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Re: WBW- 5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions For 2019
« Reply #1 on: 01/01/19 07:03PM »
maybe small displacement like the 300cc range but not electric bikes.  too limited and too expensive still
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Re: WBW- 5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions For 2019
« Reply #2 on: 01/01/19 10:23PM »
did they forget to make #6 - in 2019 the industry will decline
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Re: WBW- 5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions For 2019
« Reply #3 on: 01/02/19 02:10PM »
maybe small displacement like the 300cc range but not electric bikes.  too limited and too expensive still

the price yes.  range is getting there.  The 14kw Zero S goes like 120 miles on a charge.  7kw model is 60 miles.  that more than cover all but the most extreme commutes.

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Re: WBW- 5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions For 2019
« Reply #4 on: 01/05/19 10:33AM »
that's the problem I see though, that electric bikes are only good for short commutes.  If you want to go for a long/day ride, you're out of luck.  You think a gas station or restaurant in big bear is going to let you recharge?  Not worth the range anxiety to get one
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Re: WBW- 5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions For 2019
« Reply #5 on: 01/05/19 10:43AM »
that's the problem I see though, that electric bikes are only good for short commutes.  If you want to go for a long/day ride, you're out of luck.  You think a gas station or restaurant in big bear is going to let you recharge?  Not worth the range anxiety to get one

yeah, no question there.  Right now, they're probably good for 'other bike' or people with small-radius lives.  but the tech is only going to get better.

back in the 90's when electric cars were first starting to be a thing, most of the industry observers were saying 'in the future' people would have a high efficiency car (electric or otherwise) for commuting and short trips, and a 'real' car for long drives, road trips, hauling family, home depot trips, etc.  Hybrid cars weren't on anyone's radar at the time but now we have long distance hybrid cars and shorter distance all electric cars.  It took 25 years but here we are.

the same thing will happen with electric bikes.  I'm pretty tempted with the Zero, tbh.  I could get a new zero to cover my M-F commuting and keep a dinosaur fuel bike for weekend trips.

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Re: WBW- 5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions For 2019
« Reply #6 on: 01/05/19 11:32AM »
If you haven't ridden one before I highly recommend a test ride. I did and wasn't thrilled but it was ok.  I know they had deals last month on the outgoing models so maybe it's the time for you to get one?
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