Sora Electric Motorcycle

Another “Save Money On Fuel – Reduce harmful Gas Emissions” electric motorcycle, this time with a street fighter design and a performance good enough to some. I must acknowledge that the team of engineers at the Canadian Lito company behind this project did a quite better industrial design job than many other e-motorcycle competitors. Aluminum chassis, a CVT transmission, carbon fiber fairing, high-quality suspension components, a regenerative braking system, an adjustable seat (low or high for a more aggressive riding position), an integrated touch screen GPS system, an on-board charging port and sealed lockable storage compartment. The Sora move from 0-60 in roughly four seconds on its way to a top speed of 120 mph.

It can be quick-charged or charged at home with a unique notification email system alerting you when the Sora is ready to ride. Can also be charged at a level 2 charging station for long-lasting performance and requires next to no maintenance. Of course, almost silent, vibration-free and the promise of seamless handling, of instant torque and of adrenalin rush during accelerations…Lito Sora Motorcycle.

23 Responses to “Sora Electric Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Marc Frantz May 17th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    It’s a cool looking machine, and anything that will keep one away from the pumps
    and paying the high gas prices of today is a good thing.

    Unfortunately, the price of this unit is in the $40,000.00 plus range, and that alone
    will greatly affect this company’s penetration into the marketplace.

    Like Mission and their ‘electric offerring’, the price is too exhorbitant for the
    common rider.

    Brammo’s ‘Empulse’, at around $15,000.00 is priced right for us regular
    working stiffs, and provides an affordable alternative to fossil fuel

    If your seriously considering an electric bike, be sure to ask about the
    life expectancy of the battery pack, and how much a new battery pack
    will set you back once you have to replace it. you may want to be
    sitting down for this.

    I’ve done a great deal of research on this, and other than the affordable
    Brammo, there are no other alternative ‘E-Bikes’ out there that the
    common man can afford.

    Hopefully, as time goes by, the prices will come down, and more people
    will become interested.

  2. 2 John Covington May 17th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Bad Ass!

  3. 3 Bleeding Ears May 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    0-60 in four seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. That’s pretty darn quick for a CAD drawing.

    I like LOUD pipes!

  4. 4 Brody May 17th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Hey, bleeding stupid. The bike exists and runs.

  5. 5 Dave Blevins May 17th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Bike looks good, but…
    $ 40,000.00 initial cost
    + several thousand dollars for replacement battery and/or motor
    + still has normal wear items tires, brakes, etc.
    + the “not so green” battery manfacturing and disposal
    + unhandy or just plain impractical for trips of any serious distance without constant re-charge issuses

    Don’t get me wrong, I like custom bikes of all types, but you can’t realistically think this to be a viable replacement for let’s say, a good used Softail for 10-12 thousand bucks… 28 thousand dollars buys a lot of gas at any price! By the way, electricity ain’t free either.

  6. 6 fluke May 17th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I dunno, all the pics of completed bikes I can find ( and the ones Cyril posted) are just CAD drawings, the only real pics I can find are of a part completed mockup.

    It ain’t real IMO till a working bike exists and can be independently tested on the road, otherwise it is just more fantasy engineering amongst the plethora of other motorcycle startups that don’t seem to get beyond the CAD stage.

  7. 7 fredp May 17th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I still like MotoCyzyz E-Bike!!! That was a bad ass bike at the Island of Man TT.

  8. 8 nicker May 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    What’s the rational for “a CVT transmission” on an electric drive train….???


  9. 9 chopperfreak29 May 17th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I was reading about an e-bike company, maybe Zero?, that is releasing an electric dirt bike and a supermoto (based on the same chassis) with a manual transmission designed by an italian company. 6 gears if I remember right with a clutch and greatly improves the overall efficiency and range of the bike. Sounds kind of neat and I think that might be what it takes to get me to at least take one of these for a spin. CVT just doesn’t excite me. But this streetfighter with 6 gears to pound through would probably be a hell of alot of fun. And maybe add some noisemaker to it so other drivers actually know it’s there.

  10. 10 badams May 17th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I’m curious about the visceral experience of riding an electric-cycle. Sure, hyper technology, gobs or torque, clean, etc, but what about the “machine” aspects of two wheeled piloting? Vibration, sound, smells, etc? Has the “motor” in motorcycling become sub context in the overall definition, spiritual and emotional aspects of it all?

