2011 MotoCzysz E1pc: 37 beautiful, high-res photos

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Exclusive to Hell For Leather, this professional photo shoot reveals the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc in its full glory. Much more than an update on last year’s bike, this year sees the usual less weight and more power, but also dramatic packaging differences. The frame moves outboard of the battery packs and changes from aluminum to carbon fiber while the suspension moves inboard, under the tank for both front and rear. Making 200bhp and weighing less than 500lbs, Michael Rutter is expected to shatter the 100mph average lap barrier for the TT Zero race on Wednesday, 8 June.

Photos: Amadeus Photography

MotoCzysz assembled the battery packs from cells provided by Dow Kokam. LED indicator lights communicate charge levels and the health of the individual cells. Check out how massive that bespoke carbon frame is, it has to both support the battery packs and connect the steering head to the swingarm pivot.

The shocks are hidden under that “fuel tank” and are connected to the forks and swingarm via mechanical linkages. This helps maximize space for the huge battery packs, which create a major packaging challenge. Click here for pictures with the “tank” cover off and an explanation of how that suspension works.

That carbon linkage connects the swingarm to the shock mounted under the “tank.” The liquid-cooled motor resides inside and under that massive aluminum swingarm. Note that the battery packs take up virtually the entire available width of the motorcycle.

  • http://overshadowed.com/ overunder

    The future is bright!

    • robotribe

      And SEXY.

  • Felix

    Mother of god, that thing is sexy. I’d love to see it with its clothes off.

    • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

      forget that, I’d love to ride it hard and put it away wet. then sleep it off and do it all over again when she’s fully charged the next day…

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

        I like the way you think. But you knew that.

        • fearnow


  • TreMoto_Eddie


  • Myles

    Man, that thing sounds awesome on throttle.

    Not a big fan of the side panel with battery info (my guess is the cell manu requested this as advertising).

    Segway is about as uncool a sponsor as possible, but the logo isn’t too bad and they definitely “fit”.

    Too bad my apartment is “at least two years” away from having charging stations available. Two other complexes in the same family in my area are already setup tho, so at least it will happen eventually. What’s up with the rest of the urbanite readership’s charging situation?


      AFAIK, in LA there’s the Getty Center, UCLA, Universal City, and the occasional office building or mall. Residentially, I have no idea. It’s surely not on the to do list for my building.

    • Taco

      I like the LCD side panel. It would be cool if it read 8008, you know so it would say BOOB.

      • http://www.amarokconsultants.com michael uhlarik


        An American redefines the motorcycle paradigm and this is what the public focuses on.

        Maybe FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF above is named after a fart, too.

        • zipp4

          Take a breath Mike, these are motorcycles afterall.

        • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

          I want to sponsor Amarok for the sole purpose of getting a sticker on the bike that depicts the beauty of a woman’s breasts. Anybody else want to support this cause? The more sponsorship money, the bigger the sticker. They called the Lightning bike the “Flying Banana.” Goal: the Amarok P1 to be known as the “Electric Juggzbike.” Shall I set something up on kickstarter.com ?

    • http://www.xenophya.com Xenophya


      I was at the TT this year and was really excited to see the Zero race.

      I know a couple of the university teams quite well and we got partially involved with one of the TTXGP teams in the first year the race was held (until the project ran out of cash).

      Sadly however I have to report that watching the 4 bikes, that made it up the mountain to the Bungalow where we were watching, left me really disappointed and cold in a way I truly wasn’t expecting.

      I spent a good while looking at the bikes in the paddock with my father. The 2 MotoCzysz bikes are both hugely impressive, great pieces of packaging and design and they were certainly fast enough.

      I just don’t think I have ever appreciated before quite how much the noise contributes to the excitement of racing. I only knew the Zero bikes were coming because of the chase camera helicopter. Not only was the sound disappointing but the way the chaps were riding also lacked the thrill compared to the other bikes. Because Rutter and Miller were trying to conserve battery their riding was very smooth trying to maintain corner speed and break as little as possible. They came around in tandem formation on identical lines the whole way through the section we were spectating at.

