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rev up your engines, today I’m gonna talk
about electric motorcycles and they’re not just some concept these things have
been around for 10 years, now granted it’s not a new idea but it didn’t go
like this thing does, we’re talking high-tech speed machine and as you can
see everything here of course is computerized, now the company zero
manufactures them in California they make all kinds of different electric
motorcycles, off-road trail ones, but of course I’m looking at their speed demon
that’s what I’d be interested in and yeah I’m not making this up there’s a
charger for it right there, there’s no gas in the gas tank, there’s no gas tank it’s
got big lithium batteries and a giant electric motor right here, plus it’s got
a low maintenance rubber belt it doesn’t have a chain that you have to mess
around with, this being their speed demon it’s got big tires in the back and
serious double discs on the front but since it’s an electric motorcycle it’s
got regenerative braking too, they actually go much further in a city than
they do on a highway, it can go 161 miles in the city stopping and going, of course
when you’re sitting those stoplights an electric motor doesn’t use any power then and you’ll notice that it’s different from any other motorcycle, it’s
got a throttle but there’s no clutch and there’s no gear shifter, this side is
totally barem and since I’ve been driving motorcycles since I was a
teenager boy and it takes some getting used to for me, I’m grabbing for the clutch I
look for where to shift, these you just twist and go that’s all there is to it,
now this particular bike is geared for super speed taking off, it doesn’t
have top-end speed, the top-end speed is like 110 miles an hour, I mean who needs
to go faster than that anyways, but it’s set up to get from zero to 110 miles an
hour extremely quickly, now if someone wanted to they could set it up to go any
speed they wanted, but you would lose acceleration on it, like I said there’s
no gears it’s just an electric motor that drives it directly so you can set
it up to have super acceleration or you could set it up to have super high speed
if you really wanted, but people buy these because they’re quick and they want to zip
around, this isn’t a drag racer you don’t take this to the drag races, because it can
gonna only go 110 miles an hour the batteries are still heavy but nothing
like in a Tesla, so they will recharge somewhat faster if
you’re just plugging them into your house it’s gonna take a while, if it’s fully
discharged about 8 hours or so, but they have a fast charger setup
that you can get they can charge it up and maybe for hours, and the battery
packs they have a pretty long life they claim that it doesn’t get below 80
percent on some of these till you’ve gone one hundred and eighty two hundred
thousand miles, so you’re not really gonna have to worry about the battery
going bad for quite some time, the only problem is the range, this is not a
touring bike, if on the highway you can go fifty five miles you’re not gonna be
touring for very long now one aspect of electric motors make
some people really happy and it makes some people really sad, the downside is
it’s an electric motorcycle it doesn’t make any noise so your neighbors will
love you, you’ll have the quietest motorcycle on the planet, but if you
drive in traffic nobody’s gonna hear it now I know Harley’s working on an
electric motorcycle they say they’re gonna have speakers on it they’re gonna
make noise so it sounds like a motorcycle so people can hear you and
won’t say, what gee I didn’t hear that motorcycle it was going 90 miles an hour
and I knocked it over, and the other aspect that I find somewhat strange is that
since it’s an electric motorcycle a lot of guys buy motorcycles they like
modifying them, well there’s really nothing you need to modify it’s an
electric motor with a huge battery, you don’t have to tinker with them, I mean
I grew up on triumphs and Norton’s and BSA’s and we’re always adjusting
carburetors adjusting the valves, fixing oil leaks, on the other hand a lot of guys
like mess around with stuff like that and they don’t want something that just
goes and doesn’t have any problems, and of course being an electric motorcycle
they have 100% of their power as soon as you turn them on, so it’s not like a
gasoline motor second we got a rather the engine up either the clutch and pop
off as soon as you twist that grip, you got power to the wheel and it goes, this
particular one has a hundred and forty pound foot of torque, it’s got a lot of
torque going to the rear wheel and since it has an electric motor there’s no
power loss, there’s no gears there’s just a motor that runs a belt
that turns the rear wheels, and being on electric it’s about abs brakes various
modes you can put it on power traction street, torque, you can race it
any way you want to drive it, their not giving this away, this particular one is about twenty
thousand dollars, now me like motorcycles that still make a lotta
noise so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell

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  2. I've seen electric motorcycles here in my area….very interesting but it was almost too quiet and I didn't realize the price….a little higher that I thought! I figured 9k not much to it! but what do I know…still cool but id have to stick with a gas motor until prices come down and the range is longer maybe 200 plus miles!

