The ‘Mugen Shinden’ was introduced to the world at a press conference in Suzuka last week. This motorcycle features a brushless three-phase 90 kW (120hp) DC motor, carbon fiber swingarm, and a carbon fiber twin-spar frame design. Heavily speculated to be a stealth project by Honda (Mugen was started by Hirotoshi Honda, the son to Honda founder Soichiro Honda), as the question remained as to what sort of bike Mugen would be bringing to the Isle of Man TT and we definitely have some confirmed answers now.

McGuinness had showed interest in participating at the TT Zero ever since Micheal Rutter and Mark Miller got really close to the 100 mph (160 km/h) average last year on the MotoCzysz. The announcement will obviously bring more visibility to the TT Zero and to the electric motorcycle business as a whole, paving the way for other important manufacturers that sooner or later will have to get involved with it.

Technical Specifications of the Mugen Shinden Electric Motorcycle
  • Name: Shinden
  • Length: 2,125 mm
  • Width: 680 mm
  • Height: 1,130 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,485 mm
  • Ground clearance: 130 mm
  • Seat height: 840 mm
  • Curb weight: 260 kg / 573 lbs
  • Caster angle: 23°
  • Trial length: 96 mm
  • Tire (Front): 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
  • Tire (Rear): 200/550ZR17M/C (78W)
  • Frame: CFRP Twin-Spar-Type
  • Motor Type: Three Phase Brushless DC motors
  • Horsepower: 90kW / 120hp
  • Torque: 220Nm / 162 lbs-ft
  • Battery: Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery output: 370V or more


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