Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How quickly we (I) become ungrateful little pricks

This weekend I spent hours writing a rough first draft of a post that quickly became one of my epics.  I have a few big ones I just haven’t had the energy or time to finish.  Anyway, it is about the performance of the 2013 Empulse and Zero S ZF11.4 and comparing it to modern [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/30/how-quickly-we-i-become-ungrateful-little-pr

Monday, January 28, 2013

2011 TT Zero on Manx Radio this week!

I have been trying to catch the TT Zero on the Manx Radio TT 360 for some time now, as they replay the old races.  I finally managed it and they are playing the TT Zero twice this week.  The first time will be at 6pm GMT (Zulu) Thursday evening (31JAN13) which translates to 1pm [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/28/2011-tt-zero-on-manx-radio-this-week

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jean Todt's views on Formula E

The president of the FIA, Jean Todt, shares his views on the FIA Formula E Championship which gets underway in 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKhbSaz5gvI&feature=youtube_gdat

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The future is electric

The future is electric; welcome to the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK_cifg7ccc&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: fiaformulae

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ESBK Studios: Episode 16 Interview with Brian Wismann of Brammo

  Literally a year after my first interview with him posted I have Brian on again, and we talk about the finally being delivered Empulse, aerodynamics, charging (again), dealers, and Daytona.  Really good conversation. Episode 16 Interview with Brian Wismann of Brammo  


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http://esbk.co/2013/01/24/esbk-studios-episode-16-interview-with-brian

National Electric Drag Racing Association Season Opener is Jan. 27th!

The National Electric Drag Racing Association is set to kick-off its 2013 season this weekend at South Florida's Palm Beach International Raceway! If you're lucky enough to make it, DragTimes.com founder (and old friend from my RENNtech Karting days) Brooks Weisblat will be blasting down the track in his Tesla Model S, with Shawn Lawless and Andrew McClary also on-hand with their 4-motor Chevy S-10 and beautiful, all-electric Ford GT40 replica.

You can check out the event's official press release, below.

NEDRA NEWS

Come out to NEDRA's first event of 2013, January 27, at the DragTimes.com Street Car Drags at Palm Beach International Raceway. This event reschedules our previous January 24 date for the NEDRA Florida Winter Nationals.

was invited by DragTimes.com to come out to this exciting racing event. Check out streetcardrags.com and you'll see a couple of our electrics listed in the line up. More EV's will be signing up soon. Brooks Weisblat, owner of DragTimes.com, will be racing his newly acquired Tesla S.

Shawn Lawless will be racing Lemon Juice, his 9-second Chevy S-10 featuring four 7.5 GE motors sharing a single chain for a direct drive to a 9-inch posi rearend. Juice to the motors is provided by two 2K amp high voltage Zilla controllers. Battery power supplied by a 3500 amp lithium battery pack.

Jeff Disinger will be racing his new steet bike "Electrocutioner." Jeff's been working non-stop over the winter holidays to get the bike to the track. Also racing will be Andrew McClary's beautiful electric GT-40 and Matt Graham will be bringing an AC Propulsion E-Box.

Source: NEDRA.

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http://gas2.org/2013/01/23/national-electric-drag-racing-association-s

Formula E on the streets of Rome

The eternal city welcomes Formula E to drive around the city centre and its most iconic landmarks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74gyNKG_tlM&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: fiaformulae

Sunday, January 20, 2013

To you my readers and supporters: I hear you.

So a while back I lamented how not enough people listen to me and I’m not generating buzz, and blah, blah, blah.  I think I stopped short of pulling the violin out.  In the mean time my twitter followers have steadily increased, and Facebook folks as well.  Not at a rapid pace, but steady.  The [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/21/to-you-my-readers-and-supporters-i-hear-you

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 Brammo Empulse R VS. 2013 Zero S 11.4: BS and spec sheet racing

Ok, I can’t resist any longer. VS  First things first, BS and smack talking.  And lets be fair Brammo started this whole thing.  In July of 2010 Brammo finally showed up to a round of the first year TTXGP racing in North America, didn’t make the race, and launched their initial prototype of the Empulse.  [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/20/2013-brammo-empulse-r-vs-2013-zero-s-11-4-bs

How is racing, marketing?

