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Will Electric Motorcycles On Faster Than Electric

Jonathan Welsh Zero S motorcycle.

The International Motorcycle starts in New York today, so the Javits Center will be awash in cruisers weighing more 600 pounds and packing car-size and screaming superbikes with enough horsepower to fly a airplane.

But some of the most intriguing at the show are small, light and silent.

Electric motorcycles by lithium batteries are beginning to like contenders in a bike that is increasingly concerned fuel efficiency, emissions

Electrics may attract customers the idea of two-wheel transport but are put off by the complexity of traditional motorcycles and the difficulty in riding them. may also have particular to urban riders and commuters who can more easily within the bikes range.

I test-rode an electric motorcycle called the Zero S and week and was surprised by how appealing it is for someone who loves the chugging of a Ducati twin or the wail of an old V4. The quiet whir of the electric and its impressive off-the-line acceleration made the ideal for city riding, hearing nearby traffic can be as as seeing it.

While the motor puts out 28 horsepower, it feels like more, especially when from a standstill. I was able to menacing taxis far behind and the s weight of less than 300 gave it a light, athletic that made getting midtown New York s congestion

The Zero S has evolved since when I rode an early The new bike is faster, smoother and than its predecessor and has a tighter, feel. It s ready for prime

As with electric cars, though, prices could keep customers away. The S and its on-road-off-road mate the DS start at $11,495. The battery that boosts to 114 miles from about 76 with the standard battery increases the price to $13,995.


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That amount would buy a CBR1000RR, which is close to a street-legal racing bike.

Of interested in electric motorcycles are not superbikes. But the Zero s price hurt sales.

Still, the joy of riding the Zero could big a selling point as its potential savings. In many ways its and the way it rides are throwbacks to the minimalism and of earlier motorcycles that so many people into decades ago.

While I tell people my next new car will probably be a battery-powered motorcycle, in some ways, be a better fit.

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