"Considering my 250cc bike has a top speed of 105mph (supposedly, I never rode it above 90mph) and goes about 240 miles with one tank of gas, this is very close performance, I'd say -- certainly good enough for city use."
As a technical demo, yes its very intresting. As a city bike, its does not look very nice place to be when sitting in traffic, and because your in a sports bike pose you can not see over the traffic well. Ie its a crap city bike, like most racey styles.
It looks like its the right shape for a quick blast along an A road come a sunny weekend (or a frustrating week day), however, 150 miles, presumably not doing 150mph but with much accelleration, decelleration and the fabled wind resistance at higher speeds turning that 150 miles into diddly.
My 600 town bike (Fazer 600S 2003) does 145Mph (so I have heard, cough), but its range of around 100-150 on a tank drops like a rock if I sit at 80-90mph for any leanth of time, and even that is good compaired to accelarating and decelarating all the time. Whilst I imagine the race bike style that it has will make it a bit better when it comes to wind resistance, I still think its going to be quite a bit short of a fun 'weekend Machine', when you have to turn around and leave all your mates to 'go plug my bike back in'.
I also wonder about the cost.... things like this rarly ever come in cheap, so you might beable to afford a new bike every year for the next 8 years with what this may cost (250cc I am meaning).
Don't get me wrong, I look forward to electric bikes of one type or another, but this is not the deal maker. Still pat on the back for thinking of a 'valid' excuse to do a fast run on two wheels :)
< The Pengin, because everybody should pick one up, unlike a leccy bike atm.