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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 06:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,249
Posted By sfrider300
a gearbox is useful on an electric for the same...

a gearbox is useful on an electric for the same reasons it's useful on a gas bike . . . it allows you to calibrate acceleration and engine braking for the situation. Just because it isn't as...
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
I'm aware there's a world outside of liberal San...

I'm aware there's a world outside of liberal San Francisco, in fact I've spent most of my life there. The philosophical point is debatable, so I would not say that your philosophical point is...
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
You can buy a lot of motorcycles for the cost of...

You can buy a lot of motorcycles for the cost of a Tesla. In the motorcycle world, it's not a weird or unusual thing for someone to have one bike for commuting, another for touring, another for...
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
Also keep in mind that the main barrier to cost...

Also keep in mind that the main barrier to cost effectiveness is battery technology. The benefits of better battery technology extend far beyond EVs.
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
The Fed's requirement to sell EVs is driven by...

The Fed's requirement to sell EVs is driven by the desire to reduce air pollution. Not everyone shares that goal, but these things are decided through our democratic process.

Government...
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
I think most early adopters of EVs go into it...

I think most early adopters of EVs go into it with their eyes fully open. There might come a day when EV prices stabilize and resale value approaches that of ICE bikes, but that's several years away...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
The 2014 Zeros were announced not long after I...

The 2014 Zeros were announced not long after I bought my Empulse. If I knew they were coming, with better suspension and brakes and lowered prices, I might well have gone the Zero route. But then I...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
I knew about the Zero aftermarket charges, but...

I knew about the Zero aftermarket charges, but I'm not up on the details of installation, price, etc . . . At the very least, it's something to factor into the price comparison.

I think shopping...
Forum: Beasts 09-03-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 581
Views: 139,852
Posted By sfrider300
I owned a Hyper 796, and later test rode a Dorso...

I owned a Hyper 796, and later test rode a Dorso a few times. If I'd test ridden the Dorso first, that probably would have been my choice. It's smoother, less nervous, easier to live with, but still...
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
The Zeros are great bikes too. Right now they...

The Zeros are great bikes too. Right now they can offer better range, though they can't charge at Level II like the Empulse.

To me, the Zero, relative to the Empulse, is a superior power train...
Forum: Road warriors 08-29-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
That's Jeff, another Bay Area Empulse rider. A...

That's Jeff, another Bay Area Empulse rider. A great guy, and possibly the world leader in Empulse mileage.
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 826
Views: 178,168
Posted By sfrider300
The Bell Bullitt would go well aesthetically with...

The Bell Bullitt would go well aesthetically with the V7. And it's just a great helmet besides.
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
When I first got the Empulse, I thought I'd be...

When I first got the Empulse, I thought I'd be tearing up the twisties in Marin every weekend. I did that for awhile, but eventually I came to realize that an electric bike doesn't stir the soul,...
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
No, it's not just about saving money. It's about...

No, it's not just about saving money. It's about the environment. And it's also about riding a motorcycle for your weekday daily duties that's as easy and stress-free as possible. But saving money...
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
Maybe it was restored. Last time I checked, it...

Maybe it was restored. Last time I checked, it expired at the end of 2013.
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
No, that's definitely not it. They're not...

No, that's definitely not it.

They're not moving inventory. The Brammo dealer near me has had the same bikes on the floor for a long time. I think the Empulse has simply been priced too high. ...
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
I live in an urban area bristling with charging...

I live in an urban area bristling with charging stations, but I almost never use them. Typically I just charge up at work, and occasionally at home. Public charging, for me, is mostly a safety net....
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
That's only 8 charges, give or take.

That's only 8 charges, give or take.
Forum: Road warriors 08-27-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,278
Posted By sfrider300
major sale on Brammo Empulse

"End of Summer" sale. Brammo drops prices by $5,000. $7,000 for 2013 models.

http://www.brammo.com/us-incentives/

For folks sitting on the fence but concerned about the price, this is...
Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,898
Posted By sfrider300
Yes, but what's yer point? The world is becoming...

Yes, but what's yer point? The world is becoming more and more souless, less imbued with the texture of personality. I know there are lots of people, me included, who value and need that soul and...
Forum: Road warriors 08-20-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 826
Views: 178,168
Posted By sfrider300
1. I'd say very close to bulletproof. ...

1. I'd say very close to bulletproof. Simplicity enhances reliability. The electrics -- achilles heel of some italian brands -- seem pretty reliable thought it is still not a Honda.
2. Very easy...
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 826
Views: 178,168
Posted By sfrider300
I wouldn't put two 6-footers on a V7, not for...

