After setting a 216 mile-per-hour land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats last year Lightning Motorcycles, made it known that you can purchase one of their TTXGP-winning electric bikes. While we've not yet heard of anyone taking them up on the $38,888 offer, the company is still moving forward with retail plans and has released some specs – including a range of battery options – and a sketch of what buyers might expect the consumer model to look like. (Hint: Seriously badass.)

The company has also handed off one of its machines to a journalist from Motorcycles.com for a little inspection and some on-the-street action. The test, much of which was captured on video, features real time commentary that consists largely of repetitions of "Oh my god!", "Holy crap!", and "That's fast!" as the rider rolls forward and back on the throttle.

While there's no doubt it's entertaining to watch someone experience the punch of a top-level electric race bike for the first time, we were equally intrigued by revelations in the write up. For instance, in addition to the standard 12-kWh pack – which should be good for 100 miles of highway riding – Lightning will offer a 14-kWh option. Still too small? The company is also currently testing a monstrous 22-kWh pack which should do a lot to alleviate the range concerns of most sport bike riders, though we can't help but wonder about how the added weight will affect handling dynamics.

Each Lightning Motorcycles machine is hand-built and can be customized by request, with a lead time to delivery between 60 to 90 days. We hope the real thing looks as sweet as the sketch and expect to see an example on display in the Hollywood Electrics showroom later this year. Scroll down to watch the Lightning Motorcycles race bike make a big enough impression to put it on the website's "Best Motorcycles of 2012" list.



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      Richard Gozinya
      • 2 Years Ago
      That bike looks damn nice. Better than the Empulse. On the other hand, the Empulse is more than just a sketch, and apparently has handling on par with a Street Triple.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty insane...i want to get into riding a bike. currently just ride my road bike http://2wheelbikes.com/fixed-gear-road-racing-bikes.html but def want to give it a try. couple of my buddies have one and its pretty fast
      Richard Gozinya
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think he's living in the last century, he's living in fantasyland. Or possibly trolling, given his use of the word thumper.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sporting a 240HP Remy motor last I checked... Thats insane. If it looks anything like the picture, they will sell at that price. Think Bimota exclusivity. Really, they should sell these bundled with life insurance policies, (that's a compliment.) Props to Lightning if they can pull this off, and thats coming from a Brammo fanboy. I heard they had a hard time keeping the front tire on the pavement.
        Richard Gozinya
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Wouldn't be surprising. With that kind of power, traction control, wheelie control, launch control etc. are pretty much a requirement, if you want to make use of the power.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't beat a good ole sound of a Harley Davidson thumper thats the only bike l would buy, built to last. What does it sound like? l bet folk will get splattered riding on it or by it because they don't hear it, at least you can hear a Harley coming up the road a few miles away know it there?
        Gary Birch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Drag your ass out of the last century
        GoodCheer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Really I find that you can hear a Harley riding AWAY from you much better than you can hear one riding towards you. Maybe you Harley guys should try pointing your pipes forward, or stop making that silly speculation that being obnoxiously loud improves your safety.
        Spiffster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        LOL @ the loud pipes save lives fallacy... just lol. :D
        Richard Gozinya
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Um, thumpers are single cylinder engines, and last I heard, Harley doesn't make those, haven't in a long, long time, unless you count the much maligned Buell Blast. Oh, and the only Harley that wasn't a completely bloated poser wagon has been discontinued. As far as an electric motorcycle's sound, think Tie Fighter.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard Gozinya
          How many of those good ole thumpers are still thumping around today compared to Japanese bikes that got crushed decades ago? Loads of thumpers still around making them very green indeed, in this throw away society nothing is built to last society of today, you just try buying a part for a 15 year old ricer they just laugh at you, we haven't sold that part for at least 5 years how ungreen is that, go green buy a good ole American made thumper, thats built to last and will appreciate in value like a good wine.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        There's another factor you haven't considered - safety also involves the rider being able to hear other vehicles, and as noisy as Harleys are, their riders simply can't hear other vehicles nearby that might be a threat. Heck, they'd be hard pressed to hear a police siren! So, yes, there is such a thing as being too noisy for ones own good. Harleys are like Harley owners - loud, obnoxious, and unreliable.
          Chris M
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          The video made it clear that the Lightning isn't exactly silent. Along with the wind noise and road noise, the motor makes a sweet whine. Just the right amount of sound for good safety.
        AddLightness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        I can also hear them outside riding around at all hours of the night, pretty annoying.
          JP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AddLightness
          "at least if you riding a Harley thumper the deaf ole lady at the road junction will hear you a mile away & won't pull out and kill you like she would on a silent electric bike." Wow, Harleys can cure deafness? Amazing. Can't say the noise of a Harley helped them much as they receded in the distance behind me on my ricers ;)
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AddLightness
          LOL but they are awesome sounding little thumpers, but a least losing sleep is better than seeing a child crossing the road not hearing a electric bike getting killed, at least if you riding a Harley thumper the deaf ole lady at the road junction will hear you a mile away & won't pull out and kill you like she would on a silent electric bike. Safety first make bikes as noisy as possible, could they not fit the Lightning with a nice Rolls Royce Olympus sound track its got a lovely roar through an amplifier to make others aware its coming & for the protection of the bike rider. Look how many lives have been save by reversing beepers fitted to large trucks.
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