Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve: More Than Just a Glimpse into the 2010 E1pc Superbike

02/27/2010 @ 9:01 pm, by Jensen Beeler26 COMMENTS

MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve: More Than Just a Glimpse into the 2010 E1pc Superbike MotoCzysz suitcase 560x420

Today MotoCzysz is announcing its Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve (eDD), better known to us as “the suitcase”, which is essentially the housing for the E1pc’s proprietary controller, motor, and batteries. MotoCzysz will be using the eDD on their 2010 E1pc D1g1tal Superbike, and intends on letting other teams use the suitcase as well, helping fill the grid at electric motorcycle races.

This announcement is important on a variety of levels, and most electric motorcycling enthusiasts will be interested to get their first glimpse at technology beind Michael Czysz’s 2010 E1pc D1g1tal Superbike, which will for sure be at the TT Zero race at the Isle of Man this year. The suitcase contains MotoCzysz proprietary battery, motor, and controller designs, which are setting the bar higher in electric motorcycle racing.

Despite being buried behind a thinly veiled dramatic buildup, this announcement is much more important than just the release of a new motorcycle design, the musings about race in the Isle of Man, the competition with Mavizen for privateer sales, or the battle for electric racing supremacy against Team Agni.

Instead this announcement has everything to do with why electric motorcycles are changing this industry, and the way this industry does business.

If you ask most motorcyclists (motorcycling journalists included) what kind of company MotoCzysz is, the answer will almost universally be, “a motorcycle manufacturer.” So it shouldn’t be surprising that the coverage of MotoCzysz and this announcement is slated as such: pitting the E1pc against the the Agni bike as the bike to beat on the race track, or surmising that the eDD is a watered down version of the TTXGP’s Mavizen TTX02 racing platform, sans the forks, swingarm, etc.

However MotoCzysz isn’t a motorcycle manufacturer, and MotoCzysz arguably isn’t even a motorcycle company. They’re an intellectual property (IP) company that caters to the motorcycle industry, and this announcement isn’t about a race, a team, or a bike. It’s about the evolution complete redefinition of a motorcycle.

MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve: More Than Just a Glimpse into the 2010 E1pc Superbike MotoCzysz eDD side 560x293

MotoCzysz’s suitcase is comprised of a new motor design, not yet seen in motorcycling, and not available off the shelf to assemblers and privateers. The suitcase is comprised of the only hot-swappable batteries seen to date on an electric motorcycle, and in their final form factor the battery packs are narrower than the already slender MotoCzysz C1. Lastly, the suitcase is comprised of a proprietary controller that brings all the technology into one unit, with 90+% system efficiency.

All of this is well and good, and will fill many articles soon to come. However, the real importance of MotoCzysz’s latest announcement is the fact that it shows the realization of modular motorcycle design. What makes the MotoCzysz eDD such an important development for electric racing for the masses, is what Michael Czysz calls the eMoto2 solution.

“In the next 12 months or so no small team is going to be to keep up with the major teams or factories,” Michael Czysz told us. “The best thing for this sport was to create a Moto2 solution.” Czysz refers to growing disparity amongst the teams entering into electric motorcycle racing events. With hobbyists and privateers using off-the-shelf solutions (including the bikes available from Mavizen and CRP Racing, which themselves are constructed from publicly available parts), the inability to innovate off the currently available systems leaves these smaller racers behind the proverbial dust.

Outside of electric motorcycle producers, “there was no natural evolution in the current technology for electric motorcycles,” explains Czysz. As such, MotoCzysz sees an opportunity for companies to offer a more sophisticated and efficient machine than what’s being currently offered, and since there is a limited number of companies capable of producing a truly integrated solution that is better that what can be made in a home garage, MotoCzysz’s positions is fairly strong.

Like the 600cc prototype Moto2 class, which features a single spec Honda motor, the eDD removes the need for racing teams to develop the hardware and software for a competitive electric motorcycle package, a new task that is outside the core-competencies of these teams, and instead places the challenge of racing an electric motorcycle into a skill-set that teams already have experience with, namely chassis development.

