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Motorcycle design changed much in the last 100 Pour gasoline in, ignite, and things start turning and sweet exhaust note singing. Most powertrains we see on the road today are based on principles and old physics.

There of course been innovations and to our beloved motors. Metals gotten lighter and stronger, more reliable and sophisticated, and bitty computer chips do the thinking. But now we ride on the precipice of a revolution and have to pause and Where the hell is this taking us?

The signs are all around us. The is not born of wallet-draining gas prices or a granola-munching love for the environment; it is far more basic. It is our federal or more precisely its league of the EPA.

Of course protecting our is a good thing, but the high of motorcyclists makes us an easy for whatever’s wrong with the world.

With mounting to run clean, lean and green, fuels and new technologies are coming Carburetors are nearly extinct, motors appear endangered radiators are taking over) and the look more than to shove a fuel cell up our Will internal combustion go the way of the bird?

The automotive industry the way for technologies that can be applied to says Jason Hoeve, manager for Victory Motorcycles. We of ride on their shirttails. effectively lets the auto do the long-range RD.; There’s a five-year lag, so motorcycle is not cutting-edge, Hoeve adds, but if in a car you can pretty much figure it someday end up on a bike.

Among the alternative energy that include hybrid, fuel cell, diesel, and even a back-to-steam effort, are much more adaptable to than others, Hoeve While there doesn’t to be much threat of solar-powered Jetsonian sky-bike plutonium-pellet or-at the other extreme-Fred footpowered contrivances, it’s any motorcyclist looks forward to the day he the starter button and waits for an light to tell him his engine is on.

let’s hope that happen, Hoeve says. doesn’t seem likely to see because of motorcycle power it doesn’t offer the kind of motorcyclists want. But a hybrid seems quite possible, as fuel efficiency becomes of an issue, although we have yet to see a between gas prices and bike In more short-range, urban I can also see an electric motorcycle

If you follow the auto lead, a bike may be closer than we the four-wheel version of that is already on the road.

**Show Me Ya Got **

Bike manufacturers get jumpy asked to make forecasts. In the business of manufacturing motorcycles, any about possible future is held within a micrometer of the The OEMs won’t comment on boots they’ll be offering year, much less they have up their sleeves.

It’s understandable; any advantage can mean the difference a good financial quarter and panic. The fear of spilt runs so thick they even want to discuss the of alternative power, even what shape it might between two wheels.

But some will talk-a little. Parker, vice president of and corporate development for Ontario-based Rotary Engines, says, We certainly looked at motorcycles as a product. We could, for example, a more practical hybrid than a larger conventional engine. This can translate for motorcycles.

A rotary has far fewer moving is lighter and smaller, has a superior ratio, is more fuel and offers more bike-design Parker cites a single-rotor, 35- to unit that displaces and weighs 33 pounds (block as an engine that could be a fit for motorcycle application.

Revolution Engines supplies 22- to 300-hp to OEMs and is currently working on a unit that will about 100 hp, according to Parker. He that low emissions, low vibration, torque and high-revving rotaries are suited for bike applications.

Warburton, product manager for Motorcycles in Britain, agrees government pressure will future motorcycle design than any other force. of the changes we will see in the next few will be in response to legislation on emissions and safety, rather to consumer demand. Warburton In a few years all bikes will be and variable valve timing become more common.

of these technologies can give in fuel consumption and exhaust

There will be more use of he adds. Their compatibility current engine technology and networks gives biofuels a big start in the battle for future power, the biggest obstacle the production of methanol. It’s we can’t produce enough by plants in fields, but I wouldn’t bet alternative manufacturing methods developed.

