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For most beginners, riding a motorcycle can seem a difficult thing to do. Read on to learn how to ride a motorcycle and conquer your fear. The post How to Ride a Motorcycle Even If You’re Nervous appeared first on Biker Report.
You’ve thought about it for years. Maybe while cruising a mountain road or watching a movie.
“Man, owning a motorcycle would be so awesome.”
But the years go by and that itch remains. You see men and women, young and old, roaring by you on the highway with windswept hair and the confident look of freedom on their faces.
Despite what you may think, though, you can learn how to ride a motorcycle and look just as natural as all those other guys out there.
As a beginner, you’ve got a lot to learn. But keep reading and let this serve as the push you need to ease your fears and get you out on the open road.
And what does respect have to do with this? Respect means you need to acknowledge just how dangerous a motorcycle can be. You need to respect your bike as a piece of machinery that can take you 0-60 mph in less time than any car you’ve ever owned.
With a motorcycle, there are no airbags, no seat belts, no lane assists or stop warnings. It’s all you.
And the more you realize that a motorcycle deserves your utmost attention and respect, the safer you’ll be out there. Simply put: a motorcycle is the ultimate vehicle of personal responsibility.
As with any new skills or activity, being properly trained lays the foundation for you to grow into your new hobby the right way. Just like with growing a garden, the amount of prep work you do before you even plant a single seed will determine the success or failure of that crop.
When you learned to ride a bike as a kid, your mom or dad most likely walked beside you, affixed the training wheels, and waited until you developed the skills you needed to progress. Then one day, the training wheels came off and you were riding in a way you never had before.
With a motorcycle, the stakes are much higher. That’s why taking a course from an entity like the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is so crucial to your development as a rider.
These beginner classes teach everyone from the ground up so you’ll never feel out-classed or out of place. They even offer advanced courses so that you can continue to refine your skills as a rider well into your future.
The MSF is typically affiliated with your local state government and the completion of the course, in many states, will assign you a “Class M” designation on your driver’s license. This is a great low-risk option to learn your bike from top to bottom.
This is one of the mantras vocalized during your MSF beginner’s course and it will forever ring true. The more gear you wear every time you ride, the more you are protected from the consequences of an accident.
Heavy leathers, gloves and, of course, your helmet can mean the difference between a simple scary day to permanent disability or death.
There’s never an excuse because it only takes one moment to change your life forever.
So, now that you’re certified and have been “released into the wild,” it’s important to follow a checklist for motorcycle riding tips. As created by MSF, your “T-CLOCS” inspection will familiarize you with your bike and create a habitual starting point each time you decide to mount up.
Walking through these facets of your bike each time you ride will help you check for cracks, broken pieces, missing pieces, warning lights and interference so that you’re not blindsided by an issue mid-ride.
Your bike should feel like an extension of you. Just like with your car, you need to feel how the vehicle behaves and responds to your actions.
When learning your bike it’s vital that you get chummy with your clutch. Feel how it responds when moving from neutral to 1st. When you start to release the clutch you will feel your bike begin to “pull” you forward as more power is allocated to the gear.
Stalling here can be normal so there’s no need to panic. Simply move back into neutral and start over.
Moving on from 1st gear will need to happen soon. 1st gear isn’t designed with much headroom and should only be used for initial motion and low-speed maneuverability.
The gears that follow 1st will become easier and slightly more forgiving. At each speed interval, you simply squeeze the clutch and up-shift into the next gear as indicated on your instrument panel.
Downshifting works the same way. You should aspire to be as smooth and gradual as possible.
In many ways, braking is your lifeline. It allows you to avoid hazards and take the velocity out of potentially dangerous situations.
Slowing the speed of your bike is accomplished in a few different ways.
Your front brake holds more than 2/3 of your braking power. You will feel the strength of this brake as compared to the rear.
You should always get in the habit of using both brakes to steady you in a crash or panic situation. Your left foot should come off the bike first in order to use your rear brake while you attempt to stabilize yourself at a complete stop.
