Lito Sora Electric Motorcycle Enters Production

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Lito Sora, a Canadian company, has just announced that it is ready to put into production a new electric motorcycle that has a range of up to 124 miles and a top speed of 118 mph and will launch it at the end of this month.

The Lito Sora, which is manufactured in Quebec, will be “unveiled” at the Montreal Motorcycle Show on February 28. How or if that production bike differs from the one you see here remains unclear. The Sora has been around in concept form since at least 2011 and has, at various times, had a hypothetical $40,000+ price tag attached to it.

Lito Sora
What was just a drawing three years ago, now at least appears to be a real bike.

The Sora has an aluminum frame, carbon fiber fairing and weighs in at 573.2 lbs. It has 43mm inverted, fully adjustable front forks with Elka pre-load adjustable suspension at the rear and an aluminum swingarm. Brakes are powerful, four-piston radial affairs.

Lito Sora
Make that two real bikes!

There is a liquid-cooled, three-phase, AC motor, which develops 66.37 lb.-ft. of torque, and is powered by 12 kWh lithium polymer battery modules. Lito has used an integrated onboard computer which controls regenerative braking on the Sora, plus the rider gets to choose from three control modes – performance, normal and safe range. The software will also allow the rider to program a destination and the onboard technology will then select the correct power delivery to ensure the Sora can reach its destination.

The Sora is equipped with a belt final drive and CVT transmission. Lito claims there is sufficient power for riding the Sora around 62 miles in town or up to 124 miles on the freeway with the batteries taking nine hours to recharge.

  • notfishing

    Wes needs to test this, well maybe not, have Jamie test it and bring a long extension cord.

  • caferacer

    Well that’s not hideous at all is it… A TeslaGriso?

  • Guest

    That thing looks nasty. As in, good nasty.

  • Ceol Mor

    Anyone else think the styling is inspired by a Confederate Motorcycles Hellcat?

    http://confederate.com/x132-hellcat-gallery/x132-hellcat-3/

    • Justin McClintock

      Exactly what I was thinking….an electric Confederate.

    • Speedo007

      Everything is inspired by something :) Tiger 800/BMW GS, GSR/CBR/ZX-6/R6, harleys/vulcans, etc..

      I do like the idea of electric bikes and if I had unlimited funds, I’d certainly buy one of these…The torque should be awesome since you have 100% of it available at 1km/h, and the range, well, should improve over the years…

      And I’d buy that Hellcat too, have been drooling over it for quite some time…

  • gleite311

    Interesting that they’re claiming better range on the freeway. All of the other electric bikes I’ve read about claim better mileage in the city (perhaps that’s a typo?)

    • Justin McClintock

      I’m thinking the CVT is responsible for that. Most of the electric bikes are direct drive.

      • Ken Lindsay

        CVT just makes sense. You can achieve better higher speeds and better mileage with a smaller motor. And you can handle the torque that a clutch cannot. Replacing a primary belt may be a pain, though.

      • Sean Seamon

        Or the journalist got the ranges backwards…http://www.litogreenmotion.com/the-sora#/technical-features

        • Justin McClintock

          Or that!

  • 480272

    ugly and expensive, not a good start.

  • Justin McClintock

    Every time I look at these, I’m always drawn to the batteries. That’s always the shortcoming of electric bikes, yet they’re getting better all the time. 9 hour recharge? That doesn’t sound like it’s moving in the right direction at all. Maybe it’s only got a 110V charger? Or maybe that’s just the spec for the 110V charger and it’s possible to shorten it by plugging into 220V? I certainly hope so.

    • http://protomech.wordpress.com/ protomech

      A 9 hour charge for a 12 kWh battery is pretty much the maximum rate allowed by a typical 15A 110V circuit. Note that Zero’s 12.5 kWh ZF14.2 bike also takes 9.3 hours to charge to 95%.

      If the onboard charger is sized for 110V, then it may not be faster on 220/240V. This is the case with Zero’s bike (1.3 kW onboard charger), but it may not necessarily be the case for the Lito Sora. Their spec list mentions J1772-compatible onboard charger which means it supports 240V charging, but doesn’t list a faster charge time when operating on 240V. Might or might not be an oversight on the technical specs page.

