We are totally pumped to have both Ben and the Zero Motorcycle join the tour.
Everyone meet Ben!
He has been riding his 2012 Zero S ZF9 since February 2012 and loves it! He uses it almost every day in all seasons and regularly rides 40-60 miles (roundtrip) to NYC to swing dance.
Ben’s reasons for getting an electric motorcycle:
- To stop using gasoline that is imported from the Middle East, Venezuela and Russia.
- Because it is a better riding experience than having pistons vibrating the chassis and making noise.
- Because the bike doesn’t emit pollutants.
- And the cost of riding electric is far less than internal combustion engine (ICE)bikes after the initial purchase.
He’s excited to share his riding experience with people across the US and is looking forward to traveling across the country!
Favorite Country in the World: Switzerland
Where would you live if Money was Not an Object: New Hampshire in the summer, Colorado in the winter with an apartment in NYC so I can visit and swing dance any day to incredible live music.
Biggest Accomplishment So Far: Educating over 500 students and empowering them to understand some of the secrets of the universe, generally referred to as physics.
Biggest Regret: I work very hard to live without regrets. So far so good.
Favorite Movie Star: Neil Patrick Harris. Everything he does is magical.
Would you Go Back and Do Teenage Years over: Nope, went pretty well the first time.
What do you Miss The most: I miss mail that never included a bill to pay.
Best Memory: Having the opportunity to speak with Frankie Manning, the grandfather of swing dance, during a workshop weekend. I drove him around, giving me the opportunity to have more one-on-one time with the man who is my personal hero. He was kind, charismatic and generous in every way in addition to being an inspirational performer.
What Do you Still Want to Accomplish: I want to make my personal energy use to be carbon neutral, but also to impact the larger society in my state and country to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil as well as move toward sustainable energy use.
What do You Hope for in a Partner: Someone who is adventurous, likes to travel, feels the need to be outdoors and has a great deal of patience and humor.
Favorite Song of All Time: Desperado by The Eagles
Favorite Singer/Band: Brad Paisley. Great melodies and he sings the most clever lyrics of any musician today.
Why Ride The Future Tour: Driving electric vehicles is easier to do than people think, it is an improved driving experience over gas powered vehicles, and it is important to our national security. I have been driving electric vehicles since 2007 & love every minute of it. Knowing the the money I pay for energy to drive my car and motorcycle stays in the US instead of going to OPEC or other countries. Spending 2 months sharing these ideas with people across the country sounds like a great way to meet interesting people and encourage people to drive electric!