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It's been a long, hard road for Mission Motorcycles. And it's been just as long and hard for the company's fans and would-be clients, who have been left waiting for their high-powered, stunningly beautiful and technologically advanced electric motorcycles to actually hit dealerships for what seems like ages. To such fans and would-be clients, we have good news, and we have bad news.

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We Get An Early Ride On Mission's Range-Topping RS Electric Motorcycle

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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Mission Motorcycles is not Mission Motors. We say that off the start to avoid confusion about what follows. Mission Motors was started in San Francisco a few years back after exploding from its stealth cocoon, known as Hum Cycles. Mission Motorcycles was started much more recently by three gentlemen – Mark Seeger, Vincent Ip, and Andrew Ng – and partners symbiotically with Mission Motors for its technology. Ok, got that?

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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.

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Ever since Mission Motors first showed off its electric motorcycle technology demonstrator, the Mission R, a chorus of would-be riders have strongly suggested that it be made available for sale. That advice has finally been taken to heart with the creation of a new entity, Mission Motorcycles, and the announcement of the Mission RS and Mission R (above).

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Mission Motors Mission One – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mission Motors at Bonneville Salt Flats – Click above for high-res image gallery

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