  • the antagonist

    Electric bikes are getting better, functionally and aesthetically. But there still hasn’t been truly lust-worthy model, an e-bike analog to the Ducati 916. When someone finally builds one, I think that will be the tipping point that helps bring e-bikes into the mainstream.

  • MrDefo

    It looks fat. Perhaps in person it isn’t as bad. But why a solo seat? Is it implying that it can’t handle two-up riding?

  • Jack Meoph

    $48K, 578 lbs., somewhat ugly, limited range, and the list could go on for another paragraph. You know that we have entered another gilded age of robber barons and elite when an obvious toy for the rich like this can even be offered for sale.

    • Richard Gozinya

      Right now, EVs really aren’t a mass market product, so it doesn’t make sense to try to price one that way. Look at what a Zero or Brammo does, and look at the price. You really have to specifically want an electric for even the cheap ones to seem like a good deal. They certainly can’t compete with anything in their price range at present, so yeah, EVs in general are best marketed towards the affluent. Not sure what the problem is with that though. Should the affluent have nothing to spend their money on, and drive affordable vehicles like the rest of us? Just about everything starts off expensive, and as the product improves, the price seems to always drop as well.

      • RideaTart

        This debate has been going on for a few years now, and I doubt we will shed any new light on it, but in short, the response to your argument is “do the math.” Even in their current, still very pricey state, ebikes are a pretty good value IF you put enough miles on them. For instance, if you use one to commute 50 miles a day, 250 days a year, you’re going to get your value out of it. But this doesn’t make it a “mass market” product, so your point is well taken in that regard.

      • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

        A slighty painful truth: Affluent people drive change and innovation in every field. They always have; they always will. You are right that the hope for us peons is that wealthy people buying stuff will eventually result in our getting similar but affordable products.

  • Honyock Undersquare

    I’ll be very interested in how the dual disks on the front contribute to the regenerative braking.

    • Arsinol

      The regenerative braking is off the rear wheel turning the ac motor. Regerative braking cannot stop the bike only brakes can do this. It’s kind of like gearing down on a normal motorcycle

      • Honyock Undersquare

        Perhaps I should have been more assertive in my snarkasm. Fully 5% of the energy dissipated in slowing the thing down is recovered (at 35% efficiency). For those who use the rear brake. Why bother?

        • Sean Seamon

          Because without regeneration, the bike would feel like it’s coasting. The regen effectively gives the rider engine braking. Having regen makes it feel like a normal ICE motorcycle.

  • RideaTart

    I’m always happy to see a new electric bike enter the fray. But based on the description, almost nothing about this is competitive with the current Brammo Empulse or Zero S, except perhaps freeway range, but even there the Zero S with extra battery pack is far more bang for the buck. Odd that freeway range is double city range. Offhand, I don’t know how that can be.

  • Scott Otte

    I’m sure as time goes on I’ll get used to the new aesthetic that motorcycles with batteries have to have. However, I’m not feeling any love for these. Not that I could afford to buy one even if I did like how they looked.

    • Richard Gozinya

      That aesthetic will change as batteries improve.

  • CB

    That’s an awesome looking motorbike. If only it were cheap and had a better range. But awesome, over the top bikes like these are the first step to get some Honda CB500-esq electrics in the future. I’m happy every time I see a new well done electric. It forecast’s an awesome electric future for the sport.

  • Ayabe

    I’m on my own island in many ways and this is no exception. I will not ever, ever, ever be interested in an electric bike. I don’t care how fast it goes, what it’s range is, or if it could be charged by purring kittens. GTFO with that stuff.

    It kills nearly everything endearing about motorcycling, no noise, no vibration, no tinkering, no thanks.

    • Comic Chuck Ludwig

      This is built in a shed in Quebec, so I’m sure there will be plenty of vibrations and noise as parts fall off.

    • Campisi

      “… No noise, no vibration, no tinkering…”

      That sounds lovely.

  • http://protomech.wordpress.com/ protomech

    “Lito claims there is sufficient power for riding the Sora around 62 miles in town or up to 124 miles on the freeway”

    Perhaps 124 miles in town and 62 miles on the freeway? Electric bikes typically are more efficient at lower speeds.

