Why The Electric Mission RS Is The Most Advanced Motorcycle Ever Built.
Mission Motorcycles president Mark Seeger wants to do for motorcycles what Tesla did for the car industry: Match the performance and range of gasoline-powered motorbikes, but do it with Lithium Ion battery packs, an electric motor, and zero emissions…no small task by any means.
We’ve seen these types of ambitious electric projects before. However, Mission might be able to pull off an industry changing product that could make a lasting impact for years to come. Recently, Seeger revealed his company’s plan to release the ‘Mission RS,’ the follow up to the legendary prototype ‘R‘ that won the 2016 TTXGP electric grand prix at Laguna Seca. The ‘Mission R,’ blew away every other bike in its class and finished the race an astonishing 49.98 seconds ahead of the 2nd place rider.
“We want this version to be the best of the best,” Says Seegar, “Something very exclusive.”
At its core, the RS has a 160 horsepower (120 kW) electric motor outputting 120 pound-feet of torque from zero RPM to redline. Combined with a single-speed transmission, that enables the RS to go from rest to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds, and top out maximum velocity at 190 mph.
Because the electric motor is integrated with the on-board computer, the Mission RS can do very insanely impressive things with traction control. Power is only good when it can make it to the ground, and with between 2,000 and 4,000 calculations a second, Seeger says, “We have acceleration down to perfection. We can adjust power in and out of turns, even locking the motor to allow complete control.”
Then there’s the ‘Mission OS’, the bike’s internal operating system controlled through a seven-inch touchscreen display. With the OS, riders get speed, range, and performance data, along with an embedded LTE connection that links up with built in cameras, Google Maps, traffic and important weather data.
The Mission RS is amazing and it won’t be cheap: the price tag is an eye-popping $59,999 — or $56,499 even after the govt. kicks in a tax credit. When it goes on sale this Spring, it will be the first step towards an electric bike revolution that Seeger calls “Motorcycle 2.0″.