How Safe are Electric Motorcycles?
The world is phasing out
fossil fuels and moving towards electric technology. The same can be said for
motorcycles. Electric motorcycles for adults are
supposed to be the next generation in the evolution of the bike. They give you
all the thrill of a highway ride without the negative effects of a carbon footprint.
That's not to say that there
isn't a downside. Even though motorcycle engineers have had years to develop
these eco-friendly bikes, they certainly still have some cons. The real
question is, "Are they safe?"
Riding a motorcycle is
already exponentially more dangerous than driving a car, so any safety setbacks
on an electric motorcycle could be a dealbreaker for a prospective owner.
Here, we'll discuss whether
electric motorcycles are safe and whether you should consider one for
Proud to be loud (and
When we talk about the safety
of street-legal electric motorcycles, first we need to
ask, "why are motorcycles so loud?"
For people who don't ride,
the noise is surely an annoyance. However, most people don't choose to ride a
motorcycle just to annoy their neighbors. There is a specific reason why
motorcycles are so loud.
Why are motorcycles
allowed to be so loud? It's simple.
It's for safety.
Yes, for people who like to
ride, the sound is cool and gets the heart beating. But, a lot of riders equip
their bikes so that they are extra loud for safety. The thinking is that if the bike is extra loud, cars on
the roads or highway will be aware of their presence. If you consider
that motorcycles easily get lost in
blind spots, this thinking makes
However, there is no
irrefutable proof that loud bikes are any safer than quiet bikes. But this is
one of the questions that comes up when discussing the safety of electric
A quiet ride
electric motorcycle is naturally quieter than a gas-powered motorcycle.
The reason being is that they don't need a muffler for exhaust. That isn't to
say that they are completely quiet, but they produce less noise than even the
quietest of gas-powered bikes.
It's entirely possible that
the level of noise a bike produces is something of a safety blanket for some
riders. The louder the bike, the safer they feel. Even if there isn't any proof
that this is true, riders might feel safer with a loud bike.
The same principle applies to
electric bikes. If you are a rider who feels safer on a loud bike, then you may
not feel as safe on an electric bike. But, even then, there are many safety
features on electric bikes that might change your mind!
A safer build
As technology pushes forward,
so does motorcycle engineering. Many manufacturers have taken the opportunity
to use electric motorcycle engineering to experiment with building safer
motorcycles. The same alert system technology used in cars is now finding its
way to motorcycles. Not only do these systems alert you when there are possible
dangers, but they store the data so that
both the rider and the bike can learn from experiences on the road.
It is possible to have a
system like this on a gas bike, but it is very expensive and not as effective
as the ones found on electric bikes.
No rumble in the
One last thing to consider is
that electric motorcycles are safer than gas-powered motorcycles because of the
elimination of vibration while you ride. This is not a hugely dangerous aspect
of riding, but certainly, something to be considered.
So, if you are wondering just
how safe electric motorcycles are, it's clear that they are as safe as you can
get - despite them being a little quieter than gas-powered motorcycles. Riding
a motorcycle will always be dangerous, but these new bikes have features that
are designed to protect you wherever you go.
If you have been in an
accident or need legal representation for matters with motorcycles, please
contact Steelhorse Law today.