Test Ride: Native X Electric Supermoto Prototype
ATGATT, unless you had to travel light and were offered a ride on a prototype ebike.
The Native X electric supermoto is the latest prototype bike in the Electric Motorsport line and is quickly becoming their best known, thanks to its starring role in the TTXGP …um …pits. Its rough-edged looks are borrowed from the SACHS X-Road and an impressive stack of lithium tied to the DC motor inspire the inner hooligan.
At the tail end of my time in San Francisco during TTXGP week. I stopped by Oakland, CA to visit Todd Kollin, Raul Aguilar and Martin Guerra at Electric Motorsport HQ. If you’re looking to build a prototype for an electric vehicle in the powersports segment, Electric Motorsport is the go-to shop.
Many big names in electric motorcycle manufacturing have more have worked with EMS for prototyping, to source parts or to buy parts for their electric powersports products.
This puts Electric Motorsport in a unique position of having a solid financial base under their Native brand of eMoto products. It also gives them boat loads of industry knowledge. Need a four wheeler that disassembles to fit down a manhole cover and does not fill tight places with exhaust fumes? EMS can and is doing that for a customer.
Check out Urban Moto to find out more about these guys.
Click the break to read more and see a video of the bike.
2011 TTXGP Rules Wiki Wrapping Up Soon!
2009 Team Agni Plastic At Elkhart Lake TTXGP Round2
The eGrandPrix organization has been working hard all season to bring electric motorcycle racing to the world. With 3 electric motorcycle racing series in 3 parts of the world and a final in Spain, it is the most extensive electric race series to date. Azhar Hussain and the TTXGP crew are all-in on this electric motorcycle racing thing and they need your help to make it better in 2011.
For most of this year the TTXGP Technical Rules Wiki has been open to anyone who wants to help shape the TTXGP racing rules for 2011. Harry Mallin, a man dedicated to the success of the electric motorcycle industry, moderates and runs the TTXGP Wiki. Check out some tips on how to get started editing the TTXGP Rules Wiki and dive in.
Don’t worry about making mistakes, everything can be changed back or moved to the right spot.
“We have had some great discussions on the Wiki about many subjects, including racing classifications, automatic shut-off switches, and streamlining,” said Mallin. ”People need to check out the rules, and then click on the tab on the top of the page, marked ‘discussion,’ in order to see where the real debate is happening.”
Mallin indicated that people from many walks of life are participating in the Wiki. ”We have former racers, current teams, race fans, and electrical engineers making contributions to this Wiki. We have folks from the U.S. Great Britain, Spain and Sweden who have made comments.”
A “snapshot” of the Wiki will be taken on August 15, 2010, and that version of it will be submitted to the Technical Advisory Panel of the TTXGP to be considered for the 2011 Rules. The Wiki will continue past that date, but any comments made after that date will affect the 2012 Rules.
Less than 2 weeks left to shape the 2011 race season!
Brammo Empulse RR Pack’n Heat At e-Power
Brammo Empulse RR At Laguna Seca. Credit: AsphaltAndRubber.com
I’ll be honest, when I read tweets from Laguna Seca saying Brammo had a shot at beating MotoCzysz or even Lightning I was thinking… “wow, that is a very nice thing to say when the bike Brammo scrambled to prep for the race broke down and you know @brammoCraig is listening… no chance.” Then I saw some tweets that made me think twice.
I hope I’m not the only one who assumed Brammo was going to regear and dress up the 2009 TTR for track duty at the e-Power race at Laguna Seca. After all, the Empulse prototype was visually very close to the TTR. But I think I’m starting to get it now.
First I saw Brammo drop the price of the Enertia 33% just months after it went on sale. I then saw them introduce a 100+ mph electric sportbike with 100 mile range setting a new standard for price, speed and range. Now I see pictures of the Empulse RR up close and it may have finally clicked. Brammo wants to win at everything it does.
I thought third place at the 2009 TTXGP was pretty good but to Brammo it is not acceptable.
More after the break…
FIM e-Power Practice Pictures and Updates
Brammo Empulse RR At Laguna Seca via AsphaltAndRubber.com
Asphalt And Rubber posted a pic of the Brammo Empulse RR on the track at Laguna Seca. It was the first one I saw and possibly the first published picture. Unfortunately a failure in a one-off piece will keep the Empulse off the grid tomorrow. Craig Bramscher says Brammo will race again this year.
TTXGP at VIR being the most likely guess at where they will end up.
e-Power Practice Results
- 2007 Brammo Enertia – Electric Motorcycle (09 Jul 2007)
- 2008 Brammo Enertia First Ride – Motorcycle USA
- 2009 Brammo Enertia Test Ride: Foxy Electric Motorcycle Hits 55 MPH and…
- 2010 Brammo Enertia Review –
- 2010 Brammo Enertia Road Test Review- Brammo Electric Motorcycles