Honda just released its lineup for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show in December. New models slated for production will be there along with concept models indicating what Honda has in mind for the future. One concept, the Honda RC-E, shown here, is an electric super sports motorcycle with a form factor the size of something in the 250cc class.
With all of the talk, development and manufacturer concepts like this one, sooner or later we're going to see electrics on the streets in numbers that will make them more than the curiosity they are now. A Brammo here, a Zero there and then a few Hondas, we'll get used to hearing the whirring and humming as they zip on by, but I wonder if we'll ever think of them in the same way as we do our gas powered bikes. Will we plan our rides like a pilot over water, always calculating the point of no return before we have to press on to the next recharge? Will the casual rides of today, knowing there's always a gas station somewhere ahead, be a thing of the past? I wonder.
Electricity isn't free and though standard outlets may already be plentiful, you'll need to find a friendly someone who will let you plug in, or a recharging station, and then you wait, perhaps for hours. Maybe bikes will have the ability to add some non rechargeable batteries, so you run into a hardware store to buy a few motorcycle Duracells or the like, to get you far enough down the road to where a real recharge is possible.
It seems that even as electric motorcycles become more capable, better looking and higher performing, there's still going to be some mental adjustment necessary. That's not necessarily bad, but considering how we've come to accept the convenience of our present vehicle technology, it's not something we can ignore, either, it's going to take some time.