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Electric motorcycles - would you?

#1 Post by Ben » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:42 pm

Years ago now I rode a Zero electric motorcycle.

Sat on it, I spent a good 5 minutes looking for the switch to turn it on. It was only when I leant down to look on the left-hand side of the bike, holding the right-hand handlebar, that I realised it was on when it shot forwards because I'd slightly tweaked the throttle.

That was just the first of many weird experiences. I realised how I assumed the noise of my bike meant people could hear me coming and look out for me, but the lack of noise made no difference. People just don't look, period.

When riding the leccy bike, I realised how many horrible clattering sounds my lovely petrol-engine masked. It sounded like I was riding a pallett truck not a motorcycle.

The bike was crude but I really enjoyed the experience. That was more than 5 years ago and battery tech and the bikes have come on leaps and bounds.

So my question is: why wouldn't you want an electric motorcycle in your garage?

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#2 Post by fatboy » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:29 pm

I have not ridden one o these things but we do have a few leccy vans at work, once you get over the weirdness they are really nice to drive,accelerate like feck!
Round here many local businesses have signed up to pledge to use leccy trucks for local deliveries,which are involved in more pedestrian collision incidents than diesel trucks..
In not so many years we probably won't have the choice.
At the moment, no, the technology is not quite right to tick all my boxes but my mind could be changed by riding one.
Worth noting that Boorman and McGregor have chosen leccy Harleys for their new series of posing twats on bikes
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#3 Post by katie1 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:57 pm

Too many miles per day for current battery tech to cope with! The new research looking at super-cool, fast-charging batteries may be the big step needed to bring electric bikes into the mainstream?
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#4 Post by Falcopops » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:29 pm

https://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/sho ... ht=vectrix

Hopefully that link will take you to a post I wrote about the Vectrix electric scooter that I had a go on way back in 2008 in Melbourne. The photos are blurry because the host wants money and they can feck off.

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#5 Post by BikerGran » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:27 pm

No I wouldn't ride an electric bike. Easy to say when I no longer ride (would if I could!) but for me part of the appeal of a bike is the sound. That's it.
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#6 Post by mangocrazy » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:46 pm

I must admit that a large part of a bike's appeal is the exhaust note. Singles, v-twins, triples and inline 4s in four-stroke and two-stroke configurations all sound different and evoke different responses. Losing that would be a major blow. I also like light bikes, and from what I've seen, electric bikes are handicapped with a big, heavy battery power pack if they are to have any decent range. There's also the issue of cost.

I'm sure in time the battery issues will be negated by advances in technology, and from what I've heard the torque that an e-bike produces makes a v-twin feel really feeble, and with volume production prices will tumble, so eventually I think we'll all be riding them. But for me I can't see that happening much before 2030.

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Re: Electric motorcycles - would you?

#7 Post by RiceBurner » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:21 pm

I haven't ridden one yet - but I can see myself getting one if I maintain my current 'behaviours'.

I don't have the patience to 'tour' on one (I like to be able to fill up and go if I want to) - but for commuting one would be ideal.

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