Rode electric Vic today Whoo Hoo! - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
 8Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: South Jersey USA
Posts: 19
Default Rode electric Vic today Whoo Hoo!

All I can say is WOW! What fun. It has 6 gears and a clutch but they seem optional. You can just start out in third and leave it there till past 60. If you stop you don't even need the clutch.

There is plenty of engine decompression like drag from the regeneration so when you back off it's just like a high compression V-twin.

The package is like a cross between a standard and a sport bike. It was pretty comfortable for the little 12 mile loop they gave us at the Delmarva bike weekend.

It has gobs of torque. When you twist your arms get pulled. I used about 12% of its charge on the ride.

No engine sounds, more like a turbo spooling up.
Wood Welder and Pjv1k like this.
Flintlock is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 09:09 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: DuPage County, IL.
Posts: 132
Garage
Default

Haven't ridden one yet but electric bikes and cars are torque monsters at the twist of the wrist or push of the accelerator (car). I have a Chevy Volt that is always powered by battery. The "range extender" gas engine runs to charge the battery when it hits a pre determined minimum charge.
stilcrazee is offline  
post #3 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 09:25 PM
Senior Member
 
RICZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Portland,Oregon
Posts: 12,124
Default

They are going to have to make one that this 79 year old can get on and not be in a world of pain. I tried getting on one and almost couldn't get off, but I would have loved to have taken it for a spin. What I don't understand is why are all the electric bikes sport types, with that humping a watermelon riding posture? That's for kids and kids don't have the money for a second bike and that's what most electrics will be. Its us old, er mature folk that have the disposable cash to piss away on a toy bike, so why aren't they making them comfortable for us? Huh? Make it with a sit up position and a price under $10K and there will be one in my garage.
eotsis1 likes this.

2010 Midnight Cherry XR. 7Jurock, Lloydz AF, ATS, AFR tuned VFCIII, IAV, and T-6 and locally repacked pipes = big smiles. SOLD to a dear friend, so it's still in the family."
2017 Spyder F3 Limited - keeps this old guy in the wind and riding with friends.
Cure that ugly stand up license plate with the cheapest and best laydown bracket. Click this:
https://www.victoryforums.com/11-ven...t-x-bikes.html
RICZ is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 11:13 PM
Senior Member
 
VicTim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 179
Default

Awesome, I can't wait to test ride one myself. At 20k I won't be buying one though.
VicTim is offline  
post #5 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 03:36 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
BBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: NW AZ
Posts: 12,914
Garage
Default

I have no desire to own an e-bike but I have to admire how far they've come and will eventually go with the bottleneck being the miles per charge and charge time. Once they get them to go at least 200 miles per charge and a 5 minute charge time; they will start selling like crazy. The price should come down once production hits high numbers just like a VCR or DVD player.

If they are smart; the industry will standardize a battery pack so all you have to do is stop any any gas station (e-station), pull out the battery cassette, then go in an exchange it for a fully charged cassette for a nominal price, slip it into the bike and go.
ZNess-CC-073 likes this.
BBob is online now  
post #6 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 08:30 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
BP6666VR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: World Citizen = A peaceful and peacemaking individual, both in daily life and contacts with others
Posts: 5,981
Default

How many years can the battery pack last ?

How could you go on a roadtrip ?

Spare parts cost ?

JACKPOT 2013 orange MADNESS :-) *HOH-VM1-DR*TachoMeter*PowCom-5*AutoTune*ATS*TorTube & (IAC) & nitro*Swept exhaust*LYNDALL & EBC brakes Front & Rear*Stainless Beads*Fwd Contr 4" *2 x Bad Boy Air Horn*Seven Color Lizard*NGK plugs*Blue Spark Plug Wir*Victory Oil*KN Oil filter*Oil Analysis*Clutch Cover*Kickst Repl Rubb*Invisble-A-Key*L.E.D. Batt. Gauge*Pulsating Brake Light*VictoryHID*Lice Bracket OVAL*BoltKit-Chrome*

Cross Country Tour 2014 [B]
BP6666VR is offline  
post #7 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 08:44 AM
Super Moderator
 
broggyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Naugatuck, CT
Posts: 6,368
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RICZ View Post
What I don't understand is why are all the electric bikes sport types, with that humping a watermelon riding posture? ... Its us old, er mature folk that have the disposable cash to piss away on a toy bike, so why aren't they making them comfortable for us? Huh? Make it with a sit up position and a price under $10K and there will be one in my garage.
That would probably be a worthwhile project. If only I had a donor bike to try it on, along with the battery and motor. And time. And money. Did I mention time?



