I went for a wander around the paddock yesterday and had a look at the Moto Czysz bikes;
Its apparent that the focus has been on the aerodynamic optimisation, whether that means the drive train remains the same or not is a matter of conjecture. Obviously reducing drag will mean that the riders can ride harder for longer with improved range.
Also the Shinden with McGuinness in parc ferme
Hiro Matsush1ta on the Komatti Mirai machine, a Triumph 675 frame decked out with brushed motors as expected
The ManTTX machine, largely unchanged but refined for this year
The Tork racing machine with twin Agnis
And most interestingly the Vercarmoto machine. We went and had a chat with the Italian team earlier in the day and were told that it runs a modified R6 6-speed gearbox, weighs 200kg and has a 17Ah battery pack. No info on the motor, but the bike is using a huge radiator to cool the motor(s?). Its a gorgeous bike, all-carbon frame and swingarm and a subframe made from something called "ollomnium" (research needed). According to one of the engineers, it has been in development for two years and was designed specifically for the Isle of Man. Could be a surprise competitor capable getting on the podium, however lack of experience at the TT might hold them back. We were told that the bike has track tested and road tested the necessary range, but it is almost impossible to replicate the TT track for optimising power consumption with track testing due to the high average speed needed to be attained.
Its good to see a variety of bikes here, we counted 8 bikes present and ready to race in parc ferme before the session was cancelled:
Both Moto Czysz bikes
IH11 (IH12 won't be racing)
The Lightning bike is known to be on the island but with battery pack under construction (?!) according to Michael Czysz. Also, the Kawasaki Zytek ZX-10EV is present but not running. There has been no appearance by either Brunel or Imperial or any of the 'official' Agni bikes, Sarolea or TGM IOT. Still not a bad showing, it will be especially interesting if the Lightning bike is ready in time for Wednesday.