Changing the world: introducing the ground-breaking Stark VARG electric motocross bike.

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Changing the world:
introducing the ground-breaking Stark VARG electric motocross bike.

Stark Future was born to challenge and inspire the motorcycle industry to sustainability. The company’s first serial production model – the Stark VARG motocross bike – will prove that electric technology is superior to gasoline equivalents in every single way. 

The Stark VARG is the first electric motorcycle to be the performance leader within its category.

The new model will reorientate the industry with its patent-pending technology and design features, to inspire riders and racers towards sustainability. In order to outperform traditional technology, the Stark VARG has been developed from the ground-up, building the power train and chassis to work perfectly together and optimizing every component for its purpose. It is physical proof that an electric motocross bike can outperform combustion-engine equivalents in every single way.

How does the Stark VARG (Swedish for ‘strong wolf’) mark the difference?

  • 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

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.

The Stark VARG offers a full ‘moto’ at Grand Prix-like intensity or up to 6 hours of easy trail riding with a 1-2 hour recharge plus 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 and 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. Plus the VARG offers 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 up to 80hp.

That’s up to 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. The Stark battery system boasts 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. Say goodbye to airboxes, radiators and fuel tanks. Even the redesigned plastics enable 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 weight 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’ which erases the need for time consuming measurements. 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 has 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 wants to take motocross ‘out of the rut’ and so, Stark Future has analyzed and beaten every yardstick there is with the VARG.

The Stark VARG is competitively priced, costing €11,900 / 11,900$. The motorcycle can be ordered through the Stark Future website www.starkfuture.com or through select, participating dealerships. 

“It is a very proud moment for us to finally start talking and showing the Stark VARG,” says Anton Wass, Stark Future CEO and Co-Founder.

Anton Wass, Stark Future CEO and Co-Founder.

“As motocross riders and fans, we knew that the sport was in a chronic state, and we are losing tracks in Europe every week. It felt like motocross was going backwards while the potential for innovation with electric mobility is going quickly forwards. Our motivation was born out of frustration with the scene and the need to contribute something that would help our world and our surroundings.”

“It’s been a fantastic journey so far and it’s exciting to see how the Stark VARG had exceeded our expectations. From a business perspective, we also wanted to set the bar in motocross because it is the toughest challenge for material and technical ideas before we move on to produce a full range of on-and-off-road motorcycles.”

“Riders are going to love the full potential of the Stark VARG and the amount of ‘clean’ and easy fun it provides. We aimed to produce something greener and better, and we think anyone trying the bike will agree that we reached our vision.”   

“When I first jumped on the Stark VARG it was a step into the unknown. The very first impression was from the outright performance; it was much more than I expected,” commented Testing Director and former World Champion and AMA Supercross race winner Sébastien Tortelli.

“Suspension-wise, chassis-wise I immediately felt at home. This is a real motocross bike. I had to learn about the electric power and I was surprised of how fast I adapted and how fun it is to ride. We have done quite a lot of development work already. The chassis is balanced as well as nimble. The light weight means you can really move around it with ease and attack those jumps and sections. I feel awesome on the track and I can race with this bike, and this is what we are aiming for. It’s an amazing experience to ride in silence! You can hear the way the bike picks up traction, the impact of the stones and the jumps. It’s an amazing sensation.”

“First off, the Stark VARG is one of the most beautiful bikes I’ve seen!” said Stark Future ambassador and former AMA Supercross race winner Josh Hill.

“It is probably the most responsive power I’ve ever felt on a bike. The designers have done an amazing job with the chassis and the ergonomics right out of the gate. There was very little to adjust. I also love the ‘one size fits all’ idea: someone with very little experience of a dirtbike can feel safe and have fun – especially compared with trying to get their head around a new 250 or 450 – but then the serious racers or free-riders can make it as explosive as they want. The possibilities with the Stark VARG are endless. Once you’ve ridden an electric bike then its unlike anything else.”

About Stark Future:

Stark Future is a multi-national company, established in 2019 with Swedish roots but located on the fringes of Barcelona. Making the most of Catalunya’s reputation as one of Europe’s off-road riding ‘hotspots’, Stark Future was able to construct a dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable team from the cream of both the motorcycle and power electronics industries. They rapidly started work on the first model of an ambitious catalogue of next-generation electric motorcycles. The Stark VARG is the result. The highly advanced technology has been dutifully evolved at the firm’s factory, where robotic assembly lines will produce the Stark VARG and forthcoming models to order. The Stark VARG itself is a strong definition of the company’s values. Stark Future want to challenge the norm to improve how things are done, search for the limit, adapt and set clear, smart and inspiring goals and, finally, deliver outstanding results.

Stark VARG Specifications: 

DescriptionSpecification
Power80hp
Weight110kg fully charged
Wheel torque938 Nm
RangeUp to 6 hours
Charging time1 to 2 hours
Battery capacity6kWh
Suspension310 mm travel Front/Rear KYB
Ride modesMore than 100
AdjustabilityPower curve, engine braking, flywheel effect & traction control

For further information, images and other enquiries please contact

Ben Cobb

Communication & PR Manager

Benjamin.cobb@starkfuture.com

+34 628 85 26 61

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About The Stark Future Company

Background 

Stark Future was established in the first months of 2019 with Swedish roots and from founders with an immensely successful commercial presence in motocross and the motorcycle industry. Stark Future counts on an international foundation of staff and specialists from its base, on the doorstep of the progressive and forward-thinking city: Barcelona. Stark Future was forged from a passion to innovate and to change the way we use and interact with motorcycles. The company investigates and develops the latest technical solutions for performance, mobility, function, battery power and sustainability.

