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My electric motorcycle mea culpa

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After seven years as an electric bike owner, I went out and bought a second hand petrol machine. Then I remembered there are 26 times as many parts in the fuel system.

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The new Zero SR/F. Source: Zero Motorcycles
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Seven years, five months and four days ago, I became an electric motorcycle owner.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but you can get a good night’s sleep reading about my trials and tribulations elsewhere on these esteemed pages if you are keen.

Suffice to say, there have been some bumps in the road which, quite frankly, I’m ok with. I accept that I’m an early adopter and my latest bike (one traded up in 2015) now has almost 50,000km of almost trouble-free mileage on it.

In fairness, it’s not just electric motorcycle owners who suffer problems with support or reliability as this report spells out. Ironically for a slightly depressed electric motorcycle owner, the number one problem with petrol powered bikes was the electrical system, representing 24 per cent of repaired bikes.

But now, my personal mea culpa; I recently bought a petrol motorbike out of desperation because my Zero has been off the road for almost a year.

To read the full story on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated site, The Driven, click here…

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