Where Are The Hybrid Motorcycles?

Many people are turning to smaller vehicles to cope with today's higher gas prices. I've heard people talk about switching to or thinking about getting motorcycles, and I've noticed more people on those funny little moped scooter things.. but..

Why isn't there more development being done in the hybrid-motorcycle market? If I was going to buy a motorcycle to save money on fuel, I'd be much more inclined to throw down some extra scratch on something that gets 150mpg rather than 50mpg. Maybe something like a 2-wheeled Prius? Well, except not ugly. Maybe something like a 2-wheeled Prius that doesn't look anything like a 2-wheeled Prius just did in my imagination.

Then again, you never hear anyone talk about hybrid motorcycles, so maybe there really isn't a market for them. Or maybe it's one of those "if you build it" situations.

Oh well. I'm sure that burning dinosaurs is actually beneficial in some way.

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  1. spudart said,

    is the engine of a hybrid really big? Maybe the size wouldn't work on a motorcycle.

    July 29, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  2. spudart said,

    But it is a great idea. If you are buying a motorcyle to save gas, why not go all the way‽

    July 29, 2008 @ 10:50 am

  3. sparx said,

    No, the engines are smaller and less powerful.

    The kicker is the batteries, but if the drive was powered by an electric motor, and a smaller more-efficient gas engine was used only for charging the batteries, I would think you could cram enough batteries in there somewhere.

    July 29, 2008 @ 10:56 am

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