LEXINGTON, Ohio — Janette Bair and Barry Franz came from Cincinnati and made a beeline for the Zero Motorcycles demo rides on Saturday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, because they believe electric bikes are the future.
Janette Bair, left, and Barry Franz checked out the Zero Motorcycles.
"I'm interested in electric motorcycles because they are not gasoline powered," Bair said. "Electric is the future. Gasoline is going away."
Carmakers are producing more hybrid and electric cars every year, Franz said.
"There is no question that electric is coming," he said.
While Bair and Franz praised the Zero bikes they rode, calling them "a blast" and "exhilarating," they weren't quite ready to trade their gasoline-powered vehicles for one.
"There's not enough infrastructure," Bair said. "We need more charging stations to make them practical."
Tom Fiscella likes the quiet ride on Zero Motorcycles.
But Tom Fiscella, who came to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, from Massachusetts, said he may opt for the electric bike because it is quiet.
"I am trying to get away from the noise issue," he said. "They are closing our public lands, and there is almost no place left to ride in my area. I want to do what I can to help."
Zero was just one manufacturer offering demo rides this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Other companies represented were KTM North America, Janus Motorcycles, Cleveland Cyclewerks and GasGas.
Peggy Sewell, of Lansing, Mich., decided to try out a KTM 390 Duke on Saturday.
Peggy Sewell likes the KTM Duke.
Her regular ride is a Harley 883, and she uses a 1972 Honda CL 175 to get around events like Vintage Motorcycle Days.
"We've been coming to Vintage Motorcycle Days for 10 years with friends, and I like to see what's out there and enjoy the ride," Sewell said.
Over at Cleveland Cyclewerks, Rick Davis, of Beavercreek, Ohio, was drawn to the bikes by nostalgia.
"I just ride a Honda 90 around my neighborhood," he said. "But I like these (Cleveland) bikes, because they sit lower than some of the others and they really have that classic look."
Cleveland Cyclewerks' Eric Eisenberg said "vintage guys love these bikes."
Rick Davis and friends like the bikes from Cleveland Cyclewerks.
"They like the vintage look without having to search for parts and do a lot of restoration work," he said. "We're keeping the fun in it."
Demo rides are being offered through Sunday, July 9. For a full list of events at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.