This is a subject that I end up thinking about, and often struggle with.  I guess the broader question is why is racing important.  There are many reasons to go racing though.  I think the most basic is that it is a constructive avenue for our urge to do battle and prove ourselves superior.  Or, [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/19/how-is-racing-marketing

Friday, January 18, 2013

Race bike proponents rev up business - TheChronicleHerald.ca


TheChronicleHerald.ca

Race bike proponents rev up business
TheChronicleHerald.ca
A couple of U.S.A. brand names will likely pop up first: Zero and Brammo. The third most popular name in the category will likely be Amarok, which underwent extensive and successful testing at Atlantic Motorsport Park at Shubenacadie last summer, ...

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/467991-race-bike-proponents-rev-

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ESBK Studio: Episode 15 Interview with Colin Whittamore of Mugen

From: http://mugeneuro.com/motorcycle-racing/mugen-shinden-at-2012-tt/   I believe this is a must hear interview, and certainly not because of my vaguely mediocre hosting skills, but because of Mr. Whittamore.  Please give a listen, but be warded there are 2 parts where I get really loud that I could figure out how to quiet. Episode 15 Interview with Colin [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/18/esbk-studio-episode-15-interview-with-colin-

Formula E Rome Presentation

Rome is the first European city to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship. The Italian city will host a race in the inaugural 2014 season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uELzA_cC47I&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: fiaformulae

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Buckeye Bullet Electric Vehicle Will Go 400 MPH

Among the challenges: generating enough power from the four electric motors, tweaking the aerodynamics to keep the car fast but stable, and making sure the tires don't blow apart. If all goes as planned, the team will make its attempts at breaking the ...
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Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=buckeye-bullet-electr

Catch up with EVMotorcycle.org and the 2012 eFXC/TTXGP Australian Championship

    Andy, of EVMotorcycle.org has 2 must have DVDs available for $9.99 AUSD each.  Click on the pictures above to get to the ordering page.  I’ll post below some tasty bits from the DVDs he’s put up on YouTube.  But don’t forget to give his site a good going over.  There are some nice [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/15/catch-up-with-evmotorcycle-org-and-the-2012-

Sunday, January 13, 2013

BRD, Zero, and Brammo miss the start of the AMA Supercross season

(photo from www.Brammoforum.com)   (Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles)  (Photo from BRD’s website) Ha, ha, got you.  Well, actually they have missed the start of the AMA Supercross season, but as far as I know they had no intention of running it in the first place.  BRD has most definitely made no qualms about their (from [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/14/brd-zero-and-brammo-miss-the-start-of-the-am

World’s Smallest Electric Motorcycle

I received this video about a week ago.  Clearly taking Amarok’s smaller is better mantra to a whole new level.  I hope this means some growing interest in India, and Asia in general.  Anyone think their elmoto is smaller?  Let me know! Thanks goes to Santhosh Bikes for the link.

http://esbk.co/2013/01/13/worlds-smallest-electric-motorcycle

The beginning of a road

Riding my KTM 250 SX bike down a small trail that we are going to make into a road on Pilale Bay Farms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY0OGNdvWvc&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: jeremiah64

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

ESBK Studios: Roundtable #2 Elmoto Owners

This episode is a roundtable discussion with current electric motorcycle owners.  The audio quality isn’t the best, Richard and I went off on our own tangent a bit, and I need to talk less, but all in all everyone seemed to have a good time, and I think there is some good insight here.  Enjoy. [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/12/esbk-studios-roundtable-2-elmoto-owners

Electric Motorcycle Rampage - Ripperton vs Catavolt - eFXC | TTXGP 2012 Round 2 - ContourHD

Jason Morris and Danny Ripperton battle for the lap record at Queensland Raceway in Australia. This is the race where Ripperton hits the dirt while trying to adjust his Kelly controller mid corner and Catavolt has some overheating issues. Danny makes the supreme comeback in this one! You gonna need some knobby tyres for that Ripperton R1 soon Danny! Watch the full race, only on DVD. $9.99 + shipping worldwide www.evmotorcycle.org All footage filmed using ContourHD cameras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heqLlYA-ZSg&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: evmotorcycle

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Electric Motorcycle Rampage - Catavolt vs Ripperton - eFXC | TTXGP 2012 Round 1 - ContourHD

