People are very different, including motorcyclists. But we all agree on one thing: if any of us are asked to portray a motorcycle, we “turn the handle” and say “VRUM-VRUM”…
Yes, the sound of the engine is one of the important points of motorcycle culture, for some even the most important. Sometimes motorcycles are chosen for sound rather than performance, design or convenience. But what can I say, most aftermarket mufflers are bought not for some mythical one and a half horses at the top, but in order to sound impressive and noble on the road (or loud and harsh, no one else).
Many will stop riding on two wheels
There have been studies that have shown this thing: when electric motorcycles come to replace gasoline motorcycles, many riders will forever hang their equipment on a nail and stop riding on two wheels. For most of us, the soul of a motorcycle, its character, its temper is the sound and vibrations of the internal combustion engine, and the thought that all this individuality will be devoured by inexorable progress, leaving in return the quiet hum of an electric motor, is simply unbearable for many, many motorists.
Sound is the most important element of motorcycle riding
Fortunately, there is one brand that deals with motorcycles, electronics and musical instruments, and you certainly know which one. Japanese sound and motorcycle experts set out to create technology that could ease the transition to the future and make electric motorcycles sound good. In general, Yamaha Motor Co. has joined forces with Yamaha Corp. working on creating a set of sound patterns for electric motorcycles that simulate the sound of internal combustion engines.
And don’t think this is some kind of joke or niche product, Yamaha takes this project very seriously. They even created a separate unit for him called Alive (which translates into Russian as “Alive”). Its staff agree that sound is an essential element of motorcycle riding, not only entertaining, but also giving the rider an idea of the speed of the bike, thereby making it feel better. Hideo Fujita, one of the project participants, said that the system they are developing will be capable of producing far more than just the sounds of a gasoline engine. According to him, “even sounds from Star Wars can be played”…
Whether you want your electric motorcycle to sound like a Chewbacca every time you turn on the gas or not, it’s up to you. Another question is, will sound engineers be able to make the electric bike sound natural, so that the sound is clearly related to the operation of the throttle and the engine speed? We will soon find out, because with such a pace of development of electric transport, it will not be long to wait.