Yamaha will present an electric prototype version of its Vino scooter and a new electric dirt bike for youths at the Nov. 22-Dec. 1 Tokyo Motor Show. Both the EVINO and EKIDS prototypes are powered by the same DC brushless motor and lithium-ion battery. The battery is removeable, allowing it to be charged separate from […]
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Icon to Sponsor Brammo’s 2012 TTXGP Race Team
Riding apparel company Icon has signed on to be title sponsor for Brammo‘s factory TTXGP electric racing team for its upcoming North American title defence.
Team Icon Brammo will compete in the four-round TTXGP North American series with reigning champion Steve Atlas riding the Brammo Empulse RR race bike.
“Icon is a company that loves to see others striving to be different and the TTXGP is just that,” says Kurt Walter, Icon brand manager. “We felt that Brammo Racing had the whole package, with a great company, staff and rider, which made for an easy decision to sponsor their efforts.”
Brammo also revealed the Icon-inspired livery for the Empulse RR. Atlass will wear Icon gear including a brand new helmet model which will be added to Icon’s 2012 fall collection as well as a custom racing suit derived from Icon’s Overlord line.
“Not only is Icon’s involvement important for Brammo, it’s also important for the sport of electric motorcycle racing,” said Brian Wismann, manager for Team Icon Brammo. “Here is a brand that is known for being innovative and different, stepping up to support an entirely new genre in the motorcycle world – electrics. Last year was a huge milestone with Steve bringing home our first TTXGP championship and we’re excited to have the opportunity to defend that championship with a great partner in Icon Motosports. With the bike’s distinctive design, you’ll be hard pressed to miss Team Icon Brammo on the track this year.”
The 2012 TTXGP North American Championship kicks off this weekend, May 4-6 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Other stops include June 23-24 at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Ore., Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and July 28-29 at Laguna Seca in Monterrey, Calif., alongside the FIM’s e-Power series as part of the U.S. Grand Prix weekend.
TTXGP will also host its world championship final at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla, on Oct. 19-21, with the top teams from TTXGP’s North American, European and Australian teams competing against each other.
Zero Motorcycles reported a 240% year-over-year growth in revenue over the first quarter of 2012 with a 178% increase in unit sales. Specific numbers were not released, only saying it recently passed the milestone of 1,500 units delivered worldwide, but actual unit sales figures and revenues are still small in comparison to larger motorcycle manufacturers, […]