I wouldn't put two 6-footers on a V7, not for long distances anyway. I'm 5-10 and my wife is 5-5. We fit pretty well, at least for shorter rides. But we were smashed up together, if I scooched...
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,897
Posted By sfrider300
Regarding electrics, I think the hope is that...

Regarding electrics, I think the hope is that when technology advances to the point where they do become more common, American companies will be in the forefront.

The counter-theory is that...
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,897
Posted By sfrider300
I would add that Brammo and Zero represent...

I would add that Brammo and Zero represent virtually the entire market for electric motorcycles, and both are American companies.
Forum: Road warriors 08-15-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 31,397
Posted By sfrider300
There are two major things I understand now about...

There are two major things I understand now about electric bikes, now that I've lived with one for a year. The first is that they are incredibly useful and cost-effective IF you're daily...
Forum: Road warriors 08-15-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 31,397
Posted By sfrider300
An electric cruiser wouldn't make much sense,...

An electric cruiser wouldn't make much sense, since you can't travel long distances anyway.
Forum: Road warriors 08-15-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 31,397
Posted By sfrider300
Interesting that he's reviewed other electrics on...

Interesting that he's reviewed other electrics on his program, but he declines to offer comparisons. I guess that's not really Jay's thing. He's more of an enthusiast than a journalist.

...
Forum: Road warriors 08-15-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 31,397
Posted By sfrider300
[QUOTE=Sparrowhawk;24700357]I am their target...

[QUOTE=Sparrowhawk;24700357]I am their target buyer. Sure, e-bikes cost too much for what they are but the picture can be larger. My family of 3 gets by with one auto and a couple of motorcycles. I...
Forum: Road warriors 08-14-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 826
Views: 178,168
Posted By sfrider300
Yes they (we) do. But this probably has more to...

Yes they (we) do. But this probably has more to do with the psychological comfort blanket that comes with every BMW, while Guzzi's are still perceived as tempermental Italians. This perception does...
Forum: Road warriors 08-14-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By sfrider300
Good friend of mine owns a WeeStrom, and he...

Good friend of mine owns a WeeStrom, and he recently rode my 620. No comparison on the fun meter, according to him.
Forum: Road warriors 08-14-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By sfrider300
There's tons of good used bikes out there, enough...

There's tons of good used bikes out there, enough to make all of us who occasionally buy a new one feel like fools. I think the best strategy is to buy directly from a first owner who has taken good...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By sfrider300
Well that's just awesome. Of course, I hope I'll...

Well that's just awesome. Of course, I hope I'll never need it.
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By sfrider300
That's great news. What's the source of that...

That's great news. What's the source of that information? Was just looking at their site, didn't see it.
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By sfrider300
Kelly Blue Book for a 620 red is $4,000. A...

Kelly Blue Book for a 620 red is $4,000. A couple hundred less for a Dark. You can use KBB as a negotiating point to try to get the price down.

My 620 has suspension components from the 1000,...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By sfrider300
I just got one a few months ago, and so far am...

I just got one a few months ago, and so far am loving it. As to longevity, I can only relate what I found in my online research, which was mostly very positive.

There's been problems with...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 826
Views: 178,168
Posted By sfrider300
I've had a big block and a small block. Both...

I've had a big block and a small block. Both were great but ultimately left me a Goldilocks complex, yearning for something in between, a la the Bellagio. There's a good chance I'll be a Guzzi...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,808
Posted By sfrider300
If you're retired, then you've got plenty of time...

If you're retired, then you've got plenty of time to do your own maintenance, and to learn how. Don't be intimidated by it, it's no more difficult than 1,000 other things you've learned to do in...
Forum: Road warriors 08-08-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2,424
Views: 610,114
Posted By sfrider300
Dorso is designed to rip holes in the urban...

Dorso is designed to rip holes in the urban fabric and to untangle the twisties, not to cross deserts. That said, there's a Dorso thread in Beasts with some interesting stabs at solutions to extend...
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 790
Posted By sfrider300
Exactly. People who say they're not cost...

Exactly. People who say they're not cost effective haven't stopped to do the math. But the math only works out if you have a commute that's somewhere around 50 miles or more (total). So it's still...
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 790
Posted By sfrider300
The up front cost seems ridiculous, but if you...

The up front cost seems ridiculous, but if you use it to handle the bulk of your commuting and errand running, it becomes a reasonable proposition over 5 years or more. It will make your daily...
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