This might seem like a no-brainer but it’s exponentially more important on a motorcycle. 25% of motorcycle crashes involve a rider who was over the Blood Alcohol Level. Marijuana also affects judgment and response time.
Remember: cars are more forgiving. Bikes require full mental acuity. Don’t ride intoxicated, hungover or emotionally unstable.
The main thing to remember whenever you hit the open road is that no one is looking out for you except you. Drivers are increasingly distracted and it should be assumed they’re going to do something reckless or, at the very least, inconsiderate.
Your eyes should always look as far down the road as possible for potentially dangerous situations: bottlenecks, merging traffic, turns lanes, intersections, on and off ramps, construction, etc.
Don’t get confident too quickly. It’s easy to feel like I’ve got this when you start to feel more comfortable on your bike. The truth is, you haven’t encountered every scenario and the learning never stops.
You owe it to yourself and your potential passenger (when the times comes) to be sufficiently skilled on your motorcycle.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge on how to ride a motorcycle you can confidently mount up and rev your way to freedom. If you’re ready to ride, check out our beginner’s guide to buying a motorcycle.
Once you start riding, you’ll realize what other bikers know. It’s fun and studies suggest there are many benefits, both mental and physical, to riding a motorcycle.
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The number of households with at least one motorcycle has gone up — it’s now 8.02% of all U.S. households!
Now, that may seem like a small 1.08% increase from the 6.94% ownership back in 2014. But that still means there are now 1.5 million more homes owning a motorcycle. Even the number of female riders has increased – almost 20% of riders are women!
In total, Americans now own a whopping 13,158,100 registered motorcycles.
If you’re thinking of joining this crowd of bike owners, you need more than the best model your money can buy. You need to learn and follow motorcycle safety tips that’ll let you get the most out of your road trips. Most importantly, safe riding tactics that can keep you — and other people on the road — breathing.
Ready to ride safe and sound and get to your destination in one piece? Then let’s get this list of safety tips started!
Let’s face it. A lot of us want the biggest, baddest ride out there. But if it doesn’t feel right, or it feels too big or too heavy, it likely is, and it’s an accident waiting to happen.
That said, stick to a model that fits your body to a T, whether you’re buying your first bike or after taking a long break. That means it should let your feet rest completely flat on the ground as you’re seated. If you have to tiptoe, that’s a sign the bike is too big.
While still seated, check how easy it is to reach the handlebars and control. Doing so shouldn’t put a lot of strain on your arms and make the muscles in them feel too taut. We don’t need to tell you what can happen if the brakes are too far and you need to clutch them during an emergency.
As for which engine size, this depends on what your riding needs and goals are. But know that today’s engines are way faster than those manufactured a decade or two ago.
Let’s say you’re planning to commute with the bike most of the time. A model with an engine between 250- and 300-cc can already be a great starting point.
But if highway and long distance rides are on your list, you need something with twice or thrice the power. A bike equipped with a 500- to 750-cc engine would be enough to conquer those long stretches of roads.
Even if your state doesn’t mandate helmet use, don’t risk it. Helmets can lower your risk of dying in a motorcycle accident by up to 37%. They also have a 67% effectiveness rate in preventing brain injuries.
If someone will ride with you, be sure they wear a helmet too. In a crash, they’re more likely to get thrown farther, sustain more serious injuries, and die.
This is evident in the motorcycle fatalities back in 2010. 50% of motorcycle passengers who died were helmetless. For helmet-less operators, the rate was 41%.
The bottom line is, motorcycle road safety starts with donning your helmet. It can save your life, period.
We’re talking Norman Reedus in actual life, and not his TWD persona. If you haven’t seen his “Ride with Norman Reedus” show yet, now’s the best time to. You can learn a lot from it, especially the right — and safe way — to dress and gear up.
For starters, avoid taking your baby out for a ride wearing only jeans and a short-sleeved shirt. You can wear a T-shirt, but make sure you put on a reinforced jacket, or to look more awesome, a leather type one. Your pants should cover your entire lower body, all the way down the ankles.
