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    A Japanese electic motorcycle

    Terra Motors has announced their new Kiwami electric motorcycle. You can read about it here:

    http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf...motorcycle.htm

    I am not sure if a 10 kW motor is going to get the bike up to 160 kph, though.
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    Looks like a zero in a new set of fairings. Wonder what's up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    Terra Motors has announced their new Kiwami electric motorcycle. You can read about it here:

    http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf...motorcycle.htm

    I am not sure if a 10 kW motor is going to get the bike up to 160 kph, though.
    Look like the EXACT SAME FRAME as the 2013 ZERO ?????!!!

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    Wow!

    There is no way 10kW is going to get you 100mph! To overcome air resistance at 100mph (44m/s) on a standard motorbike 0.5m^2 frontal area and 0.3 drag coefficient (very conservative numbers btw) you'll need AT LEAST 15-18kW in theory

    in practice you'll need more to overcome rolling resistances and inefficiencies in the drive train

    i'm not buying it

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    And "acceleration of a liter bike"? Hmmm...maybe they're referring to the 40-60 mph roll on acceleration? (Which makes a Zero S faster than a Hayabusa )
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    It really is a Zero with slightly modified front fairings. Even the mirrors are the same.




    Isn't the top speed of the Zero about 160km/h?

    You can even see the Z-Force 75-7 motor in the pics. So it sure is capable of more than 10kW. Perhaps the Japanese are selling it restricted to 10kW. There may be some tax rules or similar with a 10kW limit in Japan.

    EDIT: Now i see that my link is to India. So I guess it's sold in pretty much all of Asia.
    It seems rather expensive. The price is Rs 18 lakh or 1800000 indian rupees, which is about 29000 US dollars.

    http://indianautosblog.com/2014/01/t...18-lakh-114586
    http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-s/specs.php
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    The Kiwami is mentioned at the end of this article discussing Indian motorcycles by Ride Apart. In this article they say the bike has a range of 200 miles and costs $18,000.

    http://rideapart.com/2014/01/why-you...For+Leather%29

    I think these articles about the bike are too much "cut and paste" and not enough thinking about what is being published.

    My guess is that the bike is being assembled by the company by buying the chassis from Zero's Chinese manufacturer and the suspension from their Taiwanese suspension suppler. It is always a lot easier and cheaper to buy an off-the-shelf component that someone else has developed than spending the time and money to do it yourself. I would imagine that the only way to know if the bike is really a re-badged Zero is to see if the motor is Zero's new Z-force component. I would be surprised if Zero would let any other company use that motor in their bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    I think these articles about the bike are too much "cut and paste" and not enough thinking about what is being published.
    Ya think? This one says it is a "India's first ever 1000cc electric superbike".

    http://www.bizfeedz.com/japans-terra...ic-super-bike/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    I would imagine that the only way to know if the bike is really a re-badged Zero is to see if the motor is Zero's new Z-force component. I would be surprised if Zero would let any other company use that motor in their bike.
    Looks like the Z-force to me.
    http://indianautosblog.com/wp-conten...k-1024x682.jpg
    http://indianautosblog.com/wp-conten...ame-detail.jpg

    From link my last post.

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    That is with 100% certainty a production Zero S that someone swapped the headlight on and did a little plastic surgery to a few of the body plastics.
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