Motorcycles represent many things to their owners, but often, the comments some of you leave on a wide variety of posts continually try to inject politics into what should be primarily a technical discussion. No one needs to be reminded that the country is divided, politics today has become more vicious and mean than at any time in my lifetime and I’ve been around for a little while. Political views translate into anger when anyone disagrees and things spiral off topic, but, motorcycles are not politics.
Electric motorcycles often trigger comments stating they’re necessary to save the planet or they’re unnecessary because the planet is doing just fine. The builders might be thinking along those lines, but suppose for a moment, some builders see the technology advancing to the point where they believe it might be practical and want to give it a try. Is it possible to look at electric motorcycles or any similar technology without immediately assessing the political motivations of the builders, supporters or critics? We can discuss whether they are practical without getting political.
Back in the early 1900s, there were electric cars, the Baker Electric and the Detroit Electric. Though sold for a number of years, no one was marching to “save the planet,” it was just one of several competing technologies trying to establish a foothold in the auto market, but both brands eventually died off. There was no conspiracy of “who killed the electric car,” it was killed by the internal combustion engine when electric technology was not yet sufficiently developed. The electrics came and went because people voted with their wallets and bought what they preferred and could afford. The owners of the companies may not have been pleased, but our economy and society moved on.
The Kneeslider could take a strong view on one side of the issue but what’s the point? It’s far better to have a discussion of the merits of electric motorcycles or any new or old technology without the fog of war caused by competing political views. Every new technology does not have to be measured against adherence to the principles of the left or right.
Motorcycles will not cause nor cure any global crisis. They can be an interesting testbed for new ideas and technology, however, by doing so they are not going to save the planet or, conversely, threaten our current way of life. The companies or individuals trying this technology may have many reasons for doing so, support them if you wish, it’s your choice.
A desire to ride a Harley Davidson or Honda, a Kawasaki or KTM, is a personal decision, you can choose for a thousand different reasons, it could be as simple as the exterior design, the color, the sound of the engine, a perception of what the company stands for, wins on the track, what your friends ride, the technology built in, the list is endless and every reason is fine.
Whatever your reason for choosing to ride or picking one particular brand or model, you made the right choice and so did your neighbor and the guy down the street. When a motorcycle company introduces a new model, it’s their view of what the market wants and whether they’re right or wrong will be answered in the showroom.
Anyone can enjoy motorcycles. Mastering the skills necessary to operate and ride one can be fun for young children or adults. Learning how to do simple maintenance builds confidence. Finding a solution to more complex technical problems is a challenging test expanding your knowledge of mechanical and electrical troubleshooting. Restoring an old bike brings a sense of accomplishment and becomes a source of pride. Riding with friends on a sunny weekend, getting away for an hour by yourself, or taking a trip with your significant other on the seat behind you, helps keep the world in perspective.
Passionate support of your view doesn’t require angry derision directed at everyone else, be positive! The web is filled with politics and negative people but that’s not what we’re about here. We’re about motorcycles and all of the related products and technologies you’re apt to run into, so relax, and when you’re not out riding, take a little time to see what’s new at The Kneeslider. We’re always happy to have you on board.