The sights (and horrible sounds) of an electric motorcycle at Pikes Peak


One of the most interesting entries at last weekend’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb was the Zero SR/F electric superbike, piloted by roadracer Cory West. You can see his run up the hill in the video above.

West took fifth in the heavyweight division, despite his machine’s advantage (electric motorcycles don’t suffer from the fuel/air ratio issues that plague internal combustion engines at Pikes Peak). However, given that he was a rookie this year, he no doubt will produce greater results in the future, should he return.

If/when he returns, we’d hope for a less annoying alarm sound on the bike. That guitar music you hear is basically a warning bell, alerting trackside fans that an EV is coming, so they don’t cause a crash running across the track (yes, this sort of thing happens at Pikes Peak).

The race winner was Rennie Scaysbrook, who piloted an Aprilia Tuono Factory to a new lap record of  9:44.963. The previous lap record was Chris Fillmore’s 9:49.625 time, on a KTM 1290 Super Duke R in 2017.

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