A couple years ago, it seemed that you’d never get the opportunity to buy a Mission electric motorcycle. That’s changed – sort of.
Now, Mission Motorcycles (a new company that’s using the technology developed by Mission Motors) has two electric superbikes for sale, the Mission R and the Mission RS, both hand-built in the US.
The original Mission superbike was best-known for its dominating victory at the Laguna Seca TTXGP in 2011, where it crossed the finish with a 40-second lead. To commemorate that, the Mission RS is being built in a super-limited run of 40 bikes. The R will be the standard-edition bike, and much more readily available.
That depends, though, on how you determine availability. The RS will cost you close to $60,000 US, and the R will be about half that, when they are shipped in 2014.
The Mission motorcycles feature twin chargers, which juice the battery up in about two hours. They also have an onboard computer called “Mission OS,” which offers turn-by-turn GPS navigation, communications, ride telemetry data, and track-mode setup, and support for a heads-up display, should you have a helmet that offers that.
The Infinite Drive electric powertrain offers impressive numbers – 133.4 ft lb (180.9 Nm) of torque, top speed around 240 kph (150 mph), and 0-60 mph (95 kph) acceleration in three seconds. They’re claiming a 225 km range, thanks to the 17 kW lithium ion battery pack. There will be 15 kW and 12 kW batter packs available as well for the R model, to lower cost.
Want more details? Check out the Mission site here.