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Motorcycle History: Please Learn Some

Aug 6, 13 • by Craig Fitzgerald • Featured, News, Rants, Vintage Motorcycles1 CommentRead More »

Mission RS2I keep a fairly close eye on all the more popular internet motorcycle publications out there, so I can stay abreast of anything newsworthy or late-breaking.  I am asking this with all due respect: Please stop writing about truly historic motorcycles unless you’re willing to call out bullshit when you see it.


Last week, the blog Ride Apart ran an article on the Mission RS electric motorcycle, breathlessly stating “This Electric Motorcycle Changes Everything.”

The blog goes on to suggest that this $60,000 electric motorcycle — one of just 40 to be produced, represents a “CB750 moment.”

Granted, that quote comes from Mission Motorcycles co-founder Vincent Ip, but come on, people: You’ve got to be willing and able to call bullshit when you see it. 82 percent of what comes out of any given company co-founder is nonsense. It means you need to be selective about what you’ll repeat. If you put it in your review, you’re vouching for its validity.

Here’s a history lesson: What made the launch of the CB750 a “CB750 moment” is the fact that Honda beat the ever-living shit out of the entire motorcycle industry at its own game. It sold a kick-ass, big inline four for about two grand while anybody selling a British performance bike was asking almost twice that.

A bike that’s essentially a one-off, selling at more than four times what you’d pay for a Honda CBR1000RR?

Not only does that not change everything; it changes absolutely nothing.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of motorcycle fiction, how’s that Lotus motorcycle coming?


One Response to Motorcycle History: Please Learn Some

  1. Dave Swider says:

    No kidding, Craig. At this point, there hasn’t been a second coming of the CB750, even though Honda has tried pretty hard to make that happen. I live in San Francisco, which has a pretty vibrant moto-culture and in my experience electric motorcycles remain weird and not ready for real life.

    My regular weekend morning ride is a trip of about 35 – 40 miles up CA 1, a bakery stop and then a return ride home. From what I can tell, electric bikes aren’t quite capable of making this trip without a 3 hour layover at some compassionate rancher’s electrical outlet.

    Electric bikes are nice, and the powerband, to this BMW/Ducati enthusiast, is quite compelling, but at this point, they’re still toys, not quite ready for regular riding outside city limits.