Hadin Panther Electric Cruiser Debuts At EICMA

Is this “first American electric cruiser” for real?

Hadin debuted its 2020 Panther electric cruiser at EICMA a couple of weeks ago. We’re hoping to see a production version sometime next year.
Hadin debuted its 2020 Panther electric cruiser at EICMA a couple of weeks ago. We’re hoping to see a production version sometime next year.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

When Hadin Motorcycle Co. announced it would be debuting “the very first electric American cruiser” at EICMA, lots of us in the motorcycle world heard—well, nothing. Crickets, really. That’s probably because we’d never even heard of the company, which claimed to have a California provenance, or at least a base there (the website says it was “founded in California in 2016”). A quick visit to the website immediately turned up marketing copy that could not possibly be the work of a Californian—or any American speaker, for that matter; clearly this was a Chinese company trying to leverage an LLC registration they’d obtained several years prior in the States.

The Panther definitely goes for the long, low, and heavy cruiser aesthetic. We don’t know about “very first,” but there’s definitely not a long list of electric cruisers available on the market right now.
The Panther definitely goes for the long, low, and heavy cruiser aesthetic. We don’t know about “very first,” but there’s definitely not a long list of electric cruisers available on the market right now.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

Regardless, the 2020 Hadin Panther is very real, and the company brought the bike out to EICMA as promised to make its debut on the world stage. This is a fully formed motorcycle, clearly designed to take a cruiser shape, and for all those in the “who friggin’ cares” camp, consider this: The Panther is one of a very few electric motorcycles that can legitimately stake a claim within the admittedly niche “electric cruiser” category, at least in the stylistic sense. You certainly can’t call the LiveWire a cruiser. Curtiss’ Zeus Radial V8? Maybe, maybe not. The Brutus V9? For sure, but for affordable and established cruiser-style production rigs, you have only the Italian-made Tacita T-Cruise currently available for sale in the US and, at some point perhaps, the recently announced but not yet released Evoke 6061. That’s the state of the electric cruiser motorcycle market in 2019.

The two-piece leather seat has a deeply scooped rider portion for easy reach to the ground. It’s surrounded by swoopy bodywork galore, and we’re not sure about those shock mounts.
The two-piece leather seat has a deeply scooped rider portion for easy reach to the ground. It’s surrounded by swoopy bodywork galore, and we’re not sure about those shock mounts.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

You have to admit the Panther at least embodies the American-style cruiser aesthetic—perhaps not on the same traditional level as the Brutus or Tacita designs, but with a more swoopy, futuristic style. Flowing body parts abound, from the big fairing down to the bottom chin scoop and back to the rear fender, but check out the low, scooped two-piece seat, the wide (and strangely angular) handlebars, and forward-mounted floorboards. The Panther is low, it’s got a lazy rake and a long 65-inch wheelbase. It’s a decent-looking bike if you allow for its Honda-like excess of bodywork, with some of those lines complementing each other and flowing well indeed. That said, there are plenty of clunky bits; the Lego School of Design is on full display up front, with the stacked, four-lens LED headlights taking center stage in the blockiest expression imaginable. The solid front fairing/cowling is fairly scooter-like as well, recalling a less-evolved, angrier step-cousin to the Honda NM4. There’s also the impression that the shocks were just bolted on willy-nilly, though Hadin does says the suspension is adjustable (we just don’t know how).

A seven inch touchscreen display tucks in between the high handlebar, allowing for Bluetooth connectivity and data display, among other functions. You lock and unlock the bike via fingerprint reader here.
A seven inch touchscreen display tucks in between the high handlebar, allowing for Bluetooth connectivity and data display, among other functions. You lock and unlock the bike via fingerprint reader here.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

Other details remain sketchy and numerous emails to the company went unanswered, but we do know the Hadin Panther is built on an aluminum trellis frame, and in keeping with time-honored cruiser tradition, is certainly not high-powered; the spec sheet pegs the motor output at 45 kW (60 hp), but at least the bike can top out at a highway-capable 80 mph (130 kph) and hit 100 miles (160 kilometers) of range on a single charge. You can choose from three ride modes—Eco, Normal, and Sport (where the bike can reach its top speed of 80 mph)—all accessible from the 7-inch display mounted between the handlebars. From what we can decipher, that color touchscreen serves as a display for critical data or can simply be set to mirror your phone. You can also unlock the bike here via fingerprints; there’s no key.

