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Energica Eva – If this is what the future looks like, sign me up! 

I have probably  shared with you,  in the past, my internal struggle between being an Environmental Engineer: dedicating most of my professional career to the field of renewable energy and while being a Petrolhead in my spare hours. Riding, reading, writing inhaling and exhaling all things motorbikes! (and occasionally other forms of motorized transport)
So far my the mechanism I found for coping with this terrible and anovoidavle hypocrisy was to live by the moto:

– hey, oil is bad and scarce. It’s precious so we should only really burn it for very special reasons: like making amazing two wheeled vehicles move! Let’s not waste it for all our other energy needs, after all we have so many better ways of generating electricity and power.

And while this is true, it is also inevitable that sooner or later our beloved internal combustion engines will be a thing of the past, relegated to the back of the garage for the ocasional weekend blast, while the modern electric/hybrid/”insert_technological revolution _here” has a forefront place as the daily commuter.

This brings me to last weekend when I finally  got the chance to try an electric motorbike for the first time, the Energica Eva!

Make no mistake, we are talking Tesla not Prius. The Eva (and it’s RR inspired sibling) are full fledged electric sportsbikes with the power (and price tag) to match.

I honestly did not know what to expect from this bike but the shortest way I can explain what it was like is: it’s good!

Make no mistake this is no small feat! I’m lucky to have ridden dozens of different bikes and most of the times I come back thinking: It’s ok!

The fact I not only enjoyed but actually really liked a bike that is quintessentially different (some might even say wrong) from any other I have ridden before surprised even myself.

Is it perfect? Hell no!

  • It’s expensive, starting at 25.000€, and easily going above 30.000€ with the “essential” extras
  • Range is limited
  • Top-speed is limited to 200km/h
  • Looks are… debatable
  • It’s heavy and you can feel that at low speed.

But the fact  half of those faults can  be attributed to a lot of conventional bikes goes to show you how good it is.

It’s a bike, it’s electric, it’s fun and makes you grin and feeling like you’re in the middle of the Tron movie while you zoom away in a whirr of constant torque and future tech!

If this is what the early stage of mass produced electric bikes looks like, we are in good hands my friends. Things can only get better from here and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in 15 years time kids are talking about petrol bikes in the same way I talk about smokey, noisy, annoying 2 strokes!

I urge you, if you have the chance try a Energica bike,  do it with an open mind and heart, I bet you won’t retreat it!
P.S- I have no affiliation with Energica, I tested their bike on a publicly available test-ride at a Dutch biking festival, it just so happenned that I loved it!


New Year Ride 2011/2012

Keeping with the End of the Year theme, here is a reblog of my traditional dash to the South of Portugal, this one from 2011.

ZZR 1400 Touring

Ok, I know I’m a bit late, but hadn’t had the time to post this here before.

At the end of 2011 I grabbed the ZZR and decided to enjoy the fantastic winter weather we’ve been having (no rain and lots of sunshine) and headed South to Portimão.

I followed approximately the same route going south on the 31st December and back North on the 2nd December, mostly Nacionais (the equivalent to B-Roads in the UK I think) with an infinite number of corners. The surface is not always perfect but I just love riding in those slower twisting roads even if the grip (and comfort) is not always the best.

Packing light, just me and the leathers, Muni, my Kriega R25 Backpack and the Baglux/Bagster Rider tankbag.

Not much to tell about the actual New Year’s Eve, not my favourite celebration, don’t really think it makes much sense, it’s…

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Welcome dear reader!

If you’re coming from my previous blog you already have a pretty good idea of what to expect. I’ll however try to make at least a little bit better than the previous.

If you’re new, first of all welcome!
After selling my beloved Kawasaki ZZR 1400 and buying a Ducati Multistrada 1200S I decided to “close” my previous blog ZZR1400 Touring and start this new Multiple Road Disorder. The focus will be basically the same: my rides and trips, my bikes, some reviews of bikes and gear and the occasional post about miscellaneous Motorcycle related themes.

I will try and and some more information to this new blog in the next couple of weeks, in the meanwhile, check out my previous posts at ZZR1400 Touring

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