I eat my R6
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Southwest Ohio
Bike: 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6s Stock
Re: Will you accept the future of electric bikes?
I'm looking forward to the eventual changes. I don't buy into the idea that choice is going to be eliminated though. We'll still have it, it just may be more expensive than what is currently referred to as "an alternative fuel source" is all.
As far as ground transportation, all I care about is safety, durability, affordability, endurance/distance, rideability and speed. The primary issues that EVs in general have at the moment are distance, the time it takes to refuel, and the availability of rapid charging stations. The low temperature performance and stability of mass-produced Lithium based batteries may become more of an issue at some point also. All the talk of hydrogen fuel cell tech has seemed to disappear for some reason(s)... which might address the issues of refueling time and distance.
Personally, I find it hugely amusing when one vehicle is able to show up the other, making only 1/4 of the noise. Heavy ass luxury cars are often capable of this. While I wear ear plugs on the highways strictly for the wind noise, I wear them on the streets in order to prevent 45 minutes minimal of near daily abuse of my hearing. For short trips it's tolerable. But for daily traffic commutes, the 75-90 decibel (likely >98 at highway) noise is a bit much. While my helmet might be Snell rated for protecting against skull fracture, it's worthless for reducing sounds.
Re EV bikes...
Does it go? Yes.
Does it go *very* quickly? Yes.
Then what's the problem?
Look at how much progress Formula E has made with the Gen 2...
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Granted, it's not going to come close to Formula 1... yet... but comparably and with the help of Governments creating incentives, the EV tech has made more strides in ten years, than "liquid go boom!" tech (a.k.a. petrol) has made in the last thirty. Still, without major breakthroughs in energy-density and power delivery, it may be a lllloooonnnnngggggggggg time yet before we start to see EV in the skies. (aside from home made personal copters and drones)