Team Mugen reaffirmed its electric class authority at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races with the same two-rider team that monopolized last year’s proceedings – John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey. McGuinness was the faster of the two with an average speed just shy of 120 mph – another record in the quickly evolving world of performance electric motorcycles. Despite Mugen's domination, the 2015 race also saw some serious competition arrive in the form of Victory Racing.
Racing will make its professional debut in European motorcycle racing at the 2015
Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. A newly formed two-rider team on prototype electric
race motorcycles will take on the infamous mountain course on June 10.
Bonhams Stafford Spring sale has been responsible for more sales of elite motorcycles than any other single sale anywhere in the world, rivaling even the combined January Las Vegas sales – it's that important. Not surprisingly, there are a number of very rare and valuable motorcycles going under the hammer on April 26, the most significant being a 1939 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide (US$320,000-380,000), an unraced 1979 Ducati 900 NCR Racer ($120,000-180,000), a 1926 Coventry Eagle Flying Eight ($120,000-180,000) and a 1930 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine ($100,000-150,000).
After six runnings of the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle race, just short of five decades of progress had been achieved in five years
. After dominating all three practice sessions for the sixth running of the TT ZERO event setting a new lap record with every session, the Mugen Shinden San electric racebike delivered a clear 1-2 victory. Across the three sessions and race, average speeds have increased 6 mph, surpassing Joey Dunlop's 115.2 mph lap record from 1981 set on a Yamaha TZ750. It is very exciting to watch such massive progress being made in seemingly real time.
Resurrecting the name of Belgium's first home-grown motorcycle company, Saroléa racing is gearing up for this year's TT Zero electric motorcycle race at the Isle of Man. And the bike is an absolute beauty: 180 horsepower, 200 kilograms, 400 Nm of torque (!). The Saroléa racing bike features carbon fiber just about everywhere, including the frame, subframe, swingarm and even cable guides – and it sports an old-school Norton factory racer kind of look with its vintage bikini fairing, tank and seat designs.