I'm so behind the times. I just now stumbled on a 2015 review of an Energica Ego on motorcyclistonline written by Jack Lewis, one of my all-time favorite writers. He loved the bike, but also gave the best pep talk to EM skeptics and haters I've ever seen. From https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/...ike-motorcyclist-magazine-electric-sportbikes ... We cling to seeping, backfiring, brass-bound examples of the steeds on which Uncle Harold wooed flappers. We insist eBikes have “no soul,” as though soul consists of an old pickup truck to fetch your broken-down wheezer. Note to bikers now composing furious retorts: Before mailing that letter, stop by for a beer and let’s kickstart our bikes together. Technology is good, speed is addictive, and piston count is irrelevant. eHaters wittering on about soullessness are confessing inchoate fears: that our hard-won skills are obsolete, our freedoms are threatened, and our self-sorted cool is slipping away. Well, what if it is? Your mammalian heritage calls you to evermore sophisticated tools and toys, and your Ego demands you train. Uncle Harold had to learn new tricks. Now we do too. Motorcycling might be recreation and transportation, but it’s also a sport. Trade your jetting kit for Dick Tracy’s Apple Watch, brake 4 feet deeper, and refine your lines. Ride excellently or learn that the Ego strips away excuses with relentless, digital accountability. Everyone knows you never really “had to lay ’er down.” As always, today’s early adopters pay designer prices to finance tomorrow’s “Everybike.” Anyway, “cheap” applies to precisely zero interesting Italian vehicles. Go test it when it comes to town, but do not buy an Energica Ego unless you feel it for what it is: the Desmosedici of battery bikes. Buy it only if it makes you yearn to hack software—if your favorite stories headline tomorrow’s news sites and if your very first roll-on makes you whoop like veteran racer Nicolulis. “You know it’s great,” he said. “You know it’s the future. You know it’s gonna change everything.” Seems to me that anyone who doesn't get that will be an ICE rider forever.