Rider and writer Ted Dillard is in the process of completing his new book called “Power In Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles.” The book can be described as a labor of love for Dillard, who drew inspiration from the Killacycle, a drag racing electric motorcycle monster that set numerous record runs in 2006.
You could say that the Killacycle unlocked a door of limitless opportunities for Dillard. Since that time, Dillard has dedicated most of his time ingratiating himself into the world of electric motorcycles. It even came to the point that he created a website solely for these bikes. He even built a few for himself, and most importantly, he also wrote a book that details the remarkable history and progress gained by electric motorcycles in recent memory.
Of course, writing a book is very different from publishing it. Anybody can write something but without the finances to properly fund the publishing of these books, whatever that was written remains as such. This is where we all come in.
Dillard has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his book. Should he reach the target funding mark, Dillard plans to release Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles as a 250-page, full color volume that will tackle, among other topics, the history of electric motorcycles, the evolution of electric batteries, and the birth of electric motorcycle racing teams.
I took a quick look at Dillard’s Kickstarter page and was pleasantly surprised to see that he had already received just under $4,000 in pledges, close to half of his $10,000 target. There’s still plenty of time to help Dillard reach his target since the project will remain open until July 1, 2015, at 5:33 a.m. EST.
Continue reading to read more about Ted Dillard’s Kickstarter campaign.
Why it matters
What Ted Dillard’s doing is a beautiful thing, especially for those who have followed the evolution of electric motorcycle racing as much as he has.
I count myself as one of these people and while my interest in the field doesn’t even compare to Dillard’s, I do understand the importance of electric motorcycles and how it’s reshaped the industry for the better.
Whether it’s through motorsports, innovation, or simply using renewable energy to sustain the life and function of motorcycles, the road to an electric future is slowly being paved by some of the biggest motorcycle companies in the world.
To be clear, electric motorcycles is unlikely to take the place of its fuel combustion counterparts anytime soon. But the possibility of the two types of motorcycles sharing the same space together is becoming more and more apparent these days.
Dillard put in the work to give everyone a detailed account of where this evolution began and how it has affected the industry as a whole. We at least owe it to all the hard work he put in to see his work published. Even if it’s a small amount, donating to his Kickstarter campaign could go a long way in seeing the publication of Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles.
Let’s all help him out because if his campaign succeeds, you can at least take comfort knowing that you had a hand in getting his book published.