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Video: The Zero X Electric Dirt Bike

Those of you who already know me know that I am many things. I am an eco-geek—I love lowering my carbon-footprint. I am “outdoorsy”—I love camping, hiking, and bicycling. And I am an avid motorcyclist—both on- and off-road. And if you REALLY know me, then you also know that—for the life of me—I cannot keep two pennies in my pocket if there’s a shiny new “toy” on the showroom floor. So when I tell you I want one of the new Zero X all-electric dirt bikes, you should know that the motorcycling eco-geek lust boils in my blood with the power of a thousand suns. While I research price, availability, and shipping costs, take a look at this video about the Zero X from the LA Times.
Now as the video below will prove, this bike has the power and torque necessary to be a rugged dirt bike. However, with such battery power and easy charging, why not swap the knobby tires for road rubber, and string it with lights and directionals? Making this bike road-legal would transform it into the perfect electric commuting motorcycle—it would have the distance range necessary for rural commuters, and the “oomph” and grit necessary for urban traffic environments.And now for all of you out there who doubt the bike’s power and revolutionary battery system, here’s proof that this is no two-wheeled golf cart.

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future.Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More
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