Moto Electra Racing To Attempt Coast To Coast Electric Motorcycle Record

MotoElectraObjective: to ride the 2500 miles from Jacksonville, Florida to the Santa Monica Pier, California in 3 days or less with about 20 pit stops to charge the Moto Electra, an electric motorcycle based on a 1960’s Norton Featherbed chassis.

A support vehicle will carry a generator for an improvised electric grid depending on when or where the Moto Electra will need a new full charge. The assistance crew will be outfitted with an iPad-based Messaging Server allowing real-time communication between the team and fans regardless of what mobile devices they are using.

The electric motorcycle will be ridden by Thad Wolff, an AMA Superbike racers of the 1980s. Moto Electra Racing was founded in 2009 by Brian Richardson whose electric bikes have consistently been on the podium of electric motorcycle races. Moto Electra.

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14 Responses to “Moto Electra Racing To Attempt Coast To Coast Electric Motorcycle Record”


  1. 1 Rodent May 15th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    A Norton Featherbed Frame! Electrics by LUCAS??????

  2. 2 A 1 MIKE May 15th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    SO THE SUPPORT TRUCK USES A GENERATOR THAT RUNS ON GAS AND THE TRUCK CARRYING THE SUPPORT GENERATOR AND CREW RUNS ON GAS? DONT GET IT…THEY ARE GOING TO USE MORE GAS TO PROVE ELECTRIC BIKES CAN DO A CROSS COUNTRY TRIP? I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER TO PLAN A ROUTE WITH OVERNIGHT STOPS AND USE ELECTRIC PLUGS OUTSIDE OF WALMART AND CORNER STORES FOR FREE TO PROVE THE IDEA..NOT BURN A LOT OF GAS TO SUPPORT AND E.V…JUST MY OPINION

  3. 3 Troll May 15th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    They could just run an extension cord from the truck to the bike and then follow it. Electric bikes are just as stupid as electric cars.

  4. 4 nicker May 15th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Electric Bikes … and the point is………???

    -nicker-

  5. 5 Raymond May 15th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Troll. Stupid electric cars and bikes? Except that your children or grandchildren (depending of your age) will drive/ride one!

  6. 6 Terence Tory May 15th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Raymond,the automotive future is not battery electric,The future is H fuel cell.Battery/electric vehicles cost of manufacture and waste disposal is supremely expensive,and it just moves the smelly old tailpipe a few miles away to the powerstation.A small European turbo diesel car is way more energy efficient and environmentally sound than any battery/electric.

  7. 7 Gary May 15th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Terence, you should get informed. Diesel is being phased out and will be banned in all Europe. Same will happen in the US.

  8. 8 Terence Tory May 15th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Gary I’m way more informed about future engine tech (and numerous patent holders and engine developers) than you can imagine. This little company sees a future for diesel cars for example: http://www.autonews.com/article/20130207/OEM04/130209914#axzz2TOvOuVQl The plans to ban all fossil cars from euro cities are merely plans that will not be enacted. Current low emission diesels are only going to get cleaner and greener. Maybe GM knows a little more than you,just.

  9. 9 nicker May 15th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Gary,

    RE:
    “… Diesel is being phased out…”

    Hell, OhBummer and the Progressive left are trying to phase out all self reliant Bikers.
    He keeps telling us , “….you didn’t do anything yourself….”
    Soon you’ll be told to hop on your assigned electric scooters and “buzz-off”……..

    -nicker-

  10. 10 Troll May 15th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Fuel cells are the ONLY answer if you want electric vehicles. There is or was a company building them years ago. The idea of trying to charge a battery repeatedly to full or near full capacity in a short time will just not work over the long haul. Boeing had battery fires on their new Dreamliner, and they are probably more technically savvy than a bunch of backyard bike builders.

  11. 11 Doc Robinson May 16th, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Electric motorcycles . . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  12. 12 C. D. Richardson May 16th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    When the first gas powered cars were produced, one thing was certain .. they would never replace the horse for long range transportation. There were no gas stations, no roads, and the vehicles were unreliable. Crossing the country by car required a locomotive to carry gas and parts ahead. Thank goodness that someone tried to make the trip so that others could follow. Why not applaud this college based team for attempting something unique?

  13. 13 Dr Robert Harms May 16th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Full disclosure: I recently purchased a Brammo Empulse electric (but I also have 2 Confederates so my non-greenie bona fides are intact).

    MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER
    3 DAYS= 72 HOURS
    20 CHARGES (even with some NASA level charging equipment) is 2 hours
    20 charges x a completely unrealistically fast 2 hours=40 Hours charging time
    72 hours ( 3 days) – 40 hours (charge time) = 32 hours run time with 20 evenly spaced charge periods
    2500 miles / 32 hours = 78.125 mph
    Assuming they start full charged and end absolutely power-dead they are covering about 160 miles
    at 78 mph average running speed per run period

    Again. Makes zero sense.

    Yes, they have some kind of regenerative braking but they also have to run lights (at least at night). There likely

  14. 14 Dr Robert Harms May 16th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I think you will find that they are changing the complete battery pack each time and not recharging

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