  11. 11 rogue phil May 17th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    It is good to see people dare to think outside the box, that is how great ideas are born and technology advances. Right, wrong or indifferent.

  12. 12 Bleeding Ears May 17th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Brody, my dear friend, you are mistaken, there is no such bike. Just a couple of guys with a CAD program (most likely Pro/E), dreaming the impossible dream.

    Unless of course you can post a photo of the actual motorcycle with sombody riding it. Until then it looks like you’re the one that’s stupid.

    I like LOUD pipes!

  13. 13 ray c wheeler May 18th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Stand by….coming to a town near you in the very near future.

    The cops might not hear you while your haulin ass in stealth mode.

    best of luck

  14. 14 Dr Robert Harms May 18th, 2011 at 6:16 am

    WOW….yet another vapor electric bike What a thrill (not) . Still waiting for my ordered “real” ordered one (1 year).

  15. 15 Gio Santa Mamba May 18th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    ..Design is not in a balance harmony…

  16. 16 Nobody May 18th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Dave Blevins hit the nail on the head on all points. I get a deer in the head lights look out of people when I bring up battery life, manufacturing cost, & disposal. And don’t get me started on the problems with a “hydrogen economy”..

  17. 17 Mike May 18th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    This is the first e-bike I’ve seen that actually looks as good as or better than a gas powered bike.

    Regarding some of the critique of electric bikes in some of the comments:

    Sound – True e-bikes don’t sound as good as gas bikes. That will never change. However, over the next 10-15 years people’s perception of what “sounds good” will change as e-bikes becomes more prominent. It’s like how muscle car’s sounded cool to previous generations but most of today’s kids like high revving engine with throaty exhaust.

    Cost and replacement of batteries – the Lion batteries will last 10 years and if you still have the bike that long it will be much cheaper to replace them compared to the cost of the original batteries. Plus the replacement batteries will be 10X more efficient. Think of replacing a 10yr old hard drive on your computer. The new one is 100x more powerful and 100x cheaper than the orginal.

    I love my BMW and my Duc but when I finisih with my current job in 3 years i plan to build electric bikes.

  18. 18 Mike May 18th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    one more thing I forgot….

    Electricity has to come from somewhere as someone mentioned earlier. In the US it mostly comes from coal. However it can easily come from wind, solar or other source that is non-polluting, non-arabdictatorship, and creates jobs in the US (for windmills, solar panels, geo-thermal, tidal, etc).

    Also, and this is huge. Electricity is WAAAAY more effient than the ICE. So you can say 120 miles on about $00.50 worth of electricty whereas an ICE bike may set you back $5-$12 to go that distance.

    I’d like to build an electric bike with a small generator tucked in the frame somewhere, like a Chevy Volt but 100 times cooler.

  19. 19 Dave Blevins May 18th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Electricity does NOT come easily or inexpensively from wind, solar, hydro, or nuclear power, that’s why over 85 percent nationally is derived from coal…
    Electric vehicles should be enjoyed on merit other than being a “green” alternative. Just as a radical custom bike should be enjoyed on merit other than being “practical”.
    That was the point I meant to relay.

  20. 20 Boomer May 18th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Wasn’t this bike posted not too long ago here?

    After reading Marc Frantz comments I looked up the Brammo Empulse and must agree that it’s the most viable EV bike in the price range ($10k-$14k) 99% of bikers can afford.

    I’ll probably be one of the last riders to go to electric bikes. I just love the sound of a V-Twin too much to give it up. Plus, at 40-50 mpg on even the large HD and Victory bikes, the cost isn’t justified yet. I do like keeping up with the latest trends and what’s available though. Thanks Cyril!

    In spite of what happened in Japan recently; nuclear energy is the best and cleanest energy source available today. The right precautions just need to be taken when designing and building the plant. All the wind, tidal, thermo/solar type energy makers are just a drop in the bucket (1%) of what is needed by the population. Still; anything that helps us get away from buying foreign oil is ok in my book. Drill baby drill! 🙂

  21. 21 nuno maroco May 18th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    The World needs alternative solutions in very diffrent areas, i love combustion engines but electric it´s fine too, in the end what it counts it´s ride free.

  22. 22 nuno maroco May 18th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    P.S- Nice design too.

  23. 23 GRIP ACE - HIDDEN MOTORCYCLE SWITCH SYSTEM May 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Looks real cool. Love ideas and innovations. Hope you sell many bikes.

    When you want something it’s not about price, it’s when can they deliver.

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