New electric motorcycle speed record

The San Francisco based electric motorcycle manufacturer, Mission Motors has set a new all-electric motorcycle speed record of just over 150mph. The official record is an average of two runs, but the company claims to have clocked its zero emissions Mission One superbike at 161mph during the preparations for the official run at Bonneville Speedway earlier this month.

The record was set during the yearly BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials, where Mission One’s impressive top speed beat 70% of the conventionally fuelled entrants. Edward West, Mission Motors Founder and President, said “I give the credit for this achievement to our extraordinary engineering team. We set this record on our first visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats on poor salt conditions and in high cross-winds. And to set it with our production prototype vehicle, not a custom Bonneville bike is truly amazing.”

The record breaking Zero One zero emissions motorcycle
The record breaking Zero One zero emissions motorcycle

Earlier this year the company entered its bike in the first FIM sanctioned zero emissions motorcycle race, the TTXP at the famous Isle of Man TT where it finished in a very respectable fourth position.

Mission One plans to sell the first batch of its 150mph, 150 mile range, zero emissions superbike in 2010 – 300 of the motorcycles will be put up for sale in the first year of production. You can find out more at the company’s Ride Mission website.

Harley Davidson raises millions for Muscular Dystrophy research

Riders of Harley Davidson motorcycles have good reason to feel proud of the Milwaukee based manufacturer today. The company has announced that, along with its customers and dealers, it has raised $4.5 million for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy in 2009 alone – bringing the total raised for this cause since 1980 to over $73 million.
Fundraising activities organised by Harley Davidson riders, dealers and employees include pledge rides, motorcycle raffles, dinners, and commemorative pin sales. Harley Davidson is one of the leading corporate sponsors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

For more information visit www.mdarides.org.