By Lawrence UlrichPosted 02.21.2012 at 5:36 pm 24 Comments
Since the days of $4 gas began, the single-cylinder motorcycles and scooters that dominate international megacities have become increasingly common on American streets. Engineers at Yamaha created the Y125 Moegi concept to capitalize on that trend. They based it on the company’s first motorcycle, the 1955 125-cc YA-1, but they also included some modern touches, in particular an ultralight frame and a new cylinder design that could help make the Moegi one of the lightest and most fuel-efficient motorcycles ever.
By Wes SilerPosted 07.30.2010 at 11:35 am 0 Comments
By winning June's 37.7-mile Isle of Man TT Zero—the electric-vehicle class of the world's toughest motorcycle race—and setting an average speed record of 96 mph, the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc officially became the fastest electric bike yet. Built by Portland, Oregon–based designer and engineer Michael Czysz, the E1pc has 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198. Czysz wants the E1pc to be a testbed for technologies, such as oil-cooled motors and swappable batteries, that could make it into electric cars. He says he's talking to several companies about licensing or co-developing technologies and that he's working on a joint-development project with the Indian auto giant Bajaj.
Electric motorcycle friendlier to rider and environment
By Matthew CokeleyPosted 08.07.2009 at 3:41 pm 2 Comments
Harley riders might have a hard time getting used to the first street-legal electric motorcycle to hit stores. It sounds more like a Prius than an exhaust-spewing hog—that is, silent. But the Brammo Enertia is meant for commuters, not Hell’s Angels. The same electronics that make it whisper-quiet also make it simpler for beginners to ride.
Let me introduce you to Flossie, the creepy motorcycle-driving robot. She will drive through scorching heat and freezing cold without a complaint. She will shift perfectly every time. She will haunt your dreams.
New motorcyclists are taught early not to out-drive their headlamps. Now, night riders (of the non-Hasselhoff variety) may soon owe Kawasaki a debt of gratitude for improving their safety after dark. The Japanese bike builder is reportedly fast-tracking new infrared night-vision technology to use on production motorcycles.
Advanced engine tech in Piaggio's new 140mpg three-wheeler can future-proof your commute
By Christopher MimsPosted 04.06.2009 at 10:31 am 7 Comments
Gas is cheap now, but everyone who remembers when it was $4 a gallon knows it won't be affordable forever - especially when world demand exceeds supply. (In 2007, the usually staid International Energy Agency predicted the world supply of oil could peak before the average consumer has ditched their current vehicle.) Meanwhile, the same economic crisis that sent oil futures into a tailspin has made belt-tightening more important than ever.
The MP3 500 hybrid is Piaggio's answer to all that.
Earlier this month, Japanese media reported Honda and Yamaha were each planning a line of electric motorcycles by 2010. The new bikes, which reports say can travel up to 60 miles on a charge, will use lithium-ion batteries for power. Now, word from Japan's Mainichi news service is Honda is also planning new gas-electric hybrid motorcycles.