Icon/Brammo Press Release: 2013 is already shaping up to be a groundbreaking year for electric motorcycle racing. Now, under FIM and AFM rules, electric bikes will be taking the charge to their gasoline counterparts. Following the success of 2012, Team ICON Brammo is looking forward to being back on top of the podium, and doing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
When Worlds Collide: Electric vs. Gas Motorcycles Electric motorcycles are eligible for lightweight and middleweight sportbike classes in AFM roadracing.
In an unprecedented move, the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) is allowing electric motorcycles to compete head-to-head on track with conventional internal-combustion-powered machinery. According to AFM President Berto Wooldridge, Oregon-based Brammo was looking for a way to showcase its new Empulse sportbike. “They wanted to compete within the existing class structure against gas-powered bikes with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Switch on the Brammo Empulse R and push what appears to be a start button, and no starter grinds an engine to life, no ignition ignites a volatile mixture and no exhaust barks as it purges burnt gases. Instead, the dashboard blinks ever so silently as the Empulse boots up. Twist the throttle a few [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The rate of progress at Zero Motorcycles has accelerated for 2013. A new motor offers twice as much power as last year’s Zeros, and new battery packs boost range at highway speeds by more than 25 percent. If things continue at this rate, the company will be offering electric motorcycles in a couple of years [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Brammo Motorcycles Press Release: GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance business has agreed to provide Brammo Inc. with inventory financing to support the expansion of its dealer network in the U.S. The Ashland, OR-based manufacturer designs and develops electric motorcycles. In addition to supporting the expansion of a rapidly growing American company, this announcement reinforces GE’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Team Segway Racing MotoCzysz Wins TT Zero
Electric TT Czysz E1pc laps Isle of Man at more than 100 mph, takes back-to-back electric-motorcycle race wins.
A MotoCzysz E1pc has won the 2012 Isle of Man TT Zero race for electrically powered motorcycles. Rider Michael Rutter, 40, was also first to “make the ton,” doing a single lap of the 37.73-mile circuit at an average speed of 104.056 mph. The machine was supported by Segway, manufacturer of the well-known, self-balancing two-wheeled [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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The technological path from the Wrights’ powered flight in 1903 to Neil Armstrong hopping off the ladder onto the powdery surface of the moon in 1969 was anything but easy. It would take to the end of the Wright decade before powered flight was beyond purely experimental and World War I to give developers impetus [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you’re a motorcyclist and saw either the original Tron (1982) or the more recent Tron: Legacy (2010) movies, you can’t help but want to get on a Light Cycle and show the “programs” how to ride. You’ll never live your life on a circuit board, but if you want to do your best impersonation of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
IOMTT Press Release: This year’s SES TT Zero Challenge, the electric bike challenge run as part of the Isle of Man TT Races meeting, sees the highest number of entries in the event’s four year history, since the first race in 2009. Eighteen competitors have confirmed their entries and will be battling to be the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Just when we thought Honda was asleep at the wheel—while the European motorcycle industry continues to innovate—Big Red surprises with a handful of new concept bikes. At least one of them looks to have a realistic shot at production. Honda’s theme for the 42nd annual Tokyo Motor Show this past December was, “What makes people [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)