There is also the unanswered vexing question of how the government will respond to diminishing fuel excise revenue as electric vehicles take over. Perhaps a new tax!
I certainly don’t see myself buying one this decade, even though the first six disadvantages will soon be diminished by advances in technology and production.
However, I do see 10 unexpected benefits from the Whirring Twenties.
Now most of us think this is a negative, but there are many instances where a quiet, whirring motor could be a benefit:
For a start, police and security guards will be able to sneak up on thieves;
Meanwhile, police would not be able to fine you for having a noisy exhaust;
It would also nullify the latest draconian laws to limit use of off-road motorcycles on your own property as is occurring in some states;
There would be fewer complaints from residents near racetracks which might save some from extinction;
You could easily sneak away early on a Sunday for a ride without disturbing your cranky neighbours or come home late without waking the family; and
Young people may like the fact that they can still hear their phone calls and music clearly while riding!
2 Cool runnings
Even though batteries and electric motors heat up, it is nothing compared with the heat radiating from an internal combustion engine.
I rode the Harley-Davidson LiveWire at the world launch last year in Portland, Oregon, through the forest and through town, yet I was still able to place my naked hand on the battery and motor without it being burnt.
It was only warm, not even hot.
That is a real boon for those commuters who usually fry in slow traffic on a summer’s day.
It would also spell the end of pipe burn for young kids and novice riders.
3 Youth appeal
We crusty old riders love our internal combustion engines, but many young people see them as old technology.
However, funky, whirring electric motorcycles could just be the tonic to kickstart sales to millennials.
4 Design options
Speaking of funky, there have been some weird designs among the electric motorcycles we have seen so far.