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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 11:55:44 AM »
Nice article....  Thanks for posting....  Yeah, love the Alta....  If it were $10K I'd have one....  The KTM....  Too limited....  Still love my Empulse TT....  To bad Polaris didn't !!!!

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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2017, 06:58:59 PM »
Nice article.  I am surprised Honda hasn't come out with anything yet or any of the big four.  Japan has a pretty good EV infrastructure from what I heard.  Also Honda has competed in the Isle of Man TT Zero with their race bike, so they have the tech I guess they just need to get the costs down.  Cost is always the big issue.  If Victory had continue to sell the Empulse TT with that 20k price tag I wouldn't be riding one right now.  =/

I think once the prices come down and battery tech gets better or level 3 chargers become more common and easily available more people will adopt them.
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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2017, 11:58:57 PM »
Speaking of a drop in price, what made Energica drop their prices? I didnt understand that..

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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2017, 09:06:54 AM »
Speaking of a drop in price, what made Energica drop their prices? I didnt understand that..

I hadn't heard that.  What is the price now?  If the price has dropped, it is likely due to a lack of sales (one of my reasons for me not buying one). Energica is a big company so they can probably subsidize their motorcycles in an attempt to get them into the marketplace.  That appears to be what BMW is doing with the long-range version of the C-Evolution scooter that will be sold in California for around $14K USD. They have got to be loosing their shirt on every sale at that price.  ;)
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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2017, 02:50:04 PM »
I dont know what made them drop the prices. It could very well be sales figures or some improvements in their manufacturing pipeline? Here's the link to an article:

https://rideapart.com/articles/energica-lowers-prices-u-s

This article might be wrong about prices though. Both Eva and Ego are at 29,700$ in here: http://www.energicamotorusa.com/

Why in the world would both bikes be at the same price when the specs on both are clearly different?  :o ::)

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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2017, 03:15:25 PM »
After the Brammo/Polaris tanking experience, I too am shy to buy another boutique bike. And then there's the price. :o

I found this range claim in the article astonishing (for lead-acid), until I saw the operating speeds:

"Battery-powered motorcycles are nothing new though, as indicated by this notation from Wikipedia: “The October 1911 issue of Popular Mechanics mentioned the introduction of an electric motorcycle. It claimed to have a range of 75 miles (121 km) to 100 miles (160 km) per charge. The motorcycle had a three-speed controller, with speeds of 4 miles (6.4 km), 15 miles (24 km) and 35 miles (56 km) per hour.”"

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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 04:46:03 PM »
Ha yes, but looks like they (Energica) have an old style bike in the pipeline?
And the DC fast charge is really tempting. They do have a good warranty/buy-back option if i'm not wrong. Right?

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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2017, 04:52:47 PM »
Yeah I like having the level 3 charge option, you can literally watch the bike charge.  Still too pricey.  Wish someone came out with a level 3 upgrade kit for the Empulse.  Off course level 3 charging stations are harder to find where I live =/
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Re: Major motorcycle manufacturers giving electrics a try
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 06:17:10 PM »
Like i pointed out in one of the other threads, the Diginow Supercharger is supposed to work on an Empulse (needs a bit of work to get it done). There's another charger from Evtricity designed for a Zero but which supposedly works for an Empulse. Check in the threads here: http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?board=35.0

I asked Evtricity for more details and he's yet to get back to me.