The Lito Sora: Luxury Cruiser (w/video)

3 years ago by Ted Dillard 4

The Lito Sora

The Lito Sora

Continuing our interest in non-crotch-rocket cruiser style bikes led us to our friends in Montreal – Lito (Green Motion) Sora, who spoke with us just in time to show off their new website: The Sora Electric Superbike.

Besides being just plain gorgeous, the bike has a few interesting innovations.  The seat height is adjustable through about 100mm via an electric motor.  They’re also using a CVT transmission – a “constant velocity” array of pulleys that change their drive radius to change the final drive gear ratio.  They’re commonly used in snowmobiles and lawn tractors, and have been used in larger vehicles up to even Formula One racing, (until banned while in the development stage).  There are a couple of engineering hurdles with a CVT on a motorcycle, the first being efficiency – they typically are around 80-90% efficient, which falls below a manual, geared transmission and is well below a simple chain final drive without any transmission at all.  They have trouble with torque, especially the kind of torque that a big electric motor delivers, and, finally, they’re a bit heavy.

Since Lito reports more than a few sales, and sales worldwide, and have stuck with the CVT for nearly a year now, we’re going to guess it’s been working pretty well.

Here are the specs from the site:

Technical Features
Chassis
Chassis: Lightweight aluminum 6061-T6 Wheelbase1498 mm (59.0 in.)
Front suspension, 43 mm inverted cartridge fork. Fully adjustable. Front wheel travel: 125 mm
Rear suspension, Elka suspension fully adjustable. Aluminum swingarm. Rear wheel travel: 127 mm
Tires- Front: 120/70 ZR17 Wheels: 6-spoke lightweight machined aluminum
Rear: 180/55 ZR17 Front: 3.50 x 17″
Rear: 5.50 x 17″
Front brake: Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers 2-pad Rear brake: Single 250 mm petal disc, opposed 2-piston caliper
Rake: 25.0° Weight: 260 kg (573.2 lbs.)
Seat Height: Adjustable electric seat from 750 to 850mm (29.5 to 33.5 in.)
POWERTRAIN
Motor: Liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction Transmissions: Belt final drive and CVT transmission
TorqueCrank: 90 Nm (66.37 ft-lb, 0-6000rpm) SORA top speed: 190 km/h (118 mph)
Energy storage: 12 kWh lithium-polymer battery modules with integrated Battery Management System, on-board charge, J1772 compatible Power Control: LITO advanced software,integrated computer, regenerative braking, 3 control modes (performance, normal, safe range)
Recharge Time: Approximately 9 hours Instrumentation: Digital unit with displays for: speedometer, battery charge level and warning lights, 5.7in. LCD with touch screen: GPS and LITO’s application,USB port
Range: City 200 km, highway: more than 100 km

At a top speed of 118mph, it’s not going to fare very well against the Mission, Lightning or Energica, but it’s holding it’s own with most of the competition touting a range of around 100 miles.  It is, without a doubt, a comfortable ride however.  And, beefy.  If you go for that kind of thing. Lito has appointed the bike with some tasty details:

Storage

Storage

Touchscreen instrumentation

Touchscreen instrumentation with GPS integration

Seat elevation mechanism

Seat elevation mechanism

The Lito Sora

The Lito Sora

And of course, the price?  The bikes are build pretty much to order, with a 3 month lead time, and can be configured in a number of different ways, but the “base” price is around $50K (USD), where a custom exclusive build can run upwards of $100K (USD).  At those prices, they’re clearly not aiming for your average biker, but they do report they have customers in 5 countries.  Here, let’s watch a video while you look for your checkbook, shall we?

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4 responses to "The Lito Sora: Luxury Cruiser (w/video)"

  1. kdawg says:

    Looks nice. Price is crazy. Would be better if it had seating for two.

    1. Jp says:

      There is a passenger seat that needs no tools to install, just clip on the seat to bring a passenger and easily remove it to get back the beautifull solo style!

  2. Mike says:

    Sound track should be in the background for an electric bike, actually for any auto or motorcycle clip.

    2) You don’t show a seat adjustability cut in, during a High Speed Run. The driver is not going to be adjusting the seat height at 100 mph.

    1. Ted Dillard says:

      Motocycle.com did a good video on the bike, here’s the cut to the seat movement:

      http://youtu.be/ZE-jdTuwc7g?t=1m24s