Electric Super Bike Land Speed Record. The Video.

Speed Week followed by Bub Speed Trials in Bonneville. This the season of the Land Speed Records. Lightning Motorcycle has set a new one by becoming the first electric motorcycle manufacturer to exceed 200 mph. Driven by Paul Thede, principal of Race Tech and the developer of the Lightning SuperBike’s suspension system, the SuperBike made a run of 214.209 mph, followed by a return run of 217.712 mph. It’s an average speed of 218.637 mph. The Lighting SuperBike is now the fastest production motorcycle available for sale in North America. And in this case, the objective of this LSR is to sell with Ligthning taking orders. If you want one, know that it features a Remy HVH250™ electric propulsion motor, an Ener1 battery pack and additional enhancements. It is factory equipped with track mapping data acquisition. The SuperBike, has a usable freeway speed range of over 100 miles and a combined city/highway EPA range of over 150 miles.

Watch the video with the camera inside the cockpit giving the vision that Paul Thede had when he made his runs. Because of side wind, the bike is slightly leaning to compensate.

13 Responses to “Electric Super Bike Land Speed Record. The Video.”

  1. 1 Brandon Aug 27th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    The sound!

  2. 2 Fredp Aug 27th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Martha my dear, I saw a bike on Cyril’s Blog that goes 217mph! I think if I put a set of pipes on it, it might sound better, like my ol’ Harley. WHAT did you say, Martha? It has no combustion engine, it’s ELECTRIC and will kick the snot out of my ol’ harley?
    Martha we raised our kids wrong! Where have all the harleys gone, Long time passing! GEEZ!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3 Greko Aug 27th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I know that electric bikes are the future, but they still do nothing to me. Even at 200 + mph. Combustion engine bikes will be grandfathered and immune from any new emission restriction legislation, meaning that restoration is going to be a huge business during the next century.

  4. 4 burnout Aug 27th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    After numerous requests I still have no idea how much a battery pack costs. Fredp do you know? peace

  5. 5 Jeff Nicklus Aug 27th, 2011 at 2:23 pm



    Over & Out,


  6. 6 LeftTenant Aug 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    NICE! That’s the sound of the electric cord reel playing out… Spoked wheels, clothes pins and large baseball cards at 200 MPH would be an awesome sound for this socket rocket.

    Kidding aside–what a fine accomplishment. We don’t want to change, but our kids and grandkids will have to clean up after our generation’s unending party. Electric may be one of their solutions.

  7. 7 AFT Customs Aug 28th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats to Paul & Race Tech

  8. 8 rags Aug 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    congrats to paul and his team.well done

  9. 9 martin Twofeather Aug 28th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Well done…

  10. 10 nuno maroco Aug 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    There are room for everyone, we need difrent new tecnologies working side by side, it´s not the end of nothing but the born of an new world.

  11. 11 mike corbin Aug 29th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That is awesome..
    What a thrill to see that old record finally loose mantle space..

  12. 12 howard kelly Aug 30th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    congrats Paul. If you don’t know who Paul is, think Race Tech, some of the best suspension engineering out there, he created that company. Nice to see him on a bike not working on one.

    Mike–sorry you finally got knocked off the top of the pile…but there is always next year for you!

  13. 13 ValueTeck Enterprises Sep 3rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Very Nice!

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