It seems the triumph of the electric motorcycle is not a question of “if,” but “when.” Although the OEMs themselves are slow, nay, reluctant, to replace gasoline engines with battery banks, it doesn’t matter. Government regulations and taxes and fees will eventually force pistons to go the way of the phaeton, and electric motorcycles will dominate the market.
But when that happens, will motorcycle riders stick around? A recent survey from the UK’s Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) suggests many riders will just walk away from motorcycling at that point, rather than switch to “go electric.”
The survey drew 4,805 responses, and according to MAG, “It is assumed that all respondents would consider themselves to be motorcycle enthusiasts due to the channels used to promote the survey. This was not a randomised sample of all motorcycle riders.” This isn’t a survey of Facebook randos, it’s people who have a demonstrated interest in motorcycles. You can see MAG’s write-up here.
One of the questions in the survey asked what riders would do, if gas-powered bikes were banned. Again, here are the results according to MAG: “Asked whether they would stop riding altogether, keep existing petrol motorcycles running for as long as possible, or adopt electric before the end of any phase-out, 31% said they would hang up their crash helmets, 56% would resist the switch for as long as possible and just 13% would make the switch before it was unavoidable.“
Well—certainly sounds like it’s going to be a divisive issue as time goes on, and authorities will have their work cut out trying to convince riders this is a good idea.