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Old 03-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by RideFreak View Post
The workmanship on that machine looks top notch. The welds are excellent, obviously quality focused rather than output. I can see why it's 14K, sort of like the Tesla of MCs. Similar approach, high tech, high quality, low production. At the cost I consider them more of an engineering exercise, a very nice one forsure

Thanks for the review, very interesting.

Till battery technology gets allot better I think the electric MCs will be destined to be used for urban offroading and commuting.

Someone needs to take the chinese approach to these, cheap off the shelf componets, use the bulk of the unit cost to fund the expensive batteries. Get it out to more riders at a reduced cost. IMO, affordabilty is what will turn the tide on electric vehicle use.
Yes, the general quality of the bike is excellent and I like the way it fits. The frame is pure motorcycle art, almost too pretty for a DS bike.

It is interesting to see that two American companies are leading the charge (sorry, could not resist that pun) to Electric Motorcycles. Zero, based in CA and Brammo, based in OR. KTM has a dirt bike in the works but it is not in production yet.

I wonder what will happen to the price when Honda or some other large companies with low cost high volume manufacturing capabilities jump into the mix?

I hope that Zero can stay competitive. I have always liked to ride American motorcycles and it is great to have one again that represents a combination of leading edge EV tech and skilled craftsmanship and engineering.

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