Benefits of an electric motorcycle

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Electric motorcycles are coming sooner than we think and the benefits could outweigh the drawbacks such as high purchase price, charging time and battery range.

Several specialist electric motorcycle companies and several traditional motorcycle manufacturers have electric bikes or scooters in the market or concepts waiting in the wings to hit the showroom.

Purchase prices will quickly come down as more enter the market and technology will solve issues of range and charging times. In fact, range is now out to 300km+ and charging times down to 30 minutes for 80% capacity.

But what are the benefits of an electric motorcycle?

Power and torque

Most importantly for riders, electric motorcycles are fast. 

Electric vehicles hold the Pikes Peak hillclimb record for both cars and bikes.

An electric motor has instant 100% torque which means rapid acceleration.

The only drawback is that the power delivery is so linear there is no “surge” feeling which many riders experience in conventional fuel-powered engines.

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MBW rides the Victory Empulse TT electric bike

Environment

Of course, electric motorcycles don’t belch any smoke and don’t use limited non-renewable fuel.

Electric motorcycles and scooters are particularly useful in city riding because they don’t belch smoke into the city air.

However, the environmental benefits of electric vehicles is a double-edged sword.

Some people argue that building electric vehicles takes more resource and others point to using electricity from a “dirty”, non-renewable source.

However, production methods are improving, batteries are becoming recyclable and there are many sources of renewable power including charging your bike off your home’s solar power.

Sound

While most motorcyclists love the roar of an exhaust pipe, some riders don’t and many members of the community simply find it antisocial and annoying.

If you like to listen to music or talk to your pillion while riding, a electric bike won’t introduce on your enjoyment.

Most electric motorcycles are quiet. So quiet, some say they are a bit dangerous because people can’t hear them coming.

However, manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson are doing something about the sound by artificially adding noise. In the case of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire concept, it’s as turbine-like sound derived from meeting the gears.

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Harley-Davidson electric Livewire

Lightweight

The development of electric motorcycle is driving engineers and scientists to try new lightweight materials and aerodynamic designs.

These new technologies will also flow down to conventional motorcycles.

City riding

Even though some motorcycle tour companies such as Eidelwiess in Europe hire electric motorcycles, touring is not really their forte.

In fact, riding in the city extends the range of an electric motorcycle because they recharge the battery through regenerative braking.

Long, sustained open-road cruising actually depletes a battery quicker.

Saving money

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PCX Electric scooter

Even though one of the major drawbacks of an electric motorcycle is the high purchase price, over time you will actually save a lot of money, depending on your electricity source and costs.

Some say a weekly commute can cost a couple of dollars compared with up to $50 in fuel.

Apart from the “fuel” saving, some governments have special incentive programs on purchase price, taxes or other fees.

That means more money in your pocket for what you enjoy such as some Starspins mobile if you wish.

Low maintenance

Electric bikes don’t have air filters, oil, spark plugs, timing belts and some don’t even have a clutch or gearbox.

So there is very little to check, replace or maintain, except tyres, brake pads and brake hydraulic fluid. And even brake pads last longer because the electric motor can do a lot of the braking.

Apart from saving you time, it also saves you money on consumables and repair and maintenance.

It’s quite a lot similar to enjoying a no deposit bonus UK, even though the comparison might be a bit far-fetched.

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8 Comments

  1. Lots of good reasons to own one but the big assumption is that you have garaging for your bike and/or you are close to a power source to recharge. I have neither in my apartment block so until infrastructure catches up, an electric bike remains off my shopping list…

  2. The lack of sound concerns me….I like loud and it is one of the best safety devices you can have. I will also miss that kick in the butt woosh as the revs climb. However I am sure as they evolve I will grow to like them. Maybe I will have to make a recording to put into and enless loop!!

  3. There is a huge flaw in your argument about charging from solar electricity. I’ve been living off-grid for twelve years, so know a thing or two about renewable electricity. In fact, I just recently bought a new car so that I make less use of the 4WD I’ve had for nineteen years to prolong its life and use less resources such as fuel, large tyres etc. I spent several months looking into PHEV options and ended up buying a 1200 petrol turbo Toyota C-HR Koba AWD, which uses 5.5 – 6.5 litres per 100 km. Most of us go out to work during the daytime, so the vehicles would need to be charged at night, when one is trying to absolutely minimise electricity use to maximise the life of the solar battery bank. My battery bank cost $27,000 and I don’t want to have to replace it in a hurry. Charging batteries, whether it be lawnmower, telephone, car, motorcycle or even AA’s or electric toothbrushes, should only ever be done when the sun is shining in order to keep depth of discharge (DoD) of the solar bank to an absolute minimum. The greater the average DoD, the shorter the lifespan. I don’t know about you city folk, but out here in the bush, the sun definitely doesn’t shine during the night. If enough charging stations are established in the cities to allow commuters to charge from renewable energy during the daytime, the argument about charging from renewables might be plausible for some, but here in northern NSW we can’t even get a reliable telephone service, let alone something as sophisticated as vehicle charging stations. I look forward to these challenges being met, but at this point there is some way to go.

  4. I’d be up for an electric trail bike if and when they can get the weight down a bit. It would be awesome to ride a few trails in the Blue Mountains without disrupting the solitude and silence. I’d also be up for one as a commuter when my current commuter dies. But for long distance touring/adv riding I’ll stick with the petrol.

  5. At this point in their development they will make great commuters, and if the government could give some concessions on rego it would speed up their acceptance.

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