Shinden Go confirmed: Yeah, Mugen sent me an email!

Literally earlier today I thought, “gee wouldn’t it be nice to start getting news on who’s showing up to the TT.” Now clearly I haven’t been blogging much, and I am pretty sure I told everyone to take me off their e-mail lists. I don’t think I’ve received a press release from them in two years. Replies to some questions maybe, but not a PR. I’m not the only one, and yet I received it at a little past 3am so says my mail box. Sorry if I’m rambelling, but my mind went poof a minute ago. I was going to practice the piano, but heck no one else seems to have reported this. And I assume the world would like to know. I just get to smirk because you have to hear it from me. Here’s the what I got from Mugen. Make of it what you will. I have a piano to practice. Oh, and I tried like heck to add pics but it didn’t work. Don’t worry, all that is missing are some logos and some pictures of the riders I can’t un-see, and that more is coming in March:

 

Release on Details of TEAM MUGEN’s Participation in the 2016 Isle of Man TT

Once again MUGEN (M-TEC Co., Ltd., Tomoyuki HASHIMOTO, President) will, as “TEAM MUGEN”, participate in the TT Zero Challenge class *1 at the 2016 Isle of Man TT races, to be held from May, 28th (Sat.) through to June,

10th (Fri.), 2016 on the Isle of Man.

 

For MUGEN the challenge of participating in the Isle of Man TT races started in 2012 using our original bespoke EV bike, SHINDEN, as a unique project to foster young engineers and conduct developments in a new area of motorsport and experimental powertrain design, and in 2014 and 2015 accomplished consecutive victories with 1-2 finishes in both years.

 

The 2016 machine, (SHINDEN GO), has been extensively developed using the knowledge and experience gained throughout the past 4 years, resulting in an all-new machine for this year’s challenge.

 

With SHINDEN GO we will continue with our highly-successful rider line-up of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey as we strive to win our third consecutive TT Zero title.

John has won a total of 23 Isle of Man TT races, and took his second victory in the TT Zero Challenge class in 2015. He also updated the outright course record for the mountain course with his Superbike lapping at an average speed of 132.701mph(00:17:03.567), while Bruce, who has won at the TT 10 times in total, took victory in the Superbike class last year.

 

“SHINDEN GO” will be exhibited *2 at the 2016 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight in March, 2016.

█ Team structure

Team name Rider Machine Representative / Director
TEAM MUGEN John McGuinness SHINDEN GO Representative: Satoshi Katsumata
Bruce Anstey Director: Akihiro Miyata

 

 

【TEAM UGE TT Zero Challenge results 2012-2015】

Year/ achine John McGuin ness Bruce Anstey
anking Average peed

(mph)

Time anking Average peed

(mph)

Time
2012 HI DE 2 102.215 22’08 850
2013 HI DE I 2 109.527 20’40 133
2014 HI DE A 1 117.366 19’17 300 2 115.048 19’40 625
2015 HI DE Y 1 119.279 18’58 743 2 118.857 19’02 785

 

*1 The Isle of Man TT Race (The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race) TT Zero Challenge

The Isle of Man TT race, which started in 1907, is the oldest high-speed motorcycle race that is still currently held. The island, which is located between the United Kingdom and Ireland, is about the same size as the

Awaji-shima island of Japan.

The races are held in a time trial format on a 60 km public street course that includes urban zones, residential areas, and a mountain section. The event was resumed in 1947, after the end of World War II, as part of the

Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship, and was soon an irresistible competitive challenge for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to demonstrate their technical abilities, and the riders courage. As a result of their successes in the Isle of Man TT it has served as a foundation for the Japanese motorcycle industry, from which it has made the leap to the pinnacle of world class motorcycle manufacture and competition.

The TT Zero Challenge class is a new category that was started in 2009 in anticipation of the future of the age of clean energy. In this category, machines are required to be equipped with a power plant emitting zero carbon dioxide. Though races for conventional internal-combustion engine classes can range from three to six laps, the race distance for the TT Zero Challenge class is currently one lap (approximately 60 km) in

deference to current technology battery performance and capacity.

