"The standard version is expected to ship in the third quarter. According to Brammo, the bike goes from zero to 30 mph in a superfast 3.8 seconds. You get to go up to 45 miles per charge, at a speed of 50 mph. The battery charges fully in three hours from any regular outlet."
Certainly not directed at the regular motorcycle market.
Usually, performance is the best defense for a motorcyclist too against drivers in cars.
I was thinking about how much it would cost to make an electric motorcycle from scrach, I figured about $2,500 for a brand new 2007 ninja 250, then sell the engine (Ebay $300) bringing it down to $2,200 lets say you get a nice motor that costs as much as $1,000 and another $1,000 for controller and charger, and go all out and get some nice lithium batteries could set you back as much as $3,500 for 100amp hours (usable!) at 36v, that should give you over 100 mile range at 50mph if I did my figures correctly, and for less then $8,000, of course it would be with expensive new parts, and I'm sure you could find a number of people on electric vehicle forums that for a small fee would put it all together for you, it really makes me want to start an electric motorcycle compeny, but on the other hand, electric bicycles are so simple!