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    POSITIVELY CHARGED: 7 BEST ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES OF 2014

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    What? No Voltron Evo? :P

    We still can't buy Brammos in Australia. Or lightning, or ...

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    That is my complaint about that article. While all of the models chosen look like great bikes, only the Brammo Empulse is mass produced and available on a showroom floor for a customer to actually see and sit on before the purchase - or for that matter being sure that it will ever be manufactured and delivered. Then there is the little matter of a useful warranty and after-sales service. For this you need a distribution network, brick and mortar dealers and a company that will back them up. You could argue that Harley meets all of those requirements (and more) but they are just testing the waters and have made no commitment to manufacture or sell an electric motorcycle in the future. All of the other bikes are either hand-built to order by a small company or trial balloons by larger firms to gauge public reaction.
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    If they'd just made it best 10, they could have included Mission, Motoczysz, and...um...ZERO (fer chrissakes)

    It's one of those gear mags...they have other articles on watches, headphones, and things made out of wood. Just to put it in context.

    It's fun to see all those bikes. I didn't know about the Butalco.
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    The Butalco EV was announced a month or two ago and seemed to be another trial balloon. It looks like a well designed moto and could have a good future if it is actually produced and sold worldwide. I think the real issue for production electric motorcycles is the problem of acquiring enough money to set up mass production, which is needed to make the company profitable, and the cost and hassle of establishing and maintaining a dealer and distribution network. That is where Zero seems to be having difficulties. They are expanding their markets and dealerships too fast and it seems to be getting away from them. They have a lot of good engineers and well qualified managers, but are not putting enough money, effort and staff into supplying parts, supporting after-market sales and finding dealers that really want to sell and service their bikes.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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