"Going Electric," a guide to electric motorcycles, from Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles just published this interesting guide to electric motorcycles, electric motorcycle riding, getting the best out of an electric motorcycle, etc.
One of the interesting bits is a price comparison between a Zero S ZF6 and a Ducati Hypermotard 796. Even though the Zero S base price is $3000+ more, you save significant money over the long term. This comes from fuel cost savings, no oil changes, no maintenance of other kinds, etc. The claim is that at 30,000 miles of riding you'll have saved over $4000 on maintenance, and over $2000 on fuel. The break even point is at 12,285 miles.
Very interesting read on the relative costs, on how to get the best out of an electric motorcycle, etc.
Gee, an electric motorcycle manufacturer has just published a guide on buying electric motorcycles. I'll bet that's a great resource!!! I hope they aren't too hard on their own product, or too enthusiastic about the competition.
The two bikes aren't really comparable - the ducati has 90 hp, the zero has 30 hp
one is a learner bike, the other is not
I wasn't talking about that comparison. The link wouldn't load, so I still haven't read the guide. I was wondering how they handle the fact that they are one of many electric motorcycle manufacturers. Do they ignore the competition? Diss them? Has anyone managed to read the thing, yet?
I finally got it to download. It ignores the competition. Not necessarily the worst approach, as that rules out lying about other makes. OTOH, calling it 'A guide to electric motorcycles' is misleading. It's a guide to "Zero Motorcycles", with some additional information that can be useful if you can find it for other makes. It's primarily a sales brochure.
In other words, do you think it's a good introduction for gas bike owners?
I just read it and think, apart from VERY heavily advertizing their products (which is to be expected from such a pamphlet), that they touched on most aspects that would be new (and potentially worrying) to a gas-burning bike rider.
What they DID forget was to explain what exactly the dimensions Rake and Trail mean, as with the other dimensions they did explain what they mean, not only how they are measured. But THAT is something a seasoned biker would not miss in this brochure :-)