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Coninsan
18 April 2012, 0519
What can the rest of the world do that the japanese can't do 10x more extreme?

http://motorsportedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/zecOO-An-Electric-Maxi-Scooter-from-Japan-1920-x-1080-16.jpg

http://motorsportedition.com/zecoo-an-electric-maxi-scooter-from-japan-review/
http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/zecoo/#more-29863

Dual monosided swingarm front with hubcenter steering, mono swingarm rear with belt drive, modular bolt-together frame and a sci-fi design.. that's deffinetly something. :)

seanece
18 April 2012, 0538
"It's an ingenious solution to a problem that should never have existed in the first place!" - James May

But in all honesty, I really like the "outside the box" thinking. A lot of CNC'd/one-off parts on that bike that look magnificent.

gijoe460
18 April 2012, 0644
http://www.bikeexif.com/bimota-tesi-1d

These guys really made the hub design popular, as ugly as it is, it fixes all kinds of flex issues with the standard dual fork/triple tree setup.
Looks like this Japanese company took a lot of cues for the Bimota brand. If they got it right, i bet that thing is a dream to ride.

Weird that they call it as Scooter, its a motorcycle every way that i can see.

Richard230
18 April 2012, 0719
Well, it is different and somewhat innovative, but that chassis sure looks heavy and expensive. I give the designers and builders a lot of credit for dreaming up the chassis and deciding to make it an EV, but it sure looks like a on-off.

I just wish one or two of the big motorcycle manufacturers, such as Honda, would tackle a useful production electric motorcycle for the mass consumer market in order to advance the design and manufacturing of mass-produced batteries, electronics, motors and cooling systems. I haven't heard too much about the BMW e-scooter lately, either. :confused:

Coninsan
18 April 2012, 0747
Weird that they call it as Scooter, its a motorcycle every way that i can see.

Well, the term scooter has kinda fused with motorcycle.. Imagin lengthening the Vectrix to 2.5 meters and fitting it with a 400cc motor to haul that chunk around, that is what scooters have evolved to in Japan. Why there was such a need in the first place I do not know, but it seems kinda redundant when your average jap is 1.7 meters tall.

http://ekhatch.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/japanese-scooter-06.jpg

And owning one of these ships have even become more prestigeous than owning a car... :eek:

ETcelerate
18 April 2012, 1114
Guess my tastes run over-the-top. Not my dream bike, but I like the testo-tron-like styling vibe. Lots of cool pictures of the build here (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3DKota%2BNezu%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1440%26 bih%3D767%26prmd%3Dimvns&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ja&u=http://www.zecoomotor.com/&usg=ALkJrhigCkOmPCFiZWLIkCp2vRS93UJ1DQ).

http://i40.tinypic.com/34opv2r.jpg

Range extender? :confused:

http://i42.tinypic.com/1zj477.jpg

CliC
18 April 2012, 1957
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Range extender? :confused:
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Looks like a completely separate motor and small battery :)

I wonder what the riding position is like. The bars look close to the seat, so one assumes upright, but the styling of the bike implies leaned forward like a Honda Rune or something.

Overall, it looks heavy. Maybe just an illusion.

moparren
19 April 2012, 1021
I just can't stop thinking about what happens when you punch it and slip off the back of the seat...:O

ETcelerate
19 April 2012, 1240
moparren
I just can't stop thinking about what happens when you punch it and slip off the back of the seat...

With the ZecOO's back pole light configuration I'm guessing that move would give new meaning to the term "tail light". :o ZecOO, meet Vectrix. 3051

moparren
19 April 2012, 1311
I suppose the tail light would be better than the burn you would get if the light broke off.

ZoomSmith
19 April 2012, 1335
I just can't stop thinking about what happens when you punch it and slip off the back of the seat...

I just keep wondering why they have "udder" receptacles on the back of the tank. Maybe to qualify for a Dairy Industry grant?:confused:

ETcelerate
19 April 2012, 1403
I just keep wondering why they have "udder" receptacles on the back of the tank. Maybe to qualify for a Dairy Industry grant?:confused:

Yep, the gauge placement is "udderly" ridiculous. :p

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