TT Zero 2014 EntriesDuring the 2013 TT Zero at the famed Isle of Man, the Italian-based Team Vercarmoto achieved fifth overall with the Manx rider Chris McGahan at the controls of the Vercar R6E – an electric-powered Yamaha YZF-R6.
With this result in mind, the team enters the 2014 TT Zero with one clear intention – finish on the podium. To achieve this goal, Team Vercarmoto has decided to utilize the talent of America’s Mark Miller.Miller has much experience in the TT Zero, boasting a respectable record: 1st in 2010, 2nd in 2011, and 3rd in 2012. In the edition of 2013, a mechanical failure in the middle of the race forced him to retire.“I’m super stoked to be aligned with the Team Vercarmoto for the 2014 TT Zero event,” Miller says. “I met the team owner Carlo Gelmi a few years ago when he told me he was building a very fast electric race bike and indeed he has done it.“After their Vercar R6E finished 5th place in the 2013 TT Zero race I had a close look at their bike, a heavily modified Yamaha R6 with a gearbox intact. With loads of carbon fiber and other trick bits It definitely looks capable of doing the business to fight for the podium and this will be our aim. I want to wish MotoCzysz and Michael Czysz all the best as they take a year off from racing and welcome this terrific opportunity to work with my new Italian team and also I know they will have some awesome Italian lunches for me to get fat from! I cannot wait to get the TT fortnight rolling again.”As anticipated by Miller, he will compete riding the Vercar R6E, the only electric motorcycle with 6-speed gearbox. The R6E features extremely compact dimensions, and its chassis is borrowed from the Yamaha YZF-R6.The R6E produces about 75 horsepower with a weight of about 495 pounds, and a speed close to (155 mph), obtained thanks to an engine with drive control that allows the recovery of kinetic energy during braking. The batteries with lithium-ion technology are very high performance with a special electronic management system (BMS) that allows the optimization of the energy in any operating condition, Vercarmoto reports.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!