O ‘Electric bikes are too heavy and expensive’
Zero TT winner sparks debate over the future of motorcycling
People ask if electric bikes are the future. They aren’t, not for a while anyway. I’d love to say yes with my Mugen hat on, but with my heart it’s a big no because we just don’t want them. It’s interesting and I love the technology, although I have no idea how it works.
I can’t understand how a motorbike can go that fast off a battery. Electric to me is like magic. How the f**k does that make a quarter of a tonne machine go like that? I understand petrol going in, fire, combustion, but electric bikes baffle me.
I would love everybody to experience what I’ve experienced on the Mugen, because it’s been amazing. It breaks my heart that I couldn’t ride it this year. I can ride the Norton, a Blade, whatever, whenever I want, but I might never get the chance to ride something like that again.
It’s a lovely thing to ride, painless. It absolutely feels like a motorbike. When I’m riding it at the TT I am completely on-point, concentrating really hard to squeeze everything I can out of it. Nobody ever sees it because they’re in the pub. I don’t think anybody realises just how good those bikes are.
It will filter down to road bikes and be a good thing eventually. Maybe we have to go to hybrid first so we can still have an engine. We live in a crazy world at the minute and we’re probably not too far off the government clamping down on bikes, they don’t want motorbikes do they?
The first telephone was a joke but you can fly to the moon on an iphone, so eventually I think electric bikes will get there. At the minute they are too heavy and expensive.
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