite already owning a KTM Duke 390, I was drawn to the electric F77 for its striking appearance and impressive potential sporty character. I have ridden it through city confines and taken highway runs to check if the experience is yet wholesome enough to replace ICE bikes.
Let's put the money equation out of context and think this way - Does this bike evoke a sense of enthusiasm with its form factor? To me - Yes. But will I choose it over an ICE motorcycle? And that's where the price comes into play; at around Rs 4.55 lakh (exshowroom), the F77 Recon is a bit expensive. But for some, if money is not an issue, and they would like to own something that looks unconventional and rides differently; the F77 is the only pick. It is imperative that the brand concentrates its efforts on improving specific areas. Firstly, the braking and regenerative calibration could be better, and the fit and finish need improvement. But apart from these shortcomings, the startup's efforts are commendable in building a product that goes fast and far, handles well and, most importantly, looks excellent . Currently, the bike is only sold in Bengaluru and subsequently the brand will expand its operation across India soon. The F77 Recon has shown the startup potential in building performance bikes. Once they start their own One Make Championship, a lot of learnings and feedback will be further implemented to make this 'THE' potential electric bike for enthusiasts.