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The Inaugural TTXGP US Race: a Killed EV1 Motor Makes a Comeback

While most of San Francisco was running across town in silly outfits, history was being made a few miles north, at Infineon Raceway. The tech industry isn’t just buying naming rights to racetracks, some might say it’s poised to take over racing as we know it. While gas-powered engine technology is mature and only making incremental changes, Azhar Hussain, TTXGP’s founder, has created a whole new game strictly for electronic motors.

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Refuel Races- Where Mere Mortals Race AMA Champions

Last Sunday marked the Fifth Annual Refuel Races, a time trial race (track day, really) for EV’s, hosted by Speed Ventures. I’ve wanted to return to Refuel at Laguna Seca, but not on a bike as weak as the one I was able to procure when I went in 2010. Full story here. I wanted a bike that would do Laguna Seca, aka Motorcycle Heaven, justice. Zero told me all their press bikes were at Pike’s Peak. Hollywood Electrics only had their prized custom available, but I really didn’t have time to even pick it up. So I took my own electric motorcycle.

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Inside the Magic Factory of MotoCzysz

Last week, I was granted a rare visit to MotoCzysz headquarters in Portland, OR. I met with their General Manager Ray Crepeau, to discuss where the company is at both commercially and in racing for the 2013 season. Last week they announced their 2013 rider lineup, making it clear that they would like to race the full US season of the eRoadRacing series but for now are targeting IOM TT Zero and the Laguna Seca round of eRoadRacing. I got to see Michael’s father and lead mechanic Terry Czysz hard at work on one bike while lead engineer Nick Schoeps took a moment to stop measuring the other bike’s power delivery on the dyno to answer my questions.

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Brammo Empulse Helmet Cam Videos And Video Review

Here is my first ride on the Brammo Empulse, last Saturday at Bartel’s. It may seem strange to sell electric motorcycles at a Harley dealership, but the Bartel family all showed a real interest in selling Brammos. However, their regular customers were not the least bit interested in these quiet, sporty bikes. Thus, this would seem to be a diversification strategy. At the end of the video I get in front of the camera to tell you my first impressions of the Empulse.

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Pinkyracer Rides The Brammo Empulse

We don’t really need all that power, but this is America, and we’re nothing if not obsessed with power. James told me the most exciting ride of his life was following me through LA traffic on the Brammo Empulses we rode today. Today was just another day of freedom to me, only more free because I didn’t have to buy gas. To survive LA traffic, motorcyclists have to be fast and sure. “He who hesitates in war is lost.” are words to live by here. But how fast is fast enough? Would the street version of the bike that won the TTXGP World Championship be fast enough to survive LA traffic?

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Racing an Electric Motorcycle at the Laguna Seca Refuel Track Day

When I heard about the Refuel event, a free track day and time trial at Laguna Seca, it was literally a dream come true. I have long been a devoted aficionado of the legendary corkscrew. Laguna Seca has a strict 92 dB sound limit except for major races, like MotoGP. This is due to the fact that some developer was able to trick a lot of golfers and other such genteel folk into buying property and playing a game that requires absolute silence next to a racetrack. So most race cars and motorcycles have to do obscene things to their vehicles in order to pass the sound check, or else go home and forfeit a $300+ track day.

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