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Electric?
on: October 09, 2019, 11:08:48 PM
I know this is probably off topic but does anyone know if any of the big manufacturers are planning on coming out with electric motorbikes any time soon? The only thing major on the market at the moment is that company Zero, and their asking prices are a bit dear to say the least..although I did test ride one of their bikes, was pretty awesome..does anyone on here happen to have one?
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Re: Electric?
Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 01:15:49 AM
Only information I can add is Hardley Davidson released the ďLive WireĒ for  :112:$29k USD.  A bit steep for my blood and looks okay at best.
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Re: Electric?
Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 02:11:29 AM
https://lightningmotorcycle.com/
Iív got my eye on that lightning strike...
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Re: Electric?
Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 02:50:44 PM
I think they'll all be quite expensive due to the batteries. I bought a kit to make my MTB an E bike and the 14 AH battery was £350 :033:

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Re: Electric?
Reply #4 on: October 10, 2019, 04:45:03 PM
I have a '13 Zero SR and absolutely love it. I ride it at least as much as my s1kr. It is a very different experience, more relaxed but also thrilling. I really appreciate the minimal maintenance, in 3 years all I've done is charge it on my solar system for Zero fuel costs and flushed the brake fluid (the only fluid on the bike!). Going down the road there are only 4 moving parts 2 of those are the wheels! The 70 mile range works for 80% of my rides and it's about 75 pounds lighter then the s1kr. After 3 years I've finally stopped reaching for a clutch at a stop! I don't miss oil changes and expensive tires and chain maintenance a single bit! If you can find a used one a deal can be had, I got mine for $5900 with a brand new battery - the cost of a new battery and in mint condition.
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Re: Electric?
Reply #5 on: October 11, 2019, 01:39:53 AM
$5900!?! Here in the UK thereís not that many used examples yet - if I could get one for £6000 Iíd do it but unfortunately getting one brand new is like £18000 - thanks but no thanks, Zero!
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Re: Electric?
Reply #6 on: October 11, 2019, 10:48:30 AM
I have zero (get it?) interest in owning an electric bike that is powered by batteries...  I do not live in (or near) a large city center and rural areas of Canada are typically further away from a charging station than the range of most battery powered bikes range at highway speeds.

Once someone ditches batteries and starts looking for energy efficient means of producing hydrogen for fuel cells, sign me up.

Batteries are not the answer, IMO.

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Re: Electric?
Reply #7 on: October 11, 2019, 01:03:21 PM
Noise and smell has and will always be a major factor in my love of motorcycles. Maybe I'm old school ....or just plain old but until gasoline bikes are outlawed, I'll be riding them.