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Yamaha electric motorcycle to debut on market in Sept.
The Daily Yomiuri ^ | July 15, 2010 | The Yomiuri Shimbun

Posted on 07/14/2010 2:08:59 PM PDT by Willie Green

Yamaha Motor Co. said Wednesday it will start selling its "EC-03" electric motorcycle on Sept. 1.

The company projects annual sales of 10 million units of the model, priced at 252,000 yen. The bike is scheduled to be released in Taiwan and Europe begining next year, the company said.

As Honda Motor Co. plans to begin leasing its new electric motorcycle to domestic companies and other entities in December, eco-friendly motorcycles could become widely used.

According to Yamaha, the EC-03 model is powered by lithium-ion batteries and does not emit carbon dioxide. As the size of its body is nearly the same as a 50cc scooter, the model will cater to people with 50cc motorcycle driver's licenses.

(Excerpt) Read more at yomiuri.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Japan
KEYWORDS: electriccars; energy; motorcycles
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1 posted on 07/14/2010 2:09:01 PM PDT by Willie Green
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2 posted on 07/14/2010 2:11:41 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Willie Green

50cc’s is a scooter, not a motorcycle.


3 posted on 07/14/2010 2:13:51 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Willie Green

“runs on lithium-ion batteries and does not emit carbon dioxide”

Just ignore the coal that is burned to produce the electric for the battery.


4 posted on 07/14/2010 2:15:15 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: martin_fierro

5 posted on 07/14/2010 2:16:25 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Willie Green
Just what I want...A QUIETER MOTORCYCLE???

Loud pipes, do indeed, save lives.

6 posted on 07/14/2010 2:17:10 PM PDT by demsux (Obama: THE job destroyer)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
It can run 43 kilometers after being charged for about six hours.

Sounds like something you would ride around in the mall rather than to the mall.

7 posted on 07/14/2010 2:17:41 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Willie Green

I love, “the EC-03 model is powered by lithium-ion batteries and does not emit carbon dioxide.” I’m quite sure that Lithium-ion batteries are made without creating CO2; just as I am sure that the electricity used to charge the battery causes no emissions. Obama must have switched all generation to wind, hydro-electric, and Atomic while I slept. And we all know that the hardware for those is made without petroleum, CO2 or any thing but unicorn breath.


8 posted on 07/14/2010 2:18:48 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: demsux

comes with a used vuvuzela at no additional charge


9 posted on 07/14/2010 2:18:51 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: South40

That’s a scooter. A girl’s scooter to boot.

Perfect for Libtard Greenies!


10 posted on 07/14/2010 2:19:14 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (RIP Bahbah. Did you plug the damn hole yet daddy? Palin/Cheney 2012)
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To: Steamburg

Don’t tell people where the “holes” lead. It may wake them from a stupid slumber.


11 posted on 07/14/2010 2:21:21 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: South40

“BORN to be WIIIILLLLDDD!!!”

dun DUN dun dun dun dudududoooo


12 posted on 07/14/2010 2:21:33 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Liberals frolic at ersatz enlightenment because conservatives keep the savages from the door.")
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To: Steamburg

Well said.

Don’t these fools think anything through?


13 posted on 07/14/2010 2:22:08 PM PDT by ryan71 (Let's Roll!)
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To: Happy Rain
Real men ride scooters. /s


14 posted on 07/14/2010 2:22:42 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Steamburg

Sorry. Unicorns exhale CO2.


15 posted on 07/14/2010 2:23:08 PM PDT by dangus
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To: icwhatudo

“Just ignore the coal that is burned to produce the electric for the battery.”

Don’t sweat the rolling brown outs, either.

Also, you can take the expired batteries and throw them in the trash, right?


16 posted on 07/14/2010 2:24:46 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Willie Green
I already have a perfectly fine Italian electric scooter (Yamaha motorcycles also).


17 posted on 07/14/2010 2:26:27 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
"It can run 43 kilometers after being charged for about six hours."

The Smart ED has (conservatively) an 84 mile range between charges & you won't get wet when it rains!

18 posted on 07/14/2010 2:29:38 PM PDT by leilani
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To: Willie Green

They already have these...there’s always 4-5 of them charging up near the door at Wal-Mart.


