The future is electric. Here's another bit of evidence to testify that this catchphrase is more than just a meaningless mantra. RideApart – a web portal geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts – has chosen the Mission RS as its bike of the year. Yup, not the best electric bike, but the best motorcycle. Period.

Not just the best electric bike, but the best motorcycle. Period.

After having tried out pretty much every new offering, including the machine that Mission Motorcycles promises to begin delivering next summer, they've come to the conclusion that the RS is better than everything else. Better than anything from Ducati, KTM, BMW or the Japanese manufacturers. We needn't even bring up Harley Davidson. You can read the original ride review that delves into all the delicious details, but if you quickly want to know why they put this at the head of the 2014 class, it's simple: it's faster than anything else. It's also easier to ride faster than anything else. Now, some of that can be put down to its awesome chassis and suspension, but the bulk of its (good) badness is due to its drivetrain.

This brings us back to that opening catchphrase and why we believe more and more vehicles in the future will be powered by electrons. Not only does sustainability demand it, but the potential for superior performance can no longer be ignored. And once again, as in the case of the Tesla Model S, we have an example of a vehicle exploiting today's EV technology to its fullest. Congratulations, Mission Motorcycles.

If you want to watch how others react to this bike, we've included a pair of video reviews from a couple different sources below. The first comes courtesy of Vice, while the second is recent ride from Jay Leno – who also rode the slightly-less-developed version back in 2012. Cheers!





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      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      Motorcycles don't matter.
        RoyEMunson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred311
        No unlike your comment, huh...
          danfred311
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          My comments may be wasted on the stupidity that is mankind but it is true nonetheless.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          In some ways, strangely enough, he's right. If you look at the technological advancements in motor vehicles, pretty much none of it originates with motorcycles. Disc brakes, fuel injection, traction control, active suspension, ABS, automatic transmissions, etc. All started with the car market. On the other hand, outside of the US, there's a lot more motorcycles on the road, so they certainly do have a significant presence, globally speaking.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred311
        Whatever, grumpy cat
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, the final bike looks really good. 10kW charger? holy hell. That's better than what comes on most electric cars. No compromises for sure. It looks like they have maxed out today's technology. I wish them the best in the future. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up ;)
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Now it kind of makes you wonder, what if the electric motorcycle had come first? And then you get on a gas bike, and you go wait, whoa! why do i have to shift gears, why is it so noisy? hey, why do i have to fill it up with gas all the time? You drive this for a while and it feels like the most natural thing in the world.." - Jay Leno
        danfred311
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Noone drives motorcycles so that wouldn't influence anything. And motorcycles are very poor for electrification because they have relatively very poor aerodynamics so it would never start there anyway. It could have started with electric bicycles but it would instantly spill into cars.
          JB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @danfred311
          Cross sectional area is low, just the coefficient of drag is low, but some designs have addressed that on ABG.
          Joey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @danfred311
          Yeah, the same poor aerodynamics that yield 50+ mpg for a typical gas-engined bike and well over 200 mpge for an electric.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Super cool and definitely the wave of the future! I want one. Danfred311 you're an idiot….you are missing the point of evolution and technology advancement and super stupid comments about motorcycles.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Truly awesome technology that is beginning to come mainstream. The only drawback is the same complaint anyone considering an electric vehicle pauses on - range. Mission Motorcycles' website gives the range as 120 miles for the middle size battery. If you're commuting to and from work or just want to cruise around town, thats awesome. But for serious bike enthusiasts, the range is going to have to go beyond 200 miles before it will get a serious look, especially for a $29,000 machine. You can easily save $10,000 by buying a conventional gas guzzling machine and when you calculate spending that savings on gas - $3.50/gal buys 2800 gallons (or so) - you'll end up with enough gas to ride over 100,000 miles at 40-50 mpg. You might even have enough money for tires, a snazzy jacket and matching helmet, and lunch along the way. That said, I'm excited to see where this technology ends up.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        In which universe does a sports bike have to justify itself by cost? None that I know of.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          Hi Ricardo If your goal is maximum performance for the least cost then I can agree. 2 strokes used to do a reasonable job of that but you don't see too many on the road now days. Some time in the future you wont be allowed to ride any gas bikes in cities. Right now in some parts of the world. Have you ridden a Brammo or Zero? I'm sure they would be quite excellent compared to similar powered gas bikes.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          While the super high end exotic sportbike market certainly doesn't, the more mainstream mass market does. Fortunately for Mission, they're definitely in the former category. Nobody's going to seriously cross shop something like this with a R1 or Daytona 675. A smart move on Mission's part, since the battery pack is going to make an electric motorcycle expensive, makes sense to just go all out, the other aspects of it don't add all that much to the price, compared to that battery pack. Brammo and Zero on the other hand are putting out bikes that can get smoked by far less expensive gassers on basically every measure, so not much point to them, unless one is dead set on an electric.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          The Brammo's are supposed to be pretty good, at least on par with similarly powered gas bikes. The Zeros though suffer from an insistence on using cheap components, namely in the suspension and brakes. Haven't ridden either one to date, just don't see the point in spending over $15k for something that performs like it should cost $5k.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great video, but needs a better editor, story needs to move faster. New York guy admits the car is better in traffic, has got electric lights in the garage, and still wants gas. Some people aren't smart enough to change.
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