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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Nov 3, 2008.
Know what else tickles my fancy? The Husky Svartpilen 401. It just looks fun. A hoot, one might say. Shenanigans and such.
Looks like a fun little Hooligan bike...
Looks like it had its ass ridden off.
It's almost like an adventure bike, except for luggage capacity.
SWM is making a bunch of cool bikes and they are bringing some of them to the U.S.
see the others here: http://swm-motorcycles.it/en/
That reminds me of some styles I've seen in Latin America.
That's funny, Warren. Never heard of that one. I laugh at the joke partly because I see some truth in it.
I think many people don't understand libertarianism and think it's a bad word. However a lot of people who have taken the world's smallest political quiz have discovered their own libertarian tendencies. Probably because both extremes are silly. And yet libertarianism is not anti-government per se but rather limited government for appropriate purposes.
So what's everyone's thought on electric motorbikes? Viable? Neat? Lame? I think a supermoto would be perfect, as it's not something you'd be travelling long distances on anyway, and could probably greatly benefit from all that torque that an electric motor gives you.
Good if your commute or riding place is close. I looked at them years ago. The highest range was 70 miles. Work was 50 miles round trip. The problem was their range was not at highway speeds. Now they better range but my commute increased. People who have them say they are a blast.
I seriously looked at them before I bought the Twin. Wasn't looking for a commuter or traveller, but just something fun to take out for a spin on back roads. But that range really doesn't do it for me. I think for an SM, it wouldn't be bad. 70 miles could get you down the parkway for a ways, and back. And they do offer upgrades which will stretch the mileage, but still, it's not really on par with the noisemakers.
I think it's a good start though. The production is there. The price is good, and will only come down as technology gets better. I think if the big Japanese 4 start making them, you'll really see prices come down and see a lot more on the roads. Or at least I hope.
Looks ugly AF.
I am glad I will be dead by the time electric bikes are the only bikes available.
The technology isn't there yet for them to be practical for fun long day or weekend rides. Commuting and trip to the grocery store kinda stuff. For me, I want a bike with a manual transmission and makes vroom, vroom noise. :) However, when not artificially limited, all the torque, all the time is pretty awesome.
After fifty years of riding IC bikes, it could be a little challenging to get used to an electric one. I'm glad they're researching and developing them. I appreciate the technological aspect. I just think it's silly to spend a fortune creating an infrastructure right now to be able to charge them. And even if that happened the inconvenience Factor would be hard to accept. It might be cool for Millennial age and younger if they think they're saving the planet. There's a lot of hype out there for electric vehicle claims of non-emissions -- which makes me wonder why those folks don't know how most electricity is generated. And of course all the motorcycles in the world can't match the pollution of the tragic wildfires in California.
Let's leave the hardcore politics downstairs in CSM please
Hardcore Politics??? What the hell are you talking about. That there is a science discussion. Just because your from DC, does everything have to be viewed through a political prism? We have enough problems out here in the rural parts of the state with Northern Virginia calling all the shots. The LAST thing we need is voting rights in DC. I guess now your gonna ban me from posting for a while. Go ahead Mr. Administrator!
I saw a video of an electric offroad race bike on youtube (pretty sure it was a Zero) and the guy was in the expert class. He got the hole shot against all the other gasoline fueled bikes and was going like hell. It sounded like a battery operated RC car. really cool and very quiet. If they can get them to have 100 mile range offroad, I might be interested.
you can hear the bike around the 3 min mark when he's alone.
I looked on their web site and the high end dual sport (DSR) is claimed 978 miles at 70 mph. This is with the Powertank. Still it cost more than 19k.
Hey... He wasn't saying it was hardcore politics, just reminding everyone where that belongs.
That's a lot of trips to the local Starbucks.
Three to four charges to get to the corporate headquarters from here. Not bad.
I’d like a electric trials bike for around the house. But can’t justify the cost. I think Nuggets has one for his boys and made a track in his back yard.