May-December Romance

In the spirit of a true May-December romance, the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, reputed to be the most advanced electrical powered motorcycle in the world, is about to take a run on one of the oldest, toughest motorcycle races in the world. Of course I am talking about the Isle of Man TT. Since 1907 this race has truly separated the men from the boys with its seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles. Yes, telegraph poles! Anyway, back to the MotoCzysz. This beast, according to Popular Science, packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 and reached a top speed of 140 MPH. This easily eclipsed the closest electrical competitor’s 102 MPH. And all the while, according to Czysz, using less than 40 percent of its throttle. Despite the visually dominating 10 individual lithium polymer cells, weighing in at 19.5 Lbs apiece, the “D1g1tal Dr1ve” motor is relatively small. In fact, small enough to hide within the swingarm beneath the rear shock.

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