Friday, October 29, 2021

Want no-mess oil changes? Get an electric motorcycle

Three-wheeled electric car.
When it's built, the Daymak Spiritus three-wheeler won't need oil changes. 

 Want to streamline the process of changing the oil in your classic Royal Enfield motorcycle?

 After lengthy experiments with coffee cans, milk jugs and drain pans, here are my picks for the two best ways to clean up your act when changing oil:

1. Pay someone else to do it for you; or

2. Buy an electric motorcycle. No more oil changes!

 I've blogged repeatedly about my experiments in making oil changes easier and less messy on my 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet. My Royal Enfield is the old Bullet, little removed from its original 1949 design.

Motorcyclists were Real Men in 1949, oil was always oily, and they tended to be in close contact most of the time.

Motorcyclists, one Real Man told me, wore oily jeans because there was no sense getting oil on your new jeans.

I bought my Royal Enfield because I wanted to travel back in time, not just ahead in distance. It turns out that not everything about visiting 1949 is very tidy. So be it.

I may not be a "Real Man," but I am a "Retro Man" to my oil-contaminated end.

I was encouraged in this by Paul d'Orleans, creator of the authoritative and wide ranging website "The Vintagent." He started it in 2006, as a blog; reading it taught me a lot about real vintage motorcycles, not simply retro ones like my old Bullet.

In 2016 The Vintagent expanded its reach to film, culture and, lately and perhaps most notably, electric vehicles. 

The things I love about The Vintagent are still there. Check out Paul's piece on a guy called "Paladin," a Real Biker and philosopher of the old motorcycle scene in San Francisco, oily jeans and all.

Far more up to date is "The Current," the section of  The Vintagent that covers modern, even futuristic electric vehicles. It explains itself this way:

"It’s an ever-evolving, even frantic, landscape of electric vehicles, and it can be tough to keep abreast of all the latest bikes, batteries, and news constantly flooding the market. That's why we’ve re-launched our weekly EV News Roundup to bring you cherry-picked stories that matter to you."

For sure, I didn't know any of this stuff, and much of it is jaw-dropping, even if some vehicles featured won't be on the streets this year, or next year.

One recent edition of The Current introduced me to the Daymak Spiritus, a three-wheeled (and thus maybe a motorcycle) two-seater. It's due in 2025, in two versions, one costing $20,000 and the other $150,000. The more expensive version is to have three-wheel drive and a 0-60 time of 1.8 seconds.

Both versions will offer a crypto-currency "suite." Not only will the vehicles enable you to pay as you go in crypto, they will mine Bitcoin in their spare time. I am not making this up; check the Daymak Avvenire website.

It also says the company has $1 billion in orders on hand, perhaps proving that The Current is really onto something electrifying.

You wouldn't have to change the oil. Hmmm. Maybe I could get used to that.


  1. I find the future a bit intimidating. I think that in a couple of years, when I retire, I'm just going to ignore the future, and fossilise just as I am.

    1. Being doing that for years. I even have a 1965 Interceptor fossilmobile!


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