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V8 Mimicry Harkens Back to Early Models Curtiss Motorcycles, formerly Confederate Motorcycles, now has a new version of its Zeus electric motorcycle called the Radial V8. Why? Because the battery cells look a lot like the V8 engine built by Glenn Curtiss, which is where the company got its name. The bike is a striking …

Is Hybrid a Smart Move? Kawasaki recently patented a design for a hybrid motorcycle, according to Motorcycle.com. This suggests that it’s now only fully electric motorcycles that will be a big part of the motorcycling future. Hybrid motorcycles are something that has been discussed a bit but not something that has really materialized. Most manufacturers …

Here’s Your Chance If you live on the West Coast and have any interest in electric motorcycles or artificial intelligence, then you need to be at the 2019 TechCrunch Sessions in San Jose, California. There Damon Motorcycles will launch its proof of concept Halo bike. The company will be showcasing all that its motorcycle can …

Some Fakery Here for Nostalgia Sake? The electric motorcycle shift is happening pretty quickly and more big names are getting involved. BMW is one of them, recently revealing the Vision DC Roadster concept. When the motorcycle was shown off by BMW, many said it looked horribly uncomfortable. I thought it looked cool. It’s also an …

The Big Four a Gearing Up When Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, and Suzuki get into the electric motorcycle market in a big way, it’s going to change the industry. The companies have already teamed up to standardize swappable batteries. While there are plenty of electric motorcycle startups and other more established companies, the big four entering …

Battery or No Battery? You Decide Hybrid motorcycles are something that hasn’t really happened yet. BMW might be seeking to change that with a new bike. According to MoreBikes, the company recently patented a flexible gas tank. How does that indicate the bike could be a hybrid? Well, the flexible part of the tank would …

Recharged and Ready to Go Just about three short months after a catastrophic fire destroyed all the bikes and much of the equipment of MotoE, the racing series is back to testing and on track to complete its revised schedule. According to Visordown, the Energica bikes that make up MotoE are ready to go and …

The Best of Both Worlds or Just Weird? Pedal-assist electric bicycles are really cool. I rode one all over Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, one time and had an absolute blast. It made me wonder if I shouldn’t trade in my loud, dirty Tomos moped for cruising over to a coffee shop. However, what ultimately convinced me …

Regulations are Forcing Honda’s Hand Some people say the new emissions regulations for many areas around the world are moving too quickly. Others say they’re not moving quickly enough. No matter where you stand on this issue, you should be able to agree it’s making some interesting business bedfellows. It now seems that Honda India …

One of the First Big Steps By a Major Manufacturer Yamaha recently teamed up with the Taiwan company Gogoro to build an electric scooter with swappable batteries. The idea was to take the powertrain that Gogoro has and apply it to a Yamaha scooter. The result is the EC-05 you see before you. The performance …

Production Could Begin in 2022 It looks like KTM and Bajaj will be putting out some electric motorcycles soon, and I’m pretty excited about that. Motofire, recently reported that the companies plan on producing some electric motorcycles or scooters with power around three to 10 kW, which equates to about four to 13 hp. That …

It Wants to Stop Motorcycle Fatalities Altogether There are a lot of innovative ideas when it comes to motorcycle safety right now, but Damon Motorcycles wants to take things up a notch. The company secured $2.5 million in funding, according to RideApart, to build an electric motorcycle that uses cameras, sensors, and alert systems to …

Stepping Up Its Two-Wheel Game If you live in almost any major city across the U.S. You’ve likely seen the electric stand up scooters that people can rent with their smartphone. These scooters offer some personal transportation around urban environments at a low cost. Well, one of the bigger companies out there offering these scooters …

There are hundreds of electric motorcycle and trike startups and real deal companies around the world right now. Electric motorcycle technology is booming, and there’s a lot to love about the technology and the possibilities for the future. With that said, there’s no way all of these companies will survive. According to Startup Genome, more …

A Promising-Looking Electric Bike There’s a lot to love about new and upcoming electric motorcycles. The technology is genuinely exciting and although the vast majority of the electric bikes out there lack the range, power, and short charge times that people are looking for, they’re quickly getting closer to being at the point where they …

Anything Under 150cc Power Will Need to be Electric The electric motorcycle revolution is something I talk about a lot. Now it seems India has plans to kick that into high gear for its market. As you probably know, India is a huge market for motorcycles and scooters. Most of their bikes are small displacement, …

The Electric Ducati Recently, I reported on the fact that Ducati had teamed up with Vmoto to do an electric scooter through the company’s Super Soco brand. The CUx scooter that would be used in already developed by the company and Ducati wants in on that action. Well, now we’re getting a look at the …

Let Triumph’s Electrified Future Begin Triumph recently announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain, and the University of Warwick. According to reports, the point of that partnership is to move the company forward on electrification projects. RideApart noted the company’s plan is quite ambitious. The result of the plan will be what the …

This Rendering Looks Fantastic Ducati’s CEO has said that his company is looking at developing an electric motorcycle, but at the time of that interview, the technology wasn’t quite there. Recently, the company announced it would partner with an electric scooter company to put out a Ducati-branded electric scooter. While it’s kind of a cool …

An Interesting Moped For the Future I’m a big fan of mopeds—those little pedal-internal-combustion-engined bikes that have more or less disappeared from the modern motorcycle industry. I own a 1989 Tomos Golden Bullet. I love the little underpowered thing. It’s perfect for shooting over to a coffee shop or up to the store for a …

