Roehr Motorcycles Goes Electric

January 4, 2010
Bart Madson
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American sportbike builder Roehr Motorcycles has announced the addition of two electric-powered sportbikes to its 2010 lineup. The Gurnee, Illinois-based company promises the new bikes, dubbed the eSuperbike and eSupersport, will debut this Spring. The higher-spec eSuperbike will also compete in the North American championship of the electric-racing TTXGP series.

2010 Roehr 1250sc First Ride
The new e-Superbike from Roehr Motorcycles will compete in the upcoming 2010 TTXGP series and join the American builder’s lineup alongside the 1250SC superbike (pictured).

Details are sparse, but a press release announcing the move reveals both bikes house AC induction motors powered by “high-energy lithium-ion” battery packs. The two rides will also source “premium suspension and brake components.”

The eSuperbike is geared for high top speeds (though none specifically listed for the superbike), with power claims of 96 horsepower and 210 lb-ft or torque. The eSuperbike will be the version campaigned in the upcoming TTXGP series, with Roehr not only supporting its own entry but also offering “race prepared versions of the eSuperbike for teams or individuals competing in the upcoming TTXGP, and FIM e-Power racing series’.” The e-Power series being the FIM’s rival electric-roadracing series to the TTXGP (to read more about the TTXGP and FIM split read our Electric Motorcycle Racing Grows for 2010).

The eSupersport will feature an AC mill with half the power of the superbike at 48 hp and 105 lb-ft torque. Roehr sees this unit as the “entry level of electric sportbike performance.” It will feature a top speed of 100 mph.

The Roehr electric models will join the current 1250SC superbike in the 2010 lineup, which is powered by Harley-Davidson’s liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin engine. Roehr promises more details on the two new electric models, including price, will be made available in the weeks to come.

With the inclusion of the new Roehr eSuperbike, the tally of options for the upcoming 2010 electric motorcycle season grows. TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain has announced the debut of the Mavizen TTX02 bike. Mission Motors will campaign the TTXGP and Roehr’s decision to go electric future mirrors the decision of another American Superbike start-up, MotoCzysz, which abandoned its internal combustion C1 project for the electric-powered E1pc.

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