Bolting for the Hills…

Grabbing an Early Lead

We’re waiting for final results on this weekend’s races, but here is a fantastic video which showcases the power of the zero-emissions motorcycle built by the Virginia Tech’s BOLT team of engineers.  They started out strong, but did they hold the lead?  Find out soon!

CLICK HERE to check out more on Virginia Tech’s BOLT team at their facebook page.

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The Tale of Two Very Different Racebikes…

By Arthur Kowitz

This past weekend I spent at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah GA, for the first road race of the AHRMA and eMotoRacing seasons. My challenge was competing in 2 classes on 2 different racebikes…and I do mean different!

Kowitz on his 1975 Kawasaki Z1

Kowitz on his 1975 Kawasaki Z1

For the AHRMA Vintage Superbike Heavyweight season opener, my ride would be a fully modified 1975 Kawasaki Z1, 1015cc 4 cylinder fire-breathing monster. This radical old Kawasaki demands 114 octane racing fuel, a formula 1 style remote starting system, and constant supervision.

Having owned and raced this bike off and on since 1975, I am somewhat used to the antique-style chassis, no wind protection or streamlining, heavy weight, raw power delivery, and total lack of manners.

Kowitz on his Brammo Empulse TTX

Kowitz on his Brammo Empulse TTX

In the new, leading edge Zero-Emission eMotoRacing Series I practiced and raced a 2013 Brammo Empulse TTX all electric roadracer. It is polite, sleek, uses no fossil fuel, makes no sound (!), and handles razor sharp.

Getting off one and onto the other was quite an experience…the Z1 wanted for run off the end of every straightaway like a charging rhinocerous, and the ebike was happy obeying my every whim.

I enjoyed this full throttle entertainment for 3 days, winning 4 races, then rolling home to Florida for a rest until next time.


About Arthur Kowitz: Kowitz was a pioneer and competitive privateer in AMA Superbike racing from the class’ inception in 1976 until 1982. A quarter-century later, he rode his venerable Kawasaki Z1 to the 2008 AHRMA Vintage Superbike Heavyweight Championship. In 2013, he competed on an electric Brammo Empulse TTX in the FIM eWorldCup Series at Laguna Seca Raceway and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Gretna man converts gas motorcycle into electric ride for race at NOLA Motorsports | NOLA.com

Najarian is excited about the opportunity to race an NOLA Motorsports. He said he especially appreciates the efforts of races sponsor American Historic Road Motorcycle Association, an organization made up primarily of retired professional motorcyclists, and Arthur Kowitz Realty. Kowitz is also a retired professional rider in Florida.

via Gretna man converts gas motorcycle into electric ride for race at NOLA Motorsports | NOLA.com.

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Former Daytona 200 Winner to Race in eMotoRacing Season Opener!

Veteran roadracer David Sadowski, winner of the 1990 Daytona ‘200’, will be riding an all electric Brammo Empulse R in the eMotoRacing series opener at Roebling Road near Savannah GA March 1st and 2nd.

The former Speed Channel expert and multiple time Formula USA winner will help kick off America’s new ebike road racing series on the production based Brammo in the eSupersport class, which includes bikes with up to 125 volts of power.
The eMotoRacing series will race at 10 tracks around the nation in conjunction with AHRMA’s vintage and modern racing events.

2014’s full racing schedule can be found at HERE or AHRMA.org.

Don’t forget!  When you pre-register for Roebling Road by February 21st, you get a FREE eMotoRacing series t-shirt!  CLICK HERE for details!

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Cutting-Edge Electric Motorcycle Roadracing Series Hits the U.S.

Championship national electric motorcycle roadracing kicks-off in 2014 as the zero-emission U.S. eMotoRacing℠ Series, running in conjunction with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) CPL Systems Historic Cup National Roadrace Series.

Races will be held at many of the nation’s finest racetracks — Barber Motorsports Park, Daytona International Speedway, Grattan Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park, New Jersey Motorsports Park, NOLA Motorsports Park, Road America, Roebling Road Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, and Willow Springs International Raceway.

Race-ready electric motorcycles are available from Brammo and Zero Motorcycles, making it simple to participate in this series. These electric motorcycles have similar powertrains to electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model S, and the electric portion of the Chevy Volt. Electric racebikes’ fastest speeds are similar to race-prepared 600cc gasoline-powered bikes.

Riders and teams are invited to participate in the elite eGrandPrix class for full-on prototype machines, or in eSuperSport, aimed at production racers and race-prepped, electric-powered street bikes. Both classes give participants the opportunity to showcase and develop new technologies, while enjoying an affordable racebike with pure chassis feedback and very low maintenance.

Become a leader who is easy on the environment – the sky’s the limit in this high-performance, exciting new racing series! With trophies at each event and year-end awards, don’t miss your chance to become the country’s very first eMotoRacing℠ champion!

Sponsored by Arthur Kowitz Realty of Daytona Beach, Florida (akr1.com), the U.S. eMotoRacing℠ Series will run as an exhibition class at all 10 rounds of the AHRMA Historic Cup Series; for event information and a full series schedule, visit www.ahrma.org. For technical details on the U.S. eMotoRacing℠ Series, email Kowitz at arthur.kowitz@emotoracing.com.


About AHRMA: The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, Ltd. is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of classic motorcycles, while educating the public about those machines. With about 4000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America , and is one of the world’s leading classic-bike organizations.
About Arthur Kowitz: Kowitz was a pioneer and competitive privateer in AMA Superbike racing from the class’ inception in 1976 until 1982. A quarter-century later, he rode his venerable Kawasaki Z1 to the 2008 AHRMA Vintage Superbike Heavyweight Championship. This past year, he competed on an electric Brammo Empulse TTX in the FIM eWorldCup Series at Laguna Seca Raceway and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (read more about Arthur)
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