19 posted on 07/14/2010 2:30:10 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: steve86
I'm still trying to sell the Vespa LX150 my wife wanted as a starter bike. She is far happier on the Piaggio BV500. I'm back in San Diego until the end of August...and my 2008 Harley Roadster is sitting in the garage in Idaho. It was too heavy and low slung to get up on my current trailer. The Versys is with me again. It has turned over 8,000 miles already. I'm hoping to sell the 3 rail trailer I used to get the Versys down here and purchase a Kendon BB207 dual rail trailer. That will properly haul any bike in my stable.
20 posted on 07/14/2010 2:32:21 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: South40
In addition to surrounding traffic, it seems that a stiff breeze might also pose a danger while on that thing.

I've seen more meat on 10-speeds.

21 posted on 07/14/2010 2:34:56 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Willie Green
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22 posted on 07/14/2010 2:36:25 PM PDT by bluecollarman (Soccer reminds me too much of my sex life lately. Boring and not much scoring.)
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To: South40
One of the primary reasons I agreed to my wife's desire to move to the Piaggio BV500 was the 16 inch wheels (front and back). The Vespa LX150 has 12 inch wheels. That's just small enough to drop into a common pothole in the street and put you on your face. No thanks. The bigger diameter wheel is more likely to span the hole.
23 posted on 07/14/2010 2:36:56 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Willie Green
I like my fossil fuel-powered motorcycle.



Thank you, internal combusion engine! May you spew greenhouse gases forever!


24 posted on 07/14/2010 2:36:58 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: dangus

Are you sure what kind of gas do Unicorns pass?


25 posted on 07/14/2010 2:37:38 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: martin_fierro

What do motorcycles have to do with Jesus? That makes about as much sense as middle-ages white guys with long hair.


26 posted on 07/14/2010 2:37:42 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: Willie Green
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27 posted on 07/14/2010 2:38:50 PM PDT by bluecollarman (Soccer reminds me too much of my sex life lately. Boring and not much scoring.)
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To: leilani

THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS and you have to give it back!? ($599/mo for a 4 year lease)

Are they completely insane?


28 posted on 07/14/2010 2:39:14 PM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Happy Rain
born to be wild
29 posted on 07/14/2010 2:40:55 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
50cc’s is a scooter, not a motorcycle.

I had an opportunity to ride an electric motorcycle about two years ago. It was awesome...0 to 60 in like 5 seconds. It was a beast. Wish I could remember the name of it. It was definitely no scooter.

30 posted on 07/14/2010 2:42:04 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (A fearless person cannot be controlled.)
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To: Myrddin

I LOVE the BV500 ! Its very competant. As far as being blown over, thats not how it works.

I too ride both motorcycles and scooters. My Vespa 200gt is definately a machine for pros. Not an easy ride.


31 posted on 07/14/2010 2:42:38 PM PDT by Celerity
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To: Happy Rain
born to be wild
32 posted on 07/14/2010 2:45:56 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I plan to have a 750 in my garage before the year is out.


33 posted on 07/14/2010 2:48:04 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Celerity
I did a test ride on all the scooters my wife was considering. The Vespa 200gt steering was too quick in my opinion. Definitely not a good starter bike. My wife had no prior experience. She is doing very well with the BV500. It now has a big Givi windshield. That helps her deal with the wind blast so 65 MPH is within her tolerance. I ride my Harley Roadster at 75 MPH down the freeway with no windshield. My wife isn't up for that kind of wind.
34 posted on 07/14/2010 2:48:04 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: reagan_fanatic
I like mine, too.

I have a friend at work who's from India. He's also a motorcyclist. He's telling me about riding in India and what they pay for a new bike. I started flirting with the wild-hair idea of flying there for a couple of weeks, just buying a bike, riding the hell out of it while I'm there, then just giving it to someone there as a parting gift.

Haven't thought it all the way through yet, and right now it's just a half-baked idea, but I smell an adventure in the offing.

35 posted on 07/14/2010 2:48:10 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Yes that’s true generally. However, when I was 11 I got a Honda Z50A. That was definitely a motorcycle.


36 posted on 07/14/2010 2:49:02 PM PDT by ReluctantDragon
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To: Myrddin

We just use the Oxygen scooter here in the neighborhood (north Richland). It is fun to ride and that torque off zero rpm is kind of a different feeling. I was sitting on it talking to a Richland police officer who was interested in it and he didn’t notice I had an expired tab (is current now).

On the kid’s front, the Yamaha TTR-90 is ready to go again after replacing the front tube. The Slime didn’t work this time because the valve stem tore off (no rim lock).

