PH2: E-Bike Races To Podium

158mph, but does it sound right?
158mph, but does it sound right?
You probably know that since 2009 there's been a class at the Isle of Man TT races for electric bikes. Last year the winning bike nearly broke the magic 100mph average lap and topped 135mph through the Sulby speed trap. This year someone is bound to break into three figures, especially if an electric bike's recent performance in America is anything to go by.

A bike prepared by the SWIGZ racing team and ridden by a bloke called Chip Yates was entered into a round of the WERA Heavy Superbike Twins race in California and finished third. That's against conventional petrol-burning race bikes. Amazing result, but it's the electric bike's top speed that's caught my eye: 158mph. Of course, short circuit racing is a very different game to the TT. The Americans would probably have to turn their bike down a bit for it to manage one 37 mile lap of the TT course.

So are we going to see electric superbikes on the road? Not for a long time I'd imagine. Electric scooters strike me as a good idea, but an electric sports bike not really. For one thing there's the lack of noise. A couple of years ago I rode a Ducati Desmosedici, one of the best sounding engines I've ever heard. A Ducati that hummed wouldn't be the same.

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  • Mr Gear 18 Jan 2011

    "So are we going to see electric superbikes on the road? Not for a long time I'd imagine."

    You'd imagine wrong then. http://www.mavizen.com/TTX02.html

    Built in the UK too.


  • tonym911 18 Jan 2011

    Not bad. Would the power remain constant throughout a race, or does it tail off as the batts lose charge? Does the braking system recuperate power?

  • Mr Gear 18 Jan 2011

    tonym911 said:
    Not bad. Would the power remain constant throughout a race, or does it tail off as the batts lose charge? Does the braking system recuperate power?
    According to the rider, the bike was showing 100% voltage at the finish of this sprint race, but as the batteries deplete, there would be a voltage drop and corresponding performance drop also, but I have no idea at what point this would happen with the bike in the original article.

    Edited by Mr Gear on Monday 17th January 11:37

  • Dontlift 18 Jan 2011

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    http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

    Come on newbie, get with the program!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Whats the point of PH2, if all it is going to do is regurgitate stuff we have already covered in the forum

    Edited by Dontlift on Monday 17th January 11:42

  • Fleegle 18 Jan 2011

    Mr Gear said:
    "So are we going to see electric superbikes on the road? Not for a long time I'd imagine."

    You'd imagine wrong then. http://www.mavizen.com/TTX02.html

    Built in the UK too.
    Yes, and do you know how much? Lets put it this way, a brand new R1 is a bargain compared to these.

    As said before, these are not the way forward.

    We are supposed to be looking for a replacement to fossil fuelled vehicles. Pray tell me, how is most of the electricity produced in this country?

    Added to that, what about using them to cover a large distance? There was an article on the early BBC news last week where a driver attempted to get from London to Edingburgh in an electric mini - it took him four and a half days!

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