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Within a few years batteries will be good enough that electric will be a valid option. Batteries that do 300+ miles and charge in the time it takes you to use the restroom and have a meal. Meanwhile enough torque that it takes a computer working overtime to keep the front wheel on the ground and the back wheel not spinning all the way in to the triple digits on a bike that never needs anything more than tires and chains.
I like gasoline motors, but once batteries reach a certain point, electric will be clearly superior.
Um, I doubt that VERY much. Batteries need to improve by an order of magnitude to be competitive with chemical storage, AND become quickly rechargeable. I don't think that's even theoretically possible.
Coming from an engineering background, I've always thought manufacturers could look into solar power, regenerative braking, etc in addition to more efficient batteries.t.
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I dunno; looking at the fantastic supersports motorcycles available today it seems that the 4-stroke capabilities may have pretty well 'peaked'. Really, if a motorcycle weighs near 400 lbs gassed up, accelerates like a rocket, and handles like it is on rails, where the hell do you go from here? Hp beyond 150 needs complicated electronics to tame it down, and once the footpegs hit the pavement that is as far as you can go. Other than a few minor tweaks, there are no huge 'leaps' to be had any more cos 4-stroke sport-bikes have evolved to perfection and we are truly spoiled. Saying one 1000cc sport-bike is 'better' than another one is almost laughable these days.
-Now imagine if a motorcycle manufacturer brings out a 3-cylinder direct-injected (to meet emissions) 750 cc 2-stroke with 150 hp in a bike weighing 350 lbs gassed up, well THAT would be the leap I am looking for in a pure sport-bike. A cheaper price and no valve-train to adjust is a bonus. Oh yeah, if a battery is invented that is light, holds a big charge, and re-charges quickly, then both cars and motorcycles will leap in a new direction (and we will send the oil sheiks back to their tents).
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