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    Has anyone here ridden the new electric MX bikes coming out?

    I've seen some vids of the KTM Freeride E-XC and the Alta Redshift MX and they look darn good. Check this out:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_C5HIBZFYQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jvexR6NouA

    The Alta matches a 450. That's just a trip to me.
    CRF250

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    Harley Davidson is coming out with electric bikes. The electric bikes are here to stay and I'm quite sure the market with the younger generation will find them very acceptable.

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    I agree. From what I see, the transition is inevitable considering their performance and apparent (relative) little maintenance.

    The issue for me, and I reckon many others, remains the battery life and the untested tech. Traditional bikes are, after all, a sure thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the44secs View Post
    I agree. From what I see, the transition is inevitable considering their performance and apparent (relative) little maintenance.

    The issue for me, and I reckon many others, remains the battery life and the untested tech. Traditional bikes are, after all, a sure thing.
    The gas stations of the future will all have a recharging stations. Here in Yamaguchi, the grocery stores are putting in recharging stations. Good idea actually. Charge up the car and do ones shopping. Another thing that will be taking place are the new convenient stores with an expanded eatery area. Recharging stations will be added.
    I don't know about recharging time or how many kilometers one can travel on a full charge, but if the bike can do 200 kilometers and then need to be charged, I'm game for that bike. A fast charging systems need to be in place. I wonder how China is doing with all the electric scooters. I should read up on it.

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    For a Chinese company, look up Evoke:

    http://www.evokemotorcycles.com/

    My next MX bike will probably be electric, if I can get it. KTM has a good model out and Honda has been working on something for the longest time. There are other manufacturers but, if they do not cater to Japan, importing would be required and regular maintenance would become a pain.

    Recharging for me is a problem because there is little chance of MX tracks putting recharging stations any time soon... unless the bike can be plugged into the car somehow.
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    ... and I was wrong. Honda does not have an electric MX bike.

    Turns out EVDrive makes a "conversion kit" for the CRF250R Chassis:

    http://www.evdrive.com/prototypes/ev...onversion-kit/

    So it seems that, at least for now, these bikes (KTM, Alta, whatever) would have to be imported. Darn thing.
    CRF250

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    How long will it take before somebody figures out a "loud pipes" aftermarket accessory for electric bikes?

    What will the disaffected bosozoku do to draw attention to themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    What will the disaffected bosozoku do to draw attention to themselves?
    With the extra power available? probably something like this:

    (In case anyone doesn't know, this is Mike's other truck for weekend use.)


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    That's my commuter....

    I was down at Shibaura Wharf the other day, right below the Rainbow Bridge, and I heard what I would have sworn was a helicopter approaching....not uncommon around there.

    But as I gazed skyward I soon realized it was one of those morons who still rocks the exhaust modification that makes a truck sound like a helicopter. He was crossing the bridge, which gave the illusion of altitude.

    Seriously, though, what effect will lack of a kewl sound have on motorcycle demand?

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    Electric bikes, for all their awesome performance, do sound like Makita toy cars. It cannot be helped.
    CRF250

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