2020 Lito Sora Generation 2 Electric Motorcycle Revealed
Quebec-based Lito Motorcycles has introduced the new Sora Generation 2 electric motorcycle. Touted as a superbike, the 2020 Lito Sora Generation 2 boasts 0-60 mph acceleration in three seconds.The liquid-cooled permanent magnet three-phase AC motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, puts out 66 ft/lbs of torque and 108 horsepower. It features an aluminum chassis with Öhlins suspension, along with carbon fiber wheels and bodywork. The curb weight is 550 pounds—25 pounds less than the original Sora.
Superbike aficionados will approve of the many of the 2020 Lita Sora Generation 2 bona fides, and look at others critically. The 550-pound curb weight is undoubtedly high, while the 108 horsepower and 66 ft/lbs of torque won’t raise eyebrows in a positive way.However, the Öhlins suspension is top-notch, and the 25 degrees of rake and 59-inch wheelbase are definitely in superbike territory. The dual-compound Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires allow for a lean angle of 51.2 degrees, though the most finicky riders will likely insist on a performance upgrade to a tire such as the Michelin Power RS.We are used to electric motorcycles with no clutch, but Lito changes things up a bit with the Sora Generation 2. It features a CVT, as well as reverse. Final drive is via a belt.The 18 kWh lithium battery delivers a 50 percent increase in range compared to the Sora Generation 1, according to Lito. That works out to a claimed maximum range of 180 miles, while Lito tells us that the 3.3 kW onboard charger has cut recharging time by half to five hours compared to the original Sora. The battery has a five-year warranty, with the rest of the motorcycle having a two-year warranty.There are three power and regenerative braking modes—Performance, Normal, and Safe. The Safe Range feature, something proprietary to Lito tells the rider which mode to use to make it to a chosen destination.A 5.7-inch LCD touchscreen dash delivers the wide variety of information needed to monitor an electric motorcycle properly. The dash is WiFi-compatible, and displayed info includes GPS, energy management, and usage statistics.Unique to the Lito Sora Generation 2 is its electronically adjustable seat. Precise adjustment of the seat height between 29.5 and 33.5 inches occurs via a patented system.“The Sora Generation 2 offers a number of significant improvements, says Lito Motorcycles’ Founder Jean-Pierre Legris. “It’s not a project, not a concept, not a rendering on the web—it’s a production motorcycle,” said Legris. The 2020 Lito Sora Generation 2 electric motorcycle is already in production in Montreal, and reservations can be made on the Lito Motorcycles website with a projected delivery before the end of summer.Entry into the world of the motorcycle is not cheap—not surprising, given that only 20 examples scheduled for production. The list price is $82,250, though that does include free pick-up for servicing in California and Florida.
2020 Lita Sora Generation 2 Specs
Type: Permanent magnet 3-phase AC
Maximum power: 108 horsepower
Maximum torque: 66 ft/lbs
Top speed: 120 mph
Transmission: CVT w/ reverse
Final drive: Belt
Type: Lithium-ion (5-year warranty)
Maximum capacity: 18 kWh
AC charge time: 5 hours (J1772)
Maximum range: 180 miles
Frame: Aerospace-grade aluminum 6061-T6
Front suspension Fully adjustable Öhlins 48mm inverted cartridge fork
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!