  • juliansr

    “Lito claims there is sufficient power for riding the Sora around 62 miles in town or up to 124 miles on the freeway”
    Physics disagrees. Should be much worse with the higher speeds and wind drag. maybe it’s a downhill freeway.

    also, for a full custom EV it sure does look like it’s humping a brick.

    gratuitous “here’s mine” photo. she’s a converted cb750.

    • Reid

      That is righteous, dude!

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      I like the color you chose for the triples and frame. Magstars and a DIY electric setup. I’ll pray for you every night.

      • juliansr

        i cant say i didnt steal the frame color from Carpy, his cb750′s are tops. i’m also using his same culbman handlebars AFAIK. the comstars…potholes are a a real danger. this bike needed a new front wheel right away, sadly something I found out on my first test ride instead of when they mounted the Tire…(thanks HONDA!), the old was warped from whatever the previous owner did to it that landed it in his back yard garden in the first place

    • Jason

      I’m always interested in DIY electric motorcycles. Any more pictures / details?

      • juliansr

        sure, this one started around 2008, i have about 3500$ in the whole thing after two revisions. about 1000 EV miles on it. it’s about 200cc fast and since i use it to commute this gearing tops out around 65mph. I have had it do a burnout, but I take it pretty easy since it’s on the experimental side.

        some tech info is here: http://www.evalbum.com/2965

  • Richard Gozinya

    The torque seems awfully low for such a big electric.The Mission’s got over 130 lb-ft, the Zero SR puts out 106. Not exactly jaw dropping numbers on a bike that lists as “Starting at $49,000.”

  • nomad2495

    If its even close to 40000 and has only 124 miles of range, this bike is pointless. No reason to buy it over the zero or the brammo.

  • Paul Cypert

    Boy I bet they wish this wasn’t dropping at the same time as those Lotus bikes. These just look kinda sad and frumpy in comparison.

    But kuddos to all the groups attempting to push the new tech forward.

  • JT

    I think these look awesome. If I had money to burn I’d get one in a heart beat.

  • Joey Delgadillo

    Wayyy to expensive, that’s fully into Mission motorcycle territory.

  • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

    I really love the look; it reminds me of Harleys from the 1940s. But that pricetag is a whole lot of nope. Plus: 9 hours to recharge? Even more nope.

  • KeithB

    i want to buy Canadian but $40,000…Mon Dieu!!

  • John

    Why would you build a CVT engine into an electric bike?!?

    • Tim Watson

      It’s actually a CVT transmission not an engine.

      • John

        A Continuously Variable Transmission TRANSMISSION you say?!?

        GTFO!

        • Tim Watson

          Ha!

    • Richard Gozinya

      It’s not a bad idea actually. While an electric motor is very efficient within its ideal rev range, outside of that, the efficiency drops a lot. Far more than an ICE engine will drop in fact. A properly built CVT could up the range and performance quite a bit on an electric, and do so for much less money and weight than just sticking more batteries into it.

      • John

        I would assume that a CVT would bring too much needless weight and other inefficiencies. Electrical engines have a broader power band than gas motors, a simple 2 gear transmission would probably do as well, one for ciity, one for highway, to make the most efficiency possible at high velocity. Though I suspect these would largely get ridden to Starbucks, if there were a more exclusive Starbucks that charged $25/coffee.

        • Richard Gozinya

          Given the current state of batteries, the CVT is very likely the lighter weight option, depends on the CVT and the specific batteries. Yeah, a 2 or 3 speed transmission would be simpler, and no doubt lighter and cheaper. In either case, it’s still a better option than just sticking more batteries into the vehicle. Batteries are big, heavy and expensive, can’t just keep sticking more and more of them into vehicles, that just makes the vehicle bigger, heavier and more expensive. Time to find better energy efficiency, so people don’t need as much battery in the first place.

  • John

    I think the niche here is the guilty white rich liberal niche. These are the same people that buy Tesla out of guilt for being so well off. they can throw this in the garage and never use it and pat themselves on the back while running around in their limo and private jets.

    • labradog

      Vapor.