[Note from editor] I first wrote this in 2020, and having gone back to it, I feel it holds just as important. Some parts have been modified to reflect real-world changes]
I’ve been bugging and messing about this feature quite a bit for a few weeks, ever since a particular comment caught my eye on our Facebook page where Visordown was accused of aggressively pushing an electric motorcycle ‘agenda’, adding that as a result, they won’t read our website anymore.
If you’re reading this, I think first of all we haven’t scared you away, but even if you aren’t, I will say first of all there will still be articles detailing new motorcycles and new technologies that will come in a way or be developed because – frankly – they still have a role to play in Giving everyone a broader picture of an industry in flow is important. regardless of their energy source.
However, it got me thinking about the constant flow of articles we’re featured on about electric motorcycles, which I know take up more space than ever before without having to tackle any numbers.
Of course, you’ll never get a global opinion on every electric or otherwise news story, whether it’s a brand-new, powerful sports bike (they’re too expensive or you can’t use that power for every day riding), or a mid-range facelift (it looked better than before). ) or launch any motorcycles (xxxxx much better).
Granted, electric motorcycles come for a certain defeat and it makes sense to see why. You buy a motorcycle for the emotion it evokes – the sound, the feel, the roughness of the machine you feel like an intrinsic part of, more so than the car. Remove these items, and electric motorcycles will surely feel strange.
Electricity might be here… but so is everything else
But that doesn’t mean they should be dismissed for their informational value and no place to share the spotlight with sportbikes, adventure bikes or small town racers. Far from saying you should buy any one thing – we can only give you our informed opinion but the final decision is always yours.
The motorcycle industry is more than most of its peers with sometimes rosy specs and you don’t need to go far to find a comment that reminds you of memories of the two-stroke era, but for now, electric motorcycles represent a shift in spirit that’s a bit too far for many and that’s totally understandable.
Fortunately, although change is coming, it’s certainly not a tidal wave at the moment, and it will be a good decade now until electricity becomes a major widely available option. Although it will still be found alongside petrol-powered models. How long to see, but don’t expect to buy a new ICE-equipped model after 2040… Time moves fast, but this is still a period from infant to adult.
If you look at our reports on electric motorcycles from a different perspective – although information is collected – you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Electric scooters do not arrive at the moment to rid your traditional powered motorcycle from your hands. Maybe someday, but for now it satisfies the curiosity invested in protecting our planet, known as the next generation that doesn’t own a motorcycle. Or Gil Greta Thunberg.
Either way, the transformation means that a huge new field of technology is sparking the imagination of major manufacturers, not just because they need to cut emissions but because they hear you out and want to apply greener thinking while retaining many traditional values. It’s a challenge but this has made some beautiful minds work harder than ever before.
In an age where technological innovations are now every few months – unlike every generation – it’s great to see new ideas being thrown into the mix to expand the range of motorcycles, both literally and figuratively.
Kawasaki for example is working on the Endeavor, a gearbox-equipped mid-range sports number, LiveWire is starting to make headway, and Yamaha is developing some interesting ideas. However, while all of this is happening, you can still enjoy your ZX-10Rs, Sportster S’ and MT-10. You don’t need to “group” it instead of “like” it now.
Don’t get me wrong, if your heart is bent on buying a Yamaha MT-07 to run longer distances and get around town, then the LiveWire ONE isn’t for you. If you’re largely in the city and running costs are your jam, there’s a lot of attraction here. After all, nobody buys an Audi R8 to commute and run errands, they buy an Audi A3 instead.
The point is, the electric motorcycle news ‘agenda’ doesn’t reflect that the motorcycle industry is about to get rid of all your favorite things, it’s an alternative that pushes engineers and designers to do something different and push them to find tomorrow’s solutions for today. Fears.
Electric Motorcycle Calendar
Is it an agenda? I don’t think so, I think it’s a celebration of a part of the industry in its relative bud that is coming in full swing by 2030.
We’ve never been able to force you to buy – or even read about – any motorbike at Visordown, not even to suggest you switch to electric bikes and forget about those sportbikes and more, but apart from all the others, it’s worth appreciating an industry that puts its cohort together to think outside the box .
That’s right, while we have decades before fuel supplied from the pump becomes a distant memory, the technological gains though there are limited reasons for public hammers to make the switch. An electric car full of data and a Volta won’t elicit the same reaction as your motorcycle with oil and grind, while the price point is excessive enough to cancel out fuel savings even with those high prices.
But eventually these polar opposites will be somehow mitigated by the development of gearboxes and prices that will fall as the market expands and competition. I will say now, though, hands up if I’m wrong, feel free to email me in 10 to 15 years.
At the end of the day, we write articles, and I don’t have to read them (although I have bills to pay here, so I’d rather you do…) so while electricity might not be for you (or even me to be honest at the moment), no harm than to stay informed.
Fire them (and eliminate us) if necessary, that’s your prerogative and we really love seeing a wide range of opinions on our forums. Such is the beauty of the human race, we are all different after all.
In short, while Ollie Barstow for 2020 [now 2022] She has a conscience towards a kinder future on the planet, I can assure you that Visordown will not be turning their website 100% green as part of an “agenda” – there are plenty of other (preaching) sites that are doing this for us, not to mention names.
However, at the same time there is room for everything in our huge imaginary garage!
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