2010 MotoCzysz E1pc: the future is now

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Photos: Amadeus Photography

The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc isn’t just another technically impressive electric motorcycle, it’s the most advanced two-wheeler ever made. Using MotoGP-level thinking, Michael Czysz has integrated the most sophisticated electric drive technology yet seen with engineering solutions that will advance even gasoline-powered motorcycle technology by leaps and bounds. We’re partnering with Popular Science to exclusively reveal the future of motorcycles to the world, head over there for more photos and an in-depth feature written by some hack named Wes.

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  • http://cerebusx.typepad.com Lee

    Agree, it’s a beauty!!!

  • http://www.brammofan.com Harry Mallin

    Definitely worth the jump over to “Popular Science.” Great pics by Frank of Amadeus Photography and a very comprehensive article by Wes. Now, we just need to see this bike in action. Let’s hope the rain stays away tomorrow.

  • eric

    OMFG! They’ve really outdone themselves. Bravo and good luck to the motoczysz team!

    Nice job on the article Wes. Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D.

    Great article, Wes! Just looking at that bike makes me excited for the future!

    I really thought the dual riding position seat was a nice touch, too; a bit of old-school engineering problem solving coupled with bleeding-edge technology!

  • Guy

    I think it’s f***ing hideous, but then I thought that about girls once

  • Woody

    Looks like you guys got your mark on this bike, too.

  • Nick

    AS you know, I’m no electric bike fan but that’s a great article Wes.

  • 2ndderivative

    “…some hack named Wes.”

    Careful now, you don’t want to give people ideas. That said, I sincerely believe I’ll have a high-performance electric bike in 10 years or so.

  • Core

    That was a fun article to read.. but vague it seems. Which I understand.

    Nice photos as well.

  • baldheadeddork

    Not to piss on the love fest, but what does Michael Czysz know about MotoGP-level thinking? The last I checked, he’s never made a GP bike, or a production bike, finished one lap in a race, or followed through on any of the other endlessly hyped revolutions that are always just around the corner.

    Czysz has a great story. It’s the story of his hubris, his arrogance, and if he’s learned anything at all in the last five years of promising everything and delivering nothing. He’s the anti-Britten. But Wes, you fell into the trap of writing another press release for him.

    • monkeyfumi


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I think that’s a pretty extreme opinion. Michael’s in this for the long game, not short-term success. Since when was being conservative with product development a target for derision?

      He did make a MotoGP bike from the ground up, but had the rules changed underneath him as it was preparing to compete. Can any other American company even get close to saying that?

      He has, completed a lap of the TT, setting a new record for electric bikes (by a significant margin) in the process.

      While he hasn’t sold undeveloped products to the public or won a race since his days as a racer, he has invented a significant amount of intellectual property, you can see his ideas on the Ducati GP10 (the frame) and you’ll see it on a major upcoming electric vehicle from another manufacturer. Just because he hasn’t developed a consumer product under his own brand yet doesn’t mean he doesn’t make things.

      Michael is probably the most incisive, intelligent, friendly guy that I know that’s involved with motorcycles and that’s speaking personally. Professionally he’s our country’s most talented motorcycle designer. It just sucks that there isn’t a bike manufacturer here that’s he’s able to give his talents to, so he’s creating his own path. Somehow, I can’t see him designing tassle-equipped crusiers.

      He’s also an extraordinarily talented rider and is actively working to share that ability with other riders through the Skip Barber Superbike School, which he runs.

      I apologize if my article left room for this misunderstanding, hopefully tomorrow’s HFL feature will clear things up a bit.

    • W

      Armchair quarterback waiting to feed on the failure of someone while adding no value of their own. Sad.

      It is not surprising, it would not be possible for anyone to understand, who has never visited facility or meet some of the amazingly talented MOTORCYCLISTS, and others, (including Czysz) involved in this project. Herculean effort. Incredible amounts of design, engineering, and fundraising (the worst job). And all done without the government help that has been given out like candy from a Piñata (140 million just for Tesla, after which they announced plans for a dealership in Monaco….MONACO! By the way its open now in case you can afford to visit….How do you feel about paying income tax now?!)

      I may not be convinced the future is electric motorcycles but Czysz has been climbing an almost impossible peak for some time on nothing but determination and will to pursue a sport he love and ideas he believes in. He, his father, and the members of his team, have sacrificed more than most for the sport.

      In Spain or Italy the whole damn country would be behind him praying for the win.

  • eric


    I think you make some great points, and bravo for the britten reference, may he rest in peace. I always loved that guy. I think he would have gotten a kick out of the TTZero. I know he would have done something really special.

    Having said all that, I still think the e1pc is a heck of a cool creation.

  • Tyler

    Not to lower the standards of this comment board, but my pants got tight after seeing and reading about this awsome piece of art and functional machinery.

  • bg

    Great article Wes and great response – this is true about Czysz. One small correction – the Motoczysz team (albiet very small) is one of our country’s most talented motorcyle design teams. Michael has a couple extremly talented fellows that have played a huge part (forgive the pun) in making Tyler’s pants tight about this bike.

  • Ken

    As a New Zealander I’m sentimental about John Britten, but this is gob-smacking. Like the Britten, this level of innovation is beyond a big manufacturer who can only think departmentally. It’s awesome enough as a piece of design, never mind how it goes. Best of luck MotoCzysz.

  • GeddyT

    Seriously, what does it take to please some people?

  • Shane

    It looks really heavy with those batteries. Does anyone know the weight?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Less than 450 Lbs.

  • http://ohoh2.blogspot.com/ DoubleOhTwo

    In 10 years time this will be the equivalent of the steam-powered bicycle. I’m reassured about the future by innovators like Michael who are actually forging ahead to provide a solution to fossil-fuel powered engines. The real challenge for clean energy-powered bikes is to generate a style, culture and passion equivalent to that created by their greasy, smokey, denim and leather clad ancestors.