Electric vehicles big batteries aren’t solving the just shifting emissions the vehicle to the power station. a power station may be more than a small internal-combustion there are huge losses in power along hundreds of of power lines.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are certainly not the answer due to huge in producing, distributing and storing Lighter weight will more of a goal. It currently is an for sportbikes because of the performance

It will become more for cruisers because of its impact on consumption and exhaust emissions.

manufacturers look into crystal balls and struggle foggy choices that may or break their future, we may be at a shakeout that hasn’t seen in the industry since a century ago-when the U.S. more than 100 motorcycle Coincidentally this was about the time transportation technology a leap. But will motorcycling be shaped by a changing political

Nobody here is an engineer, so we predict what powertrains win out, comments Lance the AMA’s special projects Our mission is not going to change the bike changes. The good is that bikes will the same advantages over they do now, such as less energy and less and their lighter weight them easier on roads.

qualities will carry no matter what powers

Beyond the traditional advantages offer a traffic-clogged, fuel-challenged Oliver says the battle continue to ensure that are considered a practical and acceptable of our government’s transportation strategy. As motorcycles come online place on our roads comes into play, Oliver

Weight is the enemy when it to alternative energies, so bikes may good sense for these That may make motorcycles more attractive, especially in where electric or hybrid would be more practical, says. Meanwhile, more and quieter bikes might the AMA’s job easier.

One area of for the future of biking is the alarming of sound ordinances popping up the country. These laws come down hard on us, says. Ever-more-quiet motorcycles and legal leeway to modify appear to be on the horizon.

Among the industry heavies leading moto-tech is Honda. The factory has a few prototypes, including a fuel-cell Adapted from Honda’s technology, the FC Stack has been and redesigned.

Suzuki Crosscage

This concept was based on a 125cc scooter, gives it some commuter in urban areas.

The factory has other commuter fare, as an electric moped and a hybrid The Moped-EV is driven by a nickel battery located inside an frame and is powerful enough to a 12-degree incline, according to a

The 50cc hybrid-scooter prototype an alternating current generator an idle-stop function, fuel an electronically controlled belt and a parallel hybrid powertrain a direct rear-wheel-drive electric That’s a lot of technology for a little But perhaps it serves as a model, as the fuel cell and electric for something that could be bigger with broader

Even more radical, is Honda’s back-to-the-future effort to steam power. The Rankine unit is designed to use engine to produce energy for hybrid According to Honda, a Rankine generates three times as electricity using engine as the regenerative braking system A Rankine unit basically the motor into a sustainable engine. The engine heats water, producing steam turns a generator.

Cool, eh? No word from the as to whether the prototypes will it to market.

Meanwhile, Suzuki release a concept bike it the Crosscage, built in a partnership a British company called Energy. The machine burns but reportedly emits just as exhaust. No comment from the regarding consideration of this for production.

Grassroots Greenery

megafactories armed with resources roll inexorably tomorrow’s tech and a global thirsty for powertrains that sip it doesn’t prevent mom-and-pop tinkerers, mad scientists and garage from taking their own shots at building a better

Case in point: the Gray a ragtag band of retired from Harley-Davidson and Outboard who have built a fuel-injected, biodiesel prototype they gets 80 mpg on the highway and can top 100 mph. The is converted from a gas-burning H-D FXRS and is being shopped to customers such as Harley and the according to the Grays.

In a novel researchers at Georgia Tech are on a system to capture, store and carbon monoxide from to prevent the pollutant from its way into our good air. The are trying to build a zero-emissions car doesn’t burn fossil The process would trap emission in the vehicle for later at a fueling station.

The carbon then be shuttled back to a where it could be transformed liquid fuel. Pretty stuff, but if successful it’d nip problems right in their buds.

But if that isn’t green how about banana power? An company, Growcom, is digesting plans to build a plant makes biomethane out of bananas. The essentially eats banana and poops out the natural gas, then can be used to flatulate our way the highway, adding new meaning to the in the wind.

Bob Lutz, the General vice chairman who once global warming a total of sh*t, is moving forward on battery technology he expects power the anticipated Chevy within two years. Lutz is not out of any sudden environmental enlightenment: motivated more by the desire to imported oil than by the CO2 [argument], he

Which means that if is the big mother of invention, market will surely be our salvation. If auto-to-bike principle holds up, be riding whisper-quiet battery by about 2015. Sort of the ones we played with as

I liked to add my own motorcycle noises-I sounds.

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