Zero Motorcycles is planning to run what it’s calling the “first ever Electric National” motorcycle race this weekend (February 8), in Portland, Oregon.
Zero is planning to run this race at The One Moto Show’s flat track extravaganza. The One Moto Show started out as a custom bike show run by notable Portland shop/retailers See See Motorcycles, but it’s also got a lot of racing over the weekend now, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. There are flat track classes for just about every experience level and engine size. And now, there will be an all-electric race.
You can find a tentative schedule for the day’s racing at the show’s website, but it doesn’t appear the race will be terribly long, as it’s scheduled to run between 8:45 PM and 9:10 PM, as well as a half time show and other stuff fitting into that time slot. Well, racing’s got to start somewhere, and the AMA doesn’t seem too anxious to start an all-electric event.
What to expect here? So far, we’ve seen no tech requirements except that it’s an all-electric race requiring a 19-inch front wheel (remember, it’s on a flat track). It’s possible it’s a spec race for only Zero motorcycles, but we haven’t seen that stated yet. The One Moto Show website states it’s open to expert racers, and entry is free if you’re approved.
The Zero Facebook page says “The first ever Electric National, presented by Zero Motorcycles, is happening at this year’s The One Motorcycle Show races. National level riders on all electric motorcycles and a stacked gate of top level racers. Cash money for a prize and the glory of being the 1st ever Electric National! See you there on February 8th.” Not much else there, then.
Zero has made several naked bike-style models over the years, as well as dual sport models, so even if the race is Zero-only, we’d likely see a variety of machines in action.