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3 sec's to 60? Hold on!

4 incredible electric motorcycles you can actually buy

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We've all been witness to how electric cars are taking over the consumer car market, but where are all the electric motorcycles?
There's not a huge electric market for motorcycles, at least not yet, but we hand picked four that you can actually hand money over for and order.

Lightning Motorcycles claims that their LS 218 is the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

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Lightning says that when the LS 218 is setup and equipped properly, it's capable of reaching a mind-blowing 218 miles per hour. That's massive!

When you're not doing high-speed runs, the bike can see 100 miles of range, The LS-218 starts at about $39,000. Lightning is currently accepting order reservations.

The Zero SR is a high-tech bike that still able to deliver the same thrill as an equivalent gas-powered bike.

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At just $14,395 after federal tax breaks, the Zero SR isn't the cheapest motorcycle on the block, but does fair pretty well.
It has an insane amount of torque, a claimed range of 150 plus miles, and a top speed of 102 miles per hour. And, it can do zero to 60 in just 3.3 seconds.

Zero motorcycles also have an app that can be used to track battery charge status as well as energy usage stats from the bike. The app can also be used to program the bike's driving modes and performance configurations.

The Energica Ego is an Italian piece of two-wheeled beauty.

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When you drop $34,000 on an Energica Ego, you get an amazing looking electric motorcycle that's can do almost 150 miles per hour, can travel almost 60 miles, and can do zero to 60 in three seconds flat.

It isn't as affordable as the Zero SR, but if you want something European that really looks the part, the Ego is a solid option.


The Alta Motors Redshift SM was built to perform.

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The Alta Motors Redshift SM doesn't have the looks of bikes like the Energica Ego or even of the Zero SR, but it's a great low-cost option for those who really want to get on a fun, electric motorcycle.

The RedShift SM has a claimed range of 50 miles and a top speed of 85 miles per hour.
It's a straight-forward, simple, durable, electric bike, and it's currently available for pre-order at $15,495.

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I've been following the electric bike trend. Several have gone out of business already or under some form of reorganization already. HD also has one, I'll have to find the links, Believe it's the Lightning, and close to $30k
 

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I've been following the electric bike trend. Several have gone out of business already or under some form of reorganization already. HD also has one, I'll have to find the links, Believe it's the Lightning, and close to $30k
YAH, it's understandable that early producers dipping their toes into development of stuff like E Bikes will fail. Especially in light of ever evolving battery chemistry.

Most of the avid riders I know would never purchase a $30K bike limited to a 50 or 100 mile range. So for now, these things will remain commuter level transportation. Fun, but still limited to a run to the store or the office where it can charge during the work day. But it's fascinating to see early adopters / consumers of this kind of stuff fund development in smaller producers. And then watch the innovations developed in cottage shops work their way into commodity level production of larger OEMs like HD.

Talking with a Moto Guzzi riding friend the other day, he mentioned that E Bikes are "hard to ride" because they don't decelerate like an internal combustion engine. When you wanna slow down, even a little bit, you gotta be on the brakes - at least with the E Bike he test rode.
 

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...Talking with a Moto Guzzi riding friend the other day, he mentioned that E Bikes are "hard to ride" because they don't decelerate like an internal combustion engine. When you wanna slow down, even a little bit, you gotta be on the brakes - at least with the E Bike he test rode.
Years ago, (almost another life ago) I was apart of an Electric Car campaign club at the local junior college. We met and even got a 1 unit class added to the schedule for 1 year(may have been longer but I only participated the first year available). And I have quite a bit of knowledge on drive trains (for cars) in the electric vehicle department rattling around in this brain. If the e-bikes are having issues with deceleration that tells me that they are not using "regenerative braking", and I'm guessing that is an issue of weight transfer and motor location. You would almost have to have both a motor, regenerative brake system in the wheels and traditional brakes with a cut out of the regen system. There is a considerable amount of engineering required, because the last thing a rider wants is the rear or front wheel locking up. My guess once that aspect is mastered and recovery of 30% or greater of acceleration energy is captured then e-bikes will explode.

The HD is called LiveWire, (not Lightning), Here's a link...
 

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Legg, it looks like you need a day to make a roadtrip to "FLUX", what is that like a 3-4hr road trip for you?
 
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