I recently posted about a motorcycle that is nearly 100 years old – the 1920 Indian Scout (pictured below). The post drew quite a bit of attention and got me thinking about how motorcycles might look in 100 years. I’m sure we’ve all seen prototypes of future bikes with sleek designs, smooth curves, and a sexy style. But can these bikes possibly win over the hearts of motorcycle fans?
1920 Indian Scout
Electric Motorcycles – Are They the Future?
It’s safe to assume that fuel usage will be more restricted in the future. Frankly, there is only a finite amount and then it’s gone for good! Electric bikes offer some clue as to the future, perhaps, but on the whole they have not been readily adopted. The question is, can manufacturers adapt and make the electric bike something that riders will enjoy?
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Many critics of the e-bikes complain about the lack of noise and vibration. As of now, these features have yet to be duplicated by electronic bikes, however, as more and more riders complain, we may find they feature synthetic noise, vibration, and riding experiences that make them feel more like a traditional bike.
Still to contend with, though, are the slow speeds and limited ranges. Electric bikes weigh far less than traditional bikes, but they require heavy batteries that, as yet, have limited speeds and distance. But reflect back on the cellular phone. The first phones came packed with a battery that had to be carried in a bag! Now, phones can be powered for hours and are smaller than ever. Certainly motorcycles will follow suit.
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Although we are motorcycle injury lawyers and not fortune tellers, most of these predictions are fairly common sense. What predictions do you have for the future of motorcycles? Do you think electric bikes are the future, or do you believe motorcycles may use some sort of fuel cell? Whatever the future may bring, we hope everyone will continue to ride safely!