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BenPurvis

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BenPurvis says:

Suzuki set to be first with production fuel cell motorcycle

Suzuki and British firm Intelligent Energy have announced an extension of their agreement to develop hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles with the intention of creating a production-ready hydrogen-powered bike in the near future. The colaboration between the two firms bore fruit last autumn with the showing of the Suzuki Crosscage motorcycle, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept bike with similar performance to a 125cc...

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hairyMuppet

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hairyMuppet says:

Eh?

"Hydrogen power means the only emission from the Crosscage is pure water." I don't think so. That hydrogen has to come from somewhere which means there has to be energy consumption (and thus pollution) somewhere. Granted, this pollution won't be in the city; merely displaced to another location. This is a tremendous technical exercise and I do hope it succeeds, but to try and pass it off as "clean" is disingenuous.

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aenikata

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aenikata says:

Hopefully they'll try to keep the price sensible

I've got nothing against electric vehicles as such, but the tendency is to have either a poor range, a massive price tag, or both. If (like the Vectrix), it ends up having a price tag thousands more than the equivalent petrol bike, then it'll only be a niche market. Bring out a £2K commuter scooter or bike (maybe even £3K) that uses fuel cells and gets a decent range, and you'd have something that people might consider.

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MrGruffski

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MrGruffski says:

I'd buy one

If they can keep it below £3000 and there is some realistic way of fueling and storing the hydrogen.

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kawasakibiker

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I'm no expert on engines but...

:smile It does seem strange we haven't seen alternative power option well before now. How come there isn't already a car or bike manufacturer giving us a bike (or car) that could do say 80mph max (lets face it, we don't need anymore) but retain the accelleration and look like our bikes do now? I'd certainly consider looks over performance if it still had some punch. I also strongly believe that as bikers we really need the bike manufacturers to get an alternative sorted and get selling it so it wins us back some respect. If we have a vehicle that makes cars look even more polluting than bikes it would be a big win with the environmental bods to support bikers rights more. :ph43r:

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Boult

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Boult says:

This is the beginning.

Just as the internal combustion engine was at its beginning 100 yrs ago. Given that the rate of technology doubles every 10 years this is a good thing as it's an insight into the future. Also, the industry needs this kind of inovation to keep lunatics like Plowden and Livingston on the back foot. In the future, these machines will be exciting to ride - invention is driven by necessity.

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dev_d7

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dev_d7 says:

Interesting

I am neither here nor there yet in the debate of combustion/electric/hydrogen (etc) engines... but I will say that this "thing" about is DAMN ugly! It looks nothing like the gorgeous GSXR in my garage!

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hairyMuppet

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hairyMuppet says:

Looks nothing like a GSXR?

That'd be a plus point then. :oP

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jomac58

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jomac58 says:

cross cage

this suzuki crosscage motorcycle looks ugly to me, compaired to my gsx1400.

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bikerwookiejim

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and.....

Its early days yet...the first motorcycles were not exactly knicker elastic snapping vag magnets! Give it time and when the real engineers have slapped the red braces brigade into shape things will come good.

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