We will head to the Morrow ORV Park now that I replaced the throttle position sensor on the pickup yesterday. We use just a Harbor Freight Tools utility trailer to haul the bikes. I have been refining (modifying) that trailer for the last 10 years.

I can make it down to Pocatello say the end of July to exercise your Roadster so it doesn’t seize up.


37 posted on 07/14/2010 2:51:25 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Riley

Lucky Fart, Do it in a heartbeat.


38 posted on 07/14/2010 2:51:40 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: demsux

Loud pipes, do indeed, save lives.


I hear that from all the leathery old gramps playing bad boy trying to recapture their youthful memories of baseball cards in the spokes, and making farting sounds in class.

But I never have heard it from any reputable research report.

Tell ya’ what: Why not be real safe, and go around with your horn blaring all the time?

I suppose when a crash is imminent, you open the throttle, instead of using your horn (and maybe brakes - how do those pipes help you when you are braking).

I guess you’ll show me the data that shows how those modern, well-made bikes from Germany and japan are killing their riders with their well-tuned and muffled engine noises? (Crickets...)


39 posted on 07/14/2010 2:55:54 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: Riley

Nice!!


40 posted on 07/14/2010 2:56:58 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Beelzebubba

I’ll bet the Garbage truck on tuesdays gives you fits of rage.


41 posted on 07/14/2010 2:57:58 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: demsux

agreed. how many people will say “I never heard them coming” ?


42 posted on 07/14/2010 2:59:05 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response)
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To: Beelzebubba
I've got an idea...why don't you spend the next eight hours searching the internet for a "reputable research report"...then get back to me with the information...

In the meantime, I'll continue to converse with the adults.

43 posted on 07/14/2010 3:01:13 PM PDT by demsux (Obama: THE job destroyer)
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To: 999replies
What do motorcycles have to do with Jesus?

I used to feel the same way until I had an accident on one.

44 posted on 07/14/2010 3:01:51 PM PDT by Do Be (The heart is smarter than the head.)
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To: Riley

You DOG...I want a Rocket...I’ve got a 95 Thunderbird that’s fun as all get out, but those Rocket’s are sweeeeeeeet.


45 posted on 07/14/2010 3:04:18 PM PDT by demsux (Obama: THE job destroyer)
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To: South40

Nice. Petroleum is used in virtually every part of that scooter. 25% of all oil use is non-fuel in nature.


46 posted on 07/14/2010 3:05:33 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: Willie Green

A range of what...10 ft?


47 posted on 07/14/2010 3:05:42 PM PDT by Grunthor (I like you but when the zombies chase us, I'm tripping you.)
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To: eyedigress

It’s surprisingly cheap- about seven bills for a brand-new Hero Honda Dawn (Standard type) off the showroom floor. It’s a LOT lighter than what I ride, but it’s only for a couple of weeks or so. New buys me some reliability. Bike, rather than riding the rails, buys me spontaneity and fun. My friend is talking about going with, so no communications or guidance problems. Plus, he seriously knows people.

This is starting to sound like an idea.


48 posted on 07/14/2010 3:06:45 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: demsux

I’ve got an idea...why don’t you spend the next eight hours searching the internet for a “reputable research report”...then get back to me with the information...


You’re the aging noisemaker who suggested that making a nuisance on the road is safer.

I assume you have a reason for believing what you claim, or do just accept what all the other mid-life geezers say at face value?

Or do people who pay a premium for “noise vibration and harshness” also lack judgment or other matters of reasoning?

I’ll await the evidence for your absurd claim.

(How am I doing at being only half as much of an annoyance that you Harley boomers are? ;-)


49 posted on 07/14/2010 3:07:22 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: 999replies

Well, ya better be ready to meet Jesus if your’re counting on the loud pipes to save your life, at least here in Il right now (heat index 110 F). Everybody is driving around with the a/c on, and probably listening to something on the radio, OR yapping/texting on their cell phones.

To better warn those ahead, the loud pipes need to be aimed forward, and maybe one aimed up at the rider(s) to let them enjoy the sound too.

The above rider wearing a red shirt and riding the pink scooter is more like it. I know the black leather makes the riders look B-B-B-BAD, but it helps get them d-d-d-dead.

I’ve riden mostly with dark jackets, but almost always with a white helmet, and nearly all of my riding was rural, with little traffic to deal with.

City biking and wearing black.......you’re probably safer to go fight the Taliban.

BTW, my white hair is only long enough to cover the bald spot, per my wife’s instructions.


50 posted on 07/14/2010 3:08:36 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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