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Slideshow: Electric Motorcycles Get Revved

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AnandY
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Re: Self Driven Bikes?
AnandY   7/28/2014 8:44:59 AM
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We heard of the electric cars a few years ago and today they are a practical reality. From this piece it looks like the electric bikes have followed closely. Then we heard of self-driven cars and right now they are already in use, albeit on a reasonably small scale. In the same pattern, should we brace ourselves for self driven bikes? Now that would really be something and if they can make them as safe as the Google cars seem to be, then maybe I can buy one and try some Ghost Rider moves!

Pubudu
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Re: Some cool bikes
Pubudu   7/24/2014 1:46:55 PM
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One Question,  why these are not in the market

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Some cool bikes
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   7/18/2014 7:37:38 PM
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Kubo (slide 4) looks like a $6000 shopping kart. First impression says "no way".  Maybe they'll sell about 10 or 15 to early-adopters who will suffer post-purchase depression.  On the contrary, to your observation about its cousin the C1; that video (T-bone w/o tipping) is impressive, and its styling looks great, too.  First impression says, "yes". Much better candidate for success.

Charles Murray
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Re: Some cool bikes
Charles Murray   7/16/2014 7:16:51 PM
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Good question, GTOlover. I don't know that the C1 has officially been classified as anything yet, since we're still waiting for it to come out. But Lit Motors calls it a motorcycle. Sure doesn't look like a motorcycle to me, though.

fstarkey
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Re: Harley..
fstarkey   7/16/2014 5:24:40 PM
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Bob from Maine...

I'll bet your neighboorhood is worth the touring. Hope to get there some day. But I'll agree, we don't have an electric for you, yet. Think for a moment. Add to your scenery the SOUNDS of the country side. I get to listen as well as look. My little Kawasaki twin had a sweet exhaust note, but I only miss it a little. I rolled over 600 on the Kaw over a weekend - exactly once. Stayed off of it for a couple weeks after. I'm looking forward to a little trailering myself. Want to take the Vectrix up to the switchbacks at Chimney Rock or Black Mountain (NC) It'll only make one or two passes on a charge, but I expect it to put the old Kaw cruiser to dust. Short & sweet.

bob from maine
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bob from maine   7/16/2014 4:14:23 PM
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I'd think the Harley range would be reduced significantly after they add a 1,000 watt audio system to allow them to make enough noise to satisfy existing Harley riders. I DO think range is an issue. I ride about 25K miles/year and have done so for the last 25 years. Most of my friends who ride are up for a typical day of 100 addiional miles above our normal commute and a 400 mile weekend is not unusual. Our LONG trips often include 500-800 mile days. We're not typical, but there's lots of us out there; probably not the desired demographic for an electric motorcycle! Summer here doesn't really include all that many rideable weekend so we tend to take advantage when we can.

PizzaEater
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C-1 getting hit by the car is pure CGI
PizzaEater   7/16/2014 11:16:52 AM
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Come on! No dents, the tail lights are persisting, wasn't it obvious that whole scene was just a representation of how they suppose it will react?

GTOlover
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Re: Some cool bikes
GTOlover   7/16/2014 10:04:55 AM
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Charles, is the C1 classified as a motorcycle or will government veiw this as a car? Be interesting as these new designs come up, how will the government, the same government pushing high mpg standards and safety standards, start to regulate and kill the fun that these bikes may bring to the market?

g-whiz
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g-whiz   7/14/2014 1:09:34 PM
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I was thinking the same thing while going through the slides. The design emphasis seems to be on speed and acceleration. Furthermore, I'm sure this breath taking performance comes at a premium price.

I would think a 60 MPH top speed and a 0-60 time of 15 seconds would be just fine. However, the demise of Vectrix suggests otherwise.

The market must be demanding crotch rocket replacements for the ICE bikes rather than economical, medium range, medium performance, day-to-day basic transportation.

The cost issue also perplexes me. People would rather spend $15,000+ on a fire breathing dragon electric motorcycle verses $12,000 for a brand new Nissan Versa car?

Go figure...

endsofinvention
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Re: ELECTRIC BIKES
endsofinvention   7/14/2014 12:49:43 PM
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Fugly is the word... Biking in this economic bracket is more about image than anything else and sorry but the styling is waaay too "sophisticated" for the biking fraternity. Until Kawasaki, Honda and Ducati (all notable absentees) get in and pretty this segment up a bit I'm afraid it will remain fringe at best regardless of statistics...

 

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