The Zero SR/F claims to get 161 miles city and 82 miles highway. I don't know how much you travel on a standard day, but that range would cover most people for day to day usage. It's when you decide to travel out of town that electric motorcycles start to fall apart.
That's where it falls apart for me.
My commute is almost exactly 60 miles round trip...The largest portion being on the interstate highways. So that's possibly doable except that it's not always straight there and back. I may have to take other trips during the day or while I'm at work. Detours too...I've had to make long detours from time to time due to conditions beyond anyone's control...landslides, accidents, construction, and once even sudden flooding. (That event resulted in hours and miles of trail and error trying to find safe and passable roads to get back home...in the rain at night, too. Fun times.
) I would have certainly been stranded.
And that doesn't include my love of long rides and touring. I can't arrange for a team of pickup trucks to follow me around with fresh batteries. Anyway, I'm a solo rider by nature. That sort of stuff would make my teeth itch.
But that's me
. Electrics may certainly may fill the bill for others. Good on them.
Let me state for the record that I have no, none, zero
, problems with electric vehicles of any kind. I'm sort of an eyes-full-of-wonder futurist myself. Always have been. I'm still pissed that we don't have the flying cars we were all promised when I was a kid.
When the technology catches up with the demands, (and the costs become reasonable) I'll be happily on board. Until then...it's still vroom vroom.
(And in my almost 65 years, I've also found that while everyone was waiting for the much-touted technology B to mature enough to replace the old-fashioned technology A, a new technology C often arises to make both obsolete. Remember all those people who spent a lot of money buying new houses wired for the upcoming cutting edge DSL lines? Just a short time before wireless?
Are we sure electrics are the future? Maybe. But I wouldn't put all
my money on it. History is fun to watch while it's happening.