Mavizen-TTX01

Mavizen, the company behind the TTX01 superbike and promoters of the first ever zero-emissions international motorcycle race, have salubrious new headquarters in Gerard’s Cross, South Bucks. That’s where I found myself the last week of January. Chris Hodder, government relations executive of the BMF, was there too. We were to share the honour of being the first two people outside the company to ride the TTX01.

Chris and the BMF helped get the project through the maze of regulations that could so easily have made the race a nonstarter. My invite was down to my genuine interest in electric powered motorcycles, an interest that has not affected my impartiality.

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A z h a r Hussain, the head of Mavizen, displayed considerable faith in the project by allowing us to ride the bike just a few hours after it was delivered from the Jozzbike workshops of its builder Steve Ali Labib. Its batteries were brand new and had been charged only once – they last longer after several charges.

Chris was the first to throw his leg over the machine and he followed me cautiously up the A40 to our chosen photo location – a nice big roundabout with a handy 50mph speed limit. First impressions weren’t great. Chris seemed to struggle to keep up with my Yamaha Tmax500 superscoot and I soon saw why when I had a go on the GSXR-based bike myself. It would barely accept half throttle. Anything more had it stuttering and apparently fighting with itself.

I pulled in after a few minutes and explained the problem to Mavizen’s Dipam Patel. In about the same time as it takes to type this sentence, he had removed the cover on the tailpiece, unplugged a mystery wire and said: “Try it now.”

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