I attended the “Get Your Green On” event at the City Market in Kansas City, Missouri, last weekend. The ride in was a bit chilly — 55 degrees and foggy — but once the sun came out, temperatures soared into the 90s. And tempers flared among the ubiquitous Harley fans that passed by. (Note: Kansas City has a Harley Davidson assembly plant in addition to being the home state of Shovelhead).
“Where’s the vroom-vroom?”
“60 miles an hour? Shiiiii—”
“How are the cars supposed to hear you coming?”
I explained the best I could — it doesn’t need a “vroom-vroom.” It’s a commuter bike and doesn’t need to go faster than it does. And I don’t care (or depend on) whether the other cars hear me coming . . . I can hear THEM coming.
For the most part, however, people were:
amazed “Electric? An electric motorcycle? COOL!”
impressed “Looks like it’s a real motorcycle.”
interested in learning more “Check out brammo.com”
and eager to own one . . . almost “I want one of these . . . but not everyone is as rich as Obama” Huh?
I’m starting to recognize some familiar faces at these events. The Coulomb Charge Point pedestal I’m plugged into in the picture, above, is a demo unit from the local distributor, Lilypad EV. They are pretty cool — swipe your key fob or Charge Point Card, open the door, plug in, and then lock the door so that no one can unplug your bike. Soon, they’ll be everywhere. Depending, of course, on how you define “soon” and “everywhere.”