  • Kevin White

    Fantastic! I wish the team all the luck in the world at the race. This bike and its technology are a revelation.

  • Isaac

    I think the tail section looks kinda ‘blah’ but the rest is pretty awesome. I hope I can afford one when it comes out.

  • Isaac

    Hey Wes you should see if Michael will ‘really’ put the HFLlogo on his bike. That would be pretty cool.

  • Dr. Gellar

    That bike is absolutely amazing! Even without it’s aerodynamic bodywork, it’s a pretty sweet machine. Congratulations MotoCzysz, on both creating the bike and showing it’s potential so far. You all deserve a few things to go your way, especially after the trials and tribulations of the C1 and the 2009 e1pc.

    Good luck in the TT tomorrow!

  • Oscar


    You didn’t mention one very important fact. MotoCzysz developed all their innovative solutions with none of the government subsidies for which car manufacturers constantly beg.

    Free markets, and racing, work.

  • http://www.bottpower.com Hugo

    Wes…saying that the the Ducati GP10 frame is similar to the Motoczysz carbon frame is nonsense.
    The Ducati carbon frame is flexible and incorporates flex like the aluminium/steel MotoGp frames do. Furthermore they integrated (for instance) the airbox into it. The Ducati GP9 basically has a carbonfibre airbox which also functiones as a frame or better headstock because it is small:
    http://www.ducatiblog.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ducati-desmosedici-gp9-carbon-fiber-chassis-2.jpg If you look at the Motoczysz C1 frame then it is simple and stiff and almost a copy of a aluminium twinspar frame, completely the opposite of the Ducati frame.
    The were frames like the Motoczysz made a long time ago; the Carbotech Ducati comes to mind.
    I think the Motoczysz uses the front fork to “flex”, not the frame…but maybe somebody else can clarify that

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks Hugo,

      You’re correct that the Ducati frame incorporates flex and the MotoCzysz pushed its lateral flex into the suspension. Which do you think is the more sophisticated solution? A frame that makes up for the limits of off-the-shelf suspension or a bespoke solution? Besides, frame flex is a Ducati hallmark, I’d be shocked if they didn’t continue to develop that.

      The whole frame as airbox/headstock is where it turns pure MotoCzysz, that’s exactly what the C1 did. The engine was a stressed member with the carbon airbox/frame serving to link various components at the front end together and the swingarm bolting directly to the engine.


      Granted, the GP10 has separated the subframe from the headstock/airbox.

  • i.am.one

    What does the symbol of Hell for Leather, which is present in the TT Zero bikes?


  • http://www.bottpower.com Hugo

    The question about what is the more sophisticated solution is like the chicken/egg question ;)
    I applaud Czysz for making a different front suspension in combination with a carbon frame, altough his front suspension seems like the best of other previously made concepts (like the WP monoarm or Troll Hyperpro TRX); Czysz did his homework very thoroughly.
    BTW Benelli did an even nicer carbon frame where they really integrated a lot of functions (air channels, headstock, bodywork) into it, and that is necessary to compensate for the high price of carbon fibre; reduce parts as much as possible(and therebye reducing weight off course)
    Never the less the electric Motoczysz is interesting and they really built the bike (almost) new from the ground-up and not take a stock GSXR frame and bolt the parts in/onto it.
    So when do we see a FFE-frameless electric racing motorcycle? The interesting thing about the electric motorcycle is that it is possible to make something radically new. There is no crank/gearbox in the way (at a fixed position), no engine so theoratically components can be placed much better or centered around the CoG so a lot of room to really think out of the box without making compromises regarding handling or vehicle dynamics. Czysz already did that but there is room for more “extravaganza” ;)

  • i.am.one

    What does the symbol of Hell for Leather, which is present in the TT Zero bikes?


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a watermark on images that are exclusive to us :)

      • K2theM

        I’m all for watermarking stuff for the sake of credit/exclusivity, but all but two of those images were sourced from the PopSci article (/= exclusive).

        So what you are really doing is adding a mark so you can see who comps your images when re-blogging the story and who bothers to go to the source.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Actually I pitched that article to PopSci, arranged the photoshoot, wrote the article and edited it. They’re our photos that we’re sharing with PopSci. The reason I wrote the article for them was because I wanted to see Czysz get exposure in mainstream media. :)

          • K2theM

            Ah well that makes sense now.

  • i.am.one

    is it the symbol of this Blog? What is? is in TT Zero motorcycles?

    you are a sponsor or something?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, no, we aren’t a sponsor. It’s our logo, we use it to watermark images so that all of our imitators don’t use them without crediting us.

      It just appears on the images, not the bikes, although we keep meaning to have some stickers made up just like that.

  • i.am.one

    I am very interested:-P

  • i.am.one


    but it looks real! looks like a adhesive on the bike.

    The miracles of Photoshop!

  • i.am.one

    I’m an Italian Blogger of electric bikes.

    In italy we have Betti Moto.
    Betti Moto is the history of electric bikes, they already ran with electric motorcycles 10 years ago!
    10 years ago no one knew the electric bikes!!!
    in Italy as elsewhere in the world no one has ever given something to them!!!!!

    Our government is too busy with the nuclear and can’t give money to these teams!

    You are fortunate that Michael has the money to build these fantastic bikes!


  • Matt

    I’m sorry if this has been covered already but I’m confused about the motor. In this article you say AC; your PopSci article says DC. I’d like to learn more about it, I just hope someone is working as hard at advancing batteries as Czysz is at motors and bikes.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, it’s DC, sorry for the confusion.

  • http://www.evfr.net travis

    Its a Brushless DC motor…. i.e. no brushes.