◆TT Zero Challenge chedule

Event ame Date and time :Japan time is ahead 8 hours from the time of the Isle of an(summer time)
ualifying 1 Free ractice ualifying 2

ace

Friday 3rd June, 2016 20:40~ (1 A ) aturday 4th June 16:35~ (1 A ) onday 6th June, 2016 16:25~ (1 A )

Wednesday 8th June, 2016 16:20~ (1 A )

*2 Release of “SHINDEN GO”

Venue: Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Complex) West Exhibition Hall, Special stage in atrium

3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Date and time: March 25th, 2016 (Friday) 14:45 – 15:15

 

Rider’s Profile

John McGuinness

Date of birth: April 16, 1972 (43 years old)

Location: Lancashire,England

Began competing in the Isle of Man TT races in 1996, and, with 23 victories to date, he holds the record for the most wins of currently active riders. Since 2012, he has been racing in the TT Zero Challenge class as a rider for TEAM MUGEN. In 2014 and 2015, he took 2 consecutive victories in the TT Zero class. In 2015, he took victory in the Senior TT race, updating the course record at the same time. As well as being the TT Zero lap record holder is also the current outright lap record holder for the TT Mountain course.

2015 TT Race Results

・TT Zero Challenge class       1st place        ・Supersport class, Race 2     8th place

・Superbike class                4th place             ・Superstock class                  8th place

・Supersport class, Race 1       7th place            ・Senior class                      1st place

 

Bruce Anstey

Date of birth: August 21, 1969 (46 years old)

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Made his Isle of Man TT debut in 1999 and currently has 10 TT victories to his name. In 2014, set an outright lap record with an average speed of 132.298 mph in the Superbike class . In 2015, won the title in the same class, his first TT win in the Superbike events . Has participated in the TT Zero Challenge class with “SHINDEN” since 2014, earning 2 consecutive 2nd-place podiums for the past two years.

2015 TT Race Results

 

・TT Zero Challenge class        2nd place

・Superbike class                      1st place

・Supersport class, Race 1   .    2nd place

・Supersport class, Race 2      2nd place

・Superstock class                   9th place

・Senior class                            8th place

 

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Visited a Victory dealer, no Zero, no wait . . . what?

Oh yeah, and they’re a GEM dealer. If you don’t know what that is, it’s one of the three or four electric vehicle companies Polaris has purchased on the last 4 years or so. They are essentially large golf carts made specifically for moving people or maintenance staff and equipment around campuses. Although “large golf cart” is doing them a large disservice, but I don’t have a better description offer you.

Either way, I recently moved to Bowling Green, KY from Clarksville, TN. The last I checked the closest Zero dealership to me was way the heck down in Georgia, and the closest Brammo dealership was up in south west Pennsylvania. I knew there was a Victory dealership in town, and now that Victory owns and makes the Empulse I thought I’d check it out to see if they had one in. First I stopped by their website and noticed that they were already a Zero dealer, as well as a GEM dealer. I thought maybe they were trying to market themselves as the ultimate electric dealership in KY or something. So, as you can imagine I was really looking forward to visiting the dealership. Well, its not the utopia I was hoping for, but its actually a place I highly recommend based on my experience with the salesmen I talked to. Its actually really funny, they are a Victory and Polaris dealership first and foremost, but they are also most certainly a Zero dealership. They have a new 2016 DSR on the floor, as well as a 2015 SR and FXS, and a 2014 DS Police model, which sounds like their money maker. Or will be when all the grants go through. The salesman said he was pretty sure he could sell 50 of them to departments in the area as soon as the grants go through; and probably will.

Now I mentioned the new Victory Empulse TT, thinking he was free to talk about that too. But he was good at very politely and humbly dismissing it. He just knew it as the Brammo. He said he had been told it had the better electric tech. And then it seemed he was under the impression that Polaris was keeping the Brammo brand, and really the bikes were just Brammo’s. And again the Zeros were most likely better, as any salesman should say in his situation. I told him that they were actually full on Victory’s, and would they have any of those in? He said he was quite certain they wouldn’t as his impression was that it was one of those deals that if you want that model the dealership would have to add on a the equivalent of a new brand. Having worked in the bicycle industry, I knew what he was talking about, and knew it wasn’t bull. I’m just not certain its correct. He offered to ask his boss, but I knew I wasn’t going to drop $20k on a bike, and didn’t need to be wasting anyone’s time, and told his as much.

But I was so impressed by the salesmen. He was pretty up front that he was less knowledgeable than the customers that come in to buy them. But he clearly had done his homework. It seemed he had spent a fair bit of time with the Zero rep at a trade show or two, and paid attention while he was there. He named features I had forgot about, and had his facts straight. Mind you I never once told him that I had blogged and podcasted about these things, and played dumb pretty much from the start, but my “knowledge” and excitement slipped through. The GF very patiently watched me almost go off the deep end and yet catch myself several times, well from her account of the visit. But not once did I find him giving false information. But I do find his dismissiveness of the Empulse, like it was a competitive brand particularly funny, considering the main brands he sells not only owns, but actually makes the bikes now. Ah well, I figure if his manager can’t keep him up to date then its not his fault. He clearly has put a lot of work in. Oh no, wait. He said the extra battery pack was very light and wouldn’t affect the handling, or so he was told. I have read reviews of people who have ridden and/or own said bikes, and I find that to not be completely true. But I think the only people who would notice are racer types, and my impression is its not particularly noticeable to normal folks. If that’s the only quibble I could come away with, the dude deserves salesmen of the year as far as I’m concerned.

