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Do electric bikes pose a threat to exhaust manufacturers?

We ask chief of SC-Project Exhaust’s technical department Paolo Termignoni...

WHAT WILL electric motorcycles mean for our industry? It’s an often asked, rarely answered question.

But it’s not something that fazes Paolo Termignoni, chief of SC-Project Exhaust’s technical department, as I found out on a visit to the company’s Milan-based factory yesterday.

Termignoni, son of Termigoni exhausts founder Luigi, moved to SC-Project when his father’s company was sold. He now oversees the manufacturing of every exhaust made by the company, from stock slip-ons to Marquez’s RC213V full race system.

In an industry that relies on conventionally fuelled motorcycles to survive, you would be forgiven for thinking that electric motorcycles pose a real threat to SC-Project.

But Termignoni believes that as long as there are passionate riders, there will be petrol-powered motorcycles.

“I don’t think electric bikes pose a threat to our industry. For the moped and urban mobility, the e-scooter is ok but for the passion of the motorcycles, I don’t think that’s a problem,” he said with Fabio Campanile, of the company’s press department translating.

“There is nothing linked with passion in electric bikes – a real rider wants to feel the vibration and sound of the bike.”

“And the technology is not ready either. It may be the future but it's a long way away, a lot more than 30 or 40 years...”

Keep an eye out for the full feature on our tour of SC-Project.

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