As we suspected, the Mission R by Mission Motors lives, albeit in a new company and with a new name. Coming from Mission Motorcycles, the now-called Mission RS (race special) is the realization of what we consider to be the finest road-going electric motorcycle…and we should know, we’ve ridden them all.

Essentially the electric race bike that Steve Rapp piloted to Supersport class lap times at the Laguna Seca MotoGP/AMA/e-Power round in 2011, but with a headlight, taillight and mirrors, the Mission RS boasts some impressive figures.

Sport bike enthusiasts will enjoy the quoted 160hp horsepower, 120 lbs•ft of torque across the rev range, and 17 kWh battery pack, which Mission says is good for a 200 mile range (140 mile real world) and a 150 mph top speed. However, the $58,999 price tag may take some getting used to (insert sticker shock joke here, as well as corresponding eye roll).

With only 40 motorcycles to be made (a bike for every second the Mission R beat its competition by at Laguna Seca — cheeky), and the Mission RS coming with BST carbon fiber wheels, Öhlins WSBK-spec suspension, and MotoGP-spec Brembo brakes, the “race special” designation seems to have been earned, along with its price tag of course. Fret not though, Mission Motorcycles aims to bring a “more affordable” model to market as well, confusingly named the Mission R.

It seems we will have to wait a bit longer to learn about the new Mission R motorcycle, but we do know that it will cost $29,999 in its base form, and will have battery pack options of 12 kWh, 15 kWh and 17 kWh, along with other configurable options.

Said to be an entirely new machine, the Mission R from Mission Motorcycles will have lower-spec components than the Mission RS, so buyers will have to learn to make do with having only regular Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and forged aluminum wheels.

Both machines will feature the company’s MissionOS software, which we saw an early version of when we test rode the Mission R last year. Comprised of a very elegant design layout, the MissionOS will bring not only your typical riding information to the touchscreen dashboard, but it also includes GPS directions via Google and a built in LTE internet connection, as well as Bluetooth connectivity for Mission’s planned helmet with a heads-up-display (HUD).

The Mission RS can connect to your iOS or Android device via that same Bluetooth connection, and has a stabilized 1080p camera mounted in the nose of that bike that can record on-board footage with a data overlay (located just above the bike’s LED headlight).

Something new for most motorcyclists, the Mission RS also comes with a built in reverse, though no word if the company has cracked the nut regarding the  parking of electric motorcycles on hills with some sort of parking brake.

With two on-board chargers (Level-2 J1772 and a standard 120v plug), Mission says it can pump up to 9 KW into the Mission RS, which should be good for close to a two-hour recharge time.

For those A&R readers who understand our ongoing Star Wars references and general geek-out moments, you will be happy to hear that Mission Motorcycles plans on making available and SDK for the MissionOS ahead of its launch. Booyah!

Expect to see the Mission RS and Mission R in the summer of 2014. The Mission R will go into production once the Mission RS is delivered to all its customers. More info on the new Mission R, as we get it.

Photos of the Mission RS from Mission Motorcycles:

Photos of the Mission R from Mission Motors:

Source: Autopia

  • Gutterslob

    GPS, Google Maps, 1080p camera, Bluetooth, iOS and Android, Mission OS… and even an upcoming SDK?!!

    Jeez….. and here I was hoping that electrics would simplify motorcycling (like the KTM Freeride E). They’re just iPhone-ifying it here, adding more (somewhat trivial) things that can go wrong, and that’s just the riding experience I’m talking about. It’ll probably be a similar case with regards to servicing the thing. Instead of simplifying and just having the owner change lubricants and check the chain and tyres every few thousand miles (provided they can ensure the battery pack is maintenance free), it seems owners will have to visit some sort of Mission Genius Bar to get the thing to even turn a wheel.

    Anyways, congrats to Mission Motors if they come through and deliver by Summer 2014.

  • Richard Gozinya

    That’s so totally and completely ridiculously over the top. And exactly what the electric motorcycle world needs. All those added toys, some of them people will enjoy, other stuff people won’t. Some stupidly expensive toy for some lucky rich bastards to enjoy (Hopefully they’ll ride them) And for the rest of us to buy a few years later on the used market.

  • Richard Gozinya

    Oh, the first page of results for “Mission RS” On Google is a restaurant supply store, and ski boots.

  • Congrats to Mission for deciding to bring this beautiful machine to market. I hope this means we’ll be seeing more of them at the track this season! Any word on them attending the Laguna Seca FIM eRoadRacing round with MotoGP in July?

  • george

    I’m down for the $30k version right now! … Monday cannot come soon enough!!

  • Silas

    Anyone know how much it weighs?

  • Damo

    This thing is f*cking awesome….excuse me I have to go buy some power ball tickets.

  • jzj

    Competition improves the breed. At the higher end, we now have Lightning and Mission. At the middler end (?), we have Brammo Empulse and Zero S. At the lower end, we have Brammo Enertia and Zero XU. Great news all around.

    (In the meantime, I’m searching how to best replace my DIY electric motorcycle’s lead-acid batteries with lithium, and there’s still no definitive solution: I’d have thought that this would have been worked out by now.)

  • Andrey

    Now THAT is a bike!!
    Good on them for doing this…

  • MrP

    No clutch, no gears? What in the world is going on?

  • Phil

    $59,999 !!!! Are you sure about this… did you do your research?… Ever heard of the word ‘recession’!!

  • Gutterslob

    In case you haven’t heard (or just didn’t read past the headline), there’s also an ‘entry-level’ version going for $30K. Still not cheap, but a bit more reasonable.

  • steve_a

    A 17 kWh pack will only give a range of about 100 miles at 75 mph or so. I’m sure the 200 mile range figure is for a speed of about 45-50 mph, or in urban riding.

    Regardless of price, I’m still trying to understand who this makes sense for.

  • @BrammoBrian, Bothans say 2013 not gonna happen, 2014 most likely.

    @Silas, it’s interesting. That’s the one figure that wasn’t include. When I rode the Mission R, it was 550 lbs at the curb.

  • L2C

    $60,000. Let’s see…an Audi TT RS? A Porsche Cayman? Okay, I get it. The Mission RS is just as beautiful and desirable, if not more so. Yeah, there will be buyers. And the $30,000 “Focus ST” version will speak to many more.

    That is one seriously beautiful machine.

  • Bob

    Cool bike. Over priced, but go figure, it’s built in CA and not mass produced.

    … and what’s with the hokey-ass music in the youtube videos?

  • MikeD

    That thing looks SWEET, and this coming from an electric bike NAY-SAYER.
    I hope the specs are real, specially the range one, sounds too good to be true.
    Hard to argue with torque that high at any RPM…Ah, The Beauty.

  • Silas

    @Jensen. OK, that’s not surprising since I couldn’t find it on their site either.

    This thing looks amazing, is superbly equipped and 160hp is enough for me BUT at a gnats whisker off of 250kg, that just doesn’t cut it for me. I would have found myself seriously considering the 30-40K version but not with those stats.

    I’m sure these things will be mainstream by the time my young’un is riding. Until then, I can see no reason why the replacement for my RSV4 Factory wouldn’t be the next Aprilia or a Panigale S.

  • Derek C

    So is this the beginning of the digital camera phase of motorcycles.
    I remember some time ago when I took my old Nikon in to a local shop to be repaired and there was a woman in front of me with a “new” digital camera wanting to get it repaired. The service person responded upon seeing it, “That’s not a camera, that’s a computer”!
    Will these bikes become obsolete in ten years?