Translogic's new host Jonathon Buckley heads to La Honda, CA for the chance to ride the Mission RS electric motorcycle. Can this plug-in superbike from Mission Motorcycles keep up with the gas-powered competition? Jonathon puts the RS to the test, then sits down with Mission Motorcycles' founder and CEO Mark Seeger for some further insight.

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      Max Wagner
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am the proud owner of a Mission R and I'm loving it so far. There's really nothing quite like it on the market: a no-compromise electric sports bike. It's possibly the most enjoyable vehicle I've ever had, and I've owned a large variety of vehicles. My current garage consists of a 2008 Dodge Viper, a 1984 Jeep Scrambler, a 1982 AMC Eagle, a 2006 Lotus Elise, a 1932 Ford Deuce coupe, a 1975 GMC Motorhome, a 2007 Harley Vrod, a 2014 Yamaha R1, a 2002 Harley Fatboy, and this bike.
        paulwesterberg
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Max Wagner
        Sounds like the Tesla of Motorcycles.
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Pretty awesome for sure, but being a daily Bike rider myself here in So Cal, in bumper to bumper, one thing I am glad of, is that sound that emulates from an akro pipe on the side...after all, being heard is almost a pre-requizite safety item. That said its not like some of the harley boys with absolutely OBNOXIOUS pipes....
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @its me, trust me, big twin with an Akro, you hear me alright,,,
          Max Wagner
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @paul, indeed it is.
        RoyEMunson
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Max Wagner
        AFAIK these are not yet available for sale, so how did you get one?
          RoyEMunson
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Im going to go with the latter...
          Strider
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Yes, more info please. I'm #17 on the list for an R with cash in hand and haven't been contacted for delivery. They also stated that the RS's would be delivered first as part of the justification for the premium price (following Tesla's Signature pricing/delivery model). So you're either an insider or you're pulling our legs.
          Max Wagner
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          RS isn't available, R is.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Max Wagner
        Max: do you have a blog or any type of review on your experience so far?
          Max Wagner
          • 6 Months Ago
          I've definitely considered starting one, but I've put it on the backburner for now. Stay tuned!
      p1943ship
      • 6 Months Ago
      Electric motorcycle's will not make it until a battery or power source is developed that will last longer. Who wants a motorcycle that will only go a hundred miles or so before needing an extended charging period.
      GoodCheer
      • 6 Months Ago
      When you can shoehorn 17 kWh into a motorcycle, and people still end their review by saying "but the battery technology still needs to get better", it hurts my brain. He even found a spot for lunch with a public charger, and got another 80 miles of range while he ate a sandwich, and still wasn't happy.
        Ricardo Gozinya
        • 6 Months Ago
        @GoodCheer
        The reason for that, is that bike is way, way heavier than an equivalent ICE. And like it or not, that matters. It's an awesome bike, but yeah, the batteries are the achilles heel of electric vehicles. They make the vehicles way heavier, and a lot more expensive, than they otherwise would be.
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          heavier yes, way way heavier no....most litre bikes are around 470is with fluids.....
          MikeThinker
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          BMW's dry weight is 451 lbs. Seems to be in the ballpark.
          Max Wagner
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          According to the manufacturer's website, the curb weight for the 12kWr version is 490,lbs. The curb wright for my 15kWr model is 510 lbs. I'm not going to disagree that the bike is on the heavier side of things, but they've done a good job keeping it as light as possible. It still goes 0-60 in 3 seconds and tops out at 150 mph.
          GreenDriver
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          Oops! I meant @ Marv
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          Marv: Eric Bostrom, who writes for Cycle World and also races Brammo's Empulse RR electric racebike, has done what neither of us has: ridden one of the fastest electric race bikes in the world as well as the world's fastest production bikes on the same track. http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/06/30/2013-bmw-hp4-vs-ducati-1199-panigale-r-exotic-sportbike-comparison-test-review-photos/ Duc Panigale 1199 R - $30k - 1:33.07 BMW S1000RR HP4 - $25k - 1:33.09 His fastest race lap on the Empulse RR, at eRoadRacing 2013, was 1:33.012. http://gas2.org/2013/07/21/eroadracing-usa-round-1-an-unexpected-podium/ That did eclipse the race record set by Steve Rapp on the Mission R in 2011 of 1:33.194, though not Rapp's fastest qualifying lap of 1:31.376. http://gas2.org/2013/07/20/eroadracing-qualifying-practice-laguna-seca-2013/ The Mission R and RS bikes are basically street-legal versions of the Mission R .. so head to head? Yes, it's certainly in the same class.
