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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I am 74 years old. I would love to see an electric motorcycle that would work for me but there simply isn't one yet. I live in the Texas Big Bend. It is 53 miles to town at highway speeds with a 75 mph speed limit. So a 106 mile range at highway speed would be needed for a mere shopping trip. The new HD model provides less than half that at highway speeds. Zero can't do it yet either.

    I mention my age only because if I were in my 20s or 30s I would be eagerly awaiting a battery breakthrough. Even now if I lived in an urban area where short trips between plug-ins were feasible I would be interested.

    True, $75k is nuts, but Zero does much better than that.

    I suspect that more than half of the BMW MOA membership have riding habits that would be served by an electric bike. But carriage drivers resisted the horseless carriage just as it is now common to resist hybrids, electric cars, and bikes. Resistance in futile and if were 40 or 50 I would live to prove it.
    Fully agree. I test rode the new Zero and it is very good. The key obstical is a 70 mile range at speed. I ride for pleasure.....most rides are above 100 miles....so battery range just does not work for me yet.

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    I'm 60...electric cars & bikes aren't a big priority for me...but my son, who's 28 and recently earned his MC license and rides a G310R, loves all things electric. He really likes, for example, the BMW i3...and I'm sure would eagerly ride an electric motorcycle if the battery range suited. I'll be shocked (no pun intended) if he doesn't someday end up on one.

    In our case, I can clearly see the generational difference between he and I. He's all about technology & innovation where I'm a little more...analog.
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    Over the past 12 months, 73% of my riding has been the 20 mile R/T commute between my home and the university. The rest has been long trips with 500-600 mile days. Because of the latter, I'm not prepared to give up either my ICE auto or bike. I would consider an electric motorcycle as a second bike, but not at the $25-30K price tags I'm seeing and reading about. Something to consider - early hybrids, e.g. Toyota Prius, and later Tesla and others, greatly benefited from the purchase tax subsidy customers received from the gov't. I do not ever foresee a similar incentive being provided for motorcycle purchases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1957mpd View Post
    Over the past 12 months, 73% of my riding has been the 20 mile R/T commute between my home and the university. The rest has been long trips with 500-600 mile days. Because of the latter, I'm not prepared to give up either my ICE auto or bike. I would consider an electric motorcycle as a second bike, but not at the $25-30K price tags I'm seeing and reading about. Something to consider - early hybrids, e.g. Toyota Prius, and later Tesla and others, greatly benefited from the purchase tax subsidy customers received from the gov't. I do not ever foresee a similar incentive being provided for motorcycle purchases.
    Non-plugin hybrid tax credits ended in 2010.
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