Eco-Friendly motorcycles are in. Like this low emission V4 diesel engine concept motorcycle with power and range. On the other hand electric motorcycles are still slow, expensive, have a limited range before running out of power, don’t have any engine braking …and don’t have any sexy potato potato sound. Although our big bike manufacturers still focus on the grey hairs not ready to abandon their gas powered machines, the new electric technology is going to change forever the face of our motorcycle industry.
It is of interest to notice that after a first wave eco-friendly motorcycles looking like powered bicycles many low emission motorcycles look now more and more like our traditional bikes. As an example just look at the picture of this Metalback concept bike with a sport/cafe racer flair. And it makes me think that the resistance to a switch to new motorcycle technology is not so much the technology but the cartoon-like looks of the first eco-friendly bikes proposed to us. And now I am convinced that as soon as the issues of speed, range and autonomy will be resolved many of us will ride these new motorcycles if their designs make them look…like our gas powered motorcycles. Your thoughts?