San Francisco-based Mission Motors unveiled its Mission One electric streetbike prototype last winter. At that time, Product Manager Jeremy Cleland claimed that the bike would achive 150 mph. That was their minimum target.
Cleland himself rode the Mission One prototype to a new AMA electric motorcycle speed record of 150.059 mph at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats on September 1, 2009. This record speed represents the average of two flying passes through Bonneville’s mile-long speed trap. The Mission One’s highest one-way speed recorded at that event was 161 mph.
Beijing, China — Electric bikes have, in the past, been known for their lack of onboard storage — the only items available were messenger bags, or an open basket.
Ryan McGinley has designed the Amur Leopard, a prototype electric bike that will debut on the streets of Beijing. The Leopard is an electric bike with built-in storage under the seat for a laptop, briefcase, or a six-pack of your beverage of choice.
The Amur Leopard bike also has a “navigational/communication” device built into the steering panel.
Isle of Man (May 12, 2009) — Istle of Man TTXGP motorcycle green grand prix founder Azhar Hussain Hussain test-rode its e-cycle, the TTX01, at the Zolder circuit in Belgium (an undulating 4.011 km (2.492-mile) track), where pro riders Werner Daemen (in photo) and Didier de Radigues test rode it. Daemen rides for Team BMW Motorrad and Radigues is a four time grand prix winner.
The TTX01 is a prototype of a bike Hussain hopes to start selling in 2010. He took a Suzuki GSX-R750 frame and outfitted it with air-cooled Agni Lynch electric motors and a 4.3 kilowatt-hour battery pack.