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Electric Motorcycle Visionary Michael Czysz Passes Away

It's with deep regret that we have to announce the death of motorcycle racer and designer Michael Czysz. Czysz passed away last Saturday, May 7, in Portland, Oregon, after a long battle with a rare form of cancer.
Michael Czysz riding a Ducati in 2014 1 photo
Even though Michael fought his disease for a long time, it was only in 2013 that the road racing world became aware of his condition. Back then, Michael announced that he would not take part in the electric race at the Isle of Man TT with his MotoCzysz team and their amazing E1pc bike. Michael would stay in Portland to undergo medical investigations and treatment.

The name of Michael Czysz will forever be tied to the world of electric road racing, as he was not only a visionary but also a successful designer and team manager.

He set out to build his first MotoGP bike, the C1, which was later transformed into the E1pc machine that would win no less than four consecutive races between 2010 and 2013. Czysz' epic Isle of Man TT streak also inspired film producer Mark Neale to make the "Charge" documentary. Likewise, the C1 inspired Discovery Channel to make another documentary in 2007, called "Birth of a Racer."

Alongside the C1 MotoGP prototype and the E1pc electric superbike, Michael Czysz was also involved in other engineering projects and patented multiple other innovations, such as the dual-clutch slipper clutch, a new type of front suspension, electric drive systems for retrofitting in traditional cars, and many others.

Michael Czysz will also be remembered thanks to his architectural and interior design work with Architropolis, the company he operated prior to becoming fully involved with the electric motorbike scene. Architropolis was involved in high-end building design for the rich and famous.

There is no news on how MotoCzysz will continue after the demise of its central figure, but as Michael was working very closely with his father, we might expect that his legacy carries on. Also, we might see the TT Zero Challenge at this year's Isle of Man TT homaging Michael Czsysz. Our condolences to his family and friends.


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