Again with the SuperMoto format? Nice that they\'re pursuing electric designs, \'n all, but why aren\'t they building in the direction of what the market (at least State-side) demands? I see few, if any, of this type of bike roamin\' our streets... but plop that hi-tech drivetrain into a bobber or cafe or even a cruiser (but with power & torque equivelent to an ol\' 88 CI v-twin) and you might get some sales! Its got to have \"I wanna be seen ridin\' that!\" style but also drive-daily comfort, or it ain\'t gonna fly, folks.
These look cool, as do similar urban concepts but they may need to be more utilitarian for mass adoption. How would you safely carry groceries, gym bag and laptop bag at once? The average person would not consider it. Maybe mass adoption is not the goal?
Actually MzunguMkubwa The state side market is already buying what it demands which is the traditional Harley format. What is needed like this design is something different which is more versatile and efficient being a minimalist machine. It also must be remembered there are plenty of buyers that are not interested in the image side of things which is what Harley is all about. As with any bike add ons can provide extra carrying capacity when needed allowing one to customise their use without inflating initial purchase cost. The big question is what is that purchase price?
Sandra Craig Littlewood
What is the position regarding license, insurance, tax etc., Can one buy this bike and ride it, or is there a test required? Looks exciting.
Keith Reeder
let\'s see. This is a European company owned by a European company. Maybe - just maybe - they know, and are looking at, their \"local\" market first?
answers to questions about licence, tax, other legalities, are obviously going to be entirely location-dependent.
needs to be fitted with a basket for a change of clothes, briefcase and some groceries on the way home and it\'s a perfect urban commuter for rain-free days ...
Mr Stiffy
Nice for the short hops around the place.
A daily commute of 50K or less and a bunch of sun tracking solar panels on the garage roof.
Keith Reeder
I\'m still trying to figure out the significance of race slicks on this prototype - is it a hint that this thing\'s quick enough to be worth putting round a track?
I hope the production version adopts a more sensible and lower cost fork. Single sided forks, both front and rear, are just a folly for the marketing department and serve no purpose except to inflate costs and increase weight. This is a great looking eBike (even with proper forks) and would be a blast to ride. It doesn\'t needs panniers because a backpack will do just fine for a commute without having to pedal. The ZERO has a \'real world\' range of about 30km and I suspect this Husky will have about the same (regardless of the manufacturer\'s claims). Still, that\'s enough for me to get to work, charge it in the carpark and ride home again. Of course I\'ll use coal generated electricity because I can\'t see the point in investing $25,000 in BP\'s solar panels to ride a motorbike to work unless you\'re one of the few who still buy into the anti-CO2 sales pitch.
I think that an electric cafe racer would get old real quick. Fads like fixie bikes, V neck T-shirts and cafe racers change so quickly you\'d be crazy to invest money in attracting that crowd.
Patrick McGean
Fads are one thing but equip the rider with solar togs like the bikini solar garb and then the range will be less of a problem. I love V8s but they will run on compressed air, mad max is about to return with no desire to use carbon based fuels. Bravo to Husqvanra, they are numerous ways to charge batteries rather than filling the air with stuff your body can not metabolize or eliminate. Cam Am could be electric possibly next year for daylight races.
The engines are not the problem the fuel is the problem.