‘One Cool Thing’—High Performance Cruising

Each week, Bowdoin Chief Information Officer Mitch Davis offers a look at news and trends in technology, gadgets, inventions, or just something worth checking out. It’s called “One Cool Thing.”

This time of year cruising the coast or backwoods of Maine on a motorcycle is one of the things many of us look forward to all winter long. If you are into high performance motorcycles, you should see the MotoCzysz E1pc. It is the first electric bike that I could really wrap my legs around. The technology behind high performance motorcycles is pretty amazing but this bike is practically a NASA experiment. The owners of this bike think it’s so good that they are going to enter it into the Isle of Man TT. It’s fast, but if you compare it to the acceleration of the fastest production motorcycle available today, it barely scratches the surface when it comes to flat out speed. For just raw speed and performance, nothing really beats the Suzuki Hayabusa.

This video will show you the kinds of high-speed performance you can buy right off the show room floor. Anyone who has driven at speeds above 100 MPH will notice the high-speed motion induced after-effect that one experiences after going over 240 MPH. Watch the speedometer as the driver accelerates and pay attention to the scenery. When the driver reaches 240 MPH and then slows to 100 MPH, pay attention to how slow it feels like the bike is moving.

Michael Bach has put together a site that has 87 optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena so you can explore various other after-effects and illusions. This is a great site for kids and adults to learn how their brain works.

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