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Electric Motorcycle Hits 190.6 MPH


Doing 190.6 mph is amazing under any circumstances. It is even more so when it’s done on an electric motorcycle.

Chip Yates, who just keeps proving electric motorcycles are for real, hit 190.6 mph on Sunday during the Mojave Mile. It wasn’t enough for Yates to top the previous record and achieve another milestone in electric motorcycling. No, he had to shatter it by a full 17 mph.

Thing is, Yates said the bike had more to give.

Yates said computer modeling suggested the bike would top 200 mph, but high-speed buffeting kept him south of that. He and the Pro Racing crew made some tweaks in the pits, but then blew their primary and backup chargers. With no way to recharge the 12.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack, Yates was limited to two runs.

“The blunt rear end is causing buffeting. Now we have more data from this weekend, we will address it 100 percent,” Yates said late Tuesday in an email. “With the buffeting gone, on a one mile we should be just over 200 mph — maybe up to 210 max. On the open (Bonneville) Salt Flats or El Mirage, we should be even faster.”


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