Here is a quick look at the two bikes BW just left with me for a couple of weeks. One is the new 1600 B “bagger” – which is my kind of animal. It has a 160 hp six cylinder engine; basically, a BMW 3 on two wheels.
The other is the first electric vehicle any major automaker has ever sent me. Because it came on a trailer. It is an electric scooter. A two-wheeled Tesla. I have not ridden it much yet because it hasn’t got much range (70 miles, best case). But I will say that in “dynamic” mode, it pulls like a masturbating chimp.
However, it also suck juice at Teslian rates. I drove it maybe five miles, full-tilt, in “dynamic” mode and rocked it up to its top speed of somewhere around 80-ish… and this lopped 20 miles off the indicated range, leaving 50 before kaput.
Initial impression – this confirms my suspicion that making use of the power/performance these EVs offer kills the range. To get anywhere, you must drive (or ride) slow.
And that sucks.
More to come . . .
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