Electric Motorcycle Top Speeds (As Of Fall 2014)
Hyperbole being what it is in motorsports and advertising (by which we mean “ridiculous”), we’re always seeing the “Fastest in ALL the WORLD…” claims, and this morning one particular ad claimed one particular production electric motorcycle was the “FASTEST ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE IN THE WORLD”. Yeah, well, sorry pal. It barely ranks. But we’ll let you try to guess which bike made that claim.
Here’s a fun chart, gleaned from the internet, from a combination of manufacturer claims, sanctioned and timed events, and just straight-out unsubstantiated numbers. But fun, nevertheless. Now, be warned. Whenever you start talking about top speeds, records and the like, you immediately get into questions of classes, conditions, and every manner of distinctions that end up sounding like a combination of something you’d overhear in a Junior High School locker room, and what you’d hear if you had a bunch of biker-lawyers in a biker-lawyer bar after a good drinking session just before the brawl breaks out. So we offer this with no apologies, and no claims for definitive data. Also, records being records, they change (and are obliterated) with the seasons.
We’d also like to congratulate several of our friends for making this list. Jeff Disinger comes first, because he’s fed us beer in his shop. Frank John, the Maine NEDRA chapter Director second, because he owes us beer, and we’ve got to be friendly if we’re ever going to see it. The Ohio State Buckeye team always impresses, (they’re too young to drink beer) and their IOM entry piloted by Rob Barber was a work of art and science, and last, but not really last at all – first, to tell the truth, our old friend Mike Corbin, who ran the Quicksilver at 165.387 mph in 1975, shown above. So there, mister “fastest motorcycle in the world”.
|Motocycle/Team||Top Speed (mph)||Notes|
|Corbin Gentry||101||ca. 1972|
|Brammo Empulse/Empulse R||110||(production)|
|Fazi – Egraf||115.266|
|Moto Electra Racing & JMU||127.177|
|Frank John: E-BUSA||140.48|
|RW-1 / Ohio State University||144.352|
|Mission RS||150||“+” noted on mfr site|
|RW-2 / Ohio State University||150||93.531 IOM Lap average speed|
|Team Sarolea Racing||155||93.507 IOM Lap average speed|
|Honda Shinden San / Team Mugen||164||117.366 IOM Lap average speed|
|Corbin Gentry||165.387||ca. 1975|
|Brammo Empulse RR||170||race-only model (Daytona)|
|SUU, Riches-Nelson Racing||176.434|
|Brutus Rocket||177||Pikes Peak configuration|
|Swigz ProRCGSuperbike Prototype||196.912|