Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

04/03/2014 @ 12:27 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS


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.

Sitting next to the Shinden San, the Shinden Ni looks positively large, as its predecessor’s fairings are noticeably more streamlined and stylized — does anyone else thing the front fairing looks suspiciously like the Mission RS?

Mission Motors is of course helping Mugen with its powertrain tech, though whether that help is in software, hardware, or all of the above is left up to us for conjecture.

With 10hp more up top, and presumably denser batteries than last year, it is hoped that John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will get a 115 mph lap from the Mugen Shinden San.

One big question for race day will be whether Mugen will run identical systems on both riders’ bikes, or if rumors about Honda’s involvement in the Mugen Shinden project will see internal OEM and external partner technologies pitted against each other on the electric superbike platform.

One thing is for sure though, with the electrics now approaching Lightweight TT lap times, the rate of progress in the TT Zero field has been quite impressive. Hopefully we will see some more competitive entries on the starting line not only this year, but in future years as well.






Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni without Fairings:

Photos of the Mugen Shinden San Launch:

Photos: CarWatch

  • Whatever the electric powertrain weighs, the rest if it looks like it weighs in at about 80 lbs.!

  • TheSeaward

    The San’s front fairing definitely has hints of Missions Motors.

    I wonder if those are Showa forks to go with those Nissin brakes?

  • Kylewest

    I see the read disc and the right peg but not a pedal?? Did miss it or???

  • Kylewest

    Rear disc…

  • Mr X., it probably does.

    Seaward, Showa and Nissin all around…two Honda companies. ;)

    Kyle, The rear brake is actuate by what would be the clutch lever.

  • Edshreds

    @Kylewest I’m pretty sure John runs a thumb brake for the rear on his TT bikes, so just the peg. With the electric drivetrain it’s has no gears either, so just a foot peg on each side. No dancing on the pegs, no fear shifts, no clutch, just concentrate and go. I wonder what effect (if any) this would have on the riders endurance.

  • n/a

    Ok, we’ve seen enough of this ‘thing’.

    Back to articles about real bikes please.

  • Robert

    ^^^ It’s 2014. This is what a real bike looks like, grandpa.

  • lowflying

    It’s cool and all. And probably performs really good. But strip off the fairings and it could be a microwave, or just about any electronic appliance in my house. It’s got no soul and won’t smell as good as any of my bikes. I don’t want one…yet. Maybe there will come a day.

    I guess one day bikes like these will have artificial intelligence, and I will no longer be able to complain about them having no soul!

  • AI will be coming to cars in the not-too-distant future, I imagine motorcycles will soon follow. Your vehicle at some point will be your partner… in crime. :)

    Seems to have just as many radiators and oil coolers as an internal combustion Engine. I’d be interested to see how all that works, does it use oil and water or some kind of gas cooling system?

  • Westward

    That would be ironic, some sort of petrol based system to cool down an electric bike…

    My question is, what if the bike goes closer to 120 mph around the TT course. I believe in the not too distant future, electric bikes will be able to go 120 for over 100 miles straight. That should translate into a more confident commercial commuter for travelling 60-80mph to and from work up to 100 miles…

  • 110 to 115 is quite a jump. So where is the extra performance going to come from? More efficiency or more battery capacity? And if it’s more efficiency, why?

  • The last few years have each seen roughly 5 mph increases, so it’s not too crazy, though things can only continue at that pace for so long.

    I’d wager better software will be a big factor this year. More horsepower certainly doesn’t hurt, and neither does better aeros.

    115 mph is a big goal, but I think they’ll get close. And who knows, maybe they’ll get lucky and hit their mark!

  • n/a

    Current lap records at the TT,

    125cc(2 stroke) – 110.52 mph

    Electric – 109.675mph

    LOL, internal combustion engine is far superior.

  • TheSeaward

    Yes, and how long did it take for a gas bike to break the 110mph average?

  • Frenchie

    Indeed, it took 4 years for electric motorcycles to go from 87 mph (2009, very first TT for electrics, Barber on Agni) to 109 mph (2013, Rutter on MotoCzysz) while it took 41 years for gas bikes for similar improvement (from 89 mph in 1939, Meier on BMW to 109 mph in 1980, Crosby on Suzuki).

    5 mph improvement every year is a big achievement since its more or less what separates Lightweights from Supersports and Supersports from Superbikes!

    Even if improvement slows down a bit, I’ll bet that electrics will be as fast as Superbikes around 1 TT lap before 2020.