The eDD allows a race team to use the swingarm and front-end off of virtually any liter bike motorcycle. In essence the eDD is creating a platform that race teams can adapt and modify to their specifications, and it not only takes some of the guess work out of racing with electric motorcycles, but it also proves the concept that a central core, what I called “the nugget” two years ago and Czysz calls “the suitcase” today, can be created and used in a variety of situations. The MotoCzysz eDD is the next step in true motorcycle platforms. It carries over from the race track, it carries over from the street, and it carries on into virtually limitless possibilities in transportation

For now, the first iteration is a race offering available for teams that starts at $24,500 for a battery-less platform, and $42,500 for 10kwh of hot-swappable power on-board. The first 10 teams to purchase an eDD solution from MotoCzysz can take $10,000 off the price, in the form of a corporate sponsorship. In the future it can mean the rapid development of on and off-road vehicles that are built with time and cost-saving manufacturing techniques.

Find the MotoCzysz Press Release below:

MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve System
MotoCzysz announces the most integrated electric drive available.  The first product from a family of integrated drives being developed by MotoCzysz is designed and engineered specifically for high performance electric motorcycles.  The eDD system integrates advanced technologies with new proprietary industry first solutions.  For individuals, teams and companies interested in building a high performance electric motorcycle, the new MotoCzysz D1g1tal Dr1ve system is the most advanced integrated electric drive system available.

MotoCzysz offers the eMoto2 solution: MotoCzysz power, your imagination
Class leading, electric drive systems are rapidly moving beyond the resources available to individuals and small teams, but the vision and ability to build a next generation e motorcycle has not.  With the MotoCzysz eDD system an individual or team can use their imagination and build a highly competitive proprietary race bike or utilize parts from a donor bike to build the electric motorcycle of their dreams.

The MotoCzysz LQ (liquid cooled) IPM (internal permanent magnet) 75kW/100hp electric motor is one of the highest torque/density motors in the industry (250+ft/lbs/340+Nm continuous 77lbs/35kg).  The IPM solution generates more torque while being more efficient than any comparably sized AC induction motor.  The MotoCzysz patent pending cooling system elevates the motor’s nominal power output closer to the motor’s peak power output.  The MotoCzysz motor can deliver a continuous 75kW (100hp) and is 93% efficient under continuous heavy load (140C).  The motor is available to accommodate either right or left hand chain drive.

The MotoCzysz LQ 240V 85kW Controller is specifically optimized for the motor, in both function and packaging.  Accepting 240V and 350+ amps the sealed Controller contains ALL the high voltage components and plugs directly into the motor, resulting in a nearly completely wireless (high voltage) system.  The Controller receives battery motor and rider command data and adjusts current accordingly.  The Controller software has multiple embedded maps for setting or customizing functions like torque contouring and overall power settings.

Batteries, ESS
MotoCzysz is currently the only EV manufacturer utilizing a functioning ‘hot swap’ battery solution and the MotoCzysz eDD system incorporates the latest generation.  The new D1g1tal battery pack utilizes high density, high discharge LiPo (Lithium Polymer) cells.  Each pack is embedded with monitoring capability that sends vital data wirelessly via IR (infrared) to a DVMS (d1g1tal Vehicle Management System) and ultimately to the Controller.  Additionally, each battery pack houses an LED display that indicates the overall pack as well as individual cell group data.

Each MotoCzysz (patent pending) D1g1tal Battery pack weighs less than 18lbs and effortlessly “snaps” into the “suitcase” chassis.  The “suitcase” holds 8 battery packs for a total ESS (energy storage system) of 10kWh.

MotoCzysz has designed the “suitcase” chassis to optimize the ESS mass location and vehicle’s overall on board energy density.  The chassis accommodates virtually any modern double sided swingarm from a 1,000cc motorcycle.  The suitcase also ships with a matching top plate for the mounting/fabrication of a new or existing front end.

MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve Specifications:

Voltage                                    240V+
Power                                      75kW/100hp (continuous)
Weight                                     77lbs/35kg (complete with pump and plates/mounts)
Diameter                                  254mm/10″
Width                                       190mm/7.5″
Cooling                                    liquid (oil)
Efficiency                                  93% (under continuous load at 2X 70c operating temp)

Voltage                                    240V
Current                                    335A
Power                                      85kWh
Weight                                     17lbs/7.7kg
LxWxH                                    335x205x90mm/13.2×8.0×3.5″
Cooling                                    Liquid (water)
Efficiency                                  95%

Battery Pack: individual
Voltage                                    29.6 (nominal)
Capacity                                   40Ah
Weight                                     17.5 lbs/8kg
Energy Storage                         1.25kWh (1.2kWh nominal)
Discharge                                 10c peak
High voltage                             direct contact to buss
Low Voltage Data Link            via infrared
Hot swap                                 yes
Voltage monitoring                    yes
Thermal monitoring                   yes
Digital status readout                 yes
Alarm status LED’s                   yes

Total ESS:
Voltage                                    240V
Capacity                                   40Ah
Weight                                     140lbs (17.5lbs X 8) /63.5kg
Energy storage                          10kWh (9.6kWh nominal)

Complete eDD System:
Total Weight                             255lbs/115kg
Total Length                             635mm/25″
Total Width                              320mm/12.5″
Total Height                              675mm/26.5″

Complete Electrical D1g1tal Dr1ve System W/ 10kWh ESS                      $42,500 *
(motor, controller, suitcase chassis, 8 battery packs)

Complete Electrical D1g1tal Dr1ve System W/O ESS                                $24,500
(motor, controller, suitcase chassis)

Fill the Grid
In an effort to support and assist electric racing around the world, MotoCzysz and their partners have developed the “Fill the Grid” program.  The first 15 teams to purchase an eDD systems for competition will receive a $10,000 MotoCzysz sponsorship.  The sponsorship reduces the cost of the complete eDD system to $32,500.  We believe in and support electric solutions as a way to preserve what is very important to us-RACING.
Be a MotoCzysz factory supported team and Fill the Grid.

Source: MotoCzysz


  1. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve: More Than Just a Glimpse.. <I'd love to take a lap on this!

  2. Dr. Gellar says:

    Wow! That is pretty slick. Can’t wait to see the new 2010 E1pc in it’s entirety once it is ready to go.

    More and more…MotoCzysz continues to impress me. I’d love nothing more than to see this new platform prove a success for them. Would be even more amazing if they become successful in the electric racing niche, and find a why to tackle MotoGP in 2012 as well, if that is still in the cards.

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  4. Dr. Gellar says:

    Ooops. Meant find a “way” to tackle MotoGP…

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  6. Czysz do some good work and some beautiful machining. But it would be that much more impressive if they actually finished a race. ;)

  7. John Adamo says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve: More Than Just a Glimpse into the 2010 E1pc Superbike #motorcycle

  8. Brammofan says:

    Great write up, Jensen. Unfortunately, the first time I saw it and read it was on an aggregator ( that saved your attribution for the very end. Well, at least I clicked on the source… which for some strange reason was listed as “TheCafeRacers” but landed me here.

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  11. skadamo says:


    Now the pictures make this system look like a stressed member of the bike. I would like to see it without the batteries attached. Czysz must have incorporated the “backbone” from the e1pc in that battery holding structure.

    I assume many people will want to hang the eDD off a rolling chassis like a GSXR for example. Wonder if that is possible and what the resulting weight would be.

  12. Brammofan says:

    RT @Asphalt_Rubber: MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve More Than Just a Glimpse into 2010 E1pc Superbike – #motorcycle

  13. Christian says:

    Really nice system.

    Are 10kWh the maximum energy that can stored in the bike?
    10kWh/75kW=0,133h=8min. for maximum power.

    Where is this bike built for? A new sprint racing series? That is not enough energy or IOM or FIM E-Power races.

