THE QUESTION STANDS:
ELECTRIC or GASOLINE POWERED MOTORCYCLES-WHAT’s better?
As electric motorcycles are slowly starting to become more popular throughout the industry, many riders have begun to debate as to what’s better to own? Traditional motorcycles using gas or electric motorcycles using battery power? There certainly are a lot of pros and cons to having a traditional bike as there are pros and cons to having an electric motorbike. More than anything though, I think it all boils down to peoples individual values and wants.
If you’re all about limiting pollution and promoting “green” energy and also interested in saving some “green” in your wallet, then electric is the way to go. Traditional bikes however offer more speed and more options in terms of motorcycle makes and model availability. If you’re going to spend some serious cash on a bike, you want it to have some umph and in that category compared to traditional motorcycles, electric bikes are lacking.
Riding a motorcycle, at least in the USA, is done more for fun than for utility compared to other countries where gas prices are astronomical and riders use their motorcycle as their main vehicle. If you’re only riding seasonal or just a few times a week it doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of money you’re saving on gas, however if you live in Europe where gas prices are at least double of what they are in the USA, then having an electric bike would make sense in terms of saving money on gas.
In terms of the “coolness” factor, new tech is always cool, but there are a ton of cool looking traditional bikes out there like the 2014 Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha V Max, Suzuki Boulevard, and Harley Sportster. But again, it all depends on what you define as being “cool”. As electric motorcycles become more popular however, and more companies start designing and manufacturing them, that will definitely gain them points in the “coolness” category.
The infographic below gives a short comparison of electric motorcycles vs traditional motorcycles in terms of fuel economy, specs and how the electric motor works. If you’re still stuck deciding though, why not just have one of each?