|Ride Apart pit the Zero electric motorcycle against the Royal Enfield Continental GT.|
Why would anyone ask? Give the Ride Apart blog credit for inviting controversy with its "Technology vs. Heritage" feature pitting the two motorcycles against one another.
If you're reading my blog, you know that the Continental GT is a modernized tribute to the 1965 Royal Enfield model of the same name. It has timeless good looks and its performance is from another time as well — with an underwhelming 85 mph.
Brakes and ride are improved to make it a sterling example of what the original Continental GT might have become if it had remained in production all these years.
It has a sense of history; of heritage.
In contract, Ride Apart says that the 2014 Zero SR "can go from 0-60 in a mere 3.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 102 mph."
"Zero doesn’t seem to be concerned about classic ideas of what motorcycles are or should be," Jacob Moss writes.
"Instead, they have visions of what the future of motorcycling could be."
The article naturally inspired a long list of interesting comments.
The first, from Nathan Haley, pointed out that we tend to consider the single-cylinder Enfield a "simple" motorcycle while the high-tech Zero is considered complex modernity.
In fact, the Zero is all solid-state simplicity while the Enfield is a mass of gears, valves, pumps and pushrods.
All-in-all, a thought provoking article with no one answer that will suit everyone.
Except, perhaps "I'll have one of each."