Ditch your ankle socks, and instead, use longer ones, such as summer socks. Also, invest in high quality vented motorcycle boots for summer rides to keep your heels cool. Get touring boots with extra insulation for your winter road trips.
Your bike’s windscreen can only do so much, so be sure to wear goggles or use your helmet visor. Choose gloves that offer adequate water-proofing, ventilation, and abrasion resistance.
Your gear will act as a barrier from flying debris, wind chill, and yes, even insects and bird poop. They’ll also protect you from road rash, in case you slide out.
Check with the nearest Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) for available riding courses. If you’re new to riding, go for a course that starts with the basics and also teaches advanced techniques. You’ll learn emergency maneuvers that can help you evade disasters.
Complete these courses, and you may even qualify for discounted motorcycle insurance premiums!
Riding safely also means riding on tires with proper pressure and enough tread depth. If your tires have a tread depth below 2/32 of an inch, time to get them changed.
Make sure all your blinkers are working too, from the directional signals to the tail lights. Your horn should be honking loud enough for other motorists and passengers to hear. Also, check all your fluids, brakes, and chain or shaft before you roll out.
Two-thirds of multiple vehicle accidents involving motorcycles result from the other driver’s error. The error? They violate the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
The cause? Many of the violating drivers say they didn’t see the motorcycle.
That said, it’s best to assume that other motorists can’t see you, so do what you can to make yourself visible to them. Don’t ride within another vehicle’s blind spot and always turn your headlights on. Ready your signal lights well before you make the turn, and always check for turning vehicles.
The biting, cold wind on your face during winter rides is the least of your problems. If you’re going to tough it out and ride your bike in winter, make sure you get winter tires. These have increased traction, designed to have a better grip on that very cold and slippery snow.
Get all those moving parts lubed on a regular basis, particularly the chain drive and cables. You should also lubricate the fork surfaces, pivot points, and controls.
Doing so helps keep the moisture from turning into ice and causing binding. Binding can limit their movement, which can mean stuck brakes when you need them the most!
If there’s too much rain, heavy winds, or non-stop snow, better not risk it. Leave your precious bike at home and use an enclosed vehicle instead.
In case you really need to ride, let several minutes pass after the rain started. It’s right after the first wave of precipitation hitting the road that can be the deadliest time to ride. The rain can push oil residue up the road’s surface, making it slicker and more slippery.
Your tires are thinner than those on a standard vehicle, so they have less contact with the road’s surface. This surface contact drops, even more, when debris, like sand, pebbles, and leaves, are stuck on them. Drive fast with these on your tires, and you’re at a higher risk of sliding and spilling.
Road debris isn’t always avoidable, but slowing down is well within your control. It’s even more important to slow down when driving in the rain or on snowy conditions. Also, always keep a safe driving distance from the vehicle in front — a distance longer than the car ahead.
Use your bike’s antilock brakes — it can reduce fatal crash risks by 37%. After all, ABS still gives you enough steering control during panic stops. With more control, you can maneuver better and avoid skidding, slipping, and crashing.
Luckily, most modern bikes on the upper price tier already come with this technology. If you’re gearing towards a lower-priced model, you should still get ABS. It’ll cost you a few more hundred dollars, but your insurer may let you offset it with lower premiums.
Without airbags to cushion you in a crash, riding a motorcycle while drunk can be the last thing you’ll ever do. Even if your BAC level is only .05, this can already slow your response times. It also increases your risks for committing performance errors.
If you’ve had a couple of 12-ounce beers within an hour, your BAC is likely at 0.05 already. Stop downing those bottles and sober up in the next hour before you hop on your bike. Better yet, have someone else take you and your bike home.
Reduced lighting, which leads to impaired vision, makes riding at night a risky feat. Come night time, our body’s reaction time also slows down. Furthermore, our physical and mental fatigue worsens and deepens at the end of the day.
These are some of the reasons that back in 2009, 49% of traffic fatalities occurred in the evening.
