I much prefer driving on four wheels than two. Personal preference is all, though I’ve got plenty of friends who get their kicks on motorcycles. Most of them like to ride crotch rockets, those Japanese bikes that are little more than an engine and two wheels. Besides going fast as all hell, these bikes are great for wheelies, endos, and all manner of righteous tricks, these bikes are also surprisingly cheap and fuel frugal. Convincing these guys to ditch the crotch rocket for an electric motorcycle might not be easy.
It is, however, getting easier to argue for electric motorcycles. Brammo, maker of electric motorcycles, has just announced that they have managed to double the range their Enertia electric motorcycle from 40 miles to 80.
The upgraded motorcycle, called the Enertis+, costs $1,000 more than the original Enertia. For that extra cheese, you get a 6.0 kWh lithium ion battery pack that 80 miles of driving on a single charge. That is more than enough to cover most commutes, especially for you city folk. With an MSRP of just $8,995, the Enertia+ price comes down when you factor in a 10% federal tax credit and different state tax credits. Depending on where you live, you could pay just $5,000 or less for the Enertia+, especially if you already own a Brammo bike (which gets you a $2,500 rebate from Brammo itself).
The 80 mile range of the Enertia+ makes the argument for electric motorcycles so much easier. The only downside is that charging takes a bit longer, a full 8 hours if the battery is depleted. A small price to pay though for a motorcycle that has a sporty side and practical commuter applications. Now they just have to improve the top speed, which sits at a tepid 60 mph, and maybe some of my daredevil friends will consider making the switch.