I saw this MotorcycleUSA.com article last week, and shortly there after the impossible happened . . . I got an e-mail from Lightning! [Que dramatic music]
PR is not their strong suite, but making the fastest electric motorcycles on the planet is (sorry Chip). It is a great article that covers stuff you’ve heard here, and some stuff I’ve heard but held onto. The basics are they will be racing the NA TTXGP and the TT Zero this year (yeah!). And, they are designing a new , from what I’ve been told, really really cool street look for the bike. I am pretty certain that it will still be front end heavy as, from this article, it appears it will only be a cosmetic change. But you can have one for $40,000. Also, they are working on an $8k-$12k (read: Cheaper than the Empulse 10.0) street bike to be released the first half of next year.
We know from the interview with Ted Rich that they have worked really hard on getting the Flying Banana Mk II dialed in. Most of the effort has been in the ergo and handling department. Other than a weight bias that is a bit too far forward, that would take a complete redesign to fix, Ted felt they got the bike really dialed [edit: check the 1 hour 3 minute mark here]. Apparently the forward weight means you sacrifice corner entry speed, but can just nail it coming out of corners. I think I could deal with that considering the high powered bike (of the 2 development bikes) has 240hp.
Yep, that’s a quirk  I could definitely live with.