If you can’t avoid night riding, be sure to operate your bike with all the proper lights on. Wear motorcycle gear that has reflective fabric, or at least night-visible piping. Get your bike some reflective tape too, as this makes you easier to spot in the dark.
Remember, motorcycle accidents claimed about 14 lives every day in 2017. You don’t want to be part of the statistics, so make sure you keep these motorcycle safety tips in mind. Plus, safe riding means you can enjoy and make the most out of your open air trips.
Need more riding advice for beginners or a refresher on motorcycle riding tips? Then be sure to check out our ultimate guide on motorcycle etiquette!
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Research reveals new potential mental and physical benefits from riding a motorcycle. Anyone who’s been riding for a while already knew this. Now, science is here to back it up. The research was performed by UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. It was funded by Harley-Davidson. Other studies have shown that riding a […] The post Riding a Motorcycle Has Mental and Physical Benefits, New Research Shows appeared first on Biker...
Research reveals new potential mental and physical benefits from riding a motorcycle. Anyone who’s been riding for a while already knew this. Now, science is here to back it up.
The research was performed by UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. It was funded by Harley-Davidson.
Other studies have shown that riding a motorcycle can help reduce stress. This new UCLA study builds on that evidence. They found several key benefits from riding:
The researchers said they knew “anecdotal reports have suggested that riding a motorcycle may have beneficial effects on riders’ brains and physiological states.” How could they prove that it was true?
They used a mobile EEG to track the electrical activity of 77 motorcycle riders’ brains. They also had measured the motorcyclists while driving a Lexus NX200 and while resting. Additionally, they took urine and saliva samples after each test.
Dr. Don Vaughn was the lead neuroscientist on the research team. He said previously measuring the impact of motorcycling on the brain didn’t exist. Vaughn added, “[t]he brain is an amazingly complex organ and it’s fascinating to rigorously investigate the physical and mental effects riders report.”
The study found that “riding significantly decreased levels of cortisol by 28%.” This decrease in cortisol, according to researchers, indicates the riders experienced a decrease in stress.
There’s no mention if this applies if you’re stuck in traffic or on a flying motorcycle. We’d recommend sticking to a wide open road if you want to ensure a decrease in stress.
The study also found increased levels of catecholamines like epinephrine (adrenaline). Riding a motorcycle increased these levels by 27% versus resting. Driving a car did not have a similar effect.
Similarly, riding increased participants heart rates by 11%. Driving only produced a 7% increase. The researchers say, “the observed increase in catecholamines and heart rate suggest that riding, but not driving, increases arousal of the sympathetic nervous system.” They add the level of increase is similar to that of “light exercise.”
The EEG results found that riding heightened the participants sensory processing ability. They found that this occurs via two mechanisms. The first is “strengthening focus.” The second being a heightened ability by the brain to passively perceive “charges in the sensory environment.”
Finally, the EEG results found an increase in alertness “similar to the effects of caffeine.” The researchers say it is similar to a single cup of coffee. According to the USDA that is about 95 mg of caffeine.
Riding may help you reduce stress, increase your focus, and give you an adrenaline buzz.
If you were thinking about selling your motorcycle, you might want to think again. This study gives you scientific evidence to go for another ride.
It might just be time to prepare yourself for a long distance ride. The test participants rode for only 22 minutes, but hopefully the longer the ride, the bigger the benefits!
Do you agree with the study? Or have a story about the benefits you’ve seen from riding? Let us know your thoughts or experiences in the comments.
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The motorcycle industry is changing, and Ride with Norman Reedus is proving just that. The motorcycle tourism industry is worth over $85 billion. Reedus has successfully created a show that embraces what it’s really like to travel and ride. Viewers get to see him get dirty, hang out with friends, and visit hole-in-the-wall spots. The refreshing […] The post Our Favorite Moments from ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’ appeared first on Biker...
The motorcycle industry is changing, and Ride with Norman Reedus is proving just that. The motorcycle tourism industry is worth over $85 billion.
Reedus has successfully created a show that embraces what it’s really like to travel and ride. Viewers get to see him get dirty, hang out with friends, and visit hole-in-the-wall spots.
