World Exclusive: 2014 Mission RS Review

What’s Bad
For liability reasons, the pre-production model I rode was limited to 99mph, as with all customer test rides :'(

Recharge time will be so bad on 110v as to merit an “It’s not worth discussing,” from Seeger.

At 540lbs, it is heavy to push or paddle around.

The little mirrors currently on this pre-production model are essentially worthless and cramp your hands on the controls.

The Price
The Mission RS you see here is the limited-to-40, collector’s edition and, as such, costs a bunch of money at $58,999. The regular Mission R will enter production early next year and retail for $32,499 before a $2,500 federal tax credit. Spend up to the 17kWh model with both the tech package and a faster charger and you’re up to a maximum possible spend of $43,949 before that same tax credit. Deposits are just $1,000, but you’ll have to get in line behind Seeger, Ip and most of the rest of the Mission team, who are buying theirs at full price.

The Verdict
“This is a CB750 moment,” says Ip. Mission set out to take full advantage of 21st century technology to reinvent the performance motorcycle and has absolutely succeeded in that. That’s not to say it can’t be done better and won’t be in the future, but as it stands, this bike is faster in real world riding than anything else out there, delivers superior feel and control and does that in a package that’s just as emotionally compelling as a gas superbike, in a totally new way. Internal combustion is now outdated. Don’t believe us? Conversion rate from test ride to sale stands at 97 percent.

RideApart Rating: 10/10

Gear
Helmet: Icon Airmada ($180, Highly Recommended)
Suit: Custom Icon One-Piece (N/A, but you wish you had one)
Gloves: Racer R-Safe ($260, Highly Recommended)
Boots: Alpinestars Supertech R ($450, Highly Recommended)
Hydration Pack: Kriega Hydro-3 ($140, Highly Recommended)
Armor: Dainese Norsorex Vest ($120, Worth Considering) and Shorts ($100, Highly Recommended)
Back Protector: Dainese Manis ($220, Highly Recommended)

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