It’s a little known fact, but Elon Musk was nearly killed on a motorcycle when he was 17. It’s that accident all those years ago that, he says, is behind his answer to a journalist’s questions about an electric motorcycle. That answer being: Tesla will never develop an electric motorcycle.

Musk confessed that he had been an avid motorcycle rider in his childhood, and that he had been riding dirt bikes for nearly eight years when an unpleasant encounter with a truck almost cost him his life. Since then, this article on the Spanish site, Motorpasión claims, he hasn’t ridden a motorcycle.

So– yeah. We already knew the Tesla Model M concept motorcycle shown, above, wouldn’t happen, but stuff like this is just depressing. Especially since, you know, Tesla might actually have a shot at seriously disrupting the flailing US motorcycle industry.

What do you guys think? Is Tesla going to change the world building high-end sedans, or should Ol’ Musky start looking into pickups and motorcycles to broaden the company’s heartland appeal? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Source | Images: Motorpasion, Green Car Reports.