The World's Fastest Production Electric Motorcycle - The Lightning LS-218

Discussion in 'Street and Performance Bikes' started by ALS, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. ALS

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    Before you drop $50,000 on that Kawasaki H2R, perhaps you should consider spending $38,000 on a bike that's just as fast AND environmentally friendly - the Lightning LS-218 electric superbike.

    You know your bike is fast when it derives its name from its tested top speed, 218 mph. Unlike Kawasaki, who've been a bit coy about the H2's top speed, Lightning is literally hanging that number on their new bike like a badge of honor. On November 12, the company delivered the first purchased model to new owner Troy Helming - who had placed his order about a year ago. While there’s some debate as to whether or not the LS-218 is the world’s fastest electric bike (builders like Chip Yates and Eva Hakansson and her husband Bill Dube have put together faster test bikes), it is the fastest one currently being sold.

    The bike gained notoriety last year by being the first electric motorcycle to win the Pike’s Peak Challenge – and it wasn’t even close. The 2013 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb was the first time electric bikes were allowed to compete, and the Lightning effectively silenced the critics. LS-218 rider Carlin Dunne finished about 21 seconds ahead of the closest gas-powered competitor.

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