• Apr 13, 2011
Lito Green Motion Sora – Click above for high-res image gallery

The curtains have just lifted on the Sora electric motorcycle from Lito Green Motion. The result of two years of development work by a small group of bike-loving engineers, the unique design spins threads of inspiration from café racers, street fighters and the bobber and weaves them into a carbon-fiber quilt of awesome. While we'll have to wait until Montreal's Formula 1 weekend in June before the wraps come off the Quebec-based company's prototype, their website tells us much of what we can expect in the way of performance and technology.

With a 12 kWh lithium polymer battery supplying the juice for its liquid-cooled, three-phase AC induction motor, the Sora is said to offer up to 185 miles (300 km) on a charge. Other performance figures also look more than adequate. Its 59 lb-ft of torque at the crank kick the bike up to 60 miles per hour in about four seconds while the continuously variable transmission (CVT) helps keep the acceleration coming all the way to 120 mph. High-end suspension and brake components bring you safely to quick stop.

This pony has a number of tricks including eco, performance and "safe range" modes – this last one uses the integrated GPS to dish out the energy in a way that ensures you reach the destination that you input via the sweet embedded touch screen. The feature we want to try out first though is the electric seat. You can adjust the saddle height with the touch of a button to accommodate both your body type and riding style. Go high to battle city traffic, lower for open road and higher speeds.

The price tag reads $42,399 in Canadian currency ($44,080 U.S. at today's exchange rates) and deliveries are said to begin this October. Check out the gallery below for a closer look and if you happen to think of a (legal) way of making mega-bucks quick, let us know.



[Source: Lito Green Motion]


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      • 2 Hours Ago
      Check your exchange rate calculation.
      harlanx6
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Kind of high, don't you think? At least it doesn't look like it should be in a cartoon, and it has some range, but it is strange looking. I'll take a Zero for a quarter of the price..
      • 2 Hours Ago
      So electric bikes come in either the low range cheapo type or the rich guys overkill bike. Great! Seems like the marketing guys have no connection to reality. Or maybe it's just that standard US tendency to not want to satisfy the customer. Because you know satisfaction leads to lower consumption, so never sell the customer what they want.
        • 2 Hours Ago
        It's 14k for the 100mile range version.
        • 2 Hours Ago
        Well, the $10K Brammo Empulse with 100 miles range and 100m/h top speed is probably the sweet spot of electric motor bike. This bike has 43% more range for 400% the price, but may have other qualities beside the raw numbers.

        Looks like these guys have done a good job on the bike and I'm sure they will adjust their pricing & product based on demand. Until then, it's the Tesla business model of starting with the high-end first. It sure didn't hurt Tesla.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      44,000 for a motorcycle, someone pass the crack pipe.
        • 2 Hours Ago
        About the same price as a used Ducati Desmosedici, I know which way I'm going for this much cash.

        Or over twice as much as a BMW s1000RR.
        • 2 Hours Ago
        No kidding. Half the battery of a electric car and it's more expensive.
        Obviously this is a built-by-hand by people that are very well paid kind of price.

        And equivalent mass-produced motorcycle should cost less than $15k.
        • 2 Hours Ago
        People spend that kind of money all the time on custom motorcycles. I'm not just talking ridiculous choppers from the likes of OCC, but custom street fighters, or track bikes for racing.

        Why do you think people bought a Tesla?

        If the finished product lives up to the specs, they'll have no problem selling them.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Does it come with a Level 3 charging plug ?
      • 2 Hours Ago
      The touchscreen is on the wrong side! Unless the throttle is left-handed??
      • 2 Hours Ago
      185 miles? I'm an electric motorcycle guy and even *I* don't buy that. 12kwh pack, 185 miles, thats less than 65wh/mile. I don't think so. Not with something as un-aerodynamic as a cafe/bobber.

      I mean, it looks great, but I think the numbers need to be more realistic.

        • 2 Hours Ago
        Have to agree. From their FAQ "You can travel 300 kilometres per charge driving at urban speed. The faster you ride, the lower the mileage." Urban speed translates to 30-40mph. Who is going to go that slow with this bike?
        Even using Brammo's optimistic average range of 10 miles per kWh for the Empulse, this bike would get 120 miles per charge. Realistically I would guess 60 miles.

        http://www.litogreenmotion.com/faq.html
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Want. Agreed, it is not much of a value proposition, but.....want.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      I love it. But it reeks of vaporware until the first one is shipped.
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