I was at Bonneville back in 1988 and snapped this photo of the Kawashocki. The salt didn't provide enough traction for a standing start so they had a truck tow it with a rope up to about 75 before flipping the switch. It went about 125MPH.
Here's a link to an article about the bike from "Hot Bike" that year.
Duh its a rebel,I just knew you were on the electric mind bend, in SuperBike fashion and bam you post a golden oldie on the topic see I got you covered .
Seems like you just cant excape the chunky cluncky old school batterys,I had an electric mini bike it ran on a MGB starter and a twelve volt battery one click and you got up to 50 pretty quick but the throttle was really an off and on switch not a speed regulator hey it was fun at 12 and 13.
The problem with electric motors is that they make peak torque right from the word go. This means that your throttle and speed regulation is always going to have a switch like feel, even if you can use a voltage regulator to feed power in slowly.
Without gear reduction you only get out of your motor how fast she will turn which depending on rear sprocket can be 45 mph. However she'll accellerate like a bat out of hell. With proper gear reduction the bike will go as fast as you can gear it to.
There is a whole organization dedicated to drag racing electric cars and motorcycles and they are getting pretty fast times out of both.
I would love to try this sport since it seems fairly emergent, but their nearest event is maryland. I do have a spare dragbike frame however and enough parts to make her a roller. now all I need is a jockey.....Hey AD!!!!!!!!!!
electric bikes aside I love motorcycled engined cars.hayabusa power super 7s and minis and two six cylinder(so 12 cylinder) motorcycled midengine two seaters are just a kick ass blast. the way the shift and sound.Uk has a lot of this kind of tech to transfer the power . just cool!