2013 XCT, Boardwalk Blue w/ Vicwrapz
S&S Cams, Lloydz filter & ATS +3, PCV, UD pulley, Alto Red Eagle clutch plates
Madstad Windshield, 5000K HID, TriOvals, Memphis Shields wings, Ultimate seat
JVC KD-X35MDT, PBR300X4, Polk DB6502, DaytonAudio ND140-4 rear
HyperLites, LED driving lights, Lloydz dyno 105+H and 117+T
Arlen Ness blinkers, KlockWerks KlipHanger bars, Avon grips

Spectro Golden 4 20w40 for Victory L.SG424, Kury Sabertooth LEDs
THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE OBSCURE. TTWFO2
broggyr is offline  
post #8 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 12:30 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 566
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RICZ View Post
Its us old, er mature folk that have the disposable cash to piss away on a toy bike, so why aren't they making them comfortable for us? Huh? Make it with a sit up position and a price under $10K and there will be one in my garage.
Good questions. I don't think Polaris really thinks the Empulse is going to be more than a novelty sale, aimed at Silicon Valley techies. Victory's follow-up eBike will be a more serious effort.

So, why sell/promote this bike? First, they beat Harley (and the rest of the large motorcycle producers) to the punch; second, Victory is shifting from a cruiser brand to performance brand and with the third-place finish of Victory Empulse in the eBike class at the Isle of Man, they're showing they're serious about entering this segment. Also, Project 156 is a preview of the Victory Octane, essentially a hopped-up Scout, more power, better suspension, better brakes.

If you're an old man (and let's face it, in this industry if you're over 30-years-old, you're old), Indian will have what you want. If you're a tech head or performance-oriented sort, Victory will be where you'll land in the Polaris schema.

'15 Magnum X-1

'15 Kia Soul EV, blue and white

'13 Cadillac ATS, 2.0L Turbo Premium, blue with black interior

'12 Vegas 8 Ball - Arlen Ness HD cafe fairing, MBW LED signals, side-mount plate, factory cruise, heated grips, Corbin heated seat, more...

'10 Cross Country Tour, black, way too much to list now. Some videos are available here: My Youtube Channel Feed - SOLD!!! *sniff*

'01 Honda Magna, black, too much to list
Jagular is offline  
post #9 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 02:49 PM
RGP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Milford, OH
Posts: 483
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jagular View Post
Good questions. I don't think Polaris really thinks the Empulse is going to be more than a novelty sale, aimed at Silicon Valley techies. Victory's follow-up eBike will be a more serious effort.

So, why sell/promote this bike? First, they beat Harley (and the rest of the large motorcycle producers) to the punch; second, Victory is shifting from a cruiser brand to performance brand and with the third-place finish of Victory Empulse in the eBike class at the Isle of Man, they're showing they're serious about entering this segment. Also, Project 156 is a preview of the Victory Octane, essentially a hopped-up Scout, more power, better suspension, better brakes.

If you're an old man (and let's face it, in this industry if you're over 30-years-old, you're old), Indian will have what you want. If you're a tech head or performance-oriented sort, Victory will be where you'll land in the Polaris schema.

Sure does seem like the motorcycling community is aging ?

When I go to just about any local gatherings,...I see a-bunch'o grey/white hair............So I blend right in
RGP is offline  
post #10 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-20-2015, 05:32 PM
cbo
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 30
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RICZ View Post
They are going to have to make one that this 79 year old can get on and not be in a world of pain. I tried getting on one and almost couldn't get off, but I would have loved to have taken it for a spin. What I don't understand is why are all the electric bikes sport types, with that humping a watermelon riding posture? That's for kids and kids don't have the money for a second bike and that's what most electrics will be. Its us old, er mature folk that have the disposable cash to piss away on a toy bike, so why aren't they making them comfortable for us? Huh? Make it with a sit up position and a price under $10K and there will be one in my garage.
Take a look at the FZ-09. i sold my R6 to get my Highball a few months ago, my back just couldnt take the sportbike posture anymore. but i was "this" close to getting the FZ over my Vic.

i just thought it was time to retire from the whole scene with my baby just being born.
cbo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome