If you happen to notice a drop-dead sexy motorcycle stalking the streets of San Francisco in stealth mode, it's quite likely to be the Mission R from Mission Motors. Yes, the very same all-electric machine that won last year's joint TTXGP - FIM ePower race at Laguna Seca might now be spied on its way to the neighborhood bakery or, as was the case recently, the local Dainese D-Store. Although there a number of race facilities in the area, it's a lot less logistically cumbersome to collect data by sending a lucky employee out for cupcakes than it is to arrange track time.

Of course, it has received some note-worthy modifications to qualify for a California license plate and make it more manageable for street use. It now sports urban-appropriate tires, softer brake pads, and a modified throttle map, though the most obvious change for observers is the handsome new light-equipped front fairing. From a rider's perspective however, the most conspicuous difference is likely the sweet Android-powered Samsung tablet integrated under the windshield that displays all the info one might expect in an electric vehicle.

If the aforementioned cupcake-retriever gets "confused" during his mission and decides to take a coastal cruise down Highway 1, the Mission R has some built in tech to help track him down. Called Skyline Software, the Mission-developed setup sends info from the battery pack (down to the cell level), vehicle computer, motor controller and GPS system over 3G or WiFi networks to the cloud from whence it can be viewed remotely using the Skyline Web Navigator.

Sadly, the Mission R can not be purchased for either road or track. The engineering marvel remains a two-wheeled development platform and will continue on with the tedious task of further testing. More sadness? The company is so swamped fulfilling its core commitment of product development for OEMs that it won't be participating in any racing programs this season. At least, not directly. Less sad, however, is that this technology is finding its way into an assortment of vehicle types and will eventually make its way to consumers.


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      MarcCBR
      • 3 Months Ago
      Damn!!! that thing is awesome. I would buy it in a heart beat if it wasn't overly expensive.
      PR
      • 3 Months Ago
      After taking a look at the pictures, I completely understand why they have to keep track of this bike's location every single second. There are plenty of folks out there who would absolutely love to take this for an "extended test drive"! That is one hot ride. This is a good thing to have these bikes like this out there, even if they aren't for sale. They will help show that EV motorcycles can be high performance bikes too. And then folks will go look at e-moto's that you can actually buy right now (like the 2012 Zero models) and see if they will be good enough to work for them right now.
      JeremyD
      • 3 Months Ago
      Very strange that Mission wont sell this bike... it would give the Brammo Empulse some real competition. Currently I really dont see Zero touching the Empulse, when it FINALLY arrives.
        Domenick
        • 3 Months Ago
        @JeremyD
        When the Empulse does arrive, Zero may have a new product announcement of its own.
          JeremyD
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Domenick
          Is this speculation or do you know something? I did read an interview with their VP of sales Scot Harden stated "When the Empulse exists we'll have a product to compete with it." Have not heard anything else though.
          Domenick
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Domenick
          JeremyD, I think we saw the same interview. To speculate though, Zero has a good team in place and I wouldn't be surprised to hear of a new model this summer.