100 mph Electric Moto

December 2011- September 2012

Status: Completed



 


100 mph Electric Moto

December 2011- September 2012

Status: Active



During the fifties, Motorcycle Cafe Racers in England described exceeding 100-mph as doing the “ton-up”. Nobody has ever come close to exceeding 100-mph with a 150-kg electrically powered motorcycle. It’s a challenging goal: generally speaking the more battery power one can place on an electric motorcycle, the faster it will go. But more batteries add weight and finding the right balance between weight and power on a bike weighing just 330 pounds is an interesting technical challenge.


The Velocity Workshop‘s project for 2012 will attempt to achieve 100-mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2012 at the BUB Bonneville meet. The basis for this project is a Kawasaki Ninja 250 motorcycle frame with partial streamlining produced by race fairings. The batteries consist of 96 lithium polymer cells of the sort more commonly found in radio controlled model aircraft. The permanent magnet DC electric motor is a lightweight yet high performance unit produced by Agni Motors.


Photographs will be added during the build process: