Thoughts on electric motorcycles?

Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by itnithand, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. ctromley

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    I had my first experience with an electric motorcycle yesterday.

    A buddy of mine was in need of a proper ride so I lent him my 650L and brought a 525 for myself. The day before we went he texted me asking if his friend could come along and I naturally agreed. He did mention that he was going to be riding a Zero, which peaked my interest for sure.

    We got out on the trail and I was at the front as I was on the 525 and right away I was surprised at how well the Zero was able to keep up with me and the 650.

    The Zero had a couple of huge handicaps - street tires, street suspension and geometry and a final drive belt. None of these things work well in the dirt but this bike went everywhere we did and I have to say that there were some parts of the trail that we very steep and rocky. Jeff (the zero guy) had a few drops but he certainly had the easiest time starting from a stop on the hill climbs.

    I finally got a chance to get some seat time on it and I have to say that I was impressed.

    I handed my 525 over to Jeff to try and gave him a warning about power as that bike will surprise that crap out of people. Really he should have given me the warning...The bike has tons of power, is comfortable, and feels solid.

    The most annoying thing about the bike was the noisy keychain that was rattling around

    :lol3

    On our ride my KTM used about 3/4 of its stock tank and the Zero used about half of its range after around 30 miles of hard-ish riding.

    In this type of setting - a trail ride (minus the belt drive) the Zero held its own and was a viable alternative to my race prepped desert bike. Had the Zero been set up with proper suspension and dirt tires, it would have been a real force to be reckoned with off road!

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    Thanks for this comparison :beer
  6. Jarrett2

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    That's great info.

    Zero makes a chain kit for the FX. Can always swap tires and respring the bike as well.

    If I lived somewhere like that, I might still have my FX. Seems like it would be fantastic there.

    One of the first times I rode my FX on the road, I heard this jingling noise and was thinking there was something wrong with the bike. It was my keys :)
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  7. eatpasta

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    Yeah, it wouldnt take too much work to make it a decent trail bike.

    Im too tall for it though at 6'3.

    Im thinking about converting a 650L to electric....

    :thumb
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  8. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    For a trail bike, check out Sur Ron.
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    Whoa....
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    After further research..... WHOA....

    :eekers:eek7:eekers:eek7:eekers:eek7:eekers:eek7:eekers:eek7:eekers:eek7
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  11. NoMoreIdeas

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    Yeah they are cool little machines, not something you'd expect to come from China. There are quite a few mods out as well - higher wh/hr batteries and controllers to boost to some pretty nutty numbers for such a small frame bike. Kinda in a weird spot between a dirtbike and a mountain bike, but they would be killer on some single track. I'd seriously consider having one if there were any options to ride off road where I live. People seem very happy with them.
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    I wonder if I could get away with riding one on the beach around here....

    :lol3
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    Yep, there's nothing quite like it. Segway is bringing exactly the same bike to the USA under their brand name, for a higher price. I am planning to get Luna's SurRon by summer. https://lunacycle.com/sur-ron-x-bike-black-edition/
  14. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    Just get the "pedal" kit and you're fine :D
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    yeah, I saw that.....its so bloody tempting but I simply cant buy anything like that right now unless I get rid of a few ICE bikes... which I wont do. Someday Ill have one of these as it just adds SO many more things to be able to do on two wheels!

    Like commute to work!

    :thumb

    Problem is, I live too close to work so Ill have to find a longer way in

    :hmmmmm
  16. eatpasta

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    Right? I wonder how long it will take though for people to realize that these really arent bicycles though.

    It will be a similar but slightly different process that we use now to get bike plated...

    :lol3
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    Preach, brother!
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    There is a beach route....

    :D
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    Pretty sure *nobody* actually thinks they are bicycles...