      Compared to the mind blowing spectacle of Superbikes that shattered the piece of Snaefell exploding out of the Verandah section hard on the breaks into the Bungalow and then powering off up to Brandywell popping and spitting flame the zero bikes just looked a little pedestrian. That is not to say that they were pedestrian (I don’t think you could call either of the racers that and still have a full set of teeth) the times they posted were quick. Having been around the course a number of times during the week an average lap just under the ton is bloody good, but from a spectators view point sadly the Zero bikes just didn’t pass muster.

      I still think events like the zero TT are an important part of the development (and perhaps more importantly acceptance) of EV’s but I for one will expect a little less the next time I see one race.

  • wwalkersd

    Is it usual to mount the timing device on the front fender? I would think it would take a bit of a beating, being unsuspended. But I guess they have to be pretty tough no matter what.

    I also thought the placement of the emergency shutoff switch was odd, but I suppose it would be pretty visible if the bike is on its side, at least if you come at it from the “wheels” side.

    Love the paint job, love the styling, love the oval forks. The left handgrip looks very lonely.

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    Thank you HFL and Amadeus Photography for making my Sunday evening.

  • RT Moto

    I wanna be on you – Ron B.

    • Mr.Paynter

      I’m not sure how to say this, but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me.

  • walter

    That panel is a bit of whip. Looks like a Korean washing machine or something.
    Too bad the photographer couldn’t talk her into showing the drive side. Shy?
    As my Kiwi friend would say, “Show us your growler.”

    • Scott-jay

      Racing appliance was my first impression, like Walter. Methinks its colors, not shapes.
      Growler/structural carbon-fiber: upper front fork assembly (?), head-stock & front sub-frame (?), other CF looks more like body work & covers.
      Take it off, show some terminals, let’s see a little cell action!

  • http://mdynamic.tumblr.com Mdynamic

    I really hope we have a proper on board or at least WOT footage before Wednesday. I absolutely love this thing!

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    thats totally awesome. I cant wait for my first DIGITAL SUPERBIKE.

  • Esteban

    thx again.. hot bike!…on the cosmetic side I liked better the previous model colors.. with some red..

  • Derek

    Visually, the bike is stunning. The color palette is more akin to a doctors office waiting room than a superbike but I understand they were going for something to set themselves apart.

    Can’t wait to see more of this bike being ridden in anger. Or better yet, rumblings of a production version!

  • Greg

    This is truly exciting! Anyone that cannot embrace this future technology surely has a screw loose. I can’t wait to see a street version of this bike.

  • Barry

    I’m all for spending money where it’s important, but after pitting all weekend at the track parked next to a Pierobon F042, with the stands made out of the same tubing as the frame, using the Harbor Freight cheapo rear stand is sort of tacky for a photo shoot.

  • 85gripen

    Any idea if the TT Zero will be televised in the U.S.? The past couple of years the TT has been televised on Discovery HD Theater channel. I saw the documentary “Charge” and am interested in following the TT Zero as a result.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Probably not live, but we’ll be doing what we can to cover it here. I’ll see if I can grab a torrent link for you guys too.

      • 85gripen

        I’ve got my DVR set up ready to record it in case it gets televised on Discovery HD Theater. Thanks, Wes.

  • Rick

    All very clever, exceedingly so, but is motorcycle racing without the furious sounds of internal combustion too much like a rock concert without music?

    Sorry, my caveman DNA is showing again. Pass the KoolAid, would ya?

    • HammSammich

      I dunno, to me racing is about going fast around the track. Period. Personally, I wish more series weren’t so stifled by technical regulations, and instead allowed for some true innovation. I firmly believe that eventually, bikes like these will be running laps around ICE competition. I too, love the sound of a great engine, and I’m glad that there are motorsports for just about any kind of bike (Thruxton cup anyone?) but that doesn’t stop me from getting excited about the whooshing sound of an electric bike going through a speed trap at WOT.

