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Poll: Can you see yourself buying an electric bike in the next five years?

Oil is running out and the burning of fossil fuels is destroying the earth. It seems inevitable that the internal combustion engine will one day be consigned to museums, but can you see yourself on an electric bike?   pollcomment

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Aug 02

Posts: 554

Leccy bike

Not a chance, motorcycling is all about feel, noise, the connection between man and machine, you need to feel it to enjoy it.


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Nov 08

Posts: 114

GixxerDream says:

Not until

i can't afford to petrol in my bikes. No matter how good electirc bike may become it will never beat the feeling of having a real engine.

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Mar 06

Posts: 73

colinS2R says:

if it looks like a mugen tt zero bike then maybe

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Aug 11

Posts: 9

Electric bikes

No, only because battery technology isn't advanced enough. In ten years maybe. I'm looking forward to clean, quiet, smooth bikes that accelerate ridiculously quickly.

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Jul 08

Posts: 165

Carlosoul says:

Noise NOISE...

I need noise to survive... its hard enough getting bad drivers to know your near them with a Yoshimura non baffled can so god knows what will happen with no noise at all.  Not for me but love some of the designs.

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Mar 09

Posts: 743

bikerbit says:


lot of bull electric isn't going to be the way forward pollution think of the power plants where you get the power from and government has already said it needs more stations so no chance is it or will it be a viable option it will be hydrogen fuel cells simple as that

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Aug 08

Posts: 340

BadD0g says:


What bikerbit said. :) I'd like to try an electric bike, and if/when that's all that's available, that's what I'll ride. However I don't see that being the case for at least 10 years. But also as Grumpyoldtechie said, battery technology is pants for what is supposed to give you the same freedom as petrol. So until it all hyrdogen fuel cells, or totallymegaawesome batteries, I'll stick with what works.

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Sep 09

Posts: 897

Rogerborg says:

Lord give me strength

Hydrogen is produced by cracking water using electricity.  Which in this country we currently get predominantly from coal, oil or gas fired turbines.

Actually though, cracking would be a decent application for wind and solar, since they're sod all use for reducing the burning of fossil fuels otherwise.

OK, bikes.  Well, a big consideration is that I can easily get parts for my 16 year old bike.  I doubt that holds true for a 16 month old Vectrix or any other of the stream of faddy joke-name offerings.

So essentially, electric bikes will be viable, sane purchases when Honda decides that they are, and not one moment before.

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:

Doesn't matter

about the eco-mentalist argument. Oil is expensive to buy, charging an electric bike is cheaper. Given that the 'rate of technology' approximately doubles every 10 years these will soon be a much cheaper option for day to day commuting. 5 to 15 mile trip each way to work? I'd consider one at the right price.

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Mar 11

Posts: 12

Too expensive

As Boult says, the rate of techological advance is going to increase with electric machines. That means that an electric bike bought today will be worthless in 5 years - unlike a 5 year old petrol bike. So who will be willing to take that hit and buy one any time soon?

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