2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Tests at Jurby

06/03/2011 @ 3:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Tests at Jurby 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc Jurby Rutter 635x476

We spent the today at the Jurby course, as teams for the Isle of Man TT came out to the short airfield race track to test their machines before the TT starts in earnest tomorrow with its first races. Among those teams in attendance was MotoCzysz, and the team debuted its 200+ hp 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc for the first time to the public (we brought you a sneak peek yesterday). With Michael Czysz and Michael Rutter both taking laps on the new electric superbike, today was the first time the new E1pc had ever turned a wheel. Photos and more after the jump.

The test was a mixed bag for Czysz, reporting that the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc handled extremely well and had gobs of power out of the corners, though the team clearly has some teething issues with the electrics and the new front-end suspension system that MotoCzysz has designed for the 2011 machine. The test comprised of only the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc going around the track, and lasted for maybe a dozen laps. Last we heard, the team was hard at work in the pits getting ready for tomorrow’s first TT Zero practice.

Source: MotoCzysz (Twitter)

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    SWEET! now…let’s hope everyone plays nice come race day.

  2. I think this will be the year that the ton lap goes down for e-bikes. And don’t get me wrong, I think what Czysz is doing is interesting. But what is it with these e-bike racers, who bring bikes that have never, ever turned a wheel to the most important race of the year? What do these guys have against shakedown testing?

    Do you think the top ICE teams at the TT are running bikes there for the first time?
    If his b1ke doesn’t run, Czysz has no one to blame but himself.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Sorry for the trollin’ but if I ever have to read about another electric I will have to eat my own eyelids. Electric transport, the saviour of the planet? How? Is not most electricity generated by burning fossil fuels or by nuclear power? And (yes, I started a sentence with that word, but I’m vexed beyond proper grammar) if a battery pack costs many thousands of dollars you can be sure that it’s caused a bunch of pollution somewhere. And (sorry again) since when has any form of racing been environmentally friendly, or even relevant to the wider world (i.e. non petrol-heads)?

    Can we get back on the hydrocarbon trail now, please?

  4. Mark says:

    @Jonathan, I could care less about an electric bike’s carbon footprint or how the electricity is originally generated and by what.

    The reason I’m interested in electric drive, and why so many others are is because it’s better, period!

    The only barrier preventing them from outperforming a gas bike right now is limited battery energy density. Once that problem is solved, look out!

  5. Westward says:

    @ Johnathan

    All technology has to go thru its own evolution. The first ICE was nothing compared to todays iteration. Electrics are coming into their own and I for one cannot wait. I’m a motorcyclist, be it Electrics, ICE, or powered by genetic hamsters tweaked out on go juice, if its a motorcycle that’s electrifyingly awesome, then cool, I want to ride it…

  6. ML says:

    Purdy… glad to see the entire bike. Gotta admit it looks great now that you see everything. I hope the win the TT!

  7. sic says:

    sexy, unlike most e-bikes. hope they perform as good as they look.

  8. Jim says:

    Sounds like the motocysz bike has major problems. As another poster said, why are they doing everything last minute?

    @Jonathan:

    Electrics emit less CO2 per mile than a gas bike. What’s harder to control pollution on: a power plant or thousands of gas engines?

    Electrics emit less noise pollution. Of course, people at races like the noise. But in everyday life, people don’t like hearing loud motorcycles.

    Electrics can be powered from other sources of energy: solar PV, solar thermal, wind, hydro… the list goes on and on. Gas bikes have one resource that’s finite and controlled by brutal dictators.

  9. @Jonathan yes electric bikes are only part of the solution. You also need green renewable electricity generation and a grid that can support it. many countries have already made a good start on this. America is headed for economic difficulties because they have been slow off the mark in green electricity generation. You are going to pay a premium in more way than one to keep burning fossil fuels. New Zealand for example already generates 70% of their electricity from renewable power. Yes they have other green issues to solve and they will need to increase renewable energy generation even further, but it’s a good start.