Brandon Miller at the Bonneville Salt Flats

Electric Cowboy's 102 miles/hr electric motorcycle land speed record

Brandon Nozaki Miller, riding a modified Zero Motorcycles made Zero S ZF6 electric motorcycle, sets a new land speed record for lightweight electric motorcycles.

There is a little friendly shootout underway in the electric motorcycle land speed record field. In August a land speed record was set in the under 150 kilogram electric motorcycle class. Last weekend Brandon Nozaki Miller, who bills himself as The Electric Cowboy, went to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the 2012 Bonneville Shootout, looking to set one or more land speed records in that same class. By the end of the weekend he'd set a 101.652 miles/hr land speed record for a motorcycle whose manufacturer claims an 88 miles/hr top speed.

Miller is a young man on a curious path into electric motorcycle racing. He's been bitten with the electric motorcycle bug, and rides a Zero Motorcycles made Zero S ZF6 electric motorcycle on his daily commute. This summer he began training for a AMA motorcycle racing license, something that many young men do except that, unlike most of these people, he has never ridden a gasoline powered motorcycle. Ever. Last weekend he was invited to the 2012 Bonneville Shootout to bring that same Zero S ZF6, his daily commute vehicle, to the salt flats and set one or more land speed records for unfaired electric motorcycles under 150 kilograms.

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This is very exciting and I'm delighted for Brandon and his success. It will do a lot to further interest in electric bikes and electric vehicles in general.
I don't think the Brammo Empulse weighs under 150 kg, so no direct competition, but I'm not sure the Empulse will be in the same weight class as bikes like the Lightning.
Thats great and I learned something about the zero which I hope will be in the 2013 range like damping and chain guard. The difference between the brammo impulse is they have gear selection. Unlike the inertia which is a single speed. Interesting the the power of the new zero is the same as the 2012 Brammo impulse. Of coarse can't seem to get hold of a mission r or for that matter a munch. I'm trying to get the zero to Western Australia. The electric cowboy I like that name and well done for your enthusiasm you must be a good rider. The mission not even latest model is a single speed and awesome.
A couple years ago Mission Motors decided to back away from plans to manufacture electric motorcycles. The company still builds them, but solely for testing (so they say) the components they sell to OEM's. They say they're too busy designing and building components to get into the motorcycle market. I talked with Muench guys at Daytona at the TTXGP World Championship. They say they're interested in making bikes for sale, and are willing to sell some bikes, but it sounded like they're not in a position for large scale manufacture. It's also possible to contact Lightning Motorcycles for bikes, as they're willing to build and sell duplicates of their race bike. The race bikes I mentioned, including the Empulse RR by Brammo, are light years more powerful than the Zero S or Empulse R.

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