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The Future for the Future We all know that we need to get younger people on bikes. A good way to do that is to target them when they’re little kids. Harley has its Stacyc stability cycles, but if you want something that’s really badass and can take on the dirt, then KTM has a …

Plenty of Electric Bike Goodness Zero Motorcycles has recently announced its 2020 base model line. The company has a good crop of bikes, including the Black Forest DSR as an all-new global model. The bike used to be an EU-only model, but it now is available in all global markets. In terms of the whole model …

A New Generation of Electric Powerhouses Energica has a couple of new electric superbikes in the works. The company has some new versions of its Ego and Eva EsseEsse9. Those bikes should come in 2020, and Morebikes recently posted some spy shots of the motorcycles out testing. To be clear, Morebikes, reported that it was …

Yes, It Is Cheaper Right now electric motorcycles are more expensive to buy than gas-powered motorcycles. However, something people don’t think a ton about is the cost of ownership. Basically, how expensive is the bike to ride and own? The video below breaks down the cost of powering your motorcycle clearly. The YouTuber usmcsaxoki did …

Elivasa University in Spain Is Doing it Right The bike you see pictured above was designed and built by 12 engineering and design students at Elivasa university in Spain. The electric enduro motorcycle won some awards and I can see why. The prototype is fully functional. According to RideApart, it took the team nine months …

A Killer Electric Motorcycle We’ve discussed the Sur Ron Light Bee before, but now it seems that the company has a new motorcycle coming that will be more powerful and probably have more impressive stats all around. The rumors are that Sur Ron’s new bike will challenge Zero Motorcycles. The Booom Bee was recently caught …

KTM Jumps Into the Electric Motorcycle Fray It seems every day there’s more indication that electric motorcycles will be the future of the industry. Now, according to a report from Morebikes, Bajaj and KTM will work on a high-end electric bike for the future. The news that Bajaj and KTM were going to work on …

Not Very Green Afterall People look to electric scooters and cars and motorcycles and think of them as carbon-free machines. That’s simply not the case. People think of a shared resource like scooters or mopeds as another thing with few evils. Again, not the case. According to a study by researches at North Carolina State …

It’s a Weird One I don’t get why people think they have to make electric motorcycles look absolutely ridiculous. You can make an electric motorcycle look like, ya know, a motorcycle. Case in point is this horrid creation from the company Newron. I do have to give it to Newron, though. The company used the …

Cocky or Just Correct? In a recent interview with Motorcycle News, the CEO of Zero Motorcycles said that he isn’t scared of major manufacturers getting into the electric motorcycle game. Sam Paschel, the company’s CEO, seemed unworried when asked about the big names that are entering the market. He said his company knew the electric …

A Brief Overview Unlike some owners, I don’t use my bike for commuting to and from work. Many owners do. Nope mine is just for recreation, so after a year the 1,956 miles amassed to date are just fun miles. There are plenty of articles, forums, and videos about the Sur Ron Light Bee. I …

Imported Bikes Could Be More Expensive There are plenty of companies selling electric bikes, specifical scooters outside of the U.S., some of them, like Niu Technologies would like to bring their scooters to the U.S. but the company is finding it harder to do so and be able to sell their products at an affordable …

Dell’Orto Is Preparing for the EV Future Dell’Orto and Energica have entered a partnership to develop and produce a new power unit for electric vehicles. Those electric vehicles are ones on the smaller side. Small and medium electric motorcycles are their target, according to the press release. A lot of people have heard the Dell’Orto …

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 …