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. […]
The New Fastest Electric Motorcycle Lap, With John McGuinness + Video
Earlier this week, John McGuinness won the single-lap TT Zero electric motorcycle race at the Isle of Man TT aboard his Mugen Shinden San. In the process, the 21-time TT winner smashed the old lap record of 109.675 mph, setting an average speed of 117.366 mph from a standing start. To put that in perspective, McGuinness’ teammate, Bruce Anstey, aboard a sister Mugen, set the outright lap record earlier this week aboard his Honda CBR1000RR superbike of over 132 mph.
To place this in e-bike context, during the first TT Zero race in 2010, the average speed of winner Mark Miller was just shy of 97 mph. Now, only four years on, the record has jumped by over 20 mph. No doubt about it, the Mugen Shinden San is fast. How fast? Climb on board with McGuinness as he takes you on his record setting lap.