This is the Roehr eSuperbike. It makes a claimed 96 horsepower and 210 foot-pounds of torque. It also doesn't exist yet, although Roehr says it will by the middle of this year.
It seems like everyone's talking about electric motorcycles, but few people are talking about the big problem with them, which is long recharge times. No one wants a bike they can ride for 100 miles and then have to park and plug in for the next 12 hours.
I think I've figured out how to get around this. I doubt I'm the only one who has, but if it turns out I'm some sort of visionary, remember you read it here first.
First, talk all the electric motorcycle manufacturers into adopting a standard battery, so the battery in a Roehr will fit in a Brammo and whatever new electric bike comes along, the way a 9-volt battery fits about a jillion things. Make the batteries small enough to be easily removable without taking the entire motorcycle part.
Next, get some major gas-station chain like Shell or BP to carry charged batteries for electric bikes along with gas and oil and junk food. You pull up on your electric bike, and instead of filling it with gas, you (or the attendant) remove the depleted batteries, put them on a charger, plug in a fresh set, and off you go. The station keeps enough hot batteries on hand that they're unlikely to run out before the depleted ones are recharged.
That's pretty much the entire plan. There aren't many places in the U.S. where gas stations are more than 100 miles apart, so an electric motorcycle with a range of 150 miles could always make it to the next battery station. You could ride all day and never run out of juice.
You'd still have the long tailpipe problem (the pollution that doesn't come from your e-bike's engine comes instead from the powerplant that generates the electricity to charge its batteries) but maybe a wider acceptance of electric vehicles as a practical alternative to internal combustion would spark (sorry) interest in generating more electricity from solar and wind power. Or maybe the utility companies would just build more nuclear and coal-fired power plants. I never claimed it was a perfect plan.
Anyway, there it is, my idea to help save the planet and make electric motorcycles more than a curiosity. The Nobel committee can contact me any time at Tread Life's email address. Sooner would be better than later; I could really use the cash prize that goes with the nice medal.