All the NEWS proudly brought to you by HJC HELMETS Energica electric sports bikes are coming to South Africa Energica, the producer of electric sports motorcycles and the suppliers of the newly-famed MotoE class in the MotoGP series, is coming to South Africa. This is after an agreement was struck with Electronia (PTY) Ltd who will serve as an importer and distributor. Electronia is a supplier and distributor of electrical and electronic equipment to the system integrators of home automation and solar-powering systems. The motorcycle connection comes in that the owners of the company who are motorcycle fanatics, regularly attending track days, racing events and social rides. Company owners Kobus Janse van Rensburg and Francois van Vollenstee visited the Italian factory in June 2019, attending the first ever all electrical bike Energica track day, while there, and had a chance to test ride all three models such as the EGO, EVA & Ess9. The EGO is based on the MotoE race bike with a full fairing and sporty design, whereas the EVA and Ess9 are the slightly more naked street fighter versions. They sport a steel-trellis chassis with a choice of Marzocchi/Bitubo or Ohlins suspension kits. The motors push 143.5hp / 107kW, a figure that may not raise eyebrows considering the 200hp petrol-powered monoliths dominating showrooms today, but this power figure is coupled with a torque output of 200 Nm, an amount generated the very instant the throttle is opened. The motors are assisted by Bosch switchable ABS attached to Brembo brakes, traction control, cruise control, four riding modes and four regenerative maps that give the same feeling as engine braking while providing charge to the battery. Range depends on the type of riding, but according to Electronia’s experience at the track day, a full charge can manage three track day sessions. The DC fast charge can supply 85% of the battery’s charge in just 25 min, meaning the bikes will easily manage a full track day without running out of “fuel”. The showroom for Energica will be online with units made to order. Customers can configure their bikes completely, with the Ego starting at €23,000 (roughly R400,000) and going up to €31,500 (roughly R540,000) when fully-specced with all the add-on accessories. The naked Eva model will start at €22,418 (roughly R380,000) going up to €30,000 (roughly R510,000), and the Ess9 starts at €20,500 (roughly R330,000) going up to €28,300 (Roughly R460,000). Prospective buyers and dealers can find out more on Electronia’s website: https://e2u.co.za or can be contacted directly on 083-415 3333. Kobus Janse van Rensburg over in Italy sampling the bikes at the Energica track day. Boss Hoss Is Coming To South Africa We all know about Boss Hoss, those incredible Chevy V8-engined motorcycles from the USA. They’ve been making heads turn since 1990 when founder Monte Warne built the first one in their shop in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and the factory is still going strong. Well, they’re coming to South Africa and Fire It Up! has just been appointed as the official representative of the brand by the new importers. The factory produces five styles of trike and two bikes, all available with two options of Chevrolet V8 motors – the LS445 five is 6200cc pushing 445 hp and 600 Nm of torque, or the 383 Stroker motor that is 6300cc pushing 430 hp and 542 Nm of torque. These figures are driven through a two-speed semi-automatic gearbox for the bikes and a four-speed gearbox for the trikes, both with a reverse gear. Apart from the motors, Boss Hoss models also feature inverted front suspension, vacuum formed body panels, cast structural frame components, and many other specially designed components assembled on their 22,000 square foot production facility. The first models are expected to arrive towards the end of the year and, if you’ve never seen one of these incredible machines, let alone ride one, you’re in for a treat; they are like nothing else on two (and sometimes three) wheels. Keep an eye on the local press for more information. Fire It Up Contacts: Tel: (011) 465 4591 Web: www.fireitup.co.za 22 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2019
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