Monday, May 17, 2010

Mavizen TTX02 lecky motorcycle

Wired reports: [edited]

The Mavizen TTX02 electric superbike is based on the KTM RC8 streetbike, which sports a chrome-moly trellis frame and top-shelf components from WP, Brembo and Marchesini. It is a serious bit of kit. The rolling chassis are sent to Mavizen, sans engines of course, directly from the KTM factory.

Once they arrive in Britain, they get a pair of Agni 95 electric motors. Each produces 22.5 kilowatts continuous power (about 30 horsepower), 36 kilowatts peak (48.2 horsepower) and 40 pound feet of torque. Customers can choose from among three lithium-ion batteries ranging from 4 kilowatt-hours to 10 kilowatt-hours. Those two wires leading to the motors are covered with thick rubber boots.

For those of you who might scoff at the bike’s output, bear in mind the TTX02 weighs just 110 kilograms (242 pounds) without the battery.

The final weight depends upon which pack you choose, but for the sake of comparison, the RC8 has a dry weight of 414 pounds. And don’t forget that electric motors make all of their torque the second you crack the accelerator.

The Mavizen was built for racing, but because it’s based on the KTM, it’s homologated for street use. Slap some lights and mirrors on and you’re ready to hit the twisties. All that tech doesn’t come cheap, though. You’re looking at £25,000 pounds for a bike with a 4 kilowatt-hour pack.

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