      • Rick

        Sorry, but I don’t believe we’re close to having batteries which will permit ICE-smoking performance for any distance. At least not affordable on my paycheck. Or yours.

        • HammSammich

          I was being intentionally vague in saying “eventually,” not “soon,” and while I don’t think that EV bikes are going to beat ICE bikes in range for a long time, they are rapidly closing the gap in most performance measures.

          As far as affordability goes I’m not sure what that has to do with the bleeding edge of racing technology – I can’t afford a MotoGP bike either (not that I’d know what to do with it even if I could). The point is, EV bikes offer new configurations that can allow for better weight distribution, and possibly improved steering and suspension components. At this point the ONLY thing holding them back is the battery technology, and materials science is coming up with major improvements to batteries all the time.

          I guess all I can say is “we’ll see.”

  • rohorn

    The furious sounds of internal combustion will become similar to the clouds of billowing smoke and steam from locomotives – the look and sound of old and slow.

    Whenever electric racers become normal, I wonder if AHRMA will grow any.

    • Rick

      Without the furious sounds of internal combustion how will hip chicks be made aware of your rapidly approaching coolness? Onboard Tweeting?

      But you gotta admit, the steam locomotive is FAR more awesome than any diesel! Unless keeping your hands clean is a priority.

  • Rick

    In the USA these e-Bikes are on average ~45% coal burners…’cause that’s what our national electricity supply is comprised of.

    In France, an e-Bike is almost 80% nuclear-powered!

    • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

      thanks for making me finally look it up. here are the numbers. PHEV’s, even powered by coal, still have a lower total GHG print than gas-powered cars.

      When upstream impacts from fuel extraction, production, processing, and transportation are included, total GHGs per kWh get closer to ~670. Using power that looks like this still affords PHEVs a 32% reduction in life cycle GHGs compared to a regular sedan, and a 5% reduction compared to efficient gasoline-electric hybrids. In areas where coal is or could be the dominant fuel for charging (~950 g/kWh), PHEVs would still edge out sedans on GHGs but they would have 9-18% higher GHGs than hybrids. On the other hand, with a low-carbon portfolio of ~ 200 g/kWh, PHEVs would have large GHG reductions compared to sedans and hybrids (51-63% and 31 to 47%, respectively).

      source (which summarizes a study): http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/05/plugin-hybrid-greenhouse-phevs-sedans-gasoline.php

      sorry, that’s more for PHEV’s. This guy did the math for EV’s: http://blog.chron.com/newswatchenergy/2010/02/whats-the-carbon-footprint-of-an-electric-car/

      • Rick

        Those are the most interesting discussions. I can see e-Vehicles (and some hybrids) having emissions advantages in places where rush-hour gridlock are daily occurrences- no idling engine, so no exhaust while sitting motionless because the electric drive motor will consume no power (other loads like a/c and radio should be the same).

        Batteries are problematic in that they lose their ability to hold a charge over time, however. I own many battery-powered devices (NiMH, Li ion, etc) and all of them suffer a loss of charge retention, sometimes in surprisingly short intervals of time. How will those in an e-Bike be any different?

        Imagine if your motorcycle’s fuel tank began shrinking from the time you bought it, ’til it only held about a cupful…same principle.

        • http://www.amarokconsultants.com michael uhlarik


          Regarding battery life. There is such a huge difference between the battery quality of a Dewalt cordless drill and a Nissan Leaf. All products are designed with a cycle life built into them, and sorry, but mass consumerism for 25 years and the Wallmart mentality has dumbed down the quality and life cycle expectations of products to nearly 24 months, often less.

          Batteries can be made to retain charge longer, as witnessed by very well documented Toyota Prius and Tesla cases of high mileage vehicles that exhibit nearly no loss in performance.

          The analogy you ought to think of is imagine if your battery powered devices were built to automotive standards (ei: +/- 40 degree thermal resistance; high and low frequency shock resistance; fire resistance; EM protection; 40km/h impact resistance….) and were actually designed to last prolonged, daily use.