Pros and Cons of Riding an Electric Motorcycle

electric motorcycle pros and cons

With EVs like Tesla rapidly gaining popularity, electric motorcycles are hopping on the bandwagon. Are electric bikes a viable option, and how do they compare to their gas-powered counterparts? Let’s look into the pros and cons of electric motorbikes.

Advantages of Electric Bikes

By now, it’s safe to assume electric bikes are more than a fad. Electric motorcycles offer several benefits to riders, including:

  • Excellent performance in select models: High-grade electric motorbike models have powerful motors and impressive pound-feet of torque numbers. Electric bikes like Energica Experia, Zero FX, and Lightning LS-218 leave many gas-powered motorcycles far behind in terms of speed and acceleration.
  • Reliable motors: Electric motors have fewer parts compared to internal combustion engines, so they break down less often.
  • Easier maintenance: Forget about oil changes or replacing spark plugs – electric engines require little maintenance over their lifespan and may endure up to 20 years.
  • A quiet, fume-free ride: Motorcyclists who ride electric bikes don’t have to deal with exhaust fumes or loud engine noises. However, the latter could be a drawback in some cases since your motorbike’s noise may make it easier for other motorists to notice you. And you might miss the roar of your engine as you head out on the road.
  • Environmental benefits: Since electric motorcycles don’t emit carbon dioxide, they are generally a more sustainable, environmentally friendly option.

Downsides of Electric Motorcycles

Despite the rapidly evolving technology, motorcycles that run on electric power still fall short of some bikers’ expectations. Riders who opt for electric motorcycles have to put up with these down-sides:

  • Long charging times: Fully charging an electric motorbike may take anywhere between half an hour to overnight, compared to just a few minutes of filling up a gas tank. This becomes a major drawback on the open road – and that’s before you consider that not all electric bikes are compatible with all charger types.
  • Reduced range: Compared to internal combustion engines, electric motorcycles have a significantly shorter range. Electricity still offers lower energy density than gas or diesel. On average, a single charge will keep an electric motorbike going for 40 to 100 miles, depending on battery size (although some models boast a significantly longer range), while a tank of gas will usually last for at least 150 miles.
  • An even shorter range in cold weather: Lower temperatures can decrease battery capacity, so your electric motorcycle’s range may drop further in the winter. 
  • Higher upfront costs: While an electric bike may ultimately save you money on fuel and maintenance, the initial purchase cost is generally higher compared to gas-powered bikes.

With the progress of electric motorbike technology, it is likely that the products will keep evolving so keep an eye on the advancements. 

Is an Electric Bike the Right Choice for You?

So are electric motorcycles the right option, with all the benefits and shortcomings of current technology? You may consider switching to an electric motorbike if:

  • You like the idea of quiet, smooth, environmentally friendly riding with no exhaust fumes.
  • You’re looking for a motorbike for shorter-range rides (e.g., inner-city commutes) rather than long open-road trips.
  • You prioritize hassle-free bike maintenance and long-term savings on fuel.

On the other hand, you may hold back from going electric if you’re a fan of epic backcountry motorcycle tours or live in an area without a strong EV charging infrastructure.

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