Research has shown that more and more Americans are feeling more and more positive about electric vehicles. Automakers have promised to roll out dozens of electric vehicles over the next ten years. Proposed improvements in charging infrastructure and battery technology could help make an electrified future a reality.

Following along on the heels of the automotive industry, the legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson, and several others, have started making electric motorcycles models. And, what riders are discovering is that they’re fun to ride, especially if you have a need for speed, because they can go pretty fast! But, are electric motorcycles safe?

According to Damon Motorcycles, electric motorcycle companies are building safer bikes using motorcycle AI and data to manufacture new motorcycles that are in tune with your surroundings as well as potential hazards.

Right now, only a handful of motorcycle manufacturers are making electric-only bikes. However, as electric motorcycle battery technology becomes more fine-tuned and their ranges keep improving, along with the country’s charging infrastructure, the electric motorcycle is destined to have a great future.

Are you going to get one?

If you’re considering purchasing one of the new electric motorcycles on the market today, what are some of the benefits of an electric bike vs traditional bikes? Electric motorcycles require little to no maintenance because they have fewer components to worry about. If going “green” is important to you, battery powered electric motorcycles help significantly reduce harmful emissions. 

When it comes to performance, electric motorcycles have a clear advantage over gas motorcycles because they can reach their peak power and torque instantly from 0 RPM.

Compared to traditional bikes, electric motorcycles are quiet. While many riders prefer the loud motorcycle sound, and claim that it saves lives, there remains the question: do loud pipes actually save lives? A new study conducted in Romania says that “loud pipes save lives” is just a safety myth.[1]

In the end, the traditional versus electric motorcycle debate comes down to your preferences. However, whether you’re riding a traditional bike or one of new electric motorcycles, you need to keep basic motorcycle safety tips in mind before going out for a ride: 

  • Wear a helmet
  • Drive defensively
  • Be aware of the weather
  • Obey the rules of the road
  • Check your bike before each ride
  • Don’t ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear DOT-approved motorcycle gear
  • Be visible

If you’ve been in an accident…

The same laws apply to all motorcyclists, whether you own a traditional bike or one of the new electric bikes. There are sections of the California Vehicle Code that pertain specifically to motorcycles, and before hitting the roadways, you need to make yourself aware of them.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that was not your fault, you need to enlist the services of an experienced motorcycle attorney who can help you negotiate the legal process involved in filing your claim and getting compensation for damages including medical and hospital bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

A skilled motorcycle attorney can help you when it comes to suing the insurance company that minimizes your injuries or denies liability. The motorcycle attorneys at Inland Empire Motorcycle Law have successfully attained multiple seven figure settlement offers and jury verdicts over the past 20 years.

[1] Can The Sound Of Your Motorcycle Save Your Life?, © Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations.