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Electric motorcycle racing history in San Jose this weekend

Posted on March 28, 2010 at 4:10pm 1 Comment

Yesterday a few electric motorcycles came to a gas bike race held over the weekend in San Jose, CA. There were two Zero S bikes, a conversion built by Richard Hatfield, and a totally home built bike made by Bob Schneeveiss. They were there as an exhibition event but they went on the same track as the gas bikes had gone. The event was a "flat track" race on a short oval.

Of special interest to me was Richard Hatfields bike. It's very powerful and is powered by an Agni motor.… Continue

In electric motorcycle racing drama, the TTXGP camp seems to be ahead

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 9:08am 0 Comments

When an empire strikes back it's likely with the expectation that it's swatting a fly. Sometimes the underdog is able to win even though the empire looks like an 8000 pound gorilla that can smash anything in its path. These tortured allusions to movies and wildlife don't do justice to the strange battle brewing in the nascent sport of electric motorcycle racing. As noted in earlier reporting the old simple story (TTXGP and FIM collaborating to create… Continue

Major Antarctic glacier at risk of major collapse - is 'past its tipping point'

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 8:22pm 3 Comments

Scientists have identified some geological feature in the Antarctic that, combined with already rising sea levels, will cause a sudden collapse sometime in the not-so-distant future. They've identified two specific glaciers in west antarctic that are way past their tipping point beyond which collapse is unavoidable. Their estimate is 50% collapse within the next 100 years.

Collapse of glaciers into the ocean causes sea level rise. The melting of sea ice does not cause sea level… Continue

Feinstein a hypocrite?

Posted on December 27, 2009 at 3:05pm 0 Comments

I don't follow Feinstein very closely but I do understand her reputation is a bit mixed. Anyway I read an article about a bill she's introduced where the effect is to scuttle solar energy deployments in the Mojave in the name of wildlife protection.

I've got two links to blog posts below. The one about offshore drilling is from the Interior Dept hearing held in San Francisco in April. During that one Feinstein and other west coast political leaders gathered to say NO-WAY-NO-HOW to… Continue

The rebirth of electric motorcycle maker, Vectrix

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 2:58pm 0 Comments

Over the summer Vectrix went into bankruptcy announcing that their assets would be purchased by "New Vectrix". Vectrix made the first commercial highway speed electric motorcycle and delivered their first motorcycles in 2007. However they never had enough sales to keep the company going, ran out of money, and went into bankruptcy. It's now known that GP Batteries has bought New Vectrix and the Vectrix assets apparently with the intent to restart the company.…


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At 2:04am on August 19, 2009, Emett said…
Cool to see you, thanks for joining. I like the V is for Voltage site, I had never seen that one before. Thanks. I hope you enjoy this site, the platform is very easy and open, and I encourage you to share your thoughts in some forums or around elsewhere.

Peace, emett
At 12:50pm on February 11, 2010, Emett said…
Cool thing happened on the way in to work the other day... I was pedaling along and a red light had caught a bunch of cars with a motorcycle in the front of the line. I was passing the line of them, and it looked like perfect timing for me to hit the green light as I made to the corner so I sped up. But that motorcyclist felt like showing off a little, I guess, because the second I hit parallel with him, the light turned green, he rev up... electrically, and was gone. Half a block away by the time I looked up, he was dodging cars a full block a head before I'd gone 20 yards, and I never had to stop for the light! P.S. it sounded great to me! So that's the story I'll tell when the next Harley fan tells me about how he loves the sound of his engine!
At 1:46pm on February 11, 2010, David Herron said…
Cool! There aren't that many electric motorcycles out there which could do that, but more are coming every month. I much prefer the ride/sound of my electric motorcycle over gas - take away the noise and vibration and it becomes a smooth dream ride that sometimes feels like a magic flying carpet.
At 2:24am on August 15, 2010, Emett said…
Hey David, How's it going lately?

Do you a have a short clip of a electic motorcycle or two you post here for the fans? Thanks in advance -e

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