In August of 1974, Mike Corbin (of motorcycle seat fame) set a motorcycle land speed record of 165.397 mph on a bike he named “Quicksilver.” The catch: it was entirely battery powered. Many people mistakenly think electric motorcycles are a new phenomenon, when in fact battery operated motorcycles have been around for quite some time. […]
Lightning Vin #000001 Is On The Street
Lightning has announced it has completed all of the required DOT and DMV requirements in order to gain a VIN number for at least one of its motorcycles.
The picture above was the only one supplied by Lightning, which we assume corresponds to the production version of the Lightning Superbike I rode in August of last year. However, Lightning is also producing a Sportbike with performance levels more accessible to the average rider (meaning, less manic than the Superbike), which this VIN number could also be corresponding to.
Lightning’s announcement about VIN certification closes with the news that the Superbike street fairing is nearing completion and is in the final stage of clay modeling. It makes sense that the company’s initial offering would be a street version of its Superbike, which would lend more weight to it being the one to pass the required VIN certifications.