In: BRD Motorcycles · Tagged with: BRD, BRD Motorcycles, BRD RedShift MX, Video
Motorcross Action Magazine had a nice series of interviews with vendors at the Indy Dealer Expo last weekend. Buried in the middle of the vid was an interview with Marc Fenigstein, founder of BRD Motorcycles. (see video below)
Marc explained the traits of the BRD RedShfit MX that electric bike fans already know: 50 aggressive miles of range on the road and 2 hours of aggressive riding on the trail. The MX is 250 lbs and has 40 hp at the rear wheel.
A few of the lesser known facts are BRD’s approach to chassis and suspension design is to not try to reinvent it. Looking at the unique and beautiful frame construction this seems a little surprising. Also, they plan to sell the bikes street legal so customers can get the tax rebates and incentives.
Watch the video below to hear more. Jump to 12 minutes in.
Bonus cut! Here is a shorter interview from Dirt Rider:
Skip to 1 min 54 sec in.
In: BRD Motorcycles · Tagged with: BRD, BRD Motorcycles, interview, Marc Fenigstein, RedShift MX, RedShift Supermoto, Video
TTXGP announced the North American schedule for 2012 with a great list of venues. Electric racing kicks off at Infineon for the third year in a row and then hits PIR. Both venues are close to many EV manufacturers and enthusiasts which makes for a great atmosphere. The final at Daytona will host electric motorcycle race teams from around the world at a legendary race track. This will be the first TTXGP race at Daytona and the first TTXGP final in the USA.
If you only attend one event this year it’s going to be tough to choose. See the full schedule after the break and visit www.egrandprix.com for more information.
In: TTXGP · Tagged with: 2012, 2012 TTXGP Schedule, eGrandPrix, TTXGP, venues
It looks like Gas Gas is not the only manufacturer looking at Trials riders as a good market for electric motorcycles. Philippe Aresten, the president of Scorpa from 2001 to 2007, started Montpellier, France based Electric Motion and plans to bring the EM 5.7 to market.
Watching the video below of Christophe Bruand riding a skate park in Montpillier, clearing 4′ plus obstacles and trail riding on the EM 5.7, makes me want an electric trials bike more than ever. Philippe and Electric Motion are betting I’m not the only one.
The EM 5.7 rolling chassis is designed and produced by Electric Motion. The styling of the bike is by Oliver Besson. Brice Martin engineered the electric drive system which uses an electric motor developed to EM’s specifications running at 48 Volts. The battery pack is built with 25 Ah of Kokam Lithium Polymer cells.
Philippe Aresten obviously is not new to the motorcycle industry but he is also not new to electric drive. He started SEV while leading Scorpa. SEV developed and sold the eTricks electric trials bike before Scorpa declared bankruptcy and was purchased by Sherco. SEV lives on but I believe the bank owns it. Not Sherco. Philippe then left to start Electric Motion, a company that he himself owns.
Read More and see the video after the break…
In: Electric Motion · Tagged with: Brice Martin, Electric Motion, Electric Motion EM 5.7, electric trials, Oliver Besson, Philippe Aresten, SEV, trials
Last week was a great week for electric motorcycle enthusiasts. We saw an impressive stream of electrified motorcycle pictures coming from EICMA and the Honda RCE teasers. However, you had to have your eyes on the European moto blogs to pick up on the Sherco SE Electric enduro.
Now the EVOLT BULL1 may ring a bell for those watching this space for the last few years. Domenick Yoney wrote about the LiPo celled electric dirtbike back in July 2009. Well, it looks like Sherco saw them too and acquired the BULL1 technology.
It seems Sherco then worked with Evolt to develop and convert a Sherco 250 SE to electric. This means the standard gas bike suspension and terrain stomping 21″ front and 18″ rear wheel. Oh, and unfortunately the excessive weight that comes with it.
There is no word on how the bike performs but Sherco / EVOLT put together a “fully integrated” electric drive system with
8.8 kWh 2.2 kWh of Kokam LiPo cells, a 2 speed gear box with clutch to get the knobbies churning dirt while 144 Volts and liquid cooling keep the motor from burning up.
Yes, LiPo. It seems they took the light weight, less traveled route of EV battery chemistry that is gaining popularity with ebike homebrewers for its higher energy density over the usual LiFePO4 cells.
Yes, 2 speed transmission. The bike has a hydraulic clutch and a low and high speed selection.
I did not see any details for the motor but it seems it is liquid cooled. You can see in the picture below a water pump that pushes water through a single conventional radiator and down into the motor housing. There also appears to be some sort of reduction between the clutch and the motor. Sherco claims 35 HP but I’m not sure if this is peak HP or if its rear wheel HP or what.
The end result is an electric drive system that looks similar in packaging to the KTM Freeride E.
Sherco claims its electric drive system will give the ebike rider up to 40 minutes of MX riding and more for more leisurely trail riding. The total package weighs less than 220 pounds which keeps it about 6 pounds shy of a Sherco 250 SE just after fill up.
At $12,240 it’s on the high end of the price spectrum. Sherco has not committed to adding this electric enduro to its product line. For now it seems they will be on the sidelines next to Honda waiting to see how this crazy electric motorcycle thing pans.
In: Other Makes · Tagged with: BULL1, EICMA, EICMA 2011, Enduro, EVOLT, EVOLT BULL1, Sherco, Sherco electric enduro, Sherco electric motorcycle, Sherco SE Electric, transmission, water cooled
Until today it seemed Honda was content to dabble in commuter electrics while smaller, more nimble companies tested the waters of electric motorcycle racing and nailed down the market for electric two wheelers.