The refreshing and realistic approach has us addicted. For those who haven’t seen the show, we’ve listed our favorite highlights from all three seasons to help everyone get caught up.
Born in Hollywood, FL Reedus began his career as a model and made his film debut in 1997. He is best known for his character of Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead.
Fans may also recognize him from the cult classic The Boondock Saints as Murphy MacManus. He also appeared in Blade II, American Gangster, and Deuces Wild.
In 2016 he combined his passion for motorcycles with his Hollywood career to create the show Ride with Norman Reedus. The show follows the star as he explores local biker culture and celebrates motorcycle enthusiasts.
Long before he was landing Hollywood roles, Norman developed a love of motorcycles. In his twenties, his passion grew as he appreciated the solitude and quiet that riding afforded him.
Even today with his busy career he treasures those times when he can get out on the road and away from the noise. He’s been known to say that he does his best thinking while wearing a helmet. That it gives him an opportunity to be alone with his thoughts.
He saved up, and his first bike was a Buell X1 Lightning. It appealed to him for it’s more “Harley” feel.
But he’s owned other motorcycle brands too. Today his collection includes a
The show currently airs on AMC on Sundays at midnight. But the show is also viewable on Amazon Prime, AMC’s website, DirecTV, or YouTube.
The first season aired in 2016 and had six episodes. The season featured a mix of famous faces, friends of Norman, and a custom bike builder.
This season has more of a gearhead feel to it. Throughout the episodes, they focus on the bikes, who made them, and the parts that went into them.
The show starts strong with one of the best rides in the United States. Viewers get to join Reedus with one of his good friends and jewelry designer, Imogen Lehtonen.
Can we just say Reedus has the perfect voiceover voice? It’s soothing and low key, making him enjoyable to listen to throughout the episodes.
We love this episode because it takes cameras along on one of the best rides in America. The Pacific Coast Highway starts in LA and stretches 400 miles ending in Santa Cruz. Scenery includes cliffs, beaches, and forests as they ride along the highway with Reedus.
Viewers also get to see how the electric bikes of the future work as Reedus checks out the new Zero bike.
For those that ride, they know Tail of the Dragon, one of the best rides in the world for motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains and a “must do” as a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Nothing is more humbling than standing at the top of a mountain looking out over the valley. While some may not be familiar with his guest, Jason Paul Michaels, they’ll be drooling over the ride.
The season finishes out strong with one of the most famous motorcycle riders out there, Peter Fonda. For those who haven’t seen Easy Rider, they are missing out on one of the most iconic motorcycle movies.
Fonda and Reedus take an epic ride through the Everglades, stopping off in Miami, and then finishing with the Seven Mile Bridge and Key West. These happen to be Fonda’s old stomping grounds.
The two embrace Florida culture by eating gator, trying hogfish, and learning how to roll cigars. The Florida Keys are known as one of the places with the best weather for riderswith a high number of sunny days each year.
The second season aired in 2017 and also had six episodes. This season featured the familiar faces of Mario Batali and Dave Chappelle. Norman’s son also makes an appearance in an episode.
Season two embraced the fan enthusiasm and growing popularity of the show.
Season two takes us to Spain and Reedus’ old stomping ground in Sitges. Viewers get to watch the pair on a Triumph Tiger XCx and a Brixton BX 125 as they make their way across the Spanish countryside.
We love that the show embraces all motorcycle lovers by meeting up with Alicia Sonosa. She was the first Spanish woman to ride a motorcycle around the world.
In this episode, viewers spend more time laughing than focusing on the road. But this isn’t all about superficial laughs. The pair take a moment to go oystering and visit the first school for freed slaves.
At the end of the episode, viewers get to see what Chappelle does best. Motorcycles and a comedy show, what could be better?
How about Reedus and famed chef Mario Batali taking on the streets of New York City? Now don’t judge too quickly; this episode is more about the culture than the scenic ride.