Round Two With the Lito Sora Motorcycles is an electric motorcycle startup based in Montreal, Canada. The company released the Lito a few years back with a high price tag and high performance for that time. Now, the company has a new version of its Lito electric bobber that it recently showcased at the 2019 …

In Some Parts of the World, It Makes Sense Ride-hailing companies like Uber are struggling to make a profit in certain parts of the world, like India. While the company would eventually like to have self-driving cars everywhere, it has to figure something out in the meantime. It seems that a solution could be electric …

Get Ready for More Electric Racing After a horrendous fire destroyed all of the bikes set to race in the MotoE championship, Energica had a pretty big task on its hands. It had to make new Ego Corsa race bikes as quickly as possible to get things back to normal. The MotoE schedule also had …

A Trials Bike You Can Go Anywhere With Chris Northover has ridden motorcycles since he was a kid. He’ll be the first to tell you just how wonderful an internal combustion engine is. He loved motorcycles mostly because he loved gas-powered engines. Now he rides an electric bike. He takes his OSET 24.0 out to …

A Bit Unexpected We’ve reported on the possibility of a Ducati electric motorcycle in the future. Now it seems there will be a Ducati scooter long before there’s a Ducati motorcycle. According to electrek, the company recently signed an agreement with a Chinese scooter company called Vmoto. Vmoto makes electric scooters and the new licensing …

The Times Are Changing Yamaha is looking towards the electrified future just like every other motorcycle manufacturer. According to Cycle World, the company recently patented some designs for an electric R1. The patents focus mostly on the placement of the charging port for various bikes. One of the bikes is undoubtedly an R1. This isn’t …

An Urban Motorcycle for the Future Erik Buell was the man behind Buell motorcycles, which you probably remember being connected to Harley-Davidson. That venture went south eventually. Now Buell is back with a new company called Fuell. The name may not be very creative, but the Flow electric motorcycle that it’s putting out sure seems …

Electric Cars? Really, Harley Harley-Davidson is really, really serious about getting into the electric vehicle thing. I’ve said before that it seems to have a plan for the electrified future, but maybe I misjudged the scope of that plan. The company is now a sponsor of a Formula E team.  Yep. Open wheel car racing. …

Learn to Love Electrics Do you really like the idea of an electric motorcycle? How do you feel about Italy? So, you like them both, huh? Okay, that’s good because Energica will offer the #MyElectric Academy at the Modena Circuit in Italy. The company is offering a course to riders to learn from some of …

Update: Readers pointed out some areas of the electric motorcycle market I failed to mention. I’ve updated the article accordingly. This further highlights the fact that electric bikes are a huge deal, and will continue to be as the technology continues to develop. As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve covered a lot of news about electric motorcycles …

This One Looks Interesting and Cool There seem to be many electric motorcycles out there right now, and the ARC Vector hopes to be the best. The company created the Vector design, which is actually a really cool-looking motorcycle. It also managed to snag some money from Jaguar Land Rover’s Venture Capital fund InMotion Ventures. …

Anyone Want to Spend Too Much on an Electric Harley? I don’t think the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is worth its asking price of roughly $30,000 ($37,250 in Canada). However, there are likely some folks out there who do think it’s worth it, or maybe they don’t care about the price and just want an electric Harley …

Let There Be Torque Honda has an electric dirt bike it’s working on, and now there’s a video of it doing its thing. I reported on the bike a while back. The bike broke cover in prototype form at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. According to RideApart, the bike did a demonstration run at the All …

Kawasaki Should Call This Ninja Raiden A recent patent popped up that shows a novel idea coming from Kawasaki for an electric Ninja 400. The patent was filed all the way back in 2013, but it just recently got published. While an electric Ninja 400 is cool, what’s most interesting is the swappable battery tech. The …

This Could Move Electric Bikes Forward According to a recent press release, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha are all working together to develop battery swapping technology. It’s a unique consortium that would help drive electric motorcycle proliferation if the companies can come up with solutions that are effective. The goal is to combine forces and …

The Right Man for the Job If you didn’t know, Max Biaggi is a MotoGP racer and ambassador for the company Venturi, which owns Voxan Motors. Voxan Motors builds what it says is the fastest electric motorcycle in the world. The two have teamed up to try to break the electric motorcycle land speed record, …

Expensive and Odd-Looking If you want to pretend you’re in your own sci-fi movie riding an electric motorcycle, and you would like to empty your bank account, then Curtiss Motorcycles has the perfect bike for you. It’s called the Zeus, and the company revealed a cafe-racer looking motorcycle a while back. Now it has a …

An Age-Old Race for a New Bike Electric motorcycles make a lot of sense for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The air is so thin at the top that many internal combustion engines have trouble gulping the air they need. According to RideApart, Zero Motorcycles will compete in the hill climb event with its …

Evoke Could Put Every Other Electric Bike to Shame Harley-Davidson, Zero Motorcycles, and even Lightning Motorcycles should be shaking in their boots. Evoke Motorcycle has a high powered cruiser called the 6061, and it not only can charge up to 80 percent of its battery capacity in just 15 minutes, but it puts out 160 …

Need to Have the Right Training and Equipment The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be making its way to customers and that means the dealers that want to sell it must be ready. First off, that means dealers will be adding charging stations. Second, it means that each dealer that wants to sell the LiveWire will have …