Mission Motorcycles- Now At Select Dealers

Mission Motorcycles are rolling out their R and RS models to select dealerships. The new bikes were introduced on June 3rd, and covered here. Coincidentally, it’s the same day as the TT Zero at Isle of Man, a race Mission once competed in. I attended their launch at Pro Italia in Glendale, CA on Friday night. The motorcycles were gorgeous, but of course their true beauty can only be displayed when you feel that 125 ft lbs of torque thrusting you back as the front wheel aims for the sky. Shod with rubber sticky enough to handle all that torque and 162 ponies, it’s a recipe for endless joy.

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Interview with FIM's Charles Hennekam on Electric Motorcycle Racing

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.

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Brammo Shatters Lap Record at the 2011 A123 Systems TTXGP

However, the 2011 season began with a whimper this past weekend at Infineon Raceway, as only 4 bikes made it to the grid. The top two bikes came from the top two electric motorcycle manufacturers- Brammo and Zero. To me, this shows the clear advantage that can be gained with actual production. Although these companies are not selling anywhere near the volume of the major OEM’s, they each have experience in building bikes that can meet consumer demands, as well as income to help support their racing efforts. This sets them far ahead of the competition, many of whom are developing all-new bikes on limited funds.

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