Motorcycles and Energy? As we put together this issue of the “Ink” we got more than a few questions about how the two are related. To anyone who rides, the point is clear: The motorcycle is the ultimate energy machine.
Energy Ink is not your typical energy magazine. Our loyal readers knows that, but for our ever expanding readership, it should be noted we do things differently. Energy is everywhere. It is not a cliché to say it is the life blood of human civilization. Whether living off the grid or living the high life, from fire to nuclear energy, humans can not survive without energy. And whether out of necessity or shear enjoyment, there is no mode of transportation like a motorcycle.
Nearly nine million motorcycles are registered in the United States today representing around 3.3% of all registered vehicles. Some 483,000 bikes were sold in the U.S. in 2014 representing a steady increase in sales year over year since 1997 after a decade long decline. In 2015 through the first quarter alone, motorcycle sales were up 8.2%.
We could easily discuss the oil and gasoline that provides the obvious ties between motorcycles and energy, or the energy required to create the component parts that go into an engine and motorcycle build. But the real relationship is the raw connection between rider and energy machine that allows for the expression of the human spirit as potential energy, coiled up in torque, and released as a kinetic explosion of power propelling man and machine.
Thus, this issue of Energy Ink is little more than a gratuitous salute to the only power plant on earth a human can wrap themselves around and rocket propel down an open road.