How to conciliate our love for the combustion powered motorcycle with the strong evidence that the future of motorcycling is electric? Is it possible for you to imagine an automotive world where all new vehicles are electric with the remaining gas powered ones turned into oddities authorized to ride in our streets but under stringent regulations created by new EPA rules. Something like a very limited number of miles every year, or only off-road?
For now, electric motorcycles offer relatively short riding distances, are a pain to charge, and still have an “experimental” image making bikers more interested in reading about them than riding them. But very fast (5 years to 10 years?) lithium batteries will be smaller, last longer and torque will rival the one of combustion powered motorcycles. The electric motorcycle will expand its territory from urban environment to big landscapes and many new and former bikers may find pleasure in the quiet operation of their new generation motorcycle without having anymore to do pit stops at gas stations.
Regarding the custom motorcycle industry, does it worry me? Not at all because these new green bike owners will also want to customize their ride. As a matter of fact, I think that these new technology bikes are going to create a renewed interest for customization and create the next huge new market for the after-market industry. (pictures Zero S Electric Motorcycle)