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post #1 of 53 Old 07-03-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Rode a Zero SRF today!

Wow what a hoot. The zero to 80 mph is instant. I didnít go much past that as I was in a 35 mph zone. They are getting much closer to true motorcycle feel. The Zero SR that has been out was kind of like a Buell blast on steroids. This SRF is much more refined. If I had $19,000 to throw away Iíd have one. The torque is just insane. The silence is kind of mesmerizing. Really a unique experience.
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There are just as many pro's about electric motorcycles as there are con's.

Lack of feel and lack of engine noise are hard for a regular motorcycle rider
to see as the way of the future. But look what has happened with Tesla.

A friend of mine from work has a neighbor with a new Tesla S Model.

He said he offered him a ride in it. A special mode button on the center
console puts this thing in high gear with the all the motors on tap ( 3 I think)
He said after he stabbed the go pedal it felt like an irrate gorrilla was pushing
him back in the seat, And the car rocketed to 100mph easily ,whisper quite.

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So, you are 200 miles out, where do you plug in to get home?
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So, you are 200 miles out, where do you plug in to get home?
At present a problem, but a declining one as more charging stations are installed. You're 200 miles out, in the middle of the desert, and your last bar is flashing. Where do you get gas?

Obviously you need to plan more carefully, and your options are more limited. I'm going to bet that many POI's will put in charging stations just to attract EV owners. And the bikes are not for everyone. Long-distance tourers will need to wait a few years.

But I've ridden with some folks that think a 150 mile day is a lot of riding. They'd be happy with it. Lotta folks think a 400 mile day is plenty. Ride 200, have lunch (and a nap?) while it recharges, do another 200 in the afternoon. Still waiting to see if the Lightning Strike is anything but vaporware.
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Yeh no charging stations in this area. Definitely a city scooter. They say the interstate kills the battery. Cuts the distance in half. That kind of kills it for me. I live it the sticks and I like the freeway. If I lived in the city Iíd probably definitely have an electric bike. Apparently it costs about $2 to recharge. 2-3 hours on 220v and 6-8 on 110v.

Energica bikes charge in 20 minutes but have less range then the Zero was.

Iíd really like to see this technology being pushed forwa d more.

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They are ideal in cities. In Europe they are a big hit.

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If I was made of money I'd have one in my garage as a second (or third, or fourth...) motorcycle. But I could say that about a lot of types of motorcycles.

I'd love to try one, but the value proposition just isn't there yet for me. But quiet, smooth, instant torque, no shifting? Sign me up.
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I talked to a guy who owns one. Another thing he mentioned was no heat. Stand over it at a stop on a hot day and nothing. He really liked and didn't think of that advantage.

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