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Sep. 21st, 2007

12:01 pm - eCycle hybrid motorcycle

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Introducing the eCycle hybrid motorcycle:

The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle delivers 0-60 in just 6 seconds with a top speed of 80 mph. The target retail price for this hybrid motorcycle is just $5,500. The electric motor is used to power the motorcycle at lower speeds and once the eCycle hits cruising speed the gasoline engine takes over and the electric motor switches over to an electric generator and recharges the battery.

At 1500rpm or approximately 12mph, the vehicle control system directs the fuel injection to commence. The motorcycle then receives torque input from both the engine and the electric motor until the motorcycle hits higher speeds and the gasoline engine takes over completely.

At only 230 lbs, the eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle has been redesigned from the 2001 model, which featured a 219 cc diesel-electric hybrid power system. The newer eCycle also features lower, more relaxed seating position, making the platform ideal for entry-level riders and commuters and the rear suspension sports a Penske Racing Coil-Over Mono-Shock.

The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle transmission is a 2-speed, constant mesh, 3-shaft design utilizing ball and needle bearing construction with custom rolled gears. Low gear features an over-running clutch for smooth shifting and safety.

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From:smjayman
Date:September 21st, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Dude, that is pretty awesome. 180mpg!!!!
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From:kittles
Date:September 22nd, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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And that's not even too bad a price tag!
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From:kenmora
Date:September 22nd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Fantastic. I've been wonder where the Hybrid motorcycles, or even all-electric ones were.

I remember reading about them in the early 90s when the technology in my present-day Honda Civic Hybrid was just stuff to drool over in Popular Mechanics.

'bout time. Can't wait to see them on the streets.
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From:chutzpahgirl
Date:September 23rd, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
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Piaggio just developed a hybrid engine. No word yet on when it'll actually be in production, though.
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From:seanlynch
Date:October 2nd, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
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6 seconds! My car is faster than that! I don't think I'd feel safe on that slow of a bike.

One wonders how efficient a non-hybrid bike of similar price and performance would be. I bet it'd be similar, especially a diesel.
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