By Wade Thiel
Getting The Feeling of an Internal Combustion Engine
Electric bikes offer a different experience than an internal combustion engine motorcycle does. 2electron, which came to be from the automotive technology company Zener, just put out the Emula Concept motorcycle. The goal is the make an electric feel like a gas-powered motorcycle.
The technology is called McFly. It’s designed to mimic the experiences of riding an ICE motorcycle. The McFly system uses a virtual gearbox, faux gear shifter, and clutch levers. You can adjust power deliver and speakers on the chassis will give you noises as an ICE bike does.
You can also choose different powerplant profiles. There’s a late-80s two-stroke single, a late-90s 600cc inline four-cylinder, and an early-2000s 800cc four-stroke twin, according to Ultimate Motorcycling. When the Emula gets to production 2electron will have many other profiles you can choose.
The bike will offer a large touchscreen to adjust settings. This is more than just sticking some extra levers on the bike and putting on some speakers. The company has really worked well to engineer the levers to feel like they work as they would on an ICE bike.
That means if you pop the clutch, the motorcycle will react like you did that. The clutch lever, gear shifter, and throttle are all tied into the computer system that controls power delivery. Downshift too early coming into a corner, and you’ll get the expected sensation. It’s pretty clever.
The company has engineered four different modes into this no matter the bike profile. There’s Real Emulation, Easy Emulation, Arcade Emulation, and Beginner Emulation. Real will react like an ICE bike in almost every way. The others offer unique features to make the bike easier to handle or more like an …read more