Last year, a new stand-on electric motorcycle made its debut, defying categorization. Performance Concepts Inc.’s 2011 MXB Shocker motocrossboard was a hand-controlled two-wheel electric vehicle that looked like a cross between a snowboard and a dirt bike. There was such widespread interest in the Shocker that PCI CEO Andy Keel decided to work on the vehicle further before releasing it for orders. The results have been awesome: 4 new 2012 Shocker models are now available for pre-order, and they’re lighter and less expensive than the first version. Even the largest motorcycle museum in the world, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama, is getting excited about this unique, green vehicle, and will be displaying the original Shocker prototype there soon, an honor which Keel says left him speechless. So, how does this thing work?
The driver steers the Shocker by shifting his weight on his heels or toes, just like on a snowboard. Throttle and brake are controlled with a handheld unit that attaches to the vehicle via a flexible strap. Keel says his invention was inspired by his college snowboarding days, but that the Shocker is much easier to learn how to navigate than a snowboard or surfboard. The 2012 Shocker weighs in at 67 pounds, travels up to 18 miles per hour, and comes with two battery pack options that will get you 13 miles or an impressive 36 miles for a price ranging from $1699 to $2399. We love how such a sporty vehicle is expanding the two-wheeled electric vehicle options on the market. The Shocker makes the Segway positively wall-e lazy.