Jason Morris and Danny Ripperton battle for the lap record at Wakefield Park in Australia. This is the race where Ripperton hits the dirt and Catavolt tries hard not to high-side on the bends. It is also the race where Jason Morris makes the fatal mistake of 'whipping' Catavolt across the line. That Catavolt don't like no whippin' there Jay! Watch the full race, only on DVD. $9.99 + shipping worldwide www.evmotorcycle.org All footage filmed using ContourHD cameras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezsPxowFWy0&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: evmotorcycle

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Personal File: My journey back to the Motorcycling lifestyle started tonight

I gave up a lot when I left the Navy to pursue the reason I joined in the first place, being a music teacher.  I didn’t play music enough while I was in the Navy, and spent what I knew were those most precious of years to hoan your musicianship (the early 20s) fixing the [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/06/personal-file-my-journey-back-to-the-motorcy

Mavizen to showcase A123 technology for motorsports at Autosport International


Mavizen (www.mavizen.com), a premier technology supplier to the electric motorsport industry and A123 Systems' motorsport distributor, will present a showcase of racing technologies at a free workshop during Autosport International (January 10-13, 2013 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham).
Mavizen's workshop will take on Thursday, January 10 at 3:45 p.m. and will cover an overview of electric motorsports with presentations from TTXGP and the latest industry trends. Engineers will present the latest pack designs and case studies of A123 in the race for the next generation of motorsport.
To resevere a spot at Mavizen's free workshop, please visit http://www.the-mia.com/events_diary.cfm/flag/2/e_id/759.

Mavizen A123 20AMP 54S Module


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eFXC | TTXGP Electric Motorcycle Championship Australia 2012 - Wakefield Park - Round 03

Watch as Catavolt and Ripperton battle to win the Australian eFXC | TTXGP Electric Motorcycle Championship 2012 at Wakefield Park. On the sidelines Crazy Al gets busy with the microphone. The winner of this race is destined to compete at the TTXGP world finals at Daytona Florida. The entire 2012 series is now available to order on DVD at www.evmotorcycle.org
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Friday, January 4, 2013

eFXC | TTXGP Electric Motorcycle Championship Australia 2012 - Wakefield Park - Round 03

Watch as Catavolt and Ripperton battle to win the Australian eFXC | TTXGP Electric Motorcycle Championship 2012 at Wakefield Park. On the sidelines Crazy Al gets busy with the microphone. The winner of this race is destined to compete at the TTXGP world finals at Daytona Florida. The entire 2012 series is now available to order on DVD at www.evmotorcycle.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSjOe2xQ1dk&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: evmotorcycle

More stuff for the Wishlist, TTXGP 2013

So while I was musing about a hopefully up coming interview about Daytona and energy usage, I started thinking.  Now Mike Edwards would warn you that this is a very dangerous thing, and frankly he’s right.  But I’ve never let him being right stop me.  Any way, it has been a long time since I [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/05/more-stuff-for-the-wishlist-ttxgp-2013

The AMA Masters League/My Christmas Wish List

So right about now you are probably a little confused.  Since when did this become a blog about retired(ish) AMA riders?  Think about that last sentence for a minute. Those who are road racing fans, such as myself, will see where I am going.  But for those of you not versed AMA fandom, since TTXGP [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/04/the-ama-masters-leaguemy-christmas-wish-list

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Department of: Why haven’t we heard of this until now?

Both of these videos came to my attention through Robert Llewellyn’s twitter feed. I have no idea what the ice racing series is, but it’s cool!  Here’s the press release for Bigfoot 20: TEAM BIGFOOT COMPLETES TEST OF FIRST-EVER ELECTRIC MONSTER TRUCK (St. Louis, MO) Team BIGFOOT, creators of The Original Monster Truck®, recently completed [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/02/department-of-why-havent-we-heard-of-this-un

Practicality and charging revisited. Why you don’t need to know recharge times, and that capacitors won’t help.

Just shy of a year ago I wrote a post about charging and practicality.  It really is amazing how far things have come in just a year.  It easy for us elmoto and EV obsessed to take all this progress for granted.  If you are like me most days you are checking the internet for [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/01/01/practicality-and-charging-revisited-why-you-