Posted May 14th 2012 7:58PM
The crew from Mission Motors took the time to stop by Jay Leno's Garage to give the comedian a peek at the Mission-R electric motorcycle. The machine uses 14-kWh lithium-ion batteries paired with a 120-kilowatt motor, which means there's around 161 horsepower on hand. Mission says the combination can get rider and machine to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in around three seconds while scooting to a top speed of 257 km/h (160 mph). Not too shabby. The whole package weighs in at around 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and gives riders a range of 126-160 kilometres (80-100 miles) depending on how frisky they are with the throttle.
Mission says the company wanted to pursue a race bike because of the challenges the platform presents. Namely, the machine has to serve up impressive performance while remaining fairly lightweight, meaning there's little space for massive battery packs. Leno is no stranger to electric bikes or motorcycles. The guy has a stable of two-wheel machines, both internal-combustion and EV.
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