Easy Rider goes electric at Montreal Motorcycle Show

admin's picture

Made-in-Quebec electric motorcycle goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds

Heavy metal thunder could be a thing of the past if a revolutionary electric motorcycle catches on, as its Quebec designers hope it will.

Revealed this weekend at the Montreal Motorcycle Show at the Palais Des ?Congrès, the Longueuil-built SORA can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of nearly 200 km/h - all with hardly a sound.

That silence is leaving some old-school motorcycle enthusiasts unconvinced.

"There's no sounds... I like the sounds. A lot of guys… like the sounds the feeling and hearing the motor," said ?Stéphane Bessette.

The silent SORA, however, is making a lot of noise among attendees, says show manager Bianca Kennedy.

"It has certainly added a lot of attention to the show, lots of interest, a lot of buzz," she said. "Innovation always creates interest."

Priced around $48,000, the SORA features touchscreen interfaces and an adjustable electric seat that converts the bike from low-rider to cafe racer. The bike can travel up to 200 kilometres on a fully-charged battery.

"The SORA is for people looking for exclusivity. It's for one percent of the population - people who can afford it, because we are not trying to hit the mass market," said Jean-Pierre Legris of Lito Green Motion, the Longueuil-based company behind the Sora.

At least one motorcycle show attendee, however, sees the SORA as the luxurious thin-edge of a mass movement toward electric motorcycles in the not-so-distant future.

"It's awesome, awesome. The new generation coming up, electricity it's all it's going to be," said Marc-Andre Guerra.

Rate this article: 
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Country: 
Group / Club: 
Source of News article: 
cbc.ca




Related Articles


Elk Hunt   Fly Fishing Guide
  Silver Stock
  Biker News

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are solely those of the writer, and may not reflect the beliefs of anyone at the Biker News Network/Outlaw Biker World. This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and is accessible on this site or through this service, you may notify our copyright agent, as set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). For your complaint to be valid under the DMCA, it must meet certain criteria, and you must Click Here to contact acting agent.