Viewers get to watch the pair eat a pizza flight. Then follow Reedus as he gets a weird leaf beating spa treatment and buy a suit.
Season three started in February of 2019 and has five episodes. Season three steps up the game with the likes of Andrew Lincoln, Les Claypool, and Marilyn Manson.
This is the season where everything really comes together. All caution is thrown to the wind as the motorcycles, food, and culture are fully embraced.
Finally a combination of all things awesome! Reedus’ costars from the walking Dead make appearances throughout the third season. Starting off we get the pleasure of watching Reedus and Lincoln cruise around London.
It’s a little bit of motorcycle cruise and a little bit of a history lesson.
We didn’t know that legendary musician from the band Jethro Tull is Andrew Lincoln’s father in law? We loved the down-home family aspect of watching the group ride around the muddy farm.
Then viewers get to watch these rough and tumble guys sit down in Anderson’s beautiful English country home and sip tea.
A lot of the episodes feature celebrities, but not this one. This episode is about the die-hard real-deal riders. Beard is the first woman to ride around the world.
To make this enormous feat even more impressive, she did it in 1982 when cell phones weren’t a thing. That’s 35,000 miles of riding!
What’s so inspiring about her story is that at that time, motorcycle culture wasn’t supportive of women. In fact, many publications told her to stay home. Thankfully women are more embraced by the motorcycle industry today.
She ignored them and went on to accomplish her goal. Take a lesson from her story and don’t let anyone put a damper on plans for an epic motorcycle journey.
How about seeing legendary rocker Marilyn Manson ride around in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle ridden by Norman Reedus? It sounds a bit comical, right?
We love that viewers get to see a different side of Manson, one that is more real than his stage persona. The pair cruise through Nashville eating at a legendary fried chicken spot and make friends with the locals.
The Boondock Saints boys are back together! This episode hasn’t aired yet, and we can barely contain our excitement!
The pair will ride through the Lonestar state and visit tattoo artist Oliver Peck. Peck is legendary in the tattoo industry for his old school-style tattoos. He is recognizable from his time on the show Ink Master.
This is not one of those perfectly manicured motorcycle shows with a host that has their hair and makeup coifed before filming. Ride with Norman Reedus keeps it real and as true motorcycle enthusiasts, we can appreciate the authenticity.
For those that love to ride or just dream of riding, this show lets viewers live vicariously through Reedus and his friends. Some episodes show epic scenery, others teach something, and others show some cool spots to check out.
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Erik Buell is well known for his former company, Buell Motorcycle Company. Buell has now created a new motorcycle company called Fuell. The new electric motorcycle company appears to be a play on the Buell name. According to Fuell’s website, they’ll be “creating emotion and freedom through innovation.” They plan to create urban-friendly motorcycles. The […] The post Erik Buell is Back with Fuell, an Electric Motorcycle Company appeared first on Biker...
Erik Buell is well known for his former company, Buell Motorcycle Company. Buell has now created a new motorcycle company called Fuell. The new electric motorcycle company appears to be a play on the Buell name.
According to Fuell’s website, they’ll be “creating emotion and freedom through innovation.” They plan to create urban-friendly motorcycles. The bikes will, according to them, “[bring] back the pleasure of city riding.”
Erik Buell created Buell Motorcycle Company in 1983. As a motorcycle racer, Buell started the company to create racing motorcycles. Buell Motorcycle Company was later acquired by Buell’s former employer and motorcycle powerhouse brand, Harley-Davidson. In 2009, Harley-Davidson shut down the Buell brand.
Following the shutdown, Buell created a new company. He formed Erik Buell Racing (EBR). Going back to his roots, the name company focused on racing motorcycles. That company had mixed success, and according to MCN, eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2015. EBR was acquired in a liquidation auction. The new owner, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, says he’ll “keep it boutique and high performance driven.”
Buell, the CTO of Fuell, will be joined by two new partners. First is Frédéric Vasseur, a French engineer. He is an award winning racing team manager. Vasseur is the CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG.
