This week an electric motorcycle tore around the 60.72km (37.73 mile) Isle of Man TT circuit in 18:34.956mins for an average speed of 196.056km/h (121.824mph) which is pretty fast. However, Team Mugen’s (pictured above) Zero TT electric class record is still a long way from the fastest motorcycles on the circuit. The current outright record is two minutes faster at an average speed of 217.989km/h (135.452mph) by a BMW R 1000 RR. In fact, the electric record is only 34 seconds faster than the 205cc record and is 12 seconds slower than the lightweight 650cc class. Fast electrics But that doesn’t mean electric bikes are slow. At 351km/h, the $US38,888 (about $A51,150) Lightning Motorcycle LS-218 is the world’s fastest street-legal production motorcycle. LIghtning record-holding electric race bike The Kawasaki H2R may be the world’s fastest production motorcycle at 400km/h, but it is a track-only bike, not a street-legal version and it costs $A60,000. The Lightning is also the fastest motorcycle up 1440m in elevation to the 4300m summit of Pikes Peak in the famous Colorado hillclimb event. Its 2013 record of just 0.694 seconds over 10 minutes still stands. The distinct advantage of electric vehicles on the famed hillclimb is that they are unaffected by altitude like internal combustion engines. Electric concerns Concerns about an electric motorcycle future revolve mainly around cost, feel, range and recharge times, not speed or acceleration which are not in dispute. Costs are rapidly coming down and feel is very similar to many four-cylinder motorcycles, although they will admittedly never provide the feel or character of a single, twin or tiple. However, their performance is literally electrifying. We’ve ridden several electric motorcycles and the most noticeable thing is their linear and rapid acceleration. MBW on the Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle Electric motorcycles have instant peak torque like turning on a light switch, only its rolling a throttle. It can be so abrupt, some manufacturers attenuate the throttle for smoother and more controllable acceleration. Even range will soon be of no concern. An Indian startup claims it can make an affordable electric motorcycle (from $A11,350 to $17,350) that is capable of 250km/h and 480km range, beating the current range record of 360km by Zero Motorcycles. However, Mankame Motors has not yet announced charging times. Charging remains the last hurdle for electric motorcycles to conquer.