Last night, under the cover of darkness, an alien silhouette eased its way off the Santa Monica pier towards a long, but relatively quick, journey. The main clue as to the identity of this unfamiliar craft was the broad, easy smile of its pilot: one Terry Hershner, he of Guinness World Records fame.

It seems the electric motorcycle advocate and all-round green guy has finally had enough of California (for now), and has decided to wheel his way back to Florida. In true Hershner fashion, he's figured that while he's at it, he might as well go for the glory and attempt to set another record, this time for the fastest coast-to-coast trip by a battery-powered bike – much to the chagrin, no doubt, as another team planning on making the same journey on Monday.

As you can see from the photo above, he's hacked his trusty 2012 Zero S even further, teaming up with streamlining legend Craig Vetter to gain uber-aerodynamic efficiency. Between the gains made by the new bodywork and a boost to the battery pack by the engineers at Zero Motorcycles (now boasting 18 kilowatt-hours), what was once a 63-miles-at-highway-speed bike now has the capability of exceeding the 200-mile mark whilst cruising the Interstate.

Despite all the improvements, the mission may not be accomplished quick enough to shut out the competition. While the machine might be capable of doing great distances and charging pretty quickly – the bike now sports a veritable raft of chargers beneath its Vetterized skin for a potential 18 kilowatt fill-up rate – the man might not be quite as well prepared. According to a note we just received, Mr. Hershner started out somewhat sleep-deprived and may only be able to complete his trip by Tuesday.

While breaking records is cool, we'll be happy with a successful completion. You can follow Terry's progress and see more pictures off his bike at his Off The Grid Facebook page and, in the immortal words of a certain Sgt. Esterhaus, let's be careful out there.


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      Joseph Brody
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the aero treatment. The areo coefficient of drag of a motorcycle is about double that of a car normally. I don't see and turn signals though. I would like to see brighter colors for visibility.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the sides could be closed and a door on the other side. Better aero that way. You just need holes for the feet. It could also have golf ball dimples here and there or some other riblet type. The dangers of 2 wheel vehicles aside, with good aero it could be quite an efficient ride.
        methos1999
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Making it fully enclosed increase the risks should he get in an accident. In motorcycle accidents, those that best survive are those that get thrown clear. Cars work the opposite because you're strapped in via seat belt and have airbags to absorb internal impacts.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          methos, it's basically not possible to make anything more dangerous than a normal motorcycle.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          I don't agree at all. Having been thrown off my bike recently due to some unexpected railroad tracks that sucked my wheel into the groove, i would have really liked something to have prevented me from screwing up 2 shoulders, one elbow, and one knee. I have not got x rays yet, but i do believe that my joints are moving in directions they shouldn't. A safety cage would have saved my bacon.
          methos1999
          • 2 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          @ Warren Sorry but purposely laying down the Monotracer (which I believe has seat belts) on the controlled environment of a track is NOT the same as simply enclosing a motorcycle. Enclosing a motorcycle could work, but you need restraints to do so. Roll cages only work well for occupants that are tightly strapped in and also wearing helmets to protect skulls from getting fractured on hard steel tubing.
          Warren
          • 2 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          You mean like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es0y0y4cIrg Yeah, really scary. :-)
          methos1999
          • 2 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          That being said though, I do agree that it's nice to see an aero treatment given to a bike. I don't understand why all of them thus far have the "naked" or "streetfighter" look, when they're already facing a challenge with the range/cost.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        ^-- totally agree
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      The biggest concern of a fully enclosed upright bike, without a rollbar. and seatbelt, is the large side area, high up. a big plus for a recumbent. If you are going to streamline a conventional bike, open sides are best. This does not preclude rolbars, and a seat belt. Many FF (feet forward) bikes do this. Even BMW did it on one of their concept bikes. Like most OEM's though, it was all for show, so far.
      1guyin10
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is good to see another Vetter project rolling down the road. He was doing some amazing things with small singles a few years ago. He really has the aero touch. Super nice guy too!
      Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      He uses 107 Wh/mile at 70 mph, and can do a full charge in under an hour, if he can find 240 volts, or enough 120 volt outlets.
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