Veni, vidi, vici. If electric motorcycles could talk, that's just what the Energica Ego would be saying to itself as it makes its way back to its Italian birthplace. As foretold, the "Where is my Ego" tour brought several bikes to our shores, along with a few company officials, crossing the land and making promotional stops in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York areas. The hearts of pretty much all the moto-journalists who rode the Italian machine were conquered in the process.
In a little more than a year from now, the 2015 Energica Ego from CRP will finally make the leap from design and development to driveways and track days. And now, we know exactly what this Italian electric sport bike will look like. In a word: magnifico!
CRP Racing first revealed its Energica electric superbike concept at the epic 2011 edition of EICMA. Now, a year later, a prototype version is on display at that same venue with promises of a finished product in 2014 with sales in both the US and Europe. It should be worth the wait.
The gods smiling down upon the Silverstone Circuit a weekend past were most definitely Italian in origin as that country's CRP Racing claimed both 1st and 2nd place in the opening round of the TTXGP Euro electric motorcycle racing series. Alessandro Brannetti crossed the line with a comfortable 20 seconds between himself and his new teammate Alex Battistini. Third place belonged to Team Agni's David Hallett aboard the venerable number 77 bike that Jenny Tinmouth rode to victory last year.
The ranks of electric racing motorcycle builders has just expanded by one. The Italian company, CRP Racing, which initially launched the eCRP 1.0 back in January, couldn't leave well enough alone and has now trotted out the new and improved eCRP1.2. Like its name implies, the new machine is an incremental evolution of the original. It features a more refined fairing, a larger 7.4 kWh battery, Marzocchi "upside down" forks up front and in the rear, the big red emergency shut off button has been m