In the constantly changing world of electric motorcycle speed records and attempts, Lightning Motors ran their pre-production prototype to 166.388 mph at Bonnevillle on October 10th, 2009. Notice, it says "pre-production" so they are aiming to take the record for fastest production electric motorcycle away from Mission Motors and the absolute electric record as well, according to Richard Hatfield of Lightning Motors. This appears to be a one way run so it's not an official record but it does show what this bike can do. A dustbin fairing they planned to run was considered illegal by the inspectors so they mounted a Ducati 1098R fairing instead. The fairing actually caused some stability issues and the bike ran over 164 mph without it.
We wrote about Lightning Motors' early efforts a couple of years ago. It looks like they're coming along in the development process and might be joining the ever expanding number of electric motorcycles on the market. They weren't quite ready and were unable to participate in the TTXGP but they're continuing to work on their bike and this Bonneville effort shows it has a lot of promise. Lightning Motors does not have a website yet but Hatfield can be contacted through Alliance Renewable Energy.
Lightning Motors press release:
This week, at the historic SCTA World Finals at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a new player in the rapidly developing electric motorcycle industry emerged. Lightning Motors, running one of its pre-production prototypes was able to achieve a top speed of 166.388 mph. This exercise places the Lightning Motorcycle as the fastest production electric motorcycle in the world. Lightning Motorcycles is the brainchild of Richard Hatfield and a small group of dedicated associates in the Silicon Valley of Northern California. Along side the Lightning Electric Super Bike, Lightning Electric Motorcycle Company has prototypes of a smaller less powerful motorcycle, a motor scooter, an ATV/UTV and other sport and utility vehicles in its pre production development program.
Link: Alliance Renewable Energy
A diary from Bonneville is on the Motorcyclist Magazine blog