Video: Interview with Richard Hatfield of Lightning Motorcycles

I spoke with Richard Hatfield about his plans for 2012. In this video, he discusses the new motor they’re using, which is lighter and more powerful than the EV1 motor which propelled them to the top of the North American TTXGP 2010 Championship.

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Electric Motorcycles Breaking Into the Big Leagues?

At the 2011 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Honda showed an electric concept motorcycle. The RC-E is styled to win, echoing the look of a vintage café racer. Also at the Tokyo show is a concept from Yamaha that could make me not only cheat on my R1 but divorce her altogether. Yamaha has unveiled a number of electric mopeds, and other ICE manufacturers are getting in the electric game. It seems the major OEM’s are finally ready to consider adding battery-powered bikes to their product lines.

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Catching up with MotoCzysz Racer Mark Miller

After watching Charge, I wanted to meet the man who had brought the MotoCzsys e1pc to victory in 2010 and second place (only behind Czysz’s newer model) in 2011. Mark Miller made his start in AMA Superbike racing, and made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2006, placing 11th and completing a 125+ mph lap in his first year. The lap record for Isle of Man in the senior category (all 1,000cc motorcycles) is 131mph average speed over the 38 mile course. This is a race that only the best of the best are invited to compete in, as it can turn formidable men into shivering boys.

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Exclusive Interview with Charge Director Mark Neale

In a desolate corner of Los Angeles’ warehouse district, at the end of a dead-end street, lies Man Heaven. No, it’s not one of the sad-sack nudie bars in the neighborhood, but a more pure sort of heaven. A place where the craft of motorcycle building is practiced with the same, if not more, love for metallurgy and mechanical engineering of olden days.

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