  3. Thats nice but …….$20,000, NO…I have My Dads Z1R, My Own Harley Bagger and 2 Endro Dirt Bikes. The Enduros are My SHTF Escape Bikes…Electric Bike, I will wait for that Price drop to $8000…

  4. With an electric motor, it will accelerate at the same rate, regardless of how the top RPM is limited. The torque will stay the same, unless you choose to limit that as well. So I'm not sure what you're talking about. The information you're giving is not correct.

  5. Beware of the myths about electric motors
    The are what starts trains out from a stop since the 50s. That's what a switch engine is on trains.

  6. The way people drive now.. You'll die driving your car to the grocery store let alone a motorcycle. I was hit 3 times and had 2 bikes totalled. None, my fault. Risk reward.

  7. I ride a 650 BMW . ! it is kind of quiet . When your riding a bike you should always assume no one can see you, anyway .

  8. Take it from someone who has ridden a 2013 zero ds 35000 miles I don't miss the noise at all (also own a shadow 1100 with cobra drag pipes) I get cut off way more on my cruiser than on my electric. No maintenance. Fast as hell. The new srf is absolutely Insane. Got to put about 50 miles on one and it's amazing!

  9. Scotty why is it these things have to be charged from an outlet. Surely with the technology today there would be some sort of high output magneto that could assist when riding or driving an electric vehicle.
    Magnetos generators and alternators have been around for over a century for charging batteries.

  10. The last thing anyone needs is a silent street motorcycle. You usually don't see them, but at least you can hear them. With this you are toast.

  11. Another great and wise video Scotty.
    I dont agree that those e bikes are quiet tho.
    I've heard a few that sound like a witches broom or nails down a chalk board.
    20k for that?
    That's alotta dough baby!

  12. I guess I missed the part how this motorcycle will kill you. Having been to their factory and met with their entire team of engineers I learned a great deal. Also a demo ride on one of their production bikes through some heavily congested streets and highways point to a major benefit to a Zero. It has well engineered motor controller algorithms and drive system which enable a rookie to safely ride this motorcycle which in turn expands their potential market segment. The motor control system provides seamless torque over the entire speed band along with motor braking making for less control inputs by the rider – a key benefit in commute traffic scenarios. The range situation will be greatly improved with the next generation of dry cell lithium batteries given their higher power density and lighter weight. New batteries will be a drop-in upgrade like hot cams, bore kits, big carburetors, and high flow exhaust system in legacy gas powered motorcycles but without the drama and negative effects on our environment.

  13. Why do you Americans still only use 110 volts in the home , your so far forward yet so far behind , you just been given the metric system when it was adopted around the world a long time ago .

  14. The day my life depends on some deaf old lady in a sound proof Lexus hearing me, I'm just going to drive off a cliff and get it over with. Loud pipes don't help because the drivers can't tell where you're coming from; even if they're listening. The only way to keep from getting hit is to watch out for the assholes.

  15. Yeah that loud exhaust doesn't really give you that much extra safety. On the freeway people in cars can't hear your loud exhaust till you are right next to them. Heck if traffic is just going 30 or 40 mph they can't hear you. If they have their radio on they probably won't hear you at all. Yeah in an accident they will say they heard you just about a half second before the crash. No loud exhaust has more to do with image than anything else. It says your a rebel and rebels like to piss off squares man.

    Here is a bit of advice that will save more lives than loud exhausts that my dad told me when I was learning to ride. "Ride like you are invisible. Assume no one can see you." I would amend that advice to "Ride like you are invisible. Assume no one can see you and that they are deaf."

  16. Intentional motorcycle noise is the WORST offender of all. DEATH TO ALL OF THEM. May it be quick and swift for all the sleepless nights you've caused to the general public.

  17. If there is no engine in it, then its not a motorcycle. We can call it a rechargable toycycle. Only a real rider would understand and see the hidden danger in electric bikes. And lets forget about shortcircuiting, its not a big deal.

  18. It's been a 50-year love/hate relationship with internal combustion engines and me. When E-vehicles get the range increased and required charge time & logistics decreased and simplified I'm there.

  19. Poor design of the built in charger has been a problem for many battery operated devices.

    As for better range in city:
    Power required is proportional to speed CUBED. You rapidly increase power needed as you go faster.
    The electric is not wasting energy sitting at a stop light. The gas vehicle wastes fuel at idle (but its better to let it keep running for many reasons)

    So the motorcycle, especially with regenerative braking will gain range (miles) in the city mainly due to the lower speed. while the gasoline one would waste more at the lights than it saved by going slower.

    Electric definitely has advantages for short range relatively low speed commutes.
    Car, or motorcycle…

  20. Harley Davidson Ditched the Live Wire , no one ordered one, the order you had to have 50% down for a 30,000$ E cycle . I give Harley till 2020 and they fold up shop . Sad but true the M8 is Junk the twincam had its fair share of troubles . but did harley fix it hell no , left it up to the owners to fix it after warranty was outdated , I ride a Harley Have owned 4 , I will keep a 30 year old harley over anything new Harley comes out with .

