When these pictures, the first ever of the new So why a Korean frame on an expensive, electric, American sportsbike? Cost. Roehr looked at simply adding an electric powertrain to the V-Rod-powered 1250sc superbike, but the cost would have been staggering, north of $70,000. But Walter didn't want to compete with Mission Motors, he wanted to give buyers world-class...

When these pictures, the first ever of the new

Roehr eSuperBike: $27,595, 210lb/ft, Hyosung GT250R frame
So why a Korean frame on an expensive, electric, American sportsbike? Cost. Roehr looked at simply adding an electric powertrain to the V-Rod-powered 1250sc superbike, but the cost would have been staggering, north of $70,000. But Walter didn't want to compete with Mission Motors, he wanted to give buyers world-class electric performance at as an affordable price as possible.

Roehr eSuperBike: $27,595, 210lb/ft, Hyosung GT250R frame
Three bikes are planned for the eRoehr range, all based around this basic configuration:

eSuperSport
$16,965; a single AC induction motor putting out 48bhp and 105lb/ft (peak); 6kWh Lithium-Iron Phosphate battery pack; 375lbs weight.

eSuperBike (pictured)
$27,595; two AC induction motors; 96bhp, 210lb/ft (peak); 9.6kWh. 500lbs.

eSuperBikeRR
$34,495; Ohlins suspension, 320mm Brembo radial brakes, forged Marchessini wheels.

If you think the eSuperBikeRR sounds like an ideal TTXGP entry you're not alone. While Walter was hoping to enter the electric racing series this year, development is taking longer than expected so he had to choose between delivery bikes to customers this summer, as promised, or racing. He chose to keep his promise, but hopes to race next season.

According to our Dummy's guide to electric motorcycles, AC induction motors are "the king of motors," combining good efficiency with solid power delivery. The Mission One will also use AC induction.

To put the price into perspective, the 2010 Zero DS only has a 4kWh, a less sophisticated single brushed DC permanent magnet motor and retails for $9,950.

How's that Hyosung frame going to hold up with all those batteries shoved in it? better than you might think. Even before the modifications made to Roehrs specs, its made to support a bike that weighs 377 Lbs, two more than eSuperSport. While the eSuperBikes add considerably to that weight, the over-engineered frame should still be well within its tolerances.

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