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May 1st 2021, 07:42 PM   #1
 Transported's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2016 R1
Time to go electric?

Having an e-vehicle might be particularly wise right now.

I wonder if it will make filling our four gallon gas tanks every two hours a problem?

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/27/busin...age/index.html
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May 1st 2021, 10:48 PM   #2
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Oh boy. Here we go again. This is going to quickly devolve into a political shitfest. How about we quickly move this thread to the Lounge where the greenies can argue with the pro energy supporters. Greta can join forces with John as he flies his private jet to the climate summit and we know that all the problems are Donald's fault.

Now...that said, can we please get back to motorcycles? Even electric bikes are fun.
May 2nd 2021, 07:15 AM   #3
 Transported's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2016 R1
I was not trying to stir shit up.

I have an e-car, so I will be able to get around without any petrol at all. Glad I made that purchase already.

I was just wondering if it means riding our mostly ICE bikes will be problematic this summer.
May 2nd 2021, 07:33 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Sorry the for jumping to conclusions. My error. My take is that there will not be a shortage that will impact our ability to enjoy our bikes in regards to gasoline. A shortage in our wallets is a definite possibility though as prices will likely continue to spike.
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May 2nd 2021, 08:10 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2016 R1
I lived through the gas rationing in the Carter era. I even did a cross country motorcycle trip. It was inconvenient at times.

I may store some petrol in cans, just in case. (And to save money.)
May 2nd 2021, 09:12 AM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
I would love to own one but have two major points of contention regarding e-bikes; recharge rates and cost.

Here in North America at least, a more rapid recharge rate and access to rapid chargers is required for travel. That or an agreed upon standard for x-number types of interchangeable battery packs. Think battery deposit and, for a fee, swap-out at the station and go on your way; Blue Rhino for batteries. As in the infancy of the ICE era, the infrastructure needed to support vast numbers of electrics will follow a step or two behind demand.

Now back to cost. The darn things are spendy, then quickly lose value as their batteries reach their maximum useful lifespan. I'll likely wait a while and see what direction the battery technology goes, pick up an e-bike with a spent battery, cheap, retrofit a new power cell(s), and wear that sucker out.

Until then, I guess I'll pay the going rate for gasoline.

Edited by curve addict on May 2nd 2021 at 02:26 PM Reason: clarification
May 2nd 2021, 10:37 AM   #7
 Lena's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  Monsters
I completely agree with you, I have been watching and waiting for an electric bike for years, one that will meet my needs - i.e. going on a trip that has 300-mile days and not worrying where and how to charge it, like I have with my electric cars for the last six years. It's a commitment with the cars that I am not ready to make with my bike. All the advertised range miles are marketing, they loose charge way too fast, it's really for urban riding.

I also agree with you and thought the same concept of gas stations turned into battery swapping stations for cars, bikes or anything are the way of the future. Can we start converting now please?
May 2nd 2021, 01:24 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2016 R1
When I first read about battery technology for autos and the long recharge rates, I thought the battery packs should be standardized so all cars can swap them and you can go to a filling station and put a charged one in and leave your empty. And as the batteries improve, you can just begin using the better battery that slips into place.

But that would make too much sense and require the government to make standards, as it did at the beginning of the industrial era with electrical sockets, firearms, etc.
May 2nd 2021, 01:51 PM   #9
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  Apr 2021
  Portland (Rocky Butte)

  2009 CBR1000RR
After five years of no bike, I was eyeballing some that I liked on CL, but had this same epiphany. Electric! After a couple days of research I decided that they just aren't QUITE there yet... in terms of range, recharge rate and price. SO CLOSE, THOUGH!
May 2nd 2021, 04:01 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Multistrada Pikes Peak, VFR800, VStrom 650, TE 610
....and regarding cost, don't forget the registration fees that are HIGHER if you own an electric vehicle.
May 2nd 2021, 05:22 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2016 R1
I know. I seem to remember being told I owed the state an additional $600 fee after I agreed to the e-car sale. No good deed goes unpunished...
May 3rd 2021, 05:40 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
....and regarding cost, don't forget the registration fees that are HIGHER if you own an electric vehicle.
. . . and going up in Washington State.

Plus a per mile tax on electric vehicles is almost a sure thing.
The Legislature will not leave that "easy money" left on the table.
May 3rd 2021, 12:46 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  SE PDX

  2017 Duke 690, 2019 Versys 100 SE LT+
Last time I had an electrician over, he looked at my main panel and confirmed I could add a 220 circuit for ev charging. So long term plan is drive the +15 yr old cars till they die. Get the vw id buzz whenever it finally comes out. And keep the ice awd crv for winter. Probably get a zero for around town in a few years. Keep a gas bike for touring.

I remember the gas shortages of the late 70s. My dad let me drive the vw to school so that on my free period-lunch, I could go the gas station 30 minutes before it opened and park and wait for gas. (I did homework while waiting)
May 3rd 2021, 01:17 PM   #14
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
It's probably good that I am as old as I am. I'm a modern day Luddite in this world of solar power, electric transportation, watches that monitor your health, phones that are more capable than the computers I made parts for fifty years ago. I see myself as the cowboy who looked at his surroundings at the beginning of the twentieth century and could never envision trading his horse for a car.
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May 3rd 2021, 02:07 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  NW

CNN.. what nonsense...
There are no indicators of a fuel crisis this summer. Oil use might get back to what it was before the pandemic and prices usually go up in the summer but there is nothing to panic about (yet).
My 25 yo civic still get 40 mpg (and has a range of 400 miles per tank), I wont be needing an electric car anytime soon. (someday it might make sense)

If a serious gas shortage did come, I'd be looking at a 150mpg scooter.

Edited by Scribbles on May 3rd 2021 at 02:10 PM
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