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post #4456 of 4529
No no no no no no electric
post #4457 of 4529
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

No no no no no no electric

Yes yes yes. I can't wait for battery tech to make these practical as daily rides. For a city-dweller like me, I'd like to see more of them adopt what Zero does on one of their models, and make the battery removable. It would solve a couple of problems being able to take it into the condo to charge overnight, and reduce the chances of theft since that's the most expensive part.
post #4458 of 4529
I go back and forth...on one hand, electric is cool (efficient, cheap, low maintenance,etc), and electric motors have a crazy power band.
It really would work well in the city, especially if I could carry the battery inside to charge. Not sure how long charge times are, but with enough range and a decent charge time (even if it was only a quick charge up to 80% in time for lunch or something), I could still make shorter trips like Chicago-to-Michigan.

On the other hand...motorcycling isn't always about practicality. There is something about the gurgle of the exhuast, the feeling of having to use 3 separate appendages to cycle up through the gears, the smell of petrochemicals...

I think I would miss the clutch and gearbox....would feel like riding an overgrown scooter. Sure, you could build a manual transmission and attach it to an electric motor, but that would a terrible idea (zero practical benefits, and a bunch more moving parts to fail).
post #4459 of 4529

They make sense for a city dweller as far as environmental concerns but not having the ablity to blip your throttle to let cars know you are there could be hazardous to a rider's health

post #4460 of 4529
I think Harley's electric bike is going to simulate the noise. I don't know about others, but I doubt they will make these as quiet as say a Prius.
post #4461 of 4529
Just said fuck it and put down a deposit for an HP4 Competition.
post #4462 of 4529
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I go back and forth...on one hand, electric is cool (efficient, cheap, low maintenance,etc), and electric motors have a crazy power band.
It really would work well in the city, especially if I could carry the battery inside to charge. Not sure how long charge times are, but with enough range and a decent charge time (even if it was only a quick charge up to 80% in time for lunch or something), I could still make shorter trips like Chicago-to-Michigan.

On the other hand...motorcycling isn't always about practicality. There is something about the gurgle of the exhuast, the feeling of having to use 3 separate appendages to cycle up through the gears, the smell of petrochemicals...

I think I would miss the clutch and gearbox....would feel like riding an overgrown scooter. Sure, you could build a manual transmission and attach it to an electric motor, but that would a terrible idea (zero practical benefits, and a bunch more moving parts to fail).
Yea I def see the practical aspects of it, but if I wanted practical I wouldnt ride a motorcycle

No gurgle, no gear shiftting... those are 2 of my favorite things about bikes, especially on the daily grind. No thx

I think a hybrid bike would make a lot more sense. You engine brake a shit ton with a regular bike... might as well put that energy into a battery
post #4463 of 4529
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Originally Posted by Cool The Kid View Post

Yea I def see the practical aspects of it, but if I wanted practical I wouldnt ride a motorcycle

I hate that this attitude is so prevalent. Motorcycles make sense in a lot of scenarios (electrics even more so), but the US market seeing riding as just a fun hobby is what keeps the market from expanding here. Then everyone grouses "why don't WE get that bike?" All the excitement over the "retro" SR400 (BikeExif has another cool custom of one up, btw) - they've been making that bike the entire time. Sometime in the 80s, we stopped seeing them as transportation and more as something to pose with.

Speaking of bikes, the Sarah Jessica Parker ep of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee as a great quote about them by Seinfeld. He says a guy who rode worked for his dad and showed up soaked after riding to work in the rain. Jerry, a teen at the time, asked "Don't you wish you had a car now?" The guy replied "Nope. I wish it wasn't raining." smile.gif
post #4464 of 4529
Motorcycles are very practical. Rain isn't so bad. So you get a little wet? Unless you're going to the opera who cares? On more than one occasion I've shown up to court hearings pretty wet from a ride in. You know what everybody else thinks? "That's a bad motherfucker."

I wouldn't go to a jury trial like that, obvs.
post #4465 of 4529
I think electric bikes are a great idea and an inevitability. It just surprises the crap out of me that Harley Davidson is leading the charge. But their market is a large, rapidly-aging commodity.

I like my bikes to make enough noise to be a presence among the text-and-drive lobotomy victims I share the road with. So the quietness is a concern to me. But instant torque is oh so alluring. And without internal combustion, maintenance would be drastically reduced.

It's smart of Harley to be looking past the Baby boom. Kind of makes me interested in them for the first time ever.
post #4466 of 4529
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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post

Motorcycles are very practical. Rain isn't so bad. So you get a little wet? Unless you're going to the opera who cares? On more than one occasion I've shown up to court hearings pretty wet from a ride in. You know what everybody else thinks? "That's a bad motherfucker."

I wouldn't go to a jury trial like that, obvs.
Fuck that. Im already risking my life riding the thing.
post #4467 of 4529

Was talking to my g/f's neighbour - real cool Vietnamese dude.  As we sipped beers and talked bike talk he told me he used to road race.  Then he popped open his garage and amidst a jumble of bikes including a K75 Beemer, a Sportster and scooters in varying states of disrepair was a pristine candy apple red Mike Hailwood Ducati MH900e.  It was a friggin work of art!

 

 

 

http://www.pierreterblanche.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/MH900e.jpghttp://blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-33-dd/bomber_shizuoka/folder/327558/84/31185684/img_3?1350114773 

post #4468 of 4529
Fuck that bike is a true work of art wow!!!!!!!!!
post #4469 of 4529

It isn't often that an off-beat bike build leaves me speechless. This is one of those times.

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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

Was talking to my g/f's neighbour - real cool Vietnamese dude.  As we sipped beers and talked bike talk he told me he used to road race.  Then he popped open his garage and amidst a jumble of bikes including a K75 Beemer, a Sportster and scooters in varying states of disrepair was a pristine candy apple red Mike Hailwood Ducati MH900e.  It was a friggin work of art!

 

 

 

http://www.pierreterblanche.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/MH900e.jpghttp://blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-33-dd/bomber_shizuoka/folder/327558/84/31185684/img_3?1350114773 

post #4470 of 4529
I ran my drunken hands all over her like she was my first hooker
Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 6/22/14 at 8:45pm
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