Motorcycle Racing News Mission R Superbike Showing at Pro Italia

Mission R Superbike Showing at Pro Italia

Electric Superbike

Pro Italia Motorcycles, a leading destination dealer of Italian motorcycles, and Mission Motors, a leading-edge developer of electric powertrain technology and sport motorcycles, announced they will be holding a joint event showcasing the Mission R Superbike on Feb. 12 and 13, 2011.

On Feb. 12, 2011 Mission Motors and Pro Italia will be showcasing the Mission R motorcycle at Pro Italia, located in Glendale Calif. This is only the second time the bike has been shown to the public following its international debut at the 2011 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show.

The Mission R features the latest components from MissionEVT, the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors. The Mission R packs 14 kWh and 141 horsepower in a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike.

The liquid-cooled 3-phase AC Induction motor creates 115 ft-lbs of torque at the crank from 0 to 6400 RPM, propelling the Mission R to a top speed of over 160mph in a singe gear. The MissionEVT 100kW motor controller, with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps, allows the rider to tune the bike to his or her preferences.

Edward West (Mission Motors Founder) says: "Racing is in our DNA. Mission Motors participated in the historic first Isle of Man TTXGP in 2009. Later that year, we went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set an AMA Speed Record for electric motorcycles in 2009.

"The crucible of the racing circuit is one of the key ways we advance our technology. Pushing the envelope for what is possible with electric drive shapes not only the future of motorsports, but the future of transportation."

Bill Nation (Pro Italia Dealer Principal) says: "We’ve been in the sportbike business for 23 years, and I think that the Mission R may well represent the next leap in sportbike technology. It is certainly a stunning looking bike using the very best components and having leading-edge technology. We’re very excited to have this opportunity to introduce this sportbike to our customers who recognize fine machinery. I suspect that they will be very encouraged by what this technology brings to the table."

The Mission R will be at Pro Italia on Saturday, Feb. 12, for a showing and seminars (noon and 2 p.m.) and then will be brought to the famed Rock Store on Mulholland Highway at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, for a showing.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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