The crew from Mission Motors took the time to stop by Jay Leno's Garage to give the comedian a peek at the Mission-R electric motorcycle. The machine uses 14-kWh lithium-ion batteries paired with a 120-kilowatt motor, which means there's around 161 horsepower on hand. Mission says the combination can get rider and machine to 60 miles per hour in around three seconds while scooting to a top speed of 160 mph. Not too shabby. The whole package weighs in at around 550 pounds and gives riders a range of 80-100 miles depending on how frisky they are with the throttle.

Mission says the company wanted to pursue a race bike because of the challenges the platform presents. Namely, the machine has to serve up impressive performance while remaining fairly lightweight, meaning there's little space for massive battery packs. Leno is no stranger to electric bikes or motorcycles. The guy has a stable of two-wheel machines, both internal-combustion and EV. Scroll down to check out the video for yourself.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      Before people keep wrongly using the $70k price, that was the pricing for the original Mission Motors motorcycles, the Mission One. The Mission R has never received pricing because it is a tech demo. The bike Jay is riding is the second one built, as the first model is outfitted as purely a race bike and competed at Laguna Seca last year and was only 10 seconds off of the pole time for MotoGP.
      Edge
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, amazing bike! I watched that whole video, and it was very enjoyable. Probably the first time, I actually like the whine of the bike. Finally a decent sound replacement over a gas engine. Wonder what cost would be. These guys are great, designing their own batteries, motor, power electronics, and charger.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edge
        The cost would be outrageous.. i'll tell you that right now. I agree about the sound, but there are better sounding motors out there. Axial flux seem to have a sound more like internal combustion and less like a powertool.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The company previously planned to sell the bike, with an expected price around $70,000 if I recall correctly. Very expensive for any motorcycle, ICE or EV.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Kipling, For the Mission R? Or was that the price for the Mission One? Source please.
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          2WM I agree, don't ask the price. Since they have no plan to manufacture I hope someone takes it on.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jay, We love you buddy. I have only one Icon in my life, and it's you. But I gotta give you some feedback on your gear. Brando jacket and sportbikes don't go. Get some real leg protection (or brag that you're wearing kevlar jeans). And finally, that helmet doesn't fit your whole face. You gotta protect that trademark chin, not have it dangling 3" south of the chin guard. This video was comprehensive yet approachable in a way only Jay could pull off. Who hosts the Library of Congress of all thing automotive (and cyclomotive)? Jays does, as evidenced by the e- bikes and ICE bikes in the shot. Mission R looks tasty indeed. 14KWh is prolly what you need to make people stop challenging the utility. This is a racebike, but I'm guessing my first e- bike will likely have similar specs when I finally pull the trigger. Come on Honda!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some Ducatis sell for this much, so maybe they could sell a small batch of these. Great bike.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://ridemission.com/technology-demonstrators/mission-r/
      transpower
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no climate change to speak of. Get over it, Lefties. You would get a more receptive hearing if you talked about efficiency and saving money. I like Jay Leno a lot, and I think he's on my side....
        DarylMc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transpower
        transpower I'm glad you to hear you are so confident but I think I would rather form my opinions by what the majority of investigating scientists have to say. But the article is about a very expensive cutting edge battery powered sports bike. It would be quite foolish to suggest it was something which was going to benefit climate change whatever your particular opinion on CO2. I agree Jay Leno seems a very likeable fellow and I believe he drives quite a lot of miles in a Chevy Volt running on electricity. Just because someone likes the technology or chooses to drive an electric vehicle does not make them a lefty or an alarmist on global warming.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did they get the battery power of the Volt, in such a small package? I'd like to test ride that bike too.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        OK, I think I was going after Li-Polymer which is abbreviated as LiPo by many. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_polymer_battery But I guess the Volt battery can be considered a LiPo battery. Those have a higher energy density that LiFePO4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifepo4
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Li-Pos that are less safe but have better energy density?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Just FYI Spec; li-po describes a cell format, not a chemistry. A123 20AH pouches, as used in the Fisker Karma ( hey, the battery apparently didn't blow up! ), and plenty of other vehicles are actually lipos.. the unsafe chemistry you describe is lithium cobalt, which has a LONG rap sheet for battery fires. It can come in lipo format, cylindrical, or prismatic format.. but often comes in lipo ( pouch ) format.
        taser it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        $70k per unit will do it.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Spec.. as much as i like wikipedia.. their articles on lithium batteries are hilariously wrong! lifepo4 does tend to have a lower density. NMC can be really amazing - up to 200wHr/KG and beyond. Having a good discharge rating tho.. seems to be a challenge. I believe what's in the Volt is NMC, but is biased towards having more cobalt than manganese, to get a higher discharge power out of a smaller pack ( which is one reason why batteries in plug-in hybrids are usually gonna use a more expensive and less safe chemistry than a dedicated EV, otherwise they suffer the weight / size penalty of something like the Fisker Karma ).
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      70 000$ for that is monstruous and also this bike come without charger inside the bike and if ever you want to fast charge it you will need a special dedicated external fast charger. Absolutely nobody will travel with this bike on the road and it won't sell. it is just a toy for the rich or subsidized.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm gonna go way out on a limb here and say that the motor in this bike does not, in fact, draw 120,000 watts.
      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic video.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      sounds like Jay is beginning to realize that electric drive is not just for getting to work so you save gas for your stupid hemi for the weekends. once we break through the obtuseness ICE will go the way of steam engines and the fun vehicles will be electric.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is almost as big as the battery pack in the Mitsubishi-i!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        It would go forever at low speeds.. not that you'd buy one of these to go slow i guess... :)
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          that's right. you understand how weight and aero factors in with speed. it's noteworthy that at motorway speed it becomes as inefficient as a car because motorcycles have horrible aerodynamics. it's also noteworthy how relatively small the components are. can easily be packaged into the nose of a car like the ford focus so no trunk space would be taken.
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