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    • Sometimes winding down through the gears on my Tiger 1050, fitted with an Arrow high-mount exhaust, is pure aural joy.

      It's one of my favourite sounds in motorcycledom - the others are a Honda Rune (don't knock it till you've heard one from the rider's perch at full song) and a Norton Commando with Dunstall pipes.

      I don't mind the note from some big V-twins, like an Indian Chief with stage one pipes. Most worked Harleys are too loud for my taste - I actually like my neighbors.

      When I've ridden an electric bike I don't miss it. I'm too busy being enamoured with (nearly) free energy and the aforementioned torque - and wringing the throttle on and off just to taste it.

      The lack of noise is actually kind of cool too - once you get used to it. It's just a different experience.

      I don't think electric bikes are ready to supplant ICEs yet. But for certain applications and within parameters - commuting etc - they are viable - as for the rest, their days still cometh. But I suspect they will be grand.

      We just have t' get past Lithium. The evolution from lead to cadmium and the other heavy metals happened relatively rapidly. We've been 'stuck' at Lithium for ... what ... 15 years?

      I still look for the next big breakthrough - that's when they will likely become truly viable.

    • At Heavy Duty Magazine (Aus) we've pitched to Harley that we will ride a/some Live Wire(s) in a circumnavigation of the Continent - with suitable logistical support. Rougly the equivilant of Continental USA. I'd be down for a fair chunk of said ride.
      H-D are amenable to the idea, but there is still some current to pass through the capacitors before it's a done deal.
      Could be another interesting and epic gig to add to the portfolio.

    • There was a Greek lady I can't find anymore (since Google searching is now inundated with electric moto commercials), who rides, or did ride, around the world on a Zero. I thought that was super cool and she was explaining how it's recharging requirements actually impose a slower travel pace, and getting to know the places and people better.

      Also, someone pointed out to Energica saying "Do not, ever, test ride one of those!"

    • You are def. taking some of the excitement wind out of my potentially imminent purchase of a vintage 750/4 Zook. Obviously a big price difference but, as I live in a townhome, I will need to push the vintage to the street to fire it up. With one of these Bat Cycles, I could fire it up in my garage, no problem. lol

      I would buy a Honda if this excersise what about investments, but, if battery power became the norm, these vintage bikes would def. increase in value.

    • One of the nice things about vintage vehicles (here in my state currently) is that they are exempt of several things, such as inspection checks or paying tolls on highway. I'd say go with what your heart wants..

    • Think about garishly coloured Scrambler-styled motorcycles?

      I love them. When I got a chance to walk down 6th Ave in New York I thought about all the things that could draw my gaze. Fashion. Skyscrapers. Cars. They all did, but here's the store I had to go hang out in:

    • Norton Commando with Dunstall pipes

      Oh my God. What is it about Nortons. I stare at them and just can't take my eyes off the graceful beauty. And that sound. I've always wanted one so bad.

    • I am mostly justifying this potential purchase as a photo prop. One of my clients has me deep into Mid Century Modern history here in Vegas and I have become versed on many locations around Vegas that incorporating one of these old 750/4's makes a good photo prop. I also tell myself I would ride it to the coffeeshop, but, I don't hang out like that. I think it would be a fun little chapter and muse for some creative stuff.

    • I have tested the Zeros. Was duly impressed. But honestly, the places where I’d want a Zero are like the White Rim Trail/Moab, or somewhere out on a BDR where the whole world is quiet—and of course, the range does not work for places like that. :(