Victory Isle of Man TT Electric Superbike - RIDING IMPRESSION

A few laps in the USA on Victory’s ex-Brammo electric superbike.

Victory Isle of Man TT Superbike track action

Three laps on a track you just met isn't much time to explore the performance of an Isle of Man TT electric superbike, but I have to say Lee Johnston's third-place machine—run by Victory and the Brammo crew at the Island this past June—made it exceptionally easy to go as fast as I could, so to speak.

Such is the glory of a well set up racing motorcycle. Well, that and the fact that there is no gearshifting or clutching required on this single-speed electric machine. Like the best new gasoline superbikes that offer auto-blip and no-clutch downshifts, this electric TT racer allows the rider to fully concentrate on braking and steering during corner entry, freeing up loads of brain power normally lost on trying to clutch and blip the throttle smoothly. Add in a fantastic K-Tech fork (Öhlins on the outside) and killer race-spec Brembos, and it was super fun to be smooth, fast, and focused as I headed for the apex.

And “throttle” response (shall we call it a “torque selector?”) was linear and easy to manage. I remarked later to Johnston that I kept wanting to feed power in earlier and earlier but he offered words of caution: “The thing can give you a wicked highside because the torque can make it break away so quickly.” Luckily, I didn’t find this out firsthand, although I had a thrilling 100-mph stoppie on the front straight thanks to those great Brembo discs and a desire to get a fast lap right off the bat.

Victory Isle of Man TT Superbike track cornering action

Testing location was High Plains Raceway east of Denver, a track with lots of elevation changes and plenty of bumps. No surprise this TT real-roads racer was a grippy magic-carpet ride given the speeds and road conditions at the Isle of Man.

It added to the overall serenity of this very silent, eerily smooth superbike. I’ve never had so much braking feedback get through to me. It was like I could feel the pad molecules vibrating against the discs. This quietude also makes the bike seem pretty unimpressive on corner exits, yet we whistled into Turn 3 after a long straight with 140-mph-plus showing on the super sweet MoTeC race dash.

The bike later was tested at a dragstrip by Lee Johnston himself and it clicked off a mid 10-second run at about 140 mph. Not bad for an EV with one gear.

I’ve ridden most of the street-oriented electric motorcycles, but this was my first ride on a electric superbike. It showed me that, as long as you’re not endurance racing, the performance feels comparable to that of a modern internal-combustion street-legal superbike but without all the commotion. There is plenty left to be done in the development of electric technology, but for three laps this Victory TT electric superbike was a blast to ride fast.

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