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    Default 216mph on an Electric Motorcycle


    Last week, Lightning Motorcycles became the first team to cross 200mph on an electric motorcycle, setting a new record of 215.9mph at Bonneville. Here, rider Paul Thede hits 216mph in a follow-up attempt.
    Need further proof that electrics are here to stay?
    This entire run on the 140bhp bike cost US$ 0.18 cents in electricity
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    What does it sound like?
    I've read somewhere that electric vehicles will have to have a noise maker on them so that blind people don't get run over.:wink:
    It has been already decided, that songs and tunes will not be allowed.
    So what will be allowed? Brrrrrrrr, brrrrrrrr? Hehehe.

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    Ha ha, yeah, they sound like ships in Star Wars, which attracts a fan-boy such as myself but that definitely would confuse blind people which means when they become more accesible and available legislation will probably pop up! Should be interesting!
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    I wonder what the range is like at that speed?..... 2 or 3 km's at best????

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    Probably something like that, I'm fairly sure they didn't do the multiple runs at those speeds on one charge!
    Still rather exciting!

    The Brammo Empulse 10.0 ( http://www.brammo.com/empulse/ ) is claiming 100mph for 100miles and is actually good-looking in a quirky way and has therefore added itself to my when-I-win-the-lotto Dream Garage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellentino View Post
    Probably something like that, I'm fairly sure they didn't do the multiple runs at those speeds on one charge!
    Still rather exciting!

    The Brammo Empulse 10.0 ( http://www.brammo.com/empulse/ ) is claiming 100mph for 100miles and is actually good-looking in a quirky way and has therefore added itself to my when-I-win-the-lotto Dream Garage!
    160km/h for 160km is quite impressive!!!
    Considering my daily commute is 108km it could work for me but it depends on the price...

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    They're fairly pricey, but exceptionally so, I think they're running about US$8-10k so R80k at the most before importing etc!
    I just love the idea of being one of the pioneers to support this industry and for some reason I love the bike itsself!

    I think love it or hate it, we'll all miss the shrieking exhaust notes of Internal combustion motorcycle engines, but they can not be here forever!
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    the big question would be, how many charges before you need new batteries, which won't be cheap?
    Having electricity readily available to charge the bike.
    The time it takes to charge the battery.

    Petrol is just so much more convenient at the moment.

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    Brammo is saying 7-10 years on the Empulse batteries but I have to agree, the number of people who live in flats etc with no garage/power supply makes it seriously inconvenient for probably the majority!

    Petrol is definitely convenient but I don't think the cost of new batteries will be too bad when you think about it, you're off-setting your petrol bill for 10 YEARS as well as chains and sprockets.
    (It's relatively maintenace free belt-driven)

    I would if I could!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikermom View Post
    What does it sound like?
    I've read somewhere that electric vehicles will have to have a noise maker on them so that blind people don't get run over.:wink:
    It has been already decided, that songs and tunes will not be allowed.
    So what will be allowed? Brrrrrrrr, brrrrrrrr? Hehehe.
    You should be allowed to have a few options, re the "engine sound", so that you can choose, depending on your mood...

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    Obviously, the electronic system should be smart enough to match engine performance to the selected "tune" as well ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellentino View Post
    (It's relatively maintenace free belt-driven)
    In most cases the electrical motor is incorporated in the wheel, so no drive train of any kind.

    There are already electric bike races under FIM (sort of electrical MotoGP) rule. We may even see a race in SA sometime in 2011. http://www.egrandprix.com/

    Electric bikes have been racing in the Isle of Man as well and are close to breaking the 160km/h average speed per lap. Their biggest problem is birds on the track who do not hear them coming!

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    Just imagine, adding a sound system to the bike, connected to the speed so it will sound like a internal combustion engine......now imagine a bike that sounds like a Hardley and moves like a R1/Fireblade/ZX10
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