If you wanted to see what the future holds in motorcycling you should have been at the Daytona International Speedway as electric motorcycle races debuted at the “World Center of Racing” during this past weekend’s Fall Cycle Scene . That’s right the sport has gone green with electric motorcycles. Now in its 4th year, this was the 1st time that the TTXGP (the eGP) was held in North America on Daytona’s 3.51-mile road course. 5 bikes were entered into the event with Icon Brammo Racing’s Steve Atlas the race winner.
While the bikes don’t as yet put up speeds matching their conventional fueled counterparts. Veteran racer Eric Bostrom says he has had his bike up around 160 MPH. He also says that the bike handled the 31 degree banking very well. The biggest difference is the lack of engine/exhaust noise but everything else seems normal. “It’s a really fun development process. The motorcycle is a motorcycle. It’s got two wheels and a twist throttle, you couldn’t be happier.”
(Ed. Note: Now if they could only develop batteries to last longer in my cell phone and laptop.)
Source: TTXGP and Daytona International Speedway
Photos: Daytona International Speedway
Posted by Sam Kanish