Sometimes you just want to ride — no fuss, no maintenance, no stops at the gas station — all you want to focus on is the road (or the dirt track) and your bike. With the Zero FX Stealthfighter Motorcycle ($10,000), you can eliminate all the obstacles associated with riding, and just have fun, whether it's on the street, or off the road. With 44 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque, and weighing in at a scant 280 pounds, this bike has the kind of power-to-weight ratio that will let you do just about anything. Couple that with a slick all-black paint job, off-road ready suspension and tire setup, and an all-electric motor, and you get one versatile bike that just can't be stopped.
While billed as the world's most-powerful all-electric bike, the Voxan Wattman Motorcycle ($TBA) may also just be the world's ugliest. Wrapped in a light-weight aluminum exoskeleton chassis that houses all of its drivetrain components, this bike would likely be more comfortable on the set of a Tron sequel than an actual motorway. What's really impressive about this bike is a little harder to see at first glance: the 200 horsepower electric engine makes it easily the most powerful EV on two wheels, propelling it to 100mph in just under six seconds, while still retaining the ability to recharge in less than 30 minutes.
Ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show this year, the purveyors of all things two-wheeled have announced a slew of exciting-looking vehicles — among them the Yamaha PES1 Concept Motorcycle ($TBA). This electric motorcycle is powered by their Yamaha Smart Power Module, a brushless DC motor with an easily-replaceable lithium-ion battery pack. Ideal for jetting around town (and avoiding trips to the pump), this street sport bike features a monocoque structure, manually-shiftable automatic transmission, and a number of smartphone integration capabilities. While just a concept, it clearly illustrates the direction this industry-leader plans to take as it ventures into electronic vehicles.