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The perfect marriage of performance and style.
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KOTA Longboards Spitfire Mk V Electric Longboard

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Get an awesome electric longboard at an incredible price and BE A HERO by supporting the resurgence of manufacturing in America.

Purchase your KOTA Spitfire Mk V eboard on Kickstarter today and be the coolest cat on your block! You’ll turn heads riding a KOTA Spitfire electric as if you were driving an exotic sports car.

Be Brave, be Bold, be Confident, be YOU!

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We’ve been making high performance longboard skateboards since 2012. In early 2017, we started testing a variety of eboards to analyze product performance on the market at the time. Eboards have improved a great deal but we felt that KOTA could offer a significantly better ride. When we motorized some of our boards we knew we could offer a completely different eboard experience. 

We spent several months beta testing various combinations of motors, batteries, electronic speed controllers, remotes and other electronics with our decks. We immediately felt that the carving performance, KOTAgrip finish and style of our decks made for an electric deck different from anything else on the market. The improvement in ridability was remarkable with our cambered shape providing responsive turning performance, while simultaneously acting as a shock absorber for an exceptionally smooth ride.

We chose a components package based on a combination of readily available parts and a balance of range, power, speed and reliability. We’re not going to make any crazy claims that our deck is the fastest eboard or will have the greatest range on the market, but we feel that the electronics package we chose is a very solid kit, and when it’s paired with our decks it makes for an unparalleled riding experience. One claim we will make is that only KOTA can offer you a choice of your board graphic with our remarkable KOTAgrip finish.

Put bluntly, the market has produced the sports car motor, but without the sports car chassis, suspension and body, it’s not a sports car. KOTA offers you the total package.

At KOTA, we’ve positioned our non-electric decks as a great lifestyle product, bringing the feel of surfing or skiing onto dry land. Our Spitfire Mk V electric is an extension of that vibe. The Spitfire offers people a stylish, high performance ride that they can use to commute to work, ride with friends socially, get some peaceful recreation or go out and explore the world around them, all without pumping like a traditional longboard. It opens up the sport to people who may be physically limited from pumping a traditional skateboard or those who want more control over their speed.

We believe the Spitfire is one more way KOTA can attract new riders to the sport of longboarding, particularly as the rider has more confidence that they’re equipped to handle varying terrain and manage their speed in almost any situation. We feel the Spitfire supports the KOTA mission to engage people in longboarding who would otherwise not have longboard skate on their radar of lifestyle activities.

Why are we launching this Kickstarter Campaign? We believe that we’ve created a product that performs exceptionally well and want to get more KOTA electric boards out in the marketplace. We intend to raise funds to increase the volume of components we can source in order to deliver more product, more quickly to KOTA customers. We’re offering you a chance to get a Spitfire Mk V at a huge discount, start riding our product, get into the KOTA brand and – most important - give us feedback and stories about your experiences riding this functional work of art.

Help us spread the stoke to a new generation of longboard and eboard enthusiasts! Whether you already own an eboard or have wanted to get into riding electrics, we know you’ll love the KOTA Spitfire Mk V. Our backers will also receive deep discounts on future KOTA electric innovations as we move to our own, internally engineered power plant and drive train.

Once we start shipping product to our Kickstarter backers, we’ll be reaching out to you for contests around rider testimonials, photos and videos and social media campaigns.

  

This got ridden hard through snow melt and water puddles by our factory riders but will wipe clean with a damp cloth and look like new!
This got ridden hard through snow melt and water puddles by our factory riders but will wipe clean with a damp cloth and look like new!

  

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Rewards

Speed Racer - Early Bird Level 1

Pledge $800 or more

You'll be the proud owner of our new electric board, the Spitfire Mk V. You'll love it's blend of power, range and style! Select one of 3 board shapes (Nieuport 17, Handley Page or Sopwith Pup) to match your riding style. And only with KOTA can you choose your graphic design (select a design from our Classics collection, Michael Schwab collection, Dewey Weber Collection or Military Series Collection).

The SPEED RACER reward tier is a savings of $500.

Estimated delivery May 2018.

