What you’re looking at here is the 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge contender from Japanese motorsport powerhouse, M-TEC, racing under the name Team Mugen.
The TT Zero is a time trial class run over the TT course specifically for motorcycles that produce zero emissions, which pretty much limits teams to electric bikes. Bet you never thought an electric motorcycle could look so sharp.
The bike, named Shinden San, is uses a motor that is smaller and lighter, yet more powerful than that used in last year’s second-prize winning Team Mugen entry. The space saved has been used to house a larger battery.
The team also picked up second place in its first entry into the class in 2012, and this year is considered a clear favorite to win. Riding for Mugen this year are veteran TT racers, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey. The event takes place alongside the main TT in May and June.
Here are the official specifications:
·Machine Name : SHINDEN SAN
·Overall length / width / height (mm) : 2,125 / 680 / 1,130
·Wheelbase (mm) : 1,485
·Ground Clearance (mm) : 130
·Seat Height (mm) : 840
·Total Weight (kg): 240
·Tyre (Front) : 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
·Tyre (Rear) : 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
·Frame : CFRP twin-spar type
·Motor Type : Oil-cooled, 3-phase, brushless motor
·Maximum Output (kW [ps]) : 100 
·Maximum Torque (N·m [kgf·m]) : 220 [22.4]
·Battery Specification : Laminate-type Lithium-ion
·Battery Output Voltage (V) : 370 or more
With the massive investment in the development green technology and zero-emissions vehicles over recent years, electric motorcycles are becoming a reality. While they aren’t yet ready to replace all conventionally fuelled bikes, electric motorbikes are practical enough for short journeys, which makes them ideal for commuting or recreational rides.
Zero Motorcycles manufactures a range of electrically powered motocross style bikes designed for highway and off-road riding. The company produces the X and MX models for off-road riding, while the Zero S is designed as a road legal street-bike and the DS (Dual Sport) is intended to be ridden on and off-road.
The Zero S (pictured) has a top speed of 55mph, with a range of 50 miles, which makes it perfectly usable around town, or for having a little off-road fun at the weekend. The bike takes less than four hours to recharge, and while this might sound inconvenient compared to the 30 seconds it takes to fill up a gas tank, the running costs of $0.01 per mile should take your mind off that.
The Zero S costs $9,950 (and is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit, like all electric vehicles)
You’ll either love or hate the oddball styling of the Brammo Enertia, but we think it looks pretty funky and the design certainly matches its purpose of being an urban run-around, rather than king of the open-road. This electric motorcycle is capable of over 60mph, according to the manufacturer, with a range of 42 miles and a recharge time of approximately 4 hours.
The Enertia costs $11,195 and is available through Best Buy, the website will help you to locate a dealer.
We think the EMS GPR-R is one of the better looking electric motorcycles, with its slightly more aggressive street-fighter styling. The bike has adjustable gearing, so top speed can be anywhere between 60-70mph depending on how you set it up, and likewise the range can vary between 30 and 60 miles according to how aggressively you ride.
Like most of the motorcycles in this class, recharge time is approximately 4 hours, but an optional speed-charger can bring that down to 1.5 hours.
The GPR-S costs $8,500 and can be ordered through the website.
Unlike the other manufacturers here, Mission Motors didn’t just set out to build a practical electric motorcycle – the company went balls out to create a zero emissions motorbike that could compete with conventional gas powered superbikes. The Mission One is the result of that admirable goal. It has a top speed of 150mph, with a range of 150 miles and a recharge time of just two hours. Plus, it looks mental.
Sadly, you can’t buy one just yet, although for $5,000 you can reserve one of the first batch of 50, which will cost $69,995. You could buy an Aprilia RSV4 for a third of the price, but that’s not really the point – while the Mission One might be wildly expensive, the world needs rich loons to snap up these early models so that more money will be invested in developing the technology and, hopefully, electric motorcycles will become better and more affordable, which has got to be a god thing.
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.”
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.
California based Zero Motorcycles has launched America’s first street legal motorcycle to be powered entirely by electricity, the Zero S. The company claims it will begin shipping the new machine to pre-order customers within a month. The Zero S looks similar to any ordinary off-road motorcycle, but instead of a conventional internal combustion engine the machine is powered by the company’s own Z-Force branded power pack and a high-tech electric motor.
Founder of Zero Motorcycles, Neal Saiki said: “Our goal from the beginning was to engineer a high performance electric urban street motorcycle that would change the face of the industry. The Zero S is a revolutionary motorcycle that is designed to tackle any city street, hill or obstacle. The innovation behind the Zero S is what separates it from the competition. The Zero S is a high performance motorcycle that also happens to be fully electric and green. The fact that it’s electric means not having to get gas and reduced maintenance.”
The manufacturers claim maximum power output of 31bhp, and a top speed of 60mph, as well as a maximum range of 60mph between charges, so it’s really only useful for running around town or some off-road fun. A full recharge takes four hours from a standard 110/220v power outlet. With a dry weight of just 225 lbs, the bike should offer plenty of off-the-line acceleration.
In keeping with the manufacturer’s green ethos, most of the Zero S is fully recyclable and the lithium ion battery is entirely non-toxic. The bike is available to order now for $9,950 in the US and it seems likely that it will be exported to Europe in the future.