Anything You Can Do...... I Can Do Drunker
"Growin up leads to growin old and then to dying...... And dying to Me don't sound like all that much fun"
the best part of that video is the RSv4 blasting through the shot at the 9:13 mark
- No transmission to wear out.
- No sore clutch hand in slow traffic
- Cheap to fill
- Short travel distances.
- Extended charge times.
- Unable to shift. I love shifting, its fun.
- Love the sound of bass pipes on a bike.
- All electrical could mean lots of problems in future, switches, connectors, wires etc.
- Batteries wear out. New ones won't be cheap. Can you even get new ones in 5 years?
- Would anyone trust an electric on a road trip?
- Expensive to buy. Would you save any money over the life of a gas powered bike?
Fucking Vice...... teasing us with a 30 second trailer months ago.
I was hoping they were doing one of their full 40 minute vids on this.
Yeah it's true the range may suck, and secondly it is expensive. You've got pretty much all the pros, but the con about electrical connectors isn't quite valid. Regardless if it's an electric or a gas, it'll have the same number of switches and wiring (hell I'd say the electric bike has far fewer and a combustion engine). The other important pro is that there isn't a fuel engine full of moving parts, sensors, fluids etc.
An electric bike is dead simple, reliability has the potential to be incredible.
As for the charging issue, a standard needs to be set, and that's starting to look like Tesla's supercharger standard. A car can be fully charged in 20 minutes at a supercharger. I image a bike could take less than half that time. Btw, the superchargers are being built on highways instead of cities, as that's where it makes the most sense.
Last edited by CanaganD; 03-26-2014 at 02:32 PM.
This could open up a whole new market.
99% of my riding is around town within the Lower Mainland; and so range isn't a high priority for me. If ever I wanted to ride a bike for a road trip, I would rent if motorcycle rental companies ever got to the level of Enterprise, Budget, etc.
Anyways, I can't wait until the electric market gains more traction. Not that I'm a hippy wannabe but I really love new tech and I want this to be my next bike
There was a mention of a 10 minute charge time. I rarely stop less than 15min or over 200 km.
There are old riders and there are bold riders. There aren't any old, bold riders.
Ride safe folks.
no transmission, no belts, no engine oil, no water pump, no coolant, very simple short list of moving parts.
Since most people buy motorcycles as toys, this could have a niche. Wish them well.
At 25000kms after 1 continuous year of usage, I have to say my Nissan Leaf is the best commuter car I have ever owned .
Electric is the way to go.
With the charging stations popping up all over the place, it's a good time to go electric.
these would make a perfect track day bike as long as a spare battery could be replaced quickly between sessions
listen to me or i will eat you're bacon
Those range and charging time figures were impressive, still not there for a day trip but quite an advancement nonetheless. Great for a city bike.
If you haven't watched "Charge" yet it's pretty interesting, but rapidly becoming dated.
Guess I should have stayed with chemistry in high school. Batteries are going to be what pushes electric vehicles to the top.
Edit: holy $$$... cheapest one is $32k, up to $75k.
Last edited by Squint; 03-28-2014 at 08:35 PM.