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So there is a lot in the news today about electric bikes, brands like Harley are jumping on board with the Livewire project and even the TT has the zero class races. but I am interested to see what motorcyclists think about the whole electric bike movement. I for one find them soulless and a awful idea, but what do you think?

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So there is a lot in the news today about electric bikes, brands like Harley are jumping on board with the Livewire project and even the TT has the zero class races. but I am interested to see what motorcyclists think about the whole electric bike movement. I for one find them soulless and a awful idea, but what do you think?
Don't know about soulless or awful but, at this point in time, they seem like early personal computers - they work but have a long way to go before they will actually be competent. The single exception I can think of might be the BMW I8 coupe. And it's actually a hybrid though wicked cool and fast. Not to mention it's a car (gasp!)

And I can't believe "loud electric motors save lives" will ever be popular slogan.

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I like to go for long, multi-day rides, and so far I don't see how you could do them "electrically"....

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I like to go for long, multi-day rides, and so far I don't see how you could do them "electrically"....
You just have to stop every 5 hours for 6 hours and let the batteries recharge

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Something like this would have been great when i was a kid living in the city. Riding down allies and empty lots there was always this one neighbor An old grumpy dude that would call the cops on us for noise. So i would put the baffle back in the bike so when the cops came by we would crank them up and the cop would say "What Noise" he would tell the old guy we weren't doing any harm then leave.


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I would like an electric bike with a 120+ mile highway range so I could use it to commute to work during non-electric jacket weather. That would be awesome. I would also like a full size electric trials bike so I could do stupid stuff in my yard but am too cheap to spend the money on a new one.
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once they get batteries that can charge up in under an hour electric bikes will become very viable...there are bikes with 120 miles plus range out there (see Zero motorcycles) and that can run with the best sport bikes...My only real problem with them would be all of the playing cards I would need to put in the spokes so people could hear me coming (the Harley Livewire makes an annoying buzz that they built in)...
Haven't seen anyone trying to build an electric "Bagger" yet...I believe you can get an electric motocross bike..wouldn't want to run out of juice in the woods with one)...
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The Zeros have a decent in-city range but aren't so good once you're doing highway miles. I'm anxious to see what Victory does with the Brammos.
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If I could buy one for the same price as others pay, I would own a dual sport version. The prices and tax breaks vary, and my state is not friendly toward the electric bikes.

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The Zeros have a decent in-city range but aren't so good once you're doing highway miles. I'm anxious to see what Victory does with the Brammos.
Woot..Brammos are made right here in OREGON...I like their bikes..but their range bites...

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Woot..Brammos are made right here in OREGON...I like their bikes..but their range bites...

In Oregon I think you can still order one from a Best Buy store too.

Not sure about the quiet electric bikes. I added a Yoshi pipe to the V because the stock pipe wasn't loud enough to get the average pedestrians attention in the city.

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