Browsing the "Lightning Motorcycles" Tag

Long Term Test | Lithium Ion Motorcycle Batteries

February 5th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Well, the Skyrich is in that special battery home in the sky now, ready to become fertilizer (for real) thanks to the lack of any battery management system (BMS). I ran this battery on my 2009 Yamaha R1 since May 2011, (first reported here) putting about 12,500 miles of mostly city riding on it. So while Skyrich advertises that the battery lasts 2,000 cycles, as opposed to the 3-500 lead acid batteries can take, I only found it to last about 2.5 times as long as the lead acid my bike came with. I didn't count the cycles, I counted the years. The stock battery lasted 1 year. The Skyrich was starting to get weak this winter, but I didn't do the research until after it died. It turns out that with liIon batteries, when it's cold you actually heat it up by turning the key and letting it power the lights for a minute. I did find that although it wouldn't crank on the first try in the cold, it would eventually crank. Unlike lead acid, lithium batteries get stronger as you use them, they "warm up"


Interview with FIM's Charles Hennekam on Electric Motorcycle Racing

December 27th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

Charles’s job involves taking care of the technical rules for all the disciplines- 50 different championships covering everything from road racing to cross-country rally racing. He is also the Operations Manager for ePower, the FIM’s electric motorcycle racing series. I sat down with him at the Laguna Seca round to find out more about FIM’s interest in electric racing. I saved it until now, because it’s nice to have some racing news in the off-season.


Using Solar Power, Lightning Motorcycles Sets Another Speed Record

November 16th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

The entrepreneurs of the new electric vehicle movement are hell bent on showing the world that the technology is here, it’s real, and it works. At the forefront of electric motorcycle motorsports is Lightning Motorcycles, who recently set a new land speed record for production motorcycles at El Mirage...and they did it using the power of the sun


Video: Lightning Motors Reveals Still Crazy Street Legal Model

August 28th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Last year, the appropriately-named Lightning Motorcycles set a new land speed record for electric motorcycles at an astounding 216 MPH. Since then, Lightning has offered to hand-build these super-electric motorbikes for anyone willing to shell out at least $38,000, and now we have the first renderings of what these monster motorcycles might look like. Even better, Motorcycle.com gave one of its writer/riders a chance to take the Lightning for a spin. His review can be summed up in six words; “Oh my god that is so fast!”


ePower/TTXGP Race Report | Laguna Seca

July 29th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

Michael Barnes led the charge with a drag-race worthy start. Bostrom then Atlas weren't far behind, although Barnes opened the gap throughout the race. The leading bikes from Barracuda Lightning and Icon Brammo kept fairly consistent times and top speeds at the start/finish line while the Superstock bikes became noticeably slower throughout the race


ePower/TTXGP Free Practice Report | Laguna Seca

July 27th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

Due to my inability to patiently read through every line of a fine-print schedule for the weekend's events, I almost missed today's Free Practice for the ePower/TTXGP race. Luckily I had to run back to the media center for my sweater, and along the way I spotted one of the Barracuda Lightning bikes heading to the track entrance. So I walked over to pit lane to see what was up


A Walk Through the ePower/TTXGP Paddock

July 27th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

It's Friday morning and some ePower/TTXGP teams are still not here. All of the entries listed but Münch are from the TTXGP US series, Münch races with ePower. This race is a collaboration between the two serie, as last year. Exciting news to race fans are some well-known names joining the lineup this year. AMA veteran pro racer Eric Bostrom will be piloting the Brammo Empulse, and former MotoGP 250GP racer Katja Poengson will join teammate (and team owner) Matthias Himmelmann in piloting the Münch bikes


TTXGP Infineon Raceway 2012 Onboard Video Footage!

May 14th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

Here are the on-board videos we've all been waiting for. My personal favorite comes from Lightning's Michael Barnes, overall TTXGP race winner. This is his qualifying lap. Notice the speed differential from the Lightning to the other bikes he passes



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