Electric motorcycles took center stage this week on Gas2. In the news-while-it-is-news electric motorcycles category, Yamaha’s Motoroid is ready for reveal in Tokyo as a company mission to create “new experiences” for its consumer base. Zero Motorcycles, that Santa Cruz-based company, is introducing the compact and lighter weight ZF7.2 power pack, which will offer 11% more rear wheel torque. The annual Gas2 list of the most fuel efficient motorcycles is out — wait ’til you see which ones “stir the soul.” And Selle Royal’s new gel filled saddle has been specifically designed for the needs of electric bike riders, making that daily commute with the built-in exercise all the more comfortable.
Oh, yeah. Because they’re so much fun, we threw in a couple of stories from the EV rumor mill. We looked at the Top 10 myths about EVs and also just had to analyze some conspiracy theories about Tesla’s recent firings. Just had to!
Here are those stories and more on this week’s edition of the “Gas2 Week in Review.”
Yamaha’s all-electric, two-wheeled ecosystem is finally ready for a public preview. The PES1, a lightweight bike platform designed to compete in the 125-250cc range, is about to have an electric reinvention: the Motoroid. Yamaha says that its electric motorcycles fulfill an innate desire in its audience to find “new experiences.”
The experimental machine employs artificial intelligence and explores the feasibility of concepts that, according to a Yamaha statement, create “new forms of personal mobility in which the rider resonates harmoniously with machine.” But having the capability of “recognizing its owner and interacting in other capacities like a living creature” may be a bit of grand marketing, don’t you think? Well, the Gas2 article does have lots of pictures, which we in the visual era really like, and, who knows? The Motoroid just might inspire a self-to-machine symbiosis. Certainly, Yamaha is starting to meet the needs of and create new value for its customers who crave being part of the EV set.