Friday, August 14, 2009

EnvironMoto’s Friday Top Three! 14-AUG-2009

Our Friday Top Three new items from the week in green motorcycle racing and design.

Not the typical Friday Top Three for today. We’re just getting back into the groove of putting up regular posts again, so we’ll mention some interesting and notable news items in no particular order.

1 - Brammo:
Lots of activity at Brammo. Craig Bramscher (@brammocraig) and Brammo apparently never sleep. Tons of activity going on in Oregon. Our theory is that all of the energy being expended by Brammo and the CP+B interns is what is really causing the abnormally hot weather in the Pacific Northwest this summer.

As usual, EM will direct you to BrammoFan (@brammofan) for all the latest Brammo-info. Yes indeed, we figure BrammoFan never sleeps... he’s feeding off all that extra Brammo energy as well. Go to and check out the potential Brammo brand logos, and be sure to vote for your favorite BrammoFan logo as well.

2 - Mission Motors:
Mission hasn’t been sitting still either. Since the TTXGP they have moved into a new facility in San Francisco, and hosted the premier of the official TTXGP DVD as we mentioned in our last Friday Top Three.

There has not been much published news on Mission One production or further race plans, so we have to guess that they are focusing on infrastructure, engineering, and financials.

Which brings us to…

3 - Rumor City:
Via Twitter last week, @davejevans mentioned to @skadamo ( that he was going to Mission for a track test this week. Yesterday, @davejevans said that he had indeed ridden a Mission test bike that day. Coincidently, @backmarker also mentioned yesterday “Wow. That was a nice way to spend Thursday morning!”


Knowing full well that @backmarker (Mark Gardiner) is privy to Mission Motors inner workings, EM surmises that something has been brewing in the Bay area. Glue yourself to Twitter (including @MissionMotors), and check for Gardiner’s weekly Backmarker column. Since is also in the San Fran area, we’ll be checking with them as well. We suspect that some interesting news is coming soon.

Sources: As Hyperlinked!

Friday, August 7, 2009

EnvironMoto’s Friday Top Three! 07-AUG-2009

From the lost files: Yeah, this post is a week late, but still timely… we think… Our Friday Top Three new items from the week in green motorcycle racing and design.

One word: VIDEO

1 – 2009 TTXGP DVD Premier in San Francisco

Photo: Azhar at the DVD premier, via David Herron

Mission Motors hosted the premier of the official TTXP video late last week. Sounds like the eGrandPrix people are pretty excited about it, and rightly so. The DVD will contain tons of track and paddock action as well as in depth segments on each of the participating teams. Go to the website to get on the order registration list for its September release:

2 – PlugBike Video of eGrandPrix America at Mid-Oh

Photo: Azhar at eGP America, via was on the ground at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in beautiful central Ohio for the inaugural eGrandPrix America. PlugBike was immersed in the Mid-Oh electric motorcycle action and has proudly posted great video coverage for all to enjoy. Yes, Azhar was there as well… he’s everywhere!
Go to the article: 2009 AMA TTXGP eGrandPrix at Mid Ohio

3 – David Herron

Photo: Herron photo from eGP America

Herron is the Renaissance man (and all-around good guy) of the EV scene. He writes on all facets of green transportation, and is well embedded in the electric motorcycle landscape. We’ve been meaning to plug Herron and his various vessels of electric journalism for a while now. Long overdue!

- Check out this link to Herron’s excellent recap of the eGrandPrix America with a series of videos included (multiple daily entries): TTXGP Articles
- Check out the V is for Voltage EV forums:
- Follow wwwatts for aggregated feed of all EV news and information on the net:
- Herron is all kinds of Twitterified as well: @wwwatts, @visforvoltage

Video Update: We should also mention that we’ve found no updates on consummate motorcycle documentary filmmaker, Mark Neale, and his movie covering MotoCzysz and the inaugural TTXGP at Isle of Man. Neale and film crew were present at the TTXGP as mentioned in: this post. Hopefully they are well on their way to having the documentary kicked out and ready for release before next year’s TTXGP.