Car Vehicle: A first in the series, this is a Honda motorcycle. Lest we forget: Honda doesn’t just make cars. They’re attacking the planet with myriad vehicles and tech products intended to make life better and get you to buy, buy, buy. This motorcycle is a nifty pseudo-crotch rocket that seems confused if it wants to be a city boy or rugged off-roader, leaning more toward the city boy with it’s sleek design. At under $8K as well, this seems like a pretty affordable little whip to ride around in.
Environmental Impact: Before unpacking this, a question: are motorcycles more environmentally friendly? Not necessarily. Here’s some context:
The Air Resources Board estimates there are 600,000 motorcycles in active use in California, which account for less than 1% of vehicle miles traveled in the state. Those 600,000 motorcycles, however, account for 13% of the state’s hydrocarbon emissions from passenger vehicles, Swanton said.
Ouch. While I don’t have any resources to understand if this particular Honda bike emits lots of toxins, a quick search for it’s being an environmental alternative doesn’t seem that fruitful.
How Happy Does This Honda Make Me? I’m mixed. This seemed so great given how good bikes are for miles per gallon, etc. but the byproduct of extra emissions is really fucking terribles. Motorcycles aren’t any better. Bad, Honda, bad.