The Mugen Shinden is the most decorated electric race bike around, having captured the last four TT Zero races and holding the record for electric motorcycles with a 119.279 mph lap of the Isle of Man TT‘s Mountain Course.
Mugen, of course, is a long-time partner of Honda, and while it doesn’t wear any red wing logos, it’s long been presumed that the Shinden is the closest thing we’ll see to an electric sportbike from Honda until the company decides to put one into production.
It’s no real surprise, then, that the Mugen and the Shinden were part of the festivities of last month’s Honda Racing Thanks Day at Twin Ring Motegi. The event featured several exhibitions from Honda’s various racing efforts, including a Super Cub race with MotoGP stars Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, and a few parade laps of Hiroshi Aoyama riding Bruce Anstey‘s 2017 TT Zero-winning Mugen Shinden Roku. Watch (and listen!) to the Mugen Shinden take on the Motegi circuit here:
It’s a shame the Mugen won’t be part of MotoGP’s upcoming electric class, with Dorna awarding the spec bike supplier contract to Energica. We’ll instead have to wait for next year’s Isle of Man TT, where Mugen will hopefully return to defend its TT Zero title.