MotoCzysz E1pc Wins Zero Emissions Race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT

Rider Mark Millar on the MotoCzysz E1pc has won the  Zero Emissions Race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.  A much improved result on last years failure to finish by the electric bike and a dazzling performance, and advance, in the general field of E-bikes.

While it is taking time to pull together all the working elements electric bikes are becoming more and more viable as an alternative to the gas guzzling machines we all love.  Handling and speed as demonstrated by the MotoCzysz E1pc during one of the most trying road races in the world seem to be on par with regular sports bikes now, and is testament to the skills of Millar being at one with his ride.  Range is still the crippling factor for E-bikes and that’s something that can only be solved by better battery technology, which is getting there, but not keeping pace with the rest of the motorcycle technology on show.

Below is a video of the Mark Millar’s press conference after his well deserved win and further below is a more in-depth look at the MotoCzysz E1pc as featured in an article earlier this week from Hell For Leather and Popular Science magazines.

This is the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, a race bike built by a tiny Oregonian company focused on pushing the limits of electric performance to the absolute max. It packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 into a package that looks like something out of a 24th-century Thunderdome……..continued at Popular Science or at Hell For Leather

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The Isle Of Man TT, On-line & and on TV

The Isle of Man TT is back in all its crazy road racing glory for 2010 and if you can’t make it there in person (RTWW can’t this year : ( ) there are a number of ways yo can keep up with the action.

On-line you can follow http://www.iomtt.com/ which is an excellent source of every details of what’s on and when.

Also returning this year after 2009’s fantastic coverage is the TT programme on ITV4 which is on now until Friday June 10.  A one-hour highlights show is on every day at 9pm, with a one-hour show on Saturday at 10pm, and a full 2-hour review show on Sunday June 12th.  The footage the team captured last year was stunning and the same crew are returning again.  If you can’t receive ITV4 you will be able to see re-runs of the TT programmes on the ITV Player on-line at http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/

So if you aren’t on the island itself, sit back and enjoy your virtual window on the TT and get ready for some of the world’s most thrilling races.

If you are there and get some good pictures you can share them on our Ride The Wild Wind Facebook Page

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Making Connections..

Taking a blog break today to focus on building Ride The Wild Wind’s ‘social networking’ profile, as is the done thing these days.  One of the reasons RTWW came into being was to allow me (the Editor Nick) to connect with bikers everywhere to learn about all the cool stuff going on.  Motorcycling is such a diverse field to be involved in with so many types of bike, from sports, to adventure, cruiser, chopper, cafe, custom, dirt, and then to the challenges undertaken on them, on tracks, both smooth tarmac and loose gravel, touring around the world, endurance runs, drag racing, freestyle stunts, and the list goes on.

So in order to keep learning, and reaching out to motorcyclists across the globe, RTWW is getting a Facebook profile to better help the site make connections to bikers for whom the differing activities mentioned above, are their daily adventure.  RTWW already has a Twitter profile http://twitter.com/Bikers_RTWW which is great fun and hopefully Facebook will be another way of making friends and getting to know people who make bikes their hobby, passion, obsession, and essential part of their lives.

RTWW on Facebook will launch in a few days, back to regular blogging shortly.

Does Northern Ireland need a bigger bike show?

What were your views on this years Adelaide Motorcycle show at the Kings Hall in Belfast.  Several friends of RTWW have said that while the show is well laid out it is lacking as a ‘big event’ akin to shows by the BMF, MCN, etc in England and elsewhere in mainland UK.

Northern Ireland does have several good shows throughout the year such as the custom show in Belfast due to return later this year, but would you like to see a ‘big bash’ style event with stunts, racing, ride outs, brand displays, live music, and hosting every kind of bike to be found from scooters to customs?

The picutre above is of the Port Dover Friday the 13th event in Canada which attracts 1000s of riders and is something we’d love to see here in NI or as a cross border event.  RTWW would like to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see and whether you would support a ‘Northern Ireland’s Big Biker Bash’ event?  Or if you have been to a big event, what was the best thing you saw or did?

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You Can’t Keep a Good Buell Man Down..

Great news today as one of biking most influential figures manages to keep his innovative brand alive.

Erik Buell has breathed life back into his company only days after the last bike rolled off the production line.  Buell returns, with the full backing of Harley Davidson, as Erik Buell Racing.

In it's new guise the company will produce Buell
motorcycle parts and race preparation services for engines and
motorcycles, along with its 1125R motorcycles under licence from HD, for race purposes only.

“I’m
looking forward to helping Buell racers keep their bikes flying,” said
Erik Buell. “We’ve got some exciting race development projects in the
works and it will mean a lot to me personally to see Buell racers
competing for wins and championships in the 2010 season and beyond.”

“I’m
pleased that Harley Davidson is assisting Erik in establishing this
business to continue supporting the racing efforts he has had so much
passion for over the years,” said Buell President and COO Jon
Flickinger. “Harley Davidson and the Buell Motorcycle Company will
always be proud of their affiliation with Erik, and we wish him well in
this new endeavor to support Buell racers.”

Well done Erik, is nothing beyond this guys enthusiasm!

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The Mavizen TTx02 Electric Sportsbike..

The organisers of the TTxGP e-bike Grand Prix series showcased their new electric superbike at the Speciality
Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.  The snazzily named Mavizen TTx02 is version 2.0 of the machine that won the first TTxGP in June of this year, and is designed as a jumping on point for race teams looking to enter the 2010 race.

Based on the same drive system as the previous TT winner this bike has three differently rated battery packs allowing short run high speeds or moderately high speeds over enough of a distance to cover the TT course.

All the control systems onboard are Linux based with USB connectivity to be found under the fuel cap.  It alos has a webserver and wi-fi built in so if lost you could consult the web, or post any mishaps to YouTube from the haybail you’re lodged in!  Only 50 are scheduled to be made so rush to the bank for the £25,000/$40,000 you need to drive off with one.

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Rossi – King of MotoGP again..

We have a few blog posts to put up today but we had to start the usually dreadful Monday with some good news, well for Rossi fans anyway.  At least one of us will be having a great day as the probably still partying Valentino Rossi has done it again!

Securing 3rd place at Sepang in Malaysia on Sunday put the MotoGP championship in his hands for the 7th time.  An excting race in difficult conditions made it all the more sweet as he looked uncertain of a podium finish coming up from so far down the field on the rain soaked track.

Nice work Doc! 

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