Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle News

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
Administrator
Administrator

 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: On My Bike
Posts: 1
Default Electric bikes dominate MiniMoto race


Original Article:
Electric bikes dominate MiniMoto race

Please discuss the Motorcycle.com article Electric bikes dominate MiniMoto race in our Motorcycle Forums below. Use the reply button to let others know your comments or feedback on the article. Constructive criticism is always appreciated, along with your thoughts and personal opinions on the bikes and products we have tested.
Administrator is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Advertisement
Old 05-12-2010, 01:46 PM   #2
seruzawa
The Toad

 
seruzawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461
Default

Anyone who understands the torque characteristics of electric motors can see their advantages. The problem is that the gasoline powered vehicles run all day while the electric ones are charging. Still a way to go before these replace gas bikes unless one is wealthy enough to own several extra batteries.
__________________
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 06:18 AM   #3
cenesdelavega
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5
Default Are gas bikes dead for racing?

Pardon my ignorance, but what kind of gas bikes were these? Are other bikes faster on a small indoor track?

I have a Zero MX, and know it is fast, but exactly how fast?

In other words, why would a racer continue riding gas bikes if the electrics are faster on a certain track?
cenesdelavega is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 08:58 AM   #4
acecycleins
Founding Member
 
acecycleins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 4,129
Default

Gas bikes vs e-bikes: Top end speed goes to the Gas. Grunt goes to the e-. As for faster: I think that there's a huge difference in a mini-track vs a Supercross track. Allow this race to take place on a supercross track under "main event" lap totals and your gas bikes will win.
__________________
"Slack" - a state of being in which everything flows smoothly.....a frame of mind so at ease that the universe naturally cooperates.
acecycleins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 09:11 AM   #5
Kevin_Duke
Motorcycle.com Staff

 
Kevin_Duke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,087
Default

It also doesn't hurt that there was a talented field riding e-bikes, including World MX champ Seb Tortelli. Also, the gas-powered minibikes had lots of restrictions, including the stock carbs.
Kevin_Duke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 10:38 AM   #6
cenesdelavega
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5
Default

Wasn't there talent on the gas side as well? Quote:

"Keep in mind the electric bikes have their work cut out for them. Defending GEICO MMSX 16-inch class champion Burnworth is the undisputed veteran King of American mini bike racing lore, "

What does the "lot of restrictions" mean to the rest of us who aren't into the world of MX racing? (I believe the electrics were all "stock" as well BTW ).

How do these 150s stack up to other 150s and other classes in performance? - Sorry for my ignorance.
cenesdelavega is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 10:51 AM   #7
The_AirHawk
Founding Member
 
The_AirHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin_Duke View Post
It also doesn't hurt that there was a talented field riding e-bikes, including World MX champ Seb Tortelli. Also, the gas-powered minibikes had lots of restrictions, including the stock carbs.
Oh, so there was "no deck stacking allowed" in this race.

Not.
__________________
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...
The_AirHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2010, 11:05 AM   #8
seruzawa
The Toad

 
seruzawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The_AirHawk View Post
Oh, so there was "no deck stacking allowed" in this race.

Not.
Makes the whole thing a bit of a joke, doesn't it?
__________________
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2010, 11:08 AM   #9
pplassm
Founding Member
 
pplassm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 3,875
Default

Actually, I think it's an interesting step in electric bike development. Things will develop, and get better, or not. I'd still like to have a cheap one to bop around the backyard.
__________________
Mongo just pawn in game of life.
pplassm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2010, 10:47 PM   #10
cenesdelavega
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5
Default Next - 250cc?

"Interesting step" - could be historic as you look back. For instance the big electric GP bikes are still way behind their gas brethren, but in the MX world, at least some gas bikes are now obsolete on some tracks. (150cc 4 stroke on short tracks). Zero has a new motor (the Agni) in their road bikes that is a lot stronger than the Perm motor currently used in their MX - could be trouble for the next class (250cc 4 stroke)? When will the madness end?
cenesdelavega is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off