Ramblin' Man: Electric motorcycles born to be mild on environment

By Garrison Wells Updated: December 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm • Published: December 20, 2013 | 7:55 pm 0

What travels 0 to 60 mph in a mere four seconds, has no emissions, is entirely electric and runs on two wheels?

If you guessed the Saietta R, you aren't just correct.

You're brilliant!

The Saietta, an electric commuting bike made in London by Agility Global, made its United States debut in Boulder, Colo. earlier this month.

It was, according to reviews, a head-turning look at the "next generation" of motorcycles for potential investors and buyers.

In 2014, word has it a quicker version of the Saietta will be on the U.S. market, with a range that will surpass its current 112 miles in the city.

Agility CEO Lawrence Marazzi introduced the bike in Boulder at Clean and Cool Mission 2013.

The trip included a video of him talking about the bike and riding in Colorado at http://vimeo.com/81056662.

Note: It's silent.

Electric motorcycles are making inroads, slowly, into American life.

In Los Angeles, for instance, Zero Motorcycles has managed to get the Los Angeles Police Department to test a couple of their Zero DS Police models.

It's made in Scotts Valley, Calif., but is rapidly gaining an international reputation and has made deals with other police departments.

The company expects to sell more than 2,000 bikes in 2014.

There's Brammo Inc. in Oregon, with its Enertia? and Empulse.

When these engines rev, it's a slick, high-pitched whine akin to the sound of a Formula One.

Harley guys in the U.S. aren't exactly the market for these bikes.

They're too quiet.

And being the next gen, they lack tradition.

But for commuters, dual bike enthusiasts and environmentally sensitive folks, they might be the ride of the future.

There's no lack of cool about these motorcycles.

These aren't mopeds. They aren't scooters.

They're for real.

Indeed, an electric motorcycle helped set the pace during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year.

Said one commenter about that: "Go electric. Electrons rule! Go with the flow, current-wise."

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