Grand Prix - Early Bird Level 2

Pledge $900 or more

You'll receive one of our terrific new electric boards, the Spitfire Mk V. Carving with these boards is amazing, all with the security of knowing you control your speed! Select one of 3 board shapes (Nieuport 17, Handley Page or Sopwith Pup) to match your riding style. And only with KOTA can you choose your graphic design (select a design from our Classics collection, Michael Schwab collection, Dewey Weber Collection or Military Series Collection).

The GRAND PRIX reward tier is a savings of $400.

Estimated delivery Jun 2018.

Trend Setter - Spitfire

Pledge $1,000 or more

You'll turn heads with one of our new electric boards, the Spitfire Mk V. These boards are gorgeous, powerful and exhilarating! Select one of 3 board shapes (Nieuport 17, Handley Page or Sopwith Pup) to match your riding style. And only with KOTA can you choose your graphic design (select a design from our Classics collection, Michael Schwab collection, Dewey Weber Collection or Military Series Collection).

The TREND SETTER reward tier is a savings of $300.

Estimated delivery Jun 2018.

Kickstarter delivery fee will be refunded for local pick-up.  As always, locals get free riding lessons with any purchase

 

Stretch Goals 

$25,000 - We'll add your name (if desired) to the top of the deck

$50,000 - We'll include a set of Shred Lights (White front, Red Rear) with every deck.

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To Make Our Lawyers Happy:

Safety is paramount when riding a motorized longboard. Read the Owner's Manual in its entirety prior to using this product. Wear safety gear at all times while using this product. By purchasing this product you voluntarily assume all risk. In no event shall KOTA Longboards be liable for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from the use of this product.

Product purchased on this Kickstarter campaign is for personal use only and not for resale.

  

Risks and challenges

We're already producing our Spitfire Mk V electric boards and we've been making non-electric boards in our factory in Denver, Colorado since 2013. Unlike other Kickstarter campaigns, this is an existing product and your wait time for delivery shouldn't drag out for forever! Our goal is to fulfill your order ahead of schedule!

We partnered with a components supplier specificially because of their ability to meet demand. Because of this we believe that this is a very low risk Kickstarter project. There are always potential supplier hiccups such as hurricanes, earthquakes, the impact of overseas holidays, etc. We believe we've padded our shipping dates with enough time to allow us to be successful in delivering products on schedule.

Lithium-Ion batteries are considered Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) for shipping purposes. As such, we can only ship via ground to the contiguous United States.

The Spitfire Mk V is a first generation product. We have tested this product in varying environmental conditions and riding parameters. However, not all failure points have been discovered. Electric components are housed in casings that are water resistant but not water proof. Product may fail if used improperly or in extreme conditions. All sales are final. 30 days manufacturer’s defect replacement only on the deck and truck sets. 60 days manufacturer's defect replacement only on battery, electronics and motors.

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    Grand Prix - Early Bird Level 2

    You'll receive one of our terrific new electric boards, the Spitfire Mk V. Carving with these boards is amazing, all with the security of knowing you control your speed!

    Select one of 3 board shapes (Nieuport 17, Handley Page or Sopwith Pup) to match your riding style. And only with KOTA can you choose your graphic design (select a design from our Classics collection, Michael Schwab collection, Dewey Weber Collection or Military Series Collection).

    The GRAND PRIX reward tier is a savings of $400.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Trend Setter - Spitfire

    You'll turn heads with one of our new electric boards, the Spitfire Mk V. These boards are gorgeous, powerful and exhilarating!

    Select one of 3 board shapes (Nieuport 17, Handley Page or Sopwith Pup) to match your riding style. And only with KOTA can you choose your graphic design (select a design from our Classics collection, Michael Schwab collection, Dewey Weber Collection or Military Series Collection).

    The TREND SETTER reward tier is a savings of $300.

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    Ships to Only United States
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    Pledge US$ 800 or more About US$ 800

    Speed Racer - Early Bird Level 1

    You'll be the proud owner of our new electric board, the Spitfire Mk V. You'll love it's blend of power, range and style!

    Select one of 3 board shapes (Nieuport 17, Handley Page or Sopwith Pup) to match your riding style. And only with KOTA can you choose your graphic design (select a design from our Classics collection, Michael Schwab collection, Dewey Weber Collection or Military Series Collection).

    The SPEED RACER reward tier is a savings of $500.

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    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
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