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Motoczysz Goes ELECTRIC @ Isle of Man!

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The Inside Story of the MotoCzysz E1pc, the World's Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle
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On the eve of its first race--at one of the toughest and most dangerous motorcycle racetracks in the world--we take an exclusive inside look at one man's quest to engineer the ultimate electric race bike
By Wes Siler Posted 06.09.2010 at 2:11 pm 5 Comments

The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc Amadeus Photography
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This is the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, a race bike built by a tiny Oregonian company focused on pushing the limits of electric performance to the absolute max. It packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 into a package that looks like something out of a 24th-century Thunderdome.

Tomorrow it will race in the Isle of Man TT, the toughest motorcycle race in the world. The technology at work is so advanced, so unprecedented, that we may be looking not just at the future of motorcycles, but of all electric vehicles.


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The reason the all-electric race bike is here, 4,600 miles from its home in Portland, Oregon, is to prove itself. Ever since 1907, the Isle of Man TT has been the race for bike manufacturers and riders to show their mettle to the public. The thinking goes that if you can lap its 37.7 miles of tiny, twisty back roads with an average speed in excess of 100 MPH, you or your bike become indisputably proven. Well over 200 riders and a handful of spectator’s have been killed trying to do just that.

But as recently as two days ago, the future of motorcycles was missing its body panels (stuck in customs). Before this week, the finished bike has never even seen the light of day. But even in its unproven, incomplete state, it's been putting in laps that have the competition quaking in their leather.

The customs snafu (and the mad dash to even finish the bike in time for the race) is not the first time Michael Czysz, MotoCzysz’s founder, CEO and the driving force behind the E1pc, had suffered a set back on this tiny rock in the middle of the Irish Sea. Last year, the Isle of Man TT hosted the first ever all-electric motorcycle road race, and MotoCzysz was there with the E1pc's predecessor. But while the machines that entered were technically impressive, their performance wasn’t. The race-winning team only averaged 87 MPH, well short of the 100 MPH watershed that defines a serious lap and way behind the 131.5 MPH lap record set by the fastest gas-powered superbikes. MotoCzysz didn’t even complete a full lap, suffering an electric spike from their experimental kinetic energy recovery system that fried the bike’s electronic control unit (ECU).

That was a major blow for Czysz (pronounced "sizz"). Five months of whirlwind effort from the former motorcycle racer and architect and his small team in Portland saw them abruptly transition away from developing a 200 HP, gasoline-powered MotoGP bike to produce an electric bike that blew the zero emissions competition away standing still. The E1pc looks like an X-Wing crossed with an iPod to the other electric racer’s cobbled-together adaptations of existing internal combustion engine bikes....

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Where on earth does this guy come up with all this money?!?!?!
He sank boatloads in that never going to happen GP bike and the past few articles I have read about his new electric stuff were hinting at 8 figures so far.
I know he owns an arch company [email protected]?!?

He's also head motorcycle instructor at Barber now but I can't imagine that's paying "this" well

Oh and I think they ended up canceling the IOM electric race this year due to weather, or was that just one day?
http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2010...aces-cancelled
I guess it was just yesterday, but I haven't looked into how many days of electric were going to be run

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I'd like to learn more about the battery system on that thing. At high speeds/energy, those batteries should get drained real quick. I can't imagine the levels of battery power needed for a fast lap at the TT.

The electric bike race at RA was pretty comical...though a start I guess.

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I'd like to learn more about the battery system on that thing. At high speeds/energy, those batteries should get drained real quick. I can't imagine the levels of battery power needed for a fast lap at the TT.

The electric bike race at RA was pretty comical...though a start I guess.
The batteries on that bike could power a 60w light bulb for 208 hours straight (almost 9 days). Or if you prefer a set of tire warmers for around 13 hours

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I'd like to learn more about the battery system on that thing. At high speeds/energy, those batteries should get drained real quick. I can't imagine the levels of battery power needed for a fast lap at the TT.

The electric bike race at RA was pretty comical...though a start I guess.
You can get one if you want to try it out
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03...ic-motorcycle/
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Czysz is out to do more than race. He wants to be a player in the emerging electric-motorcycle market. If you’ve got a hankering for an eMoto of your own, you can pick up a MotoCzysz D1g1tal Dr1ve system complete with batteries and a chassis — designed to accept virtually any swingarm — for $42,500. It’s less if you don’t want the batteries. Step up now and Czysz will knock $10,000 off the price if you’re among the first 15 people in line. Hell — he’s even willing to lease bikes to qualified teams running in the TT Zero or TTXGP.

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Pretty decent lap time...............for 1953.

Still cool though.

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