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These are really scooters, right?

Nope. Last year, electric racing prototypes started turning lap times that rival their 600-cc gas brethren and are capable of hitting speeds over 200 mph. These electric street versions are not quite as quick, but they've got plenty of muscle for keeping up with freeway traffic and, thanks to weights as low as 200 pounds, pulling ahead when the light turns green. These are very much motorcycles.

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How far can they go though without a re-charge rolleyes.gif
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How far can they go though without a re-charge rolleyes.gif

Probably pretty far considering the performance of Electric Go-Karts...

I'd bet they would pop a wheely too. biggrin.gif
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They're trying to put my 450 to shame mad.gif
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If you're sticking to the city, you can get upward of 100 miles on a single overnight charge (about 10 cents of electricity). But all current electric motorcycles use single-speed transmissions. That means they're turning very high, energy-draining rpm's at top speeds: Freeway travel can cut your range by half or more. So you probably wouldn't want to ride your electric moto to Sturgis. Actually, we wouldn't recommend riding one of these to Sturgis regardless.

They put the Nissan Leaf's 40 miles to shame. And I bet these bikes would cost under $10,000 (edit: Some do, should've read the article first lol). This is where they should've started the electric trend, IMO.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 3/22/12 at 1:13pm
 
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If you're sticking to the city, you can get upward of 100 miles on a single overnight charge (about 10 cents of electricity). But all current electric motorcycles use single-speed transmissions. That means they're turning very high, energy-draining rpm's at top speeds: Freeway travel can cut your range by half or more. So you probably wouldn't want to ride your electric moto to Sturgis. Actually, we wouldn't recommend riding one of these to Sturgis regardless.

They put the Nissan Leaf's 40 miles to shame. And I bet these bikes would cost under $10,000 (edit: Some do, should've read the article first lol). This is where they should've started the electric trend, IMO.

This ^

These are some awesome Motorcycles indeed, it's just too bad they are way way too expensive. frown.gif

I'm not really interesting in trying to hit 200 MPH, whoosh!

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Wow check this out!
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Colorado's Alternative Vehicle Tax Credit, for example, will refund as much as 85 percent of the price difference over a gas-powered equivalent.

Edited by _GTech - 3/22/12 at 1:28pm
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A typical dirtbike is around $5k. The main issue is people won't be able to use it for competitions until they start having an electric category. But $10k for a 250cc equivalent (some might have a little more acceleration, idk) street bike isn't terrible. And when you consider these are practically silent, it's perfect for people who can't stand the whiny motorcycle noise, and there's some wow factor to it. Maybe $3k over what the gas version should cost, but with tax credits you can get 85% of the price difference refunded, according to the article.
 
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A typical dirtbike is around $5k. The main issue is people won't be able to use it for competitions until they start having an electric category. But $10k for a 250cc equivalent (some might have a little more acceleration, idk) street bike isn't terrible. And when you consider these are practically silent, it's perfect for people who can't stand the whiny motorcycle noise, and there's some wow factor to it. Maybe $3k over what the gas version should cost, but with tax credits you can get 85% of the price difference refunded, according to the article.

I still think Gas Powered Motorcycles are definitely efficient enough to make these a lot less desirable...

Besides, power wise, the Gas Engine would win all around...

The price is far too high, definitely...
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So they are probably quite too, which means being even more vigilant when riding. If you can't see a motorcycle you can usually hear it.
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I'll keep my 600, and I'm sure people can hear mine (cops included) with ~105 decibels of Yoshi race pipe powah! Anyways I've seen the electric bikes and they are novel, but until electric vehicles are no longer plagued by the scourge known as batteries then I'm not interested. Also chain > belt and 80 is slower than my 250 was when I had it (too slow: dangerously slow) 70 mile range is short I go 120 miles before the reserve light pops then just take 20 seconds to fill back up and I'm good for another 120 when will they get it?
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