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).
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