  14. Ralph says:

    Wicked suitcase!

    I thought MotoCzysz was near death… after the failed MOTOGP entry.

    e1pc work from the ‘brand’ nonetheless.

  15. rob says:

    Christian, if you tried to ride full power all the time, battery capacity would be the least of your worries! :)
    I do agree though that for the IOM, (and depending heavily on aero drag), to break the 100mph lap you’re gonna be looking at nearer 20 than 10kWh, bit less with a gearbox maybe!


  16. @Brammofan: Oh I know about Sablogzone…

    @skadamo: I saw the suitcase a couple weeks ago, the back bone structure is very similar (visually) to the 2009 E1pc (should have a piece on that soon), but has been built with mass production in mind. The quick release system is different, and very slick to operate. I’d equate it to changing out/in a SSD card on my Nikon dSLR.

    @Christian: 8 minutes a full power yes. Remember though, the Brammo TTR had 8kWh on-board for IOM last year. Honestly though, I think the eDD is aimed at TTXGP and e-Power entrants.

  17. RT @brammofan: RT @Asphalt_Rubber: MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve More Than Just a Glimpse into 2010 E1pc Superbike – #motorcycle

  18. Christian says:

    Brammo had 8kWh I remember, but there motor had only 20kW continious.

    Now you have a very quick package but you can`t use the power because you are running out of batteries…

    Team Agni used 10kWh with 30kW continious.

  19. RT @skadamo: RT @Asphalt_Rubber: MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve: More Than Just a Glimpse into the 2010 E1pc Superbike #motorcycle

  20. Jason67 says:

    What bugs me the most about Czysz is his constant attempts to piggy back his marketing efforts off of MotoGP. Yeah it’s smart but it’s also pretty lame. A much hyped MotoGP bike that never raced. Now a Moto2 copycat. I can appreciate the concept just hate his marketing attempts to make people think it’s associated with MotoGP in some form when it isn’t. Moto2 isn’t the first spec part (be it engine or otherwise) series in racing. He could have called it anything else but yeah this was he normal self promoting none delivering self at it again

  21. @asphalt_rubber shows the new MotoCzysz battery pack: . This solves the "line-up problem" of all electrics w/ fast-swap

  22. Rob says:

    MotoCzysz claims 75 kW with a weight of 35 kg and 93% efficiency. Their power/weight is 2.1 kW/kg.
    An F1 KERS motor puts out 60 kW continuous and weighs 5.5 kg, at 96 % efficiency, with a power/weight of 11kW/kg. The three F1 KERS motors from Marelli, Bosch and MTS all have similar performance.
    This power density is nothing new, it has been around in permanent magnet brushless motors for a couple of years now.
    MotoCzysz are a factor of 5 off in terms of true cutting edge electric motor performance and they don’t even know it! Same story as with the “American Pretender”, the world’s most needlessly complicated motorcycle, a lot of hype and no real performance. When will the journalists catch on instead of just repeating all this self-grandizing baloney?

  23. M. Lewis says:

    Did they ever deliver one of their “world-class motogp contenders?”

  24. ludofrenchalpes says:

    il est des sentiments d’envie ,de joie ,de beautés ou d’admiration devant tout objets mobiles ou non ; Suivant l’angle de vue et de perception ou l’ont ce trouve ( pourquoi la Joconde et telle belle ? :)
    j’affirme que Mr CZYSZ ainsi que son team font de belles choses !!

    si les batteries suivent la loi de Moore ,que cela sera dans 10 ans (2022) n’est pas si loin que l’essence qui dans notre sport préférer soit enrichie en de nouveaux amateurs de trajectoires tendues , ils pourrons entendre leur nom ,scandé par la foule !!
    mieux que aujourd’hui , sauf pour le docteur 46 ( quoique dans 10 ans …
    motoczysz est une “speed up” ;)

  25. Ron says:

    @Rob the KERS motors do not deliver max power for as long a period as this one. A better cooling system would need to be counted in the density.