Some of you may remember my previous blogs on Electric Bikes… The first one I wrote was 4 years ago and I had some not nice things to say about the electric bike market. I mean, who the hell cares, right?

Holy crap, times have changed in 4 years. Pure electric vehicles are coming out of the woodwork for consumers left and right these days. The Nissan Leaf. The Chevy Spark. The TESLA (insert dramatic theme music).

It IS a damned good looking car… Images credit: Tesla Motors
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Some of my opinions haven’t changed…much…
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Over the last few years, there’s been lots of talk about electric motorcycles and the TTXGP and “electric racing” and “way of the future,” et cetera…frankly, I’m not yet impressed.

With price tags being as high as $60,000 to buy one of your own, I simply do not see how this is the way of the future. At least, not yet. Even electric and hybrid cars are still not cost efficient. I’ve seen a few electric bikes up close and personal so far. I’ve chatted it up with a few designers, engineers, and riders of these electric bikes.

Most recently was this yellow thing that is to be raced in this years TTXGP. I’m not even sure what it’s called…but “thing” seems to fit the bill quite nicely.

Riding a motorcycle gives riders a sense of freedom on the open road. However, there are serious dangers involved in riding without a helmet.

A motorcycle does not provide the structural protection that a car does to keep drivers safe in the event of an accident.

Motorcyclists need to take extra precautions to protect their body. The most important place to start is by protecting the head.

 The head and brain is most vulnerable to injury in a motorcycle accident. Drivers and passengers wearing these badass motorcycle helmets increase their chance of survival significantly over non-helmet wearers.

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 1,699 lives were saved because individuals wore helmets. From 2008 to 2010, there were 14,283 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States, and 6,057 (42%) of those who died were not wearing helmets.

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