To start, the McFly technology allows you to select between various powerplants for your ride. Initially, there are three choices–a 1989 two-stroke single, a 1999 600cc inline-4, and a 2004 800cc four-stroke twin. By the time the Emula is a production motorcycle, they will have many more virtual engines to choose from, such as a 1980 125cc two-stroke or a modern superbike.The McFly software adjusts the response of the electric motor to emulate the distinctive power deliveries of the different ICE configurations. That means power is different parts of the rev range, as well as the speed that the motor accelerates. That all seems reasonable to accomplish.However, adding in the operation of a clutch and gearbox is a bit more complicated. With the faux clutch lever and gearshift lever, the McFly software is aware of which gear you are in, and the power delivery is adjusted accordingly. If you want to pop the clutch, McFly is capable of giving you that experience, too. Further, the clutch and shift lever product tactile feedback that also replicates a gearbox and clutch as you shift. A slipper clutch emulator prevents the rear wheel from locking up, should you downshift too aggressively.Engine behavior is also highly configurable. There are two basic modes on the Emula–Boring mode and McFly mode. The Boring mode turns off the McFly simulation, and the Emula works as a standard electric motorcycle–twist-and-go, with a top speed of 155 mph. The McFly mode is where the action is, and there are four different sub-modes, which start to take on the attributes of a video game:
- Real Emulation. In this mode, the Emula acts like an ICE motorcycle. It’s so real, that if you don’t give it enough throttle as you let out the clutch from a stop, it will “stall.” If you are in too high of a gear and the revs are too low, the motor will bog when you twist the throttle. Further, sloppy gear shifting can result in a missed shift.
- Easy Emulation. You can’t stall the Emula, and it is more forgiving of poor gear ratio selection.
- Arcade Emulation. In this mode, you don’t have to use the clutch lever. You can ride as if the Emula has an up/down quickshifter.
- Beginner Emulation. McFly technology takes over gear selection, and you don’t have to use the clutch—akin to a Honda DCT system in auto mode.
We haven’t seen the 2electron Emula Concept in person, let alone ridden it. So, we don’t know if this is entirely legit, or just vaporware—always a concern when it comes to cutting-edge technology. Regardless, the Emula Concept gives us quite a bit to think about as it applies to the future of motorcycle riding, and what it is we really want.