First impression of the Zeros on the showroom floor? The 2015 and 2016 bikes look no different to each other, other than a 12.5 vs 13 badges on the battery packs. But they look stout. The switchgear looks nice, the forks are inverted and sizeable, and adjustable. And the rear shock is fully adjustable. The only problem is that the compression and rebound knobs are color matched to the spring. The SR I was looking at had all red knobs? And the DSR all black. Really Zero? Is red for rebound and blue for compression so 2014? In the MTB world if you see rebound and compression knobs that are color matched to the bike then its a good bet the bike came from WalMart or Dick’s. On two of the bikes the knobs were different shapes, which is a help I guess. But it made me wonder just who they were marketing too. And then I remembered MTB’s know exponentially more about suspension than you average motorcyclist, generally the people who buy electric and aren’t motor heads want to believe these EV factories are imbued with some sort of magic that makes the bikes perfect from the factory, and turning a knob would let all the magic out. So, you know, I can’t really fault Zero for that. But I am annoyed, what ever that is worth. Anyway, back at the bike the “tank” area didn’t seem as massively wide this time, unlike the last time I sat on one a year ago in TX. And the bikes are demo models, and the salesman said I could test ride one as soon as I got my permit. So look forward to Youtube video in a few months. I just have to figure out audio, and the best place to mount my Garmin Virb, as it provides telemetry, unlike the GoPro. Well that, and get my permit [ahem].

Thoughts on the slowing of Elmoto Tech

Yeah, so there I was yesterday checking on news in the elmoto world and finding that if I dug longer than 5 minutes I was transported back months. Well, maybe there’s more going on than that, but I’m not so sure. Ted Dillard’s blog isn’t exactly on fire, nor stories on Inside EVs, Ben “Swing” Rich is writing cool stuff over at Green Car Reports, but again isn’t setting the world on fire with volume. Motorcycle.com seems to actually be doing a descent job keeping on top of this as well. And you can always check Asphalt and Rubber as they have a handy “Electric” category. They are sparse as well, but there also doesn’t seem to be much cross over. This isn’t a criticism, I am just listing what I find as examples to prove the point. There just ain’t much going on these days. Continue reading “Thoughts on the slowing of Elmoto Tech”

Scratch That

Well, ESBK.co turned out to be a failure, huh. Oh, wait . . . anyone there?  Probably not. Haha, hopefully not. As you may have read on my FaceBook page I could no longer justify the cost of maintaining the site. And then I got laid off, so there you go. Continue reading “Scratch That”

New Site is up, but E-Mail Subscribers need to resubscribe.

Hello everyone.  Ok, I think things are coming under control with the help of GoDaddy’s tech support crew and our favorite IT buddy (thanks Drew!).  However, I have not been able to export the e-mail subscriptions so if you can go back to “esbk.co” (same name different home) and sign-up for e-mail updates gain I would really appriciate it.

Thank you,

Richard

MotoZero Update: Smaller effort than last year

Kenyon Kluge

We haven’t heard much from MotoZero since my interview with Kenyon Kluge back in mid-December.  To say they have been busy over there I think is a bit of an understatement.  But I caught Kenyon on Skype to see how this season is lining up.  Turns out it looks like they will only have 1 or two bikes on the grid this year and the only eRR race he is pretty sure they can do is Laguna Seca.  For the other rounds it looks like he’ll need to carpool.  Finger’s crossed.  However, he is planning to do an AFM round and a M1GP event or two as well.  The bike will be stock as they were last year.  Racing tires, suspension adjustments, and map tinkering is all we have to look forward to on these bikes.  A far cry from the treatment Brammo has been able to give the TTX.  It’s not that Kenyon doesn’t want to hop up the Zero S, its more of a time and money constraint.  I really thought the racing effort helped them out last year as it gave people a reason to talk about the bike all year long after the excitement of the new model year release had died down.  I guess it wasn’t enough to warrant diverting some funds from something else.  Oh well.  There’s always next year.

It’s still gonna be good to see him waving the Zero flag and to have him in the pits to help the Hollywood Electrics team.  Maybe, just maybe, he’ll have a surprise mod or two waiting for us.