McGuinness' new electric TT ride

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

The new Mugen Shinden NI that McGuinness will ride in this year's TT Zero.
Looking like a cross between a Manga cartoon and an extra from Mad Max, meet the new, faster, lighter and more aerodynamic Mugen Shinden - the bike that TT legend John McGuinness will ride in the 2013 TT Zero

The new Shinden NI has undertaken extensive wind tunnel testing since last year’s TT and now features a more aerodynamic fairing. The brush rotor ‘engine’ has been extensively bench tested too to get more power out of a longer range for McGuinness.

McGuinness broke the elusive 100mph lap record for an electric bike last year on the previous version of the Mugen, lapping at 102.2mph, but was beaten to the win by Michael Ratter on a MotoCzysz E1 pc which lapped at 104.056mph.

The new bike will be run by the Honda Racing team for Mugen out of Honda Racing's UK headquarters in Louth, and then eventually make it to the Isle of Man TT for the TT Zero first practice on Friday May 31.
The Shinden's paint scheme isn't exactly subtle, but we quite like it in a mad Japanese kind of way.
Mugen has allegedly spent an alleged £3 million on the Shinden project, hoping that this could be the bike to help John McGuinness on to TT win number 20.

Because of his fame and success with Honda in Japan, and the amount of TT wins he has, McGuinness is held in the highest honour in Japan, with the team presenting him gifts when he has been to Japan to see and test the bike in the past.

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