For many, Harley-Davidson stands for freedom, individuality and, most importantly, the loud, lumpy rumble of a powerful gas engine. That's why the storied motorcycle manufacturer has been cautious in its approach to electrification. In order to gauge response to an all-electric hog, Harley-Davidson has set out on a global tour dubbed Project LiveWire.
The 2015 BMW i8 is the second model in the Bavarian automaker's eco-friendly i-branded lineup. The i8's plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with a 96-kilowatt electric motor to make 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Together, this gas-electric mechanical duo is capable of propelling the groundbreaking carbon-fiber sports coupe from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds.
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.