Lightning Motorcycles has been impressing us for years. In 2012, former editor Troy Siahaan gave its electric-powered superbike a spin, and he probably still giggles like a schoolgirl thinking about its phenomenal acceleration, as he did in this article’s video. Later that year Lighting brought the bike to Bonneville and came away with a 218-mph top speed, making it the fastest production motorcycle in the world and giving the streetbike its LS-218 monicker.

This year Lightning has upgraded its e-bike, bringing its power output to 246 hp measured at the wheel, and Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield told us he thinks there’s at least 20 hp extra to be unleashed. A pre-Bonneville shakedown run at El Mirage saw rider Jim Hoogerhyde take this streamlined version to 212 mph. The trip to the salt was next, but the loose and bumpy surface supplied inadequate traction. Telemetry showed a maximum ground speed of 209.8 mph, which is slightly higher than the 207.8 mph timing slip it earned. What’s astonishing is that tire speed reached more than 230 mph and telemetry revealed the throttle achieved a maximum of only 58%! Much more to come…