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          @Max, dont get me wrong, those figures are stout, but handling wise, weight on a motorcycle is your enemy.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          @ Ricardo....you seem to be "weigh" off..........With a curb weight of 439 lbs, it's quite light: the average 1000cc supersport bike..blah blah blah...now add fluids.............
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          @ Dean & Mike, You're both way off on the weight. The BMW HP4 has a 370 lbs dry weight, not 451. And modern super bikes in general are a lot lighter than 470 lbs wet. So yeah, way heavier. And Mission made the RS as light as they possibly could. I'm sure it handles fine at speed, but that weight is still going to play a large factor in all around performance. Also bear in mind that to get any real range out of these bikes, they had to depower the motor by quite a bit. Are electrics improving? Yes, definitely. Are they at a truly competitive level with ICEs? Not yet.
          Lewis
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          @ protomech, I just looked it up for you. Electric bike record for a lap of the TT is 109 and change mph. Super stock and Superbike both have records of 131 and change mph. E bikes do get faster each year while the ice records are somewhat static right now.
          GreenDriver
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ricardo Gozinya
          @ Ricardo Yea, I think it must be a prerequisite for EV CEO's to have large reality distortion fields. Except for Elon, who makes outlandish claims only to somehow back them up. I love the latest one, that his Dragon space capsule will be able to land anywhere on earth with the accuracy of a helicopter. Go on with your bad self Elon!
        porosavuporo
        • 6 Months Ago
        @GoodCheer
        The thing is, we dont like our bikes too heavy. So if someone manages to reduce the weight of that 17 kWh, the riding experience will improve, drastically. And generally, unexperienced riders should stay away from heavy bikes, so that sort of limits the ( informed ) market a bit.
      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      Motorcycles don't matter
      MikeThinker
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is this how bikes are typically reviewed? Good info on the tech of the bike, but not really handling, braking and acceleration.
      Dean Hammond
      • 6 Months Ago
      Paradox, IMO due to weight, perhaps a Sportbike wasnt the best choice, however, if in a Touring bike....lack of range....
      Jerry
      • 6 Months Ago
      Safety issue advice.............Don't go to real biker hangouts unless you have good health insurance.
      alfredschrader
      • 6 Months Ago
      My electric mnotorcycle design will out run any motorcycle. Mine uses supercapacitors - like the fictional flux capacitor only supercapacitors are real and they use carbon foam and produce thousands of amps. The acceleration phase only lasts for 15 seconds or in the case of a supercap drive 10 seconds at 200 mph.
      cvanac8550
      • 6 Months Ago
      Unlike most riders who enjoy the noise of a throaty v twin ..I used to crank up my triple in the Battery tunnel in the wee wee hours ...shut off the engine and just enjoy the feeling of wizzing along with no noise and little vibration. As close to flying without leaving the ground..I would love an electric bike.......to each his own
      p1943ship
      • 6 Months Ago
      Electric motorcycle's will not make it until a battery or power source is developed that will last longer. Who wants a motorcycle that will only go a hundred miles or so before needing an extended charging period.
      Technoir
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nice bike, but at the price of a Tesla Model S?
        RoyEMunson
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        They have a model that is just over 30K. That may seem expensive until you realize the closest ICE performance is a Ducati Penigale R, which is also 30K.
          RoyEMunson
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Read up on the Mission fellas...
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          incorrect, list starts , Aprilia, MV Agusta, BMW, Bimota, EBR, KTM......and most are 10k less than the 30k you mentioned...
          errorunknown
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          The BMW S1000RR is faster than the Ducati and half the price at 15K
      • 6 Months Ago
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