The other partner, Francois-Xavier Terny, will serve as CEO of Fuell. According to Bloomberg, Terny is CEO at Vanguard Moto, Inc. and a partner at his own consulting firm, Masaï.
Buell, Vasseur, and Terry describe Fuell’s vision as “[putting] freedom and emotion back into urban travel.” They want to offer rider “something different, innovative, upgradeable and attractive.”
Fuell plans to start by offering two motorcycles. Both models are electric and aspire to increase “urban mobility.” They hope to increase accessibility to their bikes by keeping prices competitive. Fuell plans to also keep upgradeability, security, and connectivity in mind.
The first model available from Fuell is the Flow. It will be an electric bike with two versions. The first is 11kW. That is the equivalent of a 125cc gasoline engine. The other is a more powerful 35kW that will require a traditional motorcycle license. The Flow starts at $10,995 and will be available in early 2021.
The second model is more of a traditional electric bicycle. This model features 1kW of power that can deliver a 125-mile range. The Fluid starts at $3,295 and will be available later this year.
This model also has two versions. One version has a top speed of 20mph, and the other tops out at 28mph. Depending on your state’s helmet law, the faster version may require a helmet and/or insurance.
Fuell’s offering joins a number of other 2019 entrants to the electric motorcycle market. Their offerings are cheaper than most. They also are helped by having motorcycling veterans as founding partners.
The reception for the motorcycle has been generally positive so far. Motorcyclist reported, “Fuell has a well-functioning, enthusiastic, and experienced team. It’s a good foot to start on.”
The Fuell announcement also comes shortly after the debut of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. As Forbes said, Buell “strangely seems to shadow Harley once again.”
What do you think of the new offerings from Erik Buell’s new electric motorcycle company? Does Buell have any added power thanks to his previous motorcycle companies? Does Fuell have a chance to make a splash into the electric motorcycle niche? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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It seems every week someone is announcing news about an electric motorcycle. A year or two ago, electric motorcycles were virtually unheard of. They were about as common as flying motorcycles. Now, tons of companies are releasing their offerings. Most electric motorcycles are coming from new companies. But some old-school players, like Harley-Davidson, are also […] The post Top 5 Electric Motorcycle Announcements of 2019 appeared first on Biker...
It seems every week someone is announcing news about an electric motorcycle. A year or two ago, electric motorcycles were virtually unheard of. They were about as common as flying motorcycles.
Now, tons of companies are releasing their offerings. Most electric motorcycles are coming from new companies. But some old-school players, like Harley-Davidson, are also getting into the market. Let’s recap the offerings that have been announced or updated in the first quarter of 2019.
Rumbles about this electric bike started in 2014. Harley-Davidson unveiled the concept to the media. They also made public test rides available in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2018, they announced the LiveWire was going into production. Then, in Las Vegas at CES, the all-electric motorcycle made its debut.
You are already able to pre-order the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. Its price starts at $29,799. According to Harley-Davidson’s page about the bike, pre-ordered motorcycles will be delivered in August of 2019.
Unlikely previous Harley-Davidson bikes, the electric motor provides instantaneous power. The LiveWire will go 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. But it might not be traditional Harley riders buying this bike. CNET described the bike as an “electric Hail Mary” to attract younger riders.
It is powered by a high-voltage battery with lithium-ion cells. The range will be 140 miles in the city or 88 miles of combined city and highway driving. The battery can be charged overnight using a standard household outlet. A Level 3 (DC Fast Charge) charging station will charge the bike to 80% in 40 minutes or 100% in an hour.
Lightning Motorcycles started in 2009 as a Silicon Valley startup. Lightning Motorcycles revealed their first electric motorcycle available for sale. They launched the Lightning Strike in late March of 2019.
The Strike will come in three model options. First is the Strike Standard for $12,998. Next up is the Strike Mid Range at $16,998. The top tier option is the Strike Carbon Edition at $19,998.
The Strike Standard and Mid Range both have less power at 90 hp. They also don’t support Level 3 charging. The Mid Range will have 50% more battery capacity than the Standard. The Standard provides 70-100 miles of ride time. The added battery power on the Mid Range brings it up to 105-150 miles.
