Posted By RichC on September 15, 2007
I’ve posted on the Wired NextFest in 2006 and attended in 2005 with my daughter, so its only appropriate to comment in 2007. Unfortunately the ‘newsy’ part of this years event is probably the “KillaCycle” electric motorcycle demonstration. The high … let me repeat HIGH … performance electric cycle is impressive without the attached video clip since it has the latest in battery technology from A123 and about 400HP in high torque electric motors. The 600 pound screamer can do 0 to 60 in under one second. (.97 seconds) and a quarter mile speed of 158 mph. That’s fast …. REALLY fast.
Now to the demo … Bill Dube, a government scientist during the day and electric bike builder at night, was talking to a reporter about his custom motorcycle and demonstrated a â€œburn outâ€ at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It got away from him and accelerated like a bit more like a rocket than a bike and launch Bill after crashing into a Minivan. Hang on … Mr. Dube is ok, although some may question his sanity!
“Iâ€™m just a bit scraped up. Embarrassed of course. I had not intended the bike to move in the soapy water, just spin the tire.”