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    Electric Motorcycle Anyone?

    The idea of owning an electric motorcycle is getting more and more interesting to me. If they could just improve the range a little more without increasing the weight. Someday.....

    Anyone have one? This looks great!

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    Not yet....a very successful and wise CEO once told me to " Don't be the first or the last to adopt new technology, but be closer to the last as practical."

    Technology will improve and costs will go down. One of the biggest PITA with any vehicle I own is the battery so I am cautious about buying battery operated vehicles.

    When the major Japanese Manufactures are in the business with all their distribution advantages , I will likely buy.
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    I've heard proprietary battery packs tend to make up-grading older models impractical thus killing resale value of early generation models from reputable manufactures like Zero. Something tells me making up one's own replacement packs from individual affordable high capacity cells is a little more difficult than the days of NiCad R/C car racing.
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    Yeah, I think it would really help if there was some kind of standardization of battery packs among manufacturers.
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    Higher voltage equals more fun at lower amperages. Too bad one can't carry a bunch of hoverboard batteries like we carry RotoPaks and just plug them into bike's system in parallel or in series as needed.
    Must be many of those 36V 4.4 amp hour packs available as manufactures geared up for the Toy of the Century a few years ago. Make them a basis for a new standard using plug-n-go short duration but lightweight interchangeable packs. Take several already charged on outings.
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    All you need is a cobbled together rack/harness for a couple dozen of your favorite tool brands battery packs, then slap it in your bike. You'll be able to power both your bike and your impact driver from the same pool of batteries.

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    Laptop batteries strung together seems to be popular. With the old batteries that can only hold 75% or so of their original full charge, they're apparently no longer good for the street, but a pretty handy backup for your home, at least like one out of a Prius.
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    To your question: No, not even if they make one with a 200 mile range. Just doesn't "move me".
    Long live the internal combustion engine... at least till they run out of oil.
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    For myself, I plan on keeping most of my IC fleet, and adding some electric to the mix. Too much fun to be had on all fronts of turning power into motion for me to rule anything out. Showroom sourced electric vehicles are still in new/niche/expensive territory, but once the more mainstream manufacturers start doing things at larger scale the cost will come down. Until then, I'm probably going to DIY an electric something just to play with.

    Anyone have a TW roller chassis with title they want to unload for cheap?

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    I like this ! Would love a Zero if I didn't have to pay for it!

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