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Most motorcycle owners are in it for the feel of the thing. Wind in your hair, sun in your face, engine moving under you, all that. However, there’s now an emerging alternative: electric motorcycles. EV bikes have many upsides, and in many more ways, capitalize on what makes bikes so consumer-friendly. So, the real question is, why not enjoy all the upsides of an EV with the perks of motorcycle ownership on top of it?

Ownership plusses are just like EV cars

A man sits on Harley' latest electric motorcycle: the Livewire
A Harley-Davidson Livewire | Andrew Burton via Getty Images

Now, an electric motorcycle isn’t for everyone. Just like with car enthusiasts, there will always be a dedicated camp of bike guys and girls who won’t ride anything with a gas-powered motor under them. That’s fine, but an EV bike may be for you if you’d like to try something a little different. For starters, like cars, electric bikes offer a wholly different aesthetic than their gas-powered counterparts.

Often, electric motorcycle design restrictions are lifted simply because the packaging of an electric motor can be smaller than that of a bike engine and transmission. Take a look at the Sondors Metacycle, which looks like something out of Blade Runner. Additonally, the range of electric bikes is roughly equivalent to their gas sibling. For example, a Harley-Davidson Livewire will do about 140 miles on a charge, and a new Ducati Monster will do about the same.

An electric motorcylce takes good and makes it better

The electric Sondors Metacycle looks like something out of WestWorld
Sondors Metacycle | Sondors

Aside from the motor, the sensations of riding remain unchanged, unlike in an electric car versus a gas car. You still get the wind in your hair, sun in face experience, just a little quiter. Arguably, this makes an electric motorcycle better for commuting than the gas-powered equivalent. Additonally, an electric motorcycle is a significantly easier lifestyle switch to make compared to EV ownership. The Sondors Metacycle can be charged on a regular old home outlet no problem.

Moreover, the same can be said for the Harley-Davison Livewire, though the brand recommends a legit “Level 2” charger for added ease of use. There’s also some money to be saved, just like an EV car. An electric motorcycle will take far less energy to charge, keeping your utility bill low. Honestly, with the way gas prices are right now, the concept of owning an electric bike is even more enticing.

Electic bike ownership offers a change of pace

"Livewire" script written across the motor of one of Harley's electric bikes
A Harley-Davidson Livewire | Andrew Burton via Getty Images

So, there you have it. Owning an electric motorcycle offers an interesting change from the norm at little real-world expense. However, it has to be said that a gas-powered bike is still a better choice for novices. There isn’t really a market for used electric motorcycles right now, and it’s best to have something you can fall over on first. That said, you can be sure you’ll get your fair share of curious glances when you glide up silently to work in the morning.


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