The Strike Carbon Edition features an added performance package. It’s also constructed from a carbon fiber body. It adds 30 more hp and brings the top speed from 135 mph to 150 mph. This version offers twice the battery capacity of the Standard. It also adds support for Level 3 charging stations. They will charge the bike to 100% in 35 minutes for a range of 150-200 miles.
You can already make a reservation to purchase the motorcycle on their site. The bike starts at $12,998. A reservation requires a refundable deposit of $500 or $10,000. The more expensive reservation ensures you get one of the first produced. It also comes with all the available options.
Electrek reported a generally positive reception about the Lightning Strike. However, they added that the Strike is “a major step forward in the electric motorcycle industry, but not the paradigm shift that some had anticipated.”
It’s certainly a lot cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
Zero Motorcycles has been in the motorcycle business since 2006. They’ve been releasing production electric motorcycles since the early 2010s. They’ve been met with mixed results and reviews. They’ve received some bad press about recalls, quality issues, and lawsuits.
But according to many, their motorcycles have improved substantially over the years. Earlier this year, they announced their newest model, the Zero SR/F. Zero Motorcycles said in their press release that the bike “sets a new standard for premium electric performance.” And it does include a lot more than their previous motorcycles.
The Zero SR/F boasts 110 horsepower, a 124 mph top speed, and a 200-mile range (with an added Power Tank option). Without the Power Tank, the bike will have a range of 161 miles. The bike can charge to 95% in one hour using Level 2 charging.
The standard version of the motorcycle will start at $18,995. A premium version with added accessories is also available starting at $20,995. That price puts it slightly higher than the Lightning Strike, but still far cheaper than Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire.
If that wasn’t enough, a big motorcycle player from the past is also starting a new brand. In early March, MCN announced that Erik Buell, of Buell Motorcycles, is starting a new electric motorcycle brand. The brand is Fuell.
Buell formerly started the motorcycle brand of the same name to create racing motorcycles. Buell Motorcycles was eventually acquired by Harley-Davidson. Buell continued to design the Buell motorcycles. Harley-Davidson discontinued the Buell brand in 2009.
The motorcycle Buell will be releasing is the Fuell Flow-1. According to Autoblog, the bike will start around at $10.995. They also say additional information will be available on their website in mid-April of this year.
If the Fuell Flow does indeed remain near that price point, it could be very competitive. It’d be cheaper than all of the offerings from Harley-Davidson, Lightning, Strike, and Zero.
If that wasn’t enough, there is yet another new entrant to the market. Fly Free was founded in 2016. Their goal was to produce a “visually appealing electric motorcycle based on the scrambler models.” They raised over $42,000 on Indiegogo for three different electric motorcycles.
There are vintage looking bikes they’re offering: the Smart Desert, the Smart Old, and the Smart Classic. The bikes will have a top speed of 50 mph, 50-mile range, and a 5 hour charge time. Indiegogo backers pre-ordered their motorcycles for as little as $4,159. The retail prices will start at $6,399.
The Fly Free Smart line of electric bikes are substantially cheaper than others in the news recently. They also offer far less in terms of range, speed, and charging capabilities.
These motorcycles are likely going to targeting a slightly different market. As Electrek reported, “[t]hese aren’t going to be highway-capable rides.” That doesn’t mean it’s not a great option for someone looking to get started with an electric motorcycle.
Lots of small and new companies are trying to make a splash with electric motorcycles. Will any of them really take off? Will they take market share from traditional motorcycle brands? Or will they carve out their own niche?
All of those questions are big unknowns right now. Some big players, like Harley-Davidson, are also jumping into the arena. Kawasaki might be working on something, according to Visordown. But others like BMW, Honda, and Yamaha have yet to release anything concrete.
Do you think electric motorcycles have a future? Is it in 2019? Will they replace existing motorcycles or become a new market? Would you ride one? Let us know your thoughts or opinions in the comments.
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