• Nov 4, 2010
If you were worried that the recent announcement by Mission Motors of a new drivetrain division meant an end to the company's future motorcycle plans, the release of a new teaser image should calm you down. Appearing on their freshly revised website, a silhouette of the "Mission R" shows an electric bike that's clearly not designed for cruising the boulevard.

The company is all "mum's the word" about the performance-oriented machine (despite our best Jedi mind trickery) beyond that it's "...what's next on the moto side, the Mission R." But the image does tell us something. It's not the Mission One in either street or Bonneville Salt Flat guise. The fairing, seating and tailstock are quite different, as are the wheels and the angle of the rear shock. Considering the components that Mission is now selling, it also very likely features a liquid-cooled AC motor and controller.

The "R" in motorcycle nomenclature typically sometimes stands for "race" so we'll crawl out on that limb and say this bike is meant for the track. Whether the Mission Motors team will race it themselves or offer it up for others à la the Mavizen and CRP Racing model is unknown, but if they want to make some sales, they're going to have to demonstrate that the Mission R is superior to the current offerings from those companies.

[Source: ElectroVelocity / Mission Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What? No YoneyShop of the silhouette? You're getting lazy in your old age, man.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn't get any more detail out of it with photoshop. I tried.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wasn't talking about getting more detail out it. I was referring to your PS abilities to add witty and relevant commentary to the stock photos. I'm sure another opportunity will present itself, soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      'The "R" in motorcycle nomenclature typically stands for "race" so we'll crawl out on that limb and say this bike is meant for the track'

      The use of the "R" in the name is very common for street bikes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Take for example the new Honda CB1000R, which doesn't even have a fairing.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/05/honda-brings-back-the-birthday-suit-first-look-at-the-bound-for/

        Almost every street bike I've owned has a model number that ends with R.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. You can't make a living producing a motorcycle JUST for the track.

        It's easy enough to change tires and gearing, and take off lights etc for people who want a track machine. It's much harder for schlubs like me to put lights onto a bike that did not come with them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I seemed to have been misinformed. Thanks for that.

        A little research tells me that this (r = race) is sometimes the case and, since they say they are going to actively campaign in 2011, I'll stay out on that limb.