Author: Susanna Schick

State of the Industry 2018: Electric Motorcycles

While many electric motorcycles have come and gone, some elmoto manufacturers have remained in business and even grown. We’ll look at the state of two-wheeled electrification, big and small, slow and fast in 2018.

2017 Zero DS 13.0 Review | He Said, She Said

Zero entrusted us with a 2017 DS 13.0 for a month. Robert and I took it through the paces both around Los Angeles and off road. We argued over which was the ultimate urban warrior — the Zero DS or the Zero FXS. I’ve been riding my FX(S)* every day since 2013, and consider it the best streetfighter ever made. Well, the newer FX’s are even better, but I own mine, so that’s an advantage worth keeping...

Los Angeles Mayor Gets Serious About Public Transit

Last week, Move LA invited Mayor Eric Garcetti and many other esteemed guests to discuss the potential for Measure R2, the next step in funding (fixing) Los Angeles’ transportation woes. Measure R is a half percent sales tax approved in 2008, slated to bring in as much as $40 billion over 30 years. Since 2008, it has helped rapidly increase LA’s metro system.

Quick Drive: The Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Susanna Schick got to ride Harley-Davidson's LiveWire electric concept bike, getting a firsthand look at Harley's first electric vehicle. Would you buy it?

Brammo Now Available at Hollywood Electrics

Hollywood Electrics, the world's leading electric motorcycle dealership, takes on Brammo and announces a grand opening party to be held August 16th.

Instead Of Hiking LA Metro Fares, Why Not Tax Drivers Instead?

Los Angeles Metro proposes a fare hike while the light rail system is still desperate for riders. Why not tax drivers to subsidize the Metro instead?

Refuel Races- Where Mere Mortals Race AMA Champions

Last Sunday marked the Fifth Annual Refuel Races, a time trial race (track day, really) for EV's, hosted by Speed Ventures. I've wanted to return to Refuel at Laguna Seca, but not on a bike as weak as the one I was able to procure when I went in 2010. Full story here. I wanted a bike that would do Laguna Seca, aka Motorcycle Heaven, justice. Zero told me all their press bikes were at Pike's Peak. ...

Forget the Prius Effect- Here Comes The Matrix Effect

I was invited, at Ford's expense, to attend their "Further With Ford" conference. We were treated to a delightful first-class event. However, let me preface this article with a caveat. I have always hated cars. My most recurring nightmare as a child was being chased by cars. My primary form of transportation is my electric motorcycle, because I value Freedom. The car comes in a distant 3rd, mainly...

The Future of Affordable EVs According to John Viera | Sustainable Brands 2013

At Sustainable Brands 2013, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ford’s Global Director of Sustainability, John Viera. He promised me free charging (at my friend’s homes!), and a race van that can corner like a sports car. OK, maybe I misinterpreted some things. Judge for yourself: Your website leads with the more efficient cars in your product lineup, including the Fusion which won Green Car...

First Long Distance Test | 2013 Zero FX

A month ago, I took delivery of a 2013 Zero FX. My first impressions are here. It's been a wonderful month, even as I've had to work hard to keep The Smug from blinding everyone around me. Well, putting in an 80-mile day on Sunday was a great way to temper The Smug. If you aren't familiar with The Smug, please take a moment and familiarize yourself here in South Park. Granted, that episode aired w...

Inside the Magic Factory of MotoCzysz

Last week, I was granted a rare visit to MotoCzysz headquarters in Portland, OR. I met with their General Manager Ray Crepeau, to discuss where the company is at both commercially and in racing for the 2013 season. Last week they announced their 2013 rider lineup, making it clear that they would like to race the full US season of the eRoadRacing series but for now are targeting IOM TT Zero and the...

Video: Terry Hershner Crosses The US On A Zero Electric Motorcycle

In this video, Zero motorcycle owner Terry Hershner walks me through the modifications he's done to his 2012 Zero S to not only make it around town, to 4th place in a TTXGP race, but also over 3,000 miles in 5 days. He worked closely with Hollywood Electrics’ Harlan Flagg to upgrade the controller, among other changes.

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