The world is changing, and motorcycles are changing with it. What are we talking about? Well, have you noticed more Tesla cars on the road recently? These electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular and practical, and though the motorcycle industry has been lagging when it comes to EVs, it looks like they might be catching up soon.
Will Your Next Motorcycle Run on Gas or Electricity?
If you were wondering where the next step in motorcycle evolution was coming from, then we are about to settle your mind. Electric motorcycles (eBikes) are the becoming the next big leap in motorcycle tech, and here’s why: Instantaneous torque, no maintenance, and silent running.
All these features mean that eBikes can run a quickly as a sportbike, but handle all the tough terrain of a dirtbike. Don’t believe us? Check out the Redshift MX. Alta—makers of the Redshift—claim it is equivalent to a 250cc motorcross racer, but with no hoses, wires or radiators to get smashed up on trails.
Looking for a street ride? Well, Foxconn has been contracted to make motorcycles for Evoke Motorcycles—a Chinese start-up. It’s going to be selling a sporty eBike this summer. It boasts a 124 mile city range, 74 mile highway range, 24 horsepower and a whopping 86 lb-ft of torque.
What to go American? Zero Motorcycles has been a mainstay of electric motorcycling for many years now, and it’s not slowing down. This California manufacturer made bikes that only had a 40-mile range just a few years ago, now some of its bikes have a 200-mile range! Better yet, the company says as battery capacity improves, Zero motorcycle owners can just plug in the new batteries to enjoy the extra range.
What does this mean for motorcycling? It means that you should probably start installing high capacity charging plugs in your garage. Even Harley-Davidson is looking to get into the eBike game with the Livewire due out by 2020. And Polaris Industries has all but said it’s looking to revive its Empulse eBike under the Indian brand.
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