Purpose

Stark Future’s primary ambition is to design, develop and manufacture cutting-edge electric motorcycles to push boundaries of performance and set new standards for sustainability in the industry. Stark Future will swiftly become a reference in the off-road motorcycling sector: a segment that will be leading the charge in electric motorcycle progression.   

Stark Future’s goal is to utilize the highest-grade material and components, creativity, and engineering for a premium concept to outshine contemporary and outdated combustion engine platforms. Our scientific studies have laid a base of knowledge that will allow the company to build models that will leave traditional technology in the ruts. 

Stark means ‘strong’ in Swedish: an attribute also symbolized by the Stark Future 24K gold ring, an icon representing a bold, full circle mentality, sustainability, and perfection. 

Technology

Stark Future’s first serial production motorcycle is the Stark VARG: the lightest, most powerful motocross bike in the world. The demands and requirements of off-road riding mean the Stark VARG has to be the most advanced, most durable, versatile and fun offer in the category, all the while paying full respect to the environment and conditions in which the bike is being used.

The Stark VARG is a beacon for some of the benchmark and patent-pending technology the company will bring to the market:

  • Ground-breaking motor, cooling and battery architecture 
  • A class leading powertrain of 80hp at 9hp per kilogram 
  • Ultra-small and light chassis concept with use of premium materials such as carbon fiber, magnesium, and aero craft grade aluminum
  • Smartphone dash and motorcycle set-up APP
  • Bodywork that prioritizes ergonomics, comfort and performance
  • Advanced suspension solutions from specialists KAYABA
  • A ride anywhere, anytime concept thanks to low maintenance, long lasting battery with zero emissions and no noise

Stark Future is committed to a wide and versatile product range based on several of the technical milestones achieved with the Stark VARG.

Motocross

Swedish founder Anton Wass and his Co-founder Paul Saucy both began motocross and off-road riding at a very young age, both powered by determination, perseverance, and relentless self-improvement. A hobby and a passion soon became a successful business and then a forceful desire to use their recreation and achievements for positive change.

The Stark VARG (‘VARG’ meaning ‘wolf’) was introduced in the final quarter of 2021. It currently has six patents in the approval process. The model immediately set a new, high level of technical specifications and performance not only among the growing off-road electric bike field but the entire motocross spectrum. The Stark VARG mixed fierce output and power with easy handling, lengthy range and full customization of the power train characteristics according to more than 100 different configurations, allowing the bike to assume the role of a 125cc two-stroke, 250, 350, 450 or a thundering 500cc two-stroke with all the nimble agility and sharp riding sensations intact.

The Stark VARG boasts innovations such as the lightest chassis found in any adult-sized motocross bike and uses the electric motor as a structural part of the frame to trim weight, boost handling and optimize strength. The use of advanced KAYABA suspension enhances the off-road handling of the motorcycle, and the ergonomics generate the best feeling, stability, and confidence whatever the terrain, track or conditions.

The company’s philosophy is based on three core values, values that have been immensely outlined for the initial model developed by the company:

1) Challenge the norm: Stark Future questions and rallies against the status quo of the way bikes and products are built. This mentality means the Stark Future technical team seek every possible means to improve and develop a component using the full extent of their ingenuity as a quick, flexible, young and motivated crew.

2) Setting clear objectives: Setting clear objectives: Stark Future were extremely concise about designing and producing an electric motocross bike to outperform all other combustion-engined MX motorcycles on the market.

3) Deliver outstanding results: Ideas and an inquisitive mentality can generate many promising solutions but without results the effort is pointless. The Stark VARG is the fruit of great labour and ingenuity and is a premium first statement by the company.   

Resources

Stark Future products are developed by an international technical team from various backgrounds, ranging from the prototype breeding ground of MotoGP to design studios and well-renowned manufacturers. The company’s brand-new R&D facilities and factory lines are based just outside of Barcelona, with initial distribution channels coming through online orders (delivered directly to the customer or dealerships) through the Stark website.

Stark Future utilizes the very latest computer aided technology for its R&D processes, from full motorcycle CAD Design, simulations, 3D printing to virtual reality. The factory lines are built to house cutting-edge robot hardware for the intricate assembly of models such as the motocross flagship model, the Stark VARG.

The product department features an in-house laboratory to test material properties and construction techniques. To define the best possible development pathway of components the company benchmarks the best bikes and their performance in order to reach much higher levels in new, sustainable, electric technology. This approach means Stark Future ensures the highest quality and consistency for all its production phases. 

Expansion and next steps

While Stark Future continues to innovate, it remains true to its core ethos: pushing the boundaries to develop and create sustainable products that will outperform current non-sustainable options. Stark Future wants to contribute to creating a cleaner, healthier planet, where life is enriched and better for everyone, both today and in the future. Whilst producing advanced technology and products is a central attribute, the company’s ultimate goals are sustainability and the ongoing exploration of technical innovation. The company is powered by the pursuit to find new frontiers and create vehicles, solutions and experiences for people who want the ultimate in performance, design, convenience and emotion.

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