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Running on Fumes

Earth 2100 - Motorcycle Future

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Last night some of you out there, like me, may have been watching ABC’s two-hour environmental special Earth 2100. If you missed it, here’s the recap: Docu/drama featuring fictional story-line of girl born in 2009 and how civilization unravels by the year 2100 due to environmental catastrophes… Interspersed with the apocalyptic story are scientists/futurists imparting all the doomsday scenarios. The final 15 minutes were more positive, how the possible world-wide collapse can be averted – think of it as an environmental Scrooge/A Christmas Carol.

Now, without indulging in personal viewpoints or how effective the show was, I’ll just admit up front that I dig futurist scenarios – the notion of looking forward and imagining what the world will be. Probably my favorite are the dystopian novels, like I Am Legend, Children of Men¸ Cormac McCarthy's The Road… But I’m an optimist too and watching last night got me wondering:
Mission Motors  based out of San Francisco  California  the Mission in its name comes from the Mission Street offices   has generated perhaps the biggest hype heading into the TTXGP.
The Mission One is just one of many electric motorcycle start-ups looking to make its mark at the Isle of Man TTXGP.

What will motorcycles be like in 2100?

Certainly people will still need transportation options in the distant future – but what will that transportation look like? Will there even be machines that we would recognize as motorcycles in the year 2100? Two-wheelers utilizing internal combustion are scarcely more than a century old – what will another 91 years of innovation yield?

The fun part is trying to imagine answers to those numerous question marks. One probable scenario is the rise of electric powerplants replacing internal combustion. For all its visceral appeal, internal combustion is grossly inefficient, producing heat first and rotary power second. Electric motors are much more efficient...

But this is all old news. We don’t need to imagine electric-powered motorcycles – they exist in the here and now. Motorcycle USA test rode the Brammo Enertia earlier this year, and Brammo is just one of many electric companies set to compete in the inaugural TTXGP at the 2009 Isle of Man TT. And while writing this, I see in my email that the AMA is introducing its own electric road-racing event – the eGrandPrix, a zero-emissions race featuring many of the machines showcased at the TTXGP.

Make sure to check out the races and read the electric race results right here at MotorcycleUSA.com.
Post Tags: future motorcycles, electric motorcycles
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Comments
Steve -RE: Where will motorcycle be in 2100? June 4, 2009 09:56 AM
That's the same thing people have been saying since the 1950's.
Tim B -Just Say No June 4, 2009 09:31 AM
I am so against electric vehicles that it's not even funny, especially when those vehicles are made for fun. Current eletric technology for cars is boring. Plus, electric is not all that it's cracked up to be. It's surely not the solution to the problem of using less non-renewable resources and causing less environmental damage! As long as powerplants run off of coal this will be true. And nuclear plants create waste that "never" goes away. Oh and we will always travel on the ground. If we ever see personalized flying vehicles there will still be ground traffic.
Darren -Motorcycles in the future June 3, 2009 02:01 PM
Check the new Star Trek film. Kirk rides a pretty cool motorcycle..
2100 -Where will motorcycles be in 2100? June 3, 2009 01:59 PM
That is 89 years from now!!! You really think we'll still be commuting on the ground??? Add some wings and it will be more realistic