Saturday, 16 October 2010


Ian Barry Quote on Electric Motorcycles

Electric motorcycles: Yes or No?

Yes, because to ignore electric motorcycles—purely because of an obsession with combustion powered ones—limits my imagination of what’s possible on two wheels. I love old bikes but they were once new, trying to out-perform the one before. When I bring an old bike skeleton back from the dead, I try to refine it with technology, forms, and materials that weren’t available when it was made… but at the end of the day, it’s still built within a framework of vintage elements. In the modern bike world, the ‘frame’ of mind is the present and the future, so if an electric engine is what ends up fueling (no pun) a superior-performing and interesting motorcycle, then who’s to say that it’s not part of the ‘perfect’ evolution of a modern bike?

See the full interview here: