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Chip Yates crosses finish at Pikes Peak – Click above to watch video after the jump

This past weekend, Chip Yates checked off "make an amazing run up Pikes Peak" from his list of things to do to demonstrate the potential of electric-powered transportation. Coming second in the Exhibition Powersport class, his time of 12:50.094 bests the first-ever electric motorcycle effort made last year by over four minutes.

The run would no doubt have been more impressive had it not been for the 2.6-mile stretch of unpaved road. The bike went from hanging with the top ten to dropping just inside the top 100 on the dirt section. Overall, Yates finished in 30th place.

One thing is for sure, the 240-horsepower bike has crazy acceleration when it has clean pavement beneath it, and Chip says he's gunning for a top 10 or better result when he gives it a go on next year's completely paved surface. Hit the jump for the full run and enjoy the sound of the UQM motor's sweet electric music winding out up the mountain. Thanks to all for the tips!


[Source: Chip Yates via YouTube]



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      • 1 Month Ago
      OK who else was leaning back and forth in their chair while watching this. You could really hear how quickly he lost traction on the dirt every time he opened the throttle. Loved the little wheelie near the end too.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Month Ago
      That motor sounds badass.
      The Angry Intern
      • 1 Month Ago
      The camera view from behind him is kinda annoying. I get that they are showing how he has to lean and shift his weight, but couldn't they have just shown that in very beginning and then the rest of the video be the front mounted camera?
      leong
      • 1 Month Ago
      but it's 30 sec slower than the Yokohama-acp 4 wheeler..
      • 1 Month Ago
      looked like fun. are you running this year with the full pavement run
      Ben Crockett
      • 1 Month Ago
      Congrats to Chip and the team. The speed in and out of the corners is impressive. It should dominate next year on full tarmac.
      HVH20
      • 1 Month Ago
      Holy ****! That is the fastest bike I've ever seen. Nice riding Chip, I would have given up at the dirt section. Its amazing to see what this bike can really do when you open it up. Congrats! Next year without the dirt section you will smash this record.
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