Elec­tric Two-wheel­ers: How Fea­si­ble?

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This monTh we com­pare The new Ba­jaj pul­sar ns160 wiTh the honda cB hor­net 160. Th­ese two mo­tor­cy­cles are more or less iden­ti­cal in the amount of power and torque they de­liver, but dif­fer­ent in their char­ac­ter: while the pul­sar is on the sporty side, the hor­net is a typ­i­cal honda all-rounder. You can read the com­pre­hen­sive com­par­i­son in this is­sue.

The big news in the mo­toGp world was Valentino rossi break­ing his leg dur­ing train­ing on a dirt track. many peo­ple say that mo­toGp rid­ers should not ride off-road bikes dur­ing the sea­son and risk get­ting in­jured. i don’t think any­body is qual­i­fied enough to give ad­vice to a nine-time world cham­pion.

The hon­ourable transport min­is­ter says that he wants to push elec­tric two-wheel­ers. how­ever, since most of the elec­tric power plants are coal-fired, it means that you are only mov­ing the pol­lu­tion from the cities to where the power is gen­er­ated. in fact, there was a power short­age in ma­ha­rash­tra re­cently and the rea­son given for this was short­age of coal. most of the elec­tric scoot­ers in in­dia use chi­nese mo­tors and their per­for­mance and range are very lim­ited.

There was news that the eicher Group was bid­ding for Du­cati, but, ac­cord­ing to a Ger­man news agency, the labour union was not will­ing to give the go-ahead to the Vw Board to sell Du­cati. if eicher were to buy Du­cati, i am sure sid­dhartha lal would do a good job of tak­ing Du­cati for­ward. in­ci­den­tally, last year i had asked clau­dio Domeni­cali if they were work­ing on a V4 en­gine for their su­per­bike, to which he had replied in the neg­a­tive. how­ever, one year down the line they have launched a V4 en­gine to power the new pani­gale.

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