Up-Close with the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc

06/04/2011 @ 2:00 am, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

MotoCzysz was out at Jurby Airfield yesterday, turning a wheel for the first time on the Portland company’s 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc electric superbike. With TT Zero’s first practice session tonight on the Mountain Course, the team has been busy getting ready to field two bikes for riders Mark Miller and Michael Rutter.

While Miller will ride the updated 2010.5 MotoCzysz E1pc, Rutter will be on MotoCzysz’s new machine that features the 200+ hp MotoCzysz D1-11 VDR D1g1tal Dr1ve electric motor. With more power at the motor, more battery on-board, and a lighter overall package, MotoCzysz has its eyes on the 100 mph mark, and the £10,000 check the Isle of Man TT has put up as bounty for the milestone. Photos after the jump.

MotoCzysz has made obvious aesthetic changes to the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc, with the race team sporting the blue, white, and silver livery of sponsor Segway. However, it’s the technical changes that impress us the most, as the new E1pc has a stronger motor, more battery power, and a overall lighter package. As expected, the MotoCzysz six-axis fork system is up front, though it has been revised from the previous version, and sports a new linkage design. The rear suspension has also changed, as all that is visible is a carbon fiber strut that connects the swingarm to the shock, which is located under the faux-fuel tank.

Nestled in-between the carbon fiber frame, which looks gorgeous by the way, are two enclosures that house Dow Kokam battery packs. Czysz is not saying how many kWh are on-board, but we’d guess about 20% more over last year’s E1pc. We’ll get a chance to see today how the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc fares on its first run around the Mountain Course, while Mark Miller’s 2010.5 MotoCzysz E1pc is already a veteran of the Isle of Man TT. With improvements to its motor design and software, MotoCzysz is confident that the 2010.5 bike will crack the 100 mph mark, while the untested 2011 bike has great potential to blow the TT Zero competition away, though there also exists reasonable uncertainty about the until-yesterday-untested package. For how that plays out, we’ll have to run our tried and true phrase, and say that time will tell.

Photos: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • supersic

    great pics. the bike looks out of this world! i hope everything can get sorted in such a short amount of time for Rutter to tear the TT roads up.

  • Great coverage, Jensen!

  • Ah… Jurby airfield. I remember her well. Best of luck to all the competitors! Any signs of the elusive Lightning bikes? Are Agni there this year?

  • shallwedance?

    I’m going to be there for that race,and Rutter will win it

  • Keith

    Very pretty, now knock my bawlz off with how it does on the track. Especially with range/power.

  • Mark

    I understand that the Lightning bikes were stuck in customs and only arrived this morning, but the batteries are still in London, and are to be delivered tomorrow.

    Apparently Lithium batteries are considered a hazardous material and require special shipping arrangements. I wish Lightning all the best in getting things together in time, as it should make for a great battle between them and MotoCzysz.

  • Well it seems Mr.Czysz reads the Bottpower website because we worked on such a concept some 7 years ago ;)

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  • djam

    I will just say this! Michael is a genius and I’d love to be a part of the think tank that redefines the motorcycle. Simply Brilliant!

  • Rob749

    Good good, its beautiful. And it seems we’re really pushing the envelope on performance too. If they all keep this up “Electric Motorbike” will no longer be dirty words.

  • Matt

    When do we get some video?

  • Ian

    What kind of rear shock is that? Doesn’t look anything like a conventional shock.

    Does he have oval fork stanctions and lowers too? Wonder how he got those.

  • Bill

    I noticed he removed the Trail Adjustability from his forks, and it doesn’t look like the batteries are “swapable” any more. But I guess both of those help contribute to the “lighter overall package”.

  • Shoya

    Fantastic. Best of luck with the 2011 bike at the TT!

  • Frenchie

    In qualifying Rutter was less than 1 minute away from the record and was over 106 mph after the first half of the lap…did he slow down to make it more spectacular on race day?

    Miller was second, Lightning motorcycle was in between the 2 Motoczysz but they did not complete their lap.

  • The first half of the course is relatively flat, whereas the latter half of the course includes the mountain. Naturally the average speeds start dropping after Ramsey.