Then this morning the Honda RC-E hit the net. A beautiful retro race bike inspired body sits over a massive frame, motor and swingarm. Honda will not spill the beans on the specs until the 2011 Tokyo Motorshow next month. We can only guess if Honda designed this ebike’s electric drivetrain in house or if they got some help from an EV drive design crew like Mission Motors. Mission has worked with Honda on a CR-Z hybrid electric race car and they have several clients they are working with behind the curtains.
For now this is all Honda has to say about the RC-E…
An EV version of a super sports bike that pursues the joy of riding. A powerful and smooth ride unique to an EV model is achieved with the 250cc-class compact body.
Man that RC-E looks good. I hope we see it on the track in the next few years. Hey, they did put a license plate on the back. Let’s hope we see it plugged in at the local coffee shop.
Honda also unveiled some cool commuter electric prototypes. I might post about them later. I don’t want to look at them too much since Honda will probably leave them unchanged for a decade plus if they build them.
In: Honda · Tagged with: Electric Sportbike, Honda, Honda electric sportbike, Honda RC-E, Tokyo Motor Show
Gas Gas had their TXT-E on display at EICMA. As mentioned in a previous post it is said to be planned for production.
Gas Gas TXT-e 4820 Specs:
|Engine||ETA Electric Motors TXT conversion kit-4820|
|Chassis||Chassis tubular chrome-moly|
|Tilt||Aluminum, progressive system of rods|
|Front fork||Conventional Marzocchi 40 mm aluminum, 177 mm travel|
|Regulation||Adjustable compression and rebound|
|Buffer||Sachs hydraulic monoshock|
|Regulation||Spring preload and rebound adjustable|
|Travel||Rear wheel travel 164 mm|
|Tire type||Radiated in aluminum rim|
|Rims – Tyres||Front: 1.6 x 21 – 2.75 x 21 Michelin Trial|
|Rims – Tyres||Rear: 2.15 x 18 – 4.00 x 18 Michelin Trial TL|
|Front brake||185 mm floating, 4 piston caliper|
|Back brake||150 mm disc, 2 piston caliper|
|Autonomy||Between 45 and 120 minutes|
|Charging time||80% charge in 1 hour, 100% in 2.5 hours|
|Dry Weight||63 kg|
|Dimensions||Length x width x height: 2,045 x 825 x 1,130 mm|
|Seat Height||650 mm|
In: Other Makes · Tagged with: Adam Raga, EICMA, electric trials, Gas Gas, trials, Video
Brammo announced (let slip?) on Facebook last week that they will be selling a two seat Empulse. “Room for two” is one of the reoccurring requests by forum dwellers of Brammo, Zero and the other manufacturers of electric motorcycles. Brammo has obviously been listening.
Never mind the effects of the extra weight on the range of ebikes, electric motorcycle riders want to bring their significant other along for the ride. So far Brammo will be the only pillion friendly option (other than Vectrix scooters) when the Empluse hits the streets.
Will we see the 2 seater Empulse at EICMA this weekend? Stay tuned.
In: Brammo · Tagged with: 2 seater, 2 up, Brammo, Brammo Empulse, EICMA, pillion
According to TrialWorld.es, Gas Gas is expected to unveil an electric trials bike called the Gas Gas 4820 at EICMA this weekend. The bike will go into mass production this January. Gas Gas CEO Ramone Puente says 200 units have already been sold to Germany, Austria and Sweden.
As mentioned before, it seems trials is a great niche for electric drive motorcycles. Lots of torque, low speed and you never get too far from the truck. Add quiet to the mix and many urban venues become a potential eTrials playground. OSET has proven it can sell serious electric trials bikes for kids and be successful. It looks like we will soon find out if adults are willing to jump on board.
Who knows, Gas Gas may be in time to ride a small wave of interest building in the US for Trials riding. I know I have wanted a trials bike even more since the Smage Brothers rocked America’s Got Talent. Hey, if Kevin Schwantz says it laid the foundation for his skills, it must be good.
Check out another recent video of the Gas Gas 4820 eTrials bike being ridden by Adam Raga.
And another of Julien Dupont Trials’n the Alps.
In: News · Tagged with: BLM, EICMA, EICMA 2011, electric trials, ETA Motors, eTrials, Gas Gas, Gas Gas 4820, Gas Gas electric trials
The 28th annual Love Ride happened last weekend in Glendale, CA with the usual lineup of motorcycle riding celebs supporting Autism Speaks, including Jay Leno, Danny “Machete” Trejo, and Robert Patrick (Terminator Cop). ATK’s Frank White was there with his Autistic son Jeff. Curiously, another rising star of motorcycle racing’s coolest niche was there in the same tent as ATK: Richard Hatfield and his land speed record breaking Lightning electric race bike. Richard even rode the Flying Banana in the lead group with Leno and White, finishing with plenty of juice to spare. Is there something going on between ATK and Lightning? It appears there may be with both brands in the same tent and ATK’s interest in electric drive. Let the rumors fly… or be shot down if you all know better.
Motorcycle USA reports that Lightning’s production version of the superbike is in progress and there is a lot of interest. I’m assuming this is not just from the motorcycle riding public. With Polaris snuggling up to Brammo this week and KTM coming out next year with their electric freeride motorcycle you can bet other major manufacturers realize it’s time to get busy with electric drive.
Source: Motorcycle USA