  21. You can upgrade the motor. The higher wattage will increase top speed. You can also upgrade the controller and adjust the specs. You can also upgrade the battery too. And the motor does make noise just sounds different

  22. Gear shift is on the other side, Scotty. Front and rear brakes are linked/ no rear brake pedal. There isn’t an aftermarket to mess around with….yet. I hope that isn’t looked at too closely, as regulators tend to ruin things even if they don’t pollute.

  23. when a 3 or 4 wheels with removable batteries ?? nobody has a house in the city and no own private charger. we need to charge the batteries into our flat.

  24. With that range – I couldn’t get to work and back without charging. I’ll stick to good old petroleum powered bikes.

  25. Unless I'm crazy, your thumbnail has an SR with the brake levers on the left side of the bike!? How and why is there a picture like this?

  26. Lol. I stopped watching your videos for a while because I realized just how stupid you actually are. However I decided to watch this one because I'm actually looking into buying a Zero so I wanted to see what you were on about. Right away. I was reminded of your stupidity.

  27. Rev up your motorcycle! Can you hear me now! What happens if you get in a a accident thoses batteries are explosive proof from impact! Let's ck into that ! Let's see Scotty do a wheel stand on that bike!

  28. i am glad the finally added a J1772. Does it have cruise controll capability? Also, does it have regenerative breaking capability?

  29. Harley EV with speakers that make noise. That is hilarious! Perhaps it would automatically go "rev rev rev" whenever you stop at the lights.

  30. I have been dreaming of getting a Zero for a couple of years now. I'm just working on saving up the money. 😁🤙

  31. I cant wait to own a E-Bike.
    I have a couple regular ones. But I hate riding them in the city (commute back and forth to work).
    The engine barley reaches temperature and i already have arrived and shut her back off.

    My carb dirt bike I do not really care about this.
    Since it is carbed and a small Air cooled 250cc.

    Anyways …
    E-Bikes are still a little too high on price vs range for my taste.
    Although I would use it for manly city uses and that is where these bikes shine.
    Even 50 mile Range would last me almost a week on a charge. And charging a bike once a week is a lot cheaper then Gasoline.

    I disagree with the modification of bikes.
    Most people Dress-Up their motorcycle engines and the rest of the bike is still modifiable …. ea. Grips, Levers, Inverted Forks, bigger brake kit … so on and so on …
    The bike you showed us in this video I found many dress-up items for on Ebay … lol

  32. So, why can't these bikes have a dynamo that recharges the battery with the spin of the wheels> Is it because the electricity companies wouldn't be able to rip us off paying for electricity?

  33. It is electric so it would be easy to fit an electronic air horn to it. Nothing better than sounding like a fire engine! Also knew a guy who built a saddle bag as a sound system with a ported bass waveguide, was obscene at 30 watts from a T amp. Used a nice big lifepo and could BT to anything, never had to leave the bike to party. You could hear it well while rolling down the road. Same box doubled as HAM radio power.

  34. I just rode the new zero recently and it topped out at 124 mph. Who needs to go faster than that? A lot of people need to. But even at 124 you should be able to do pretty good in 1/8 mile. 1/8 mile drags are pretty common around here. Nice bike, but at nearly……$20k I don't know if it's worth it.

  35. battery tech is starting to catch up – thankfully. we will in the next 10 years see batteries that charge 10x faster with 10x the energy density.

  36. This would have to be the worst electric motorcycle video I have ever seen. Reminds me of listening to that annoying family member that thinks they know it all.

  37. It could have a relatively small and simple sonar system that will send an audible signal to other drivers that are getting too close or approaching from the rear too fast. A free safety idea for anyone willing to make it happen. Just name it after me

  38. Electric is great for city driving. Once they introduce solid state or even mechanical batteries, we will have better rage with electric vehicles.

  39. Yeah I'd love to own one but $20k is just too crazy. Give it 5 years and it will be down to $10k. Remember when plasma tv's came out? A 48" 720p was $6000. Today a 65" 4k smart tv is $350.

  40. Scottie, you don't "drive", you ride them. and someone "hearing" your bike won't save you from an accident. only them seeing and acknowledging your presence will. Seriously bro, stick w cars.

  41. When Harley make a Ebike with speakers they should allow the owner to record his/hers own exhaust sounds , I'd have sex noises on mine 😂

  42. Yo scotty You can modifie it but you need to learn the basics of eltrical motors and control and batteries.

  43. I’ve seen people make these things go 200+mph… friken rip your shoulders apart trying to hold on…

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