See (And Hear) The Mugen Shinden Go
30 Mars 2016 - Autoblog
It's become a tradition. For the past five years, Mugen has debuted a new electric motorcycle specifically designed to race in the 37.73-mile TT Zero on the Isle of Man.
The 2016 version, just revealed at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show and called the Shinden Go – that translates to "god of electricity ? five" – picks up where last year's record setting machine left off.
Similar to past iterations, the Go is based around a uniquely-shaped monocoque frame, its carbon fiber body stickered up with the established Mugen Shinden theme. The motor, a 120-kW (160.9-horsepower) oil-cooled affair, offers up 10 more kilowatts (13.41 hp) than last year's unit, but is down 10 Nm (7.38 pound-feet) of torque, at 210 Nm (154.89 pound-feet) peak. It also appears to be positioned a little further back than in previous years, nestled in just below where the cross link rocker rear suspension attaches to the new swingarm.
Battery specifics, beyond the mention of its laminate-type lithium-ion nature and 370 volt output go unmentioned in the official press release. We imagine the capacity is increased over last year, though it's interesting to note that the 250-kg (551.2-pound) weight is unchanged. Speaking of weight, if returning rider John McGuinness has lost the 22-lbs set as a goal in return for a Shinden for his collection, it will certainly help in the effort to set yet another electric record for the Mountain Course. And, move the best battery-powered bikes closer to the bar set by the traditional machines.
As with 2015, Mugen will bring two copies of the latest bike – one for each of its riders, the aforementioned McGuinness, along with the returning Bruce Anstey – to the TT Zero, which is currently scheduled for the 3rd of June. While the Shinden Go might not make spectator's teeth rattle as it whizzes past, it does have its own particular wail. You can catch a preview of its banshee scream by clicking on the video above.