Things have been super crazy these past few days. I only recently found out that there was a class in the FIM/AMA record books just waiting for me and my electric motorcycle to break. I was going to wait until next year to go for the record when I found out about it. However, after sitting and thinking about it for a little while, the excitement just started to bubble up in me like fizz in can of soda punted across a school parking lot. I had to chase that record…but I need your help.
Editors Note: We are all about green racing here at Gas2.org, and to help Brandon reach his goal we are pledging $100 to Brandon’s cause. There is only a week for him to raise over $1,500, and every little bit counts. Let’s see if we can’t get this guy into the record books!
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
The more I thought about the opportunity that had presented itself to me the more I felt like that punted can, just waiting for someone to open me so it could explode, but in life, I have realized, you can’t wait for someone to happen by, pick you up and pop your top, you have to do it your self. I knew that there was no way I couldn’t chase after the record, and/or attempt to set some new ones along the way. Thankfully I have a great group of friends that all support me in even my most crazy endeavors, and a family that understands my drive to help move along the future by pushing the edge of technology in soft and hardware.
Kevin Clemins, a really smart guy, writer and EV enthusiast like myself recently set world records for both partially streamlined and unfaired electric motorcycles under 150kg. He also set national records with the AMA for these. I have been speaking with him about how I too could fit in the record books with him, and it seems I may be able to set a brand new record for production electric motorcycles as well as compete with Kevin for one of his world records and one of his National Records.
Record-Breaking Production Electric Bikes
Unlike Kevin who has spent lots of time and money building a prototype motorcycle to show what EVs are capable of, I have chosen to go a less extreme route. My main goal is to show people just getting into the EV world, or those that haven’t yet been exposed to it, that you dont have to be a genius like Kevin to have an awesome bike with world record performance.
After I (hopefully) set the records on the stock Zero S ZF6, I will tweak my controller with my own DigiNow.it race settings and Hollywood Electrics custom race upgrades and hardware modifications. Harlan, the owner of Hollywood Electrics, infected me with the race bug when he invited me to my first TTXGP earlier this year. That was where I first decided I could help our sport by showing people that you don’t need a prototype bike with hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in it to have a track ready bike that you can have a lot of fun on. Without Harlan’s help, support and motivation, I would not be doing the things I am doing now, I owe him a big thank you for helping me find so much joy spreading the word about ElMotos.
I spoke with Mike Cook, the organizer of Cook Motorsports Landspeed Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats and was invited to come to his event to set my records. I was so excited when I heard this, and I never imagined that I would ever attempt something this big. But, it isn’t all fun and games. I don’t get to just show up, throw a leg over my electric motorcycle Foxie Cleopatra, and twist the throttle on my way to a record. Nope, being fast isn’t all that goes into a record-setting run as it turns out.
Raising The Money, Going For Records
There is a lot of paperwork, and many fees involved in becoming an official world record holder. So I started a page on Go Fund Me to help out with those fees. I am really pleased with the support I have gotten so far, but I still could use a lot of help to reach my goal of raising at least $2000 for the event, which will cost me and my other sponsors about $6200.
So far I have raised nearly 14% right now with the help of my friends and local businesses all donating what they can and helping spread the word. One special thing I will be doing is supporting breast cancer awareness by sporting a pink ribbon or two for my mom’s charity, GreenHope Charities in Bethlehem PA. We have lost a lot of close family friends to breast cancer, and anyway I can help with the work my mom is doing, I will. She helped me raise over $5000 for my Japanese Host Family during the Quake last year which went to helping purchase giant water tanks to store contaminated water in during the decontamination process.
. I really owe a lot to the individuals who sponsor me as well, friends, family, and fellow EV lovers some of whom I have yet to even meet in person. With a little more help, this will be the biggest thing I have ever done. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity!
Anyone who wants to help and donate can visit my GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/155pek where I will be posting updates about the trip and how the record setting is going.
-Brandon Nozaki Miller ( Electric Cowboy )