Living Electric: A Series on Living with Electric Motorcycles

02/22/2012 @ 12:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS

I wanted to give our readers a heads-up that we have been working on a new article series that will feature electric motorcycles. A space has been maturing at a rapid pace, we have already seen several manufacturers come out with electric motorcycles available for consumers, with several more companies coming closer to market as well.

While early-adopters have been touting the benefits of electrics for some time now, the infancy of this market has many riders remaining on the fence about the gas vs. electric debate. While we here at Asphalt & Rubber believe the future of motorcycling is through electric motorcycles, we wanted to take an in-depth look at this budding sector, and ground some of the debate that has been going on in the industry with some actual experience.

A practical hands-on approach to living with electric motorcycles in a gasoline world, we will be making regular entries to this series over the coming weeks and months as we swing our legs over the various electric motorcycles available for the street and track.

Already the first publication to ride the BRD RedShift SM prototype, A&R has been spending time lately with a 2012 Zero S ZF9 (it really brings the room together). Stay tuned for a review on Zero Motorcycles’ latest street bike, as well as more of our musings about electric motorcycles and the future of internal combustion.

Photos: © 2011 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • Keith

    this could be interesting.

  • ttxgpfan (@ttxgpfan)

    How did you get it to your place? Alternate route, or did you stop for a charge on the way?

  • MikeD
  • MikeD

    It looks pretty Modern and Contemporary…and im not talking about the bike…but she looks good too.

  • Marc F

    Whoa, whoa, whoa… is that really your apartment?

  • Jensen Beeler

    It’s a corner of it Marc. You should come out to the hood sometime.

  • Eric

    Wow, great pad! I’m REALLY looking forward to this series – keep up the good work. We really need a balanced, real-world assessment of what it’s like to live with an electric motorcycle on a day-to-day basis. I’ve been following the developments at BRD, Zero, Brammo, etc., and look forward to getting more information before taking the plunge.

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  • webby

    Sigh! The e-crap again.

    Call when, if ever, these contraptions are more than decorations.

  • wreckah

    there’s oil stains from your ducati, jensen :D

    other that that, you did a nice job cleaning the place :)

  • Tony


    When your life looks like an Ikea showroom it’s time to change.
    Please stick to real bikes, riding and racing. Not the pursuit of “fashion” motorcycles and trendy lifestyles.
    Besides, when you stare at your bike it should be from the pits or through the window at the pub, not in the bedroom. ’nuff said.

  • Damo

    @Jensen Beeler

    More importantly: Is that a copy of Settlers of Catan I spy on your book shelf?

    Oh you closet dork! (P.S. I love Catan)

  • Richard Gozinya

    While the e-bike thing is certainly very cool, I just hope the looks improve someday, pretty much all the ones that are actually sold to consumers look like dirt bikes, even when they’re not. Will be nice when some of the custom builders who’ve expressed an interest in them, like Richard Pollack and Roland Sands, get their hands on them. Just seems to me that right now they’re built by people who are more focused on the technology, than with motorcycle design.

  • Spiffster

    Different people have different tastes, wants, and needs. Who would have thought!? Dont like something, move on… no need to drop a steaming pile of pointless, negative comment in your wake before you leave. Anyway, nice pad, nice bike…

  • Dr. Gellar

    Well said Spiffster. Haters get lost…

  • Ryan

    Jensen, I have a feeling that your enthusiasm and open-mindedness will give you the opportunity to be influential in the developing electric bike market. When this happens, could you please do me a favor and drop some hints to the manufacturers that an electric cafe racer would be amazing? It would be “scene” enough for hipsters in the city and stylish enough for traditional ICE bikers. It would also be a good medium between the dirtbike style and the full on rocket. Thanks!
    PS. your pad is sweet.

  • Jensen Beeler

    Damo, yes that’s Settlers of Catan. Trust me, there is nothing covert about my dorkiness.

  • Damo


    Right on. I just got the 6 player expansion myself.

    Back to task. I am nothing but excited about the electric bike market. I have yet to actually “speak” with anyone who has done and extended test with one, so I am eager to see the results of a long term test are like and how it is to “live” with the bike.

    As and aside, has anyone on here used an E-bike in a colder climate? Being a New England resident I am curious how it would perform.

  • Dr. Gellar

    I’m with Ryan, I’d really love to see someone come out with a cafe racer e-bike. I’m thinking something similar to the Hammarhead Volta, but much more like the Continental GT prototype Royal Enfield showed in India recently. Keep the battery pack nice and clean and have it look like it belongs with the rest of the bike, and I believe you’d have a winner.

  • DWolvin

    So very cool! I’m dying to try one of these for my commute (52 miles, 90% freeway), but suspect I’ll either need to fair it like Vetter, or wait for them to get some decent sftermarket. I can dream, right?

    And; anyone who doesn’t get electric has never ridden one. They are that fun.

  • Dr. Gellar

    Another cool idea I think for an e-cafe racer would be something like RSD’s KTM cafe racer that was coverted from a KTM dirt bike. I like that look too.

  • Ryan

    Same electric motorcycle, in a totally different type of pad, this bike fits into all kinds of lifestyles.

  • Ken


    Looking forward to reading your articles. I’m just curious how you got your hands on one so quickly? And with the windshield? Who do you know at the factory that I can talk to ;-)

  • Shelina93

    Tony, with all due respect, you are crazy. Bikes should go from my pits to my livingroom so I can see them from my bedroom whenever I want… a bike is one of the hottest things you can stare at from your bedroom.

    As for the looks of electric bikes, they are coming along guys. Brammo seems to get it and CRP has a killer sporty looking eBike. is this a sexy enough electric bike for ya?