E-MOTORCYCLES VS. GASOLINE MOTORCYCLES

Written by T-admin

January 27, 2020

Torpedo factory and Torp electric bike
The electric motorcycle market is the fastest-growing market in the segment of the so-called Light Electric Vehicles, where you can find electric bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles. Before that electric scooters were all the rage, but their limited function (they can be used only for the city rides and daily commute) and the fast development of the technology, that allows easier implementation of electric power-train to different types of vehicles, more and more manufacturers and users are turning to the electric motorcycles instead. Users love their versatility. They can be used for daily commutes, as well as for the long travel along the coastline. There is a motorcycle for everyone: people who use them to avoid the traffic jams on their way to work, and for the ones who love feeling the wind in their hair when traveling to their vacation. Motorcycles can be used for track racing, for gut-turning tricks or for concurring rough terrain. There are endless possibilities and its been about time for this versatile vehicle to take the throne.
Since the motorcycle was always a symbol of masculinity and a rebellious lifestyle, there are often heard comments that electric motorcycles are not real motorcycles at all. They are quiet and clean. The owners will not get their hands dirty fixing them. There is no roar of the engine. But there are other perks. Check them out:

INSTANT TORQUE AND POWER

If you want to go from 0 to 100 in an instant, then e-motorcycles are your thing. For a gas motorcycle, it takes some time to reach its peak power and torque, while the electric motorcycle reaches peak power and torque instantly from 0 RPM. They are also able to hold this peak power and torque through the whole range more consistently. You can achieve comparable performance to a gas bike with a much lighter and smaller motorcycle. If the acceleration is your thing, try a larger electric power bike. It will blow your socks off!

RANGE ANXIETY

When speaking of the overall performance, the motorcycles of the similar size and weight performed roughly the same. Regarding the distance you can conquer with an electric motorcycle compared to the distance crossed with a gas motorcycle, the later is at an advantage. The reason is that the batteries simply can’t store as much power as the tank of gas can. This might not be a problem for daily commuting since the electric motorcycle can be easily recharged at the electric outlet. The problem comes when going for a long journey or when riding in the wilderness. A smart way to conquer range anxiety is to plan your trip according to the range capability of your e-bike, and to bring along your charger, so you can “fill it up” on your coffee brake.

NO VIBRATIONS, NO BURNS – JUST COMFORT

You know the vibrating feeling when stopping at the stop-light with your motorcycle? You can forget about it when riding an e-bike. Some riders will argue that the vibrations of the engine are part of the experience, but we find them uncomfortable. They are also a cause of the visits to the mechanic since a lot of gas bikes have counter-balancers that reduce vibrations and extra mechanical component means an extra reason for malfunction.
And hove about the nasty burns from the exhaust pipe? No exhaust no trouble, we say.

SILENCE

This is one of the more controversial reasons for opting for an electric motorcycle. A lot of gas-bike owners will say that the lack of engine-noise is a deal-breaker for them when it comes to electric motorcycles. The noise pollution is a real thing. It is proven that it affects human health and has a devastating influence on wildlife. It is so much nicer to enjoy a long ride in nature with the sound of wind and birds accompanying you. You can also drive through the sleepy neighbourhood in every hour of the day without bothering your neighbours. Thanks to the e-motorcycles, the dirt-race tracks are moved closer to the towns, making the sport more enjoyable to the visitors and to the riders themselves.
There is a safety factor that we still have to take into consideration: electric vehicles dan sneak up to the pedestrians. Some manufacturers had solved this problem by equipping their electric motorcycles with artificial noise machines.

FEWER PARTS, FEWER VISITS TO THE MECHANICS

Your local mechanic will not be happy when you decide to go electric. Basically, an electric motorcycle is made of an electric motor, a battery, and a controller. With fewer moving parts, there are fewer things that can break, which leaves more money in your pocket. You should only worry about the consumables: breaks, tires, break fluid flush… Some electric motorcycles are equipped with regenerative braking, which extends the brake pad life, since a significant portion of braking duty can be performed with the electric motor instead of the mechanical friction brakes.

QUICK AND EXPENSIVE REFILL VS. LONG AND CHEAP RECHARGE

They say time is money. This can be argued when it comes to the comparison between electric motorcycles to gas motorcycles. The tank is filed in a few minutes, while an electric motorcycle takes a bit longer to recharge. But thinking of the gas-prices compared to the price of the electricity, we still think that an overnight charge on the home electric outlet is worth it.

LIGHT FOR LONGER RANGE

Weight counts when it comes to the performance of the electric motorcycle. The lighter, the better the range. This is also an advantage in comparison to the heavy gas motorcycles. Lighter vehicles are easier to operate, and they also cause fewer injuries in the case of the fall.

Electric motorcycles do not discriminate: they are suitable for old, young, men, women, experienced riders and beginners.

E-MOTORCYCLE FOR EVERYONE

Electric motorcycles are also far more democratic in comparison to classic motorcycles. They can be ridden by people who had never been riding a motorcycle before. There is no clutch to worry about and most of them have safety features installed. This makes them attractive to the whole range of people-from young, elderly, men, women… Electric motorcycles do not discriminate.
Speaking of the great features of electric motorcycles… Did you know we had designed and developed our own light-weight electric dirt bike/motorcycle? We are going to introduce it soon, so stay tuned!

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