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Electric Motorcycle

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by dan, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw120465_20050828.htm

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Terry Richards isn't too worried about the recent jump in the price of gasoline.

    A test specialist at Chrysler Group's proving grounds in Washtenaw County, Richards rides a 21-year-old racing motorcycle he converted into a fully electric-powered vehicle for about $2,000.

    "I just kind of thumb my nose at them, and it feels good," Richards, 47, told The Ann Arbor News for a Saturday story.

    The 1984 Yamaha RZ350 now runs on electricity stored in four batteries. Richards calculates spending 4 cents per mile to operate it and averages about $15 worth of electricity per week if he rides it every day.

    "I study a lot of material about alternative energy sources, and I had a pretty good idea (the price hike) was going to come, and fast," Richards said.

    Richards and his wife, Rosemary, still do the majority of their driving with their two sedans.

    On Aug. 22, AAA Michigan reported that the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded gasoline was $2.70, up 14.8 cents from the previous week and 73.3 cents higher than last year at the same time.

    Richards' motorcycle cruises at 40 to 45 miles per hour and can reach a top speed of 60 mph, he said. The batteries take a total of about fours to fully charge and provide enough juice to average about 16 miles per use.



    It's enough to make his 13-mile daily commute to work, where he has permission to plug in to an electrical outlet. He also regularly rides in to downtown Dexter, where he says people marvel at the quiet engine.

    "I've had joggers jump out right in front of me because they just don't hear it," he said.
     
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  2. yes, but can he drag the pegs????
     
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  3. If he ever got pulled over, I wonder what the cops would charge him with???
     
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  4. I think this is a great article against electric bikes. I mean look at the figures, the guy uses $15 US per week on power to travel roughly 180kms at speeds of only 60kph. Also factor in the $2000 spent on the conversion and kinda makes you realise he would have been better off with a scooter.
     
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  5. If electric vehicles are supposed to be so environmentally-friendly, what is done about the disposal of used batteries?????
     
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  6. ...and how is the electricity being used generated?
     
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  7. $3.30AU/100km, if I can count. No cheaper than a scooter, really. Hell, the GPX is about $5/100km for fuel. Can certainly do better than 96km/h too. :p

    Na, waste of time, IMO. But it might look better on paper in say, 5 years. Petrol may be twice or thrice the price it is now, and could make the electric bike look a bit better. Assuming the price of electricity (or it's fuel) doesn't rise also!
     
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