Lightning Motorcycle On Display at Gordon McCall’s Motorworks

Sep 01, 2015 View Comments by

200+ MPH Electric Motorcycle – The Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious car (and motorcycle shows). In the days leading up to the event, high end auto and some motorcycle manufacturers flock to the area in an attempt to get their products in front of the discerning eyes […]

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Will the Asian Market Drive Electric Motorcycle Sales and Innovation?

Mar 31, 2015 View Comments by

Here in the U.S. motorcycles are largely used for pleasure rather than for utilitarian transportation. Sure, there are a few people out there that swear they’ve never owned, and never will own, a car and who ride their bikes 365 days a year, but generally they do so out of personal preference and not necessity. […]

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Polaris Acquires Brammo Electric Motorcycle Company

Jan 25, 2015 View Comments by

The newest addition to Polaris’ ever-expanding collection of brands is the electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo. Polaris has been invested in Brammo since 2011, but this new deal seems to fully integrate Brammo into Polaris. This will include the design and production of electric motorcycles at Polaris’ Spirit Lake facility in Iowa, which is home to […]

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Interview with Chad Dappert of All Seasons Electric Vehicles

Jan 05, 2015 View Comments by

Most motorcyclists have come to realize that electric bikes are destined to be a part of the future of motorcycling. Companies like Zero and Brammo have been selling battery-powered bikes for several years now, and consumers may believe that one of these bikes is their only option if they want to leave gasoline behind. There […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Tire Pumps

Jan 01, 2015 View Comments by

Keeping the Rubber Side Round They are one of the few pieces of motorcycle gear that you’d be happy never to use, but if you do find yourself needing a tire pump one day, you’ll be beyond happy you made the investment. Flat tires are an unfortunate fact of life for motorcyclists. Sooner or later […]

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It’s Electric! My First Ride on a Zero

Nov 25, 2014 View Comments by

When I first heard about battery-powered motorcycles several years ago, I was more than a bit skeptical. Automobiles, after all, receive far more R & D dollars than motorcycles, and practical electric cars are (debatably) just now reaching the market. I also figured that the weight penalty of heavy batteries would be even more pronounced […]

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Touring Tip: Preparing Your Bike for Winter

Nov 07, 2014 View Comments by

Temperatures have started to decline in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s time to consider storage and maintenance of our favorite mounts. Because most mechanical systems perform best when they’re used regularly, the best way of preparing your bike for winter is to simply keep riding and maintaining it. But many riders in […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

Oct 29, 2014 View Comments by

All too often, motorcycle batteries die young, murdered by neglect. Dehydration, improper charging, and a slow discharge during storage all shorten a battery’s life. But it doesn’t have to be that way; how long your battery lasts is mainly up to you. Motorcycle radios, clocks, alarms, computers, etc., draw a small current even when the […]

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2015 Zero Models: Now With Longer Range!

Oct 13, 2014 View Comments by

Zero has already made a name for itself as one of the major players in the electric motorcycle market, and it certainly doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere. The 2015 Zero lineup shows aggressive improvements to bikes that are already some of the best in their class. The 2015 Zeros now get up-spec Showa suspension […]

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2015 KTM Freeride E: The Electric Dirt Bike

Sep 22, 2014 View Comments by

It seems like more electric bikes come on the market every week. Some are from major motorcycle companies and others are from start-ups hoping to capitalize on the future market potential of the environmentally friendly rides. But at least with current technology (no pun intended), electric power has two glaring drawbacks when compared with internal […]

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Electro-Cop: L.A.P.D. to Use Zero Electric Motorcycles

Jul 01, 2014 View Comments by

The nature of electric vehicles can make them ideally suited for use in law enforcement. Their limited range and long recharging time (as compared to filling up with gas) aren’t as important for patrol vehicles since they’re never asked to travel long distances. Other EV traits like the need for very little maintenance, their extreme […]

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MotoMojo: Basic Electrical Troubleshooting

Jun 18, 2014 View Comments by

Many motorcycle owners are intimidated by electrical systems and fear working on them. Electrical issues can be mastered with some simple step-by-step diagnostics. Let’s start with a few terms. Voltage is electrical potential measured in volts (V for short). Amperes (shortened to amps or A) is a measure of electrical current (represented by the letter […]

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The Lightning LS-218 the Electric Superbike

May 26, 2014 View Comments by

Like it or not, electric bikes are here to stay. Whether they’ll eventually replace their fossil fuel powered brethren remains to be seen, but for now it seems like a new electron driven two-wheeler hits the market every few months. Watching this new technology as it grows and evolves is certainly exciting and the latest […]

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BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Goes Into Production

May 07, 2014 View Comments by

With its curious combination of features, reportedly high price, and stiff competition, it would seem that BMW is not overly interested in unit sales when it comes to their latest model. We first introduced you to the C Evolution concept back in September but now that it’s going to, in theory at least, be available […]

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Review: PDM-60 Power Distribution Module

Feb 25, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re one of the many touring riders who can’t resist a good farkle or two, or 10, you may have reached the point where your bike’s battery is obscured by the spaghetti-like tangle of wires connected to it. While this setup may be somewhat functional, it’s neither ideal nor particularly safe. And if, heaven […]

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