Dual discs up front and dual-channel ABS are standard on the Panther.
Dual discs up front and dual-channel ABS are standard on the Panther.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

We also know the battery is a Panasonic lithium unit, and can fast-charge in 30 minutes to 80 percent of capacity, with a full charge completed in six to eight hours (but we don’t know capacity). The bike has dual brake discs up front and one in the back, with dual-channel ABS to help haul down the considerable 595 pounds of mass. It rolls on 17-inch Pirelli rubber both front and rear, with a fairly fat 160-section size out back, mounted on what looks like cast wheels.

A belt drive out back connects to the 160/60-17 rear wheel, shod with Pirelli rubber.
A belt drive out back connects to the 160/60-17 rear wheel, shod with Pirelli rubber.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

Another feature differentiating the Panther from the competition is a pair of cameras, one mounted above the headlight, and one below the taillight, so you can ostensibly “record the best moments of every trip” according to the website. Whether that’s meant to be a safety feature or a convenience one, we’re not sure.

Hadin has outfitted the Panther with discrete cameras front and center that can record your ride. There are full LED taillight and turn signals out back.
Hadin has outfitted the Panther with discrete cameras front and center that can record your ride. There are full LED taillight and turn signals out back.Hadin Motorcycle Co.

Depending on price and other final specs, the Panther looks like it might be a nice addition to the slim pickings we’ve seen thus far in the electric cruiser world. So do we have a price or an expected release date for the Panther? Unfortunately, no, but we hope to hear back from the company soon; you don’t just show up at EICMA if you’re not serious about getting product on the street.

The front fairing is packed with functionality, but styling takes a hit in the process. Four-lens stacked LEDs throw the beam, while a small camera above records the ride.
The front fairing is packed with functionality, but styling takes a hit in the process. Four-lens stacked LEDs throw the beam, while a small camera above records the ride.Hadin Motorcycle Co.
A pretty generic switch layout on the one-piece metal handlebar.
A pretty generic switch layout on the one-piece metal handlebar.Hadin Motorcycle Co.
From an overall design perspective, the Panther’s a decent-looking motorcycle, though some details could be refined. We’ll get a better idea once (if) we ever get to throw a leg over it.
From an overall design perspective, the Panther’s a decent-looking motorcycle, though some details could be refined. We’ll get a better idea once (if) we ever get to throw a leg over it.Hadin Motorcycle Co.
You won’t find many purely cruiser-styled electric motorcycles in the US market. One of the few is the 2020 Tacita T-Cruise, (shown here is the Turismo version; there’s also a stripped-down Urban model) made by Italian company Tacita.
You won’t find many purely cruiser-styled electric motorcycles in the US market. One of the few is the 2020 Tacita T-Cruise, (shown here is the Turismo version; there’s also a stripped-down Urban model) made by Italian company Tacita.Courtesy Tacita

2020 Hadin Panther Specifications

Price N/A
Motor N/A
Horsepower 45 kW (60 hp)
Battery Panasonic 18650 lithium battery w/ BMS
Charge 80% SoC in 30 min. w/ fast charge; 6–8 hours Level 1
Range 160km (100 miles)
Torque N/A
Final Drive Belt
Seat Height 30.7 in.
Rake/Trail N/A
Front Suspension Conventional hydraulic fork
Rear Suspension Dual coilover shocks
Front Tire 140/70-17
Rear Tire 160/60-17
Wheelbase 65.0 in.
Claimed Weight 595 lb.