Now THIS Is a Smart Government Program

Buried in the fiscal cliff deal: a $4 million credit for electric motorcycles.

The money can be used to pay hospital bills if you show up at a biker rally riding one.

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  1. You know I was kinda interested in E-motorsickles when I first heard about them. Seemed at least somewhat plausible compared to a compressed air powered mini-van. But I’ve seen a lot of the vendors saying the batteries only last 500 charges. That’s like one weekend in Vegas or something.

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  2. Well it is much smarter than the program that gives credits for transporting some sort of green energy fuel. A Canadian company has accrued enough of these to sell to other companies to make millions of dollars and all they do is have a train keep crossing the border and rack up the credits with the same cargo. I do not have the source or a link but I probably saw it at the Daily Caller. That four million is a bargain compared with what Congress can do when they actually try hard to do good.

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  3. I’ve had access to a Zero bike for about two years now.

    $2,500 tax credit on a $13,000 motorcycle and, maybe, a state sales tax credit. Let’s see: The range is questionable, the battery charge times are terrible, has a peak MPH of 80 (yeah, right!), the ride itself is very stiff, there’s no feel of a clutch so the rear wheel slips easily, it uses straight disc brakes, and the battery replacement is about $5,000.

    You can get a gas bike for $6K to $8K that gets great mileage, lasts nearly forever, has anti-lock brakes, anti-slip traction control, and a crapload of other features. Plus it will get you out of trouble (or into it) with power to spare.

    If you’re gonna drop $13K to $15K on a motorcycle, then check out the BMW F800 GS. That’s a sierra hotel bike that can haul asphalt and dig dirt with style.

    So what’s the better value?

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