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Electric sport bike racing?

Just throwing out a question, do you think that electric sport bike racing will ever be big? I'm seeing more and more electric sport bikes being produced in the hopes of racing them, but that is where the news always stops. It seems like no race league has been created or no race series can keep up.

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Yes. It would be sweet!

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the field of electric vehicles is literally bleeding edge and advances will be coming at break neck speed in the coming years I think. setting up a rules and classification system for somethign so fluid in its advances would be hard if not impossible, the internal combustion engine platform is highly stable by comparison

Its only a atter of time before a racing class opens for electrics though

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My buddy and I have been trying to start an electric kart racing league and I came across more electric sport bikes which is why I came up with this question.

As far as rules and what not, I don't think that advances will come so fast that a league on top of it's game couldn't keep up with yearly rule updates.

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i thought i saw there was electric bikes running Isle of Mann this year.

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i thought i saw there was electric bikes running Isle of Mann this year.
Did not know that. I guess there is.

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Did not know that. I guess there is.

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yeeep.. pretty cool.

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This looks kool, but the teams bikes look like they are all thrown together. No real standard.

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the field of electric vehicles is literally bleeding edge and advances will be coming at break neck speed in the coming years I think. setting up a rules and classification system for somethign so fluid in its advances would be hard if not impossible, the internal combustion engine platform is highly stable by comparison

Its only a atter of time before a racing class opens for electrics though
As soon as the next big leap in battery tech kicks in, expect bikes, cars, carts, all sort of stuff to jumpstart.

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At IMS in February, I spent a bit of time talking to the guy in the booth where they were introducing and displaying an electric dirt bike. We talked about racing it in something like the Baja 500 or 1000. From our conversation, I gather that the biggest drawback for electric vehicles is the limits the battery charge life has. In a race like the IOM, they would have to pit for a battery change, so access and ability to r&r the battery will have to be as simple and easy as can be for the bike to be competitive.
An electric bike in the IOM...that will certainly be historic...Speed, for a couple of years showed 1 hour of highlights of each day of competition from the IOM. I hope they do that again...electric bike or not it was great motorcycle TV!

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This looks kool, but the teams bikes look like they are all thrown together. No real standard.
That makes a lot of sense right now, actually. The technology (or its application, anyway) is so new that it's hard to come up with any sort of useful standard yet. Things should start getting more standardized with more experience.

And, yes, it is very cool. Electric motors have some fun characteristics.

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That makes a lot of sense right now, actually. The technology (or its application, anyway) is so new that it's hard to come up with any sort of useful standard yet. Things should start getting more standardized with more experience.

And, yes, it is very cool. Electric motors have some fun characteristics.
And that is where I think the catch 22 is because until there is some sort of standard, the only people who are going to follow this are nerds like me. The sport can not become big until Joe the plumber () can turn on the TV and see these things run.
Of course that raises the question, will Joe the plumber ever understand enough about electric motors and motor controllers and battery technology to want to follow a race like this? Or does he have to?
I wonder how many people who follow NASCAR even understand how the IC engine works.

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I think it'll be a real shocker to people when they watch electric vehicles race and there is no engine sound. Personally, more than half the fun of going to a live racing event is to hear/feel the engines roaring by you.

Maybe get these guys to come up with complete fake engine sounds instead of just fake blow off valves...

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Electric cars/bikes have their own sound...I've heard cars that sounded like Tie Fighters going by...but yes, it's certainly not the roar of high HP, large displacement, with straight pipes.

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