far911, I think the answer to your availability question is that this is purely a market positioning ploy. Offering 100 of something in Japan or worldwide is practically not offering it at all, but the awareness is worldwide (such as in this blog), so mission accomplished. It's frankly a bit of a stretch for Lexus to tout this as a symbol of their manufactruing prowess, as they have very little to do with the actual components. I also imagine this is more impressive to car buyers; I actually both ride a bike and own a Lexus, but I can't imagine buying a Lexus bike. You would probably be laughed out of the peloton as having more money than brains. What next - Gucci bike shoes? :)
far911 - "the battery should rely on charging from pedaling".
Did I miss something in high school physics? If I'm going to be pedaling, it would be more efficient to transfer the energy directly to the wheels rather than through the inefficencies of charging, storing, and converting.
I think the bike itself is a marvel. Weighing at just 7 kg, the carbon fiber frame ensures the bike weighs minimal while keeping maximum strength and long life. What I don't understand, however, is the production policy at Lexus. Why make something like this available in Japan only?
@a.saji - If you consider the quality of components, the type of material used and then compare with other similar bikes manufactured you'll realize the price is quite reasonable. Then there's the Lexus name attached with it. That alone is worth a lot.
Charles, Great article. Juat have one question regarding the battery for the electronic controller: how long does it last? Is there a manual override when the battery is low? Also, just thinking out loud, pedaling the bike could be a way of powering the electronics using energy harvesting technology.
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