2022 Honda CRF-E2 Review 15 Fast Facts: Electric Motorcycle Test. 50cc electric dirt bike

22 Honda CRF-E2 Review [15 Fast Facts: Electric Motorcycle Test]

The first electric motorcycle from Honda is here, and it might not be what you expected—the new 2022 Honda CRF-E2 is a trail bike for kids. The CRF-E2 is manufactured and designed by Greenger Powersports, with Honda helping with the setup of the final version. The result is described as a Honda Official Licensed Product, and we call it a Honda CRF-E2 because we’re a motorcycle publication. We grabbed one of the first E2s available from Greenger, and then let our youngest test rider loose on the local trails.

  • The 2022 Honda CRF-E2 is a quality motorcycle. The frame is a twin-spar aluminum design patterned after Honda’s adult motocrossers, disc brakes slow it down, Kenda Millville K771 tires put the electric power to the ground, and the E2 has a linkage-less cantilevered shock with adjustment for rebound damping and spring preload. The motorcycle looks great, and the finish is up to Honda standards. This isn’t a cheap toy you’ll find at hardware or department stores. It is sold exclusively at Honda dealers with a list price of 2950.
  • The size of the CRF-E2 is midway between a Honda CRF50F and CRF110F. The E2’s seat is adjustable to a height of either 24.8 or 25.5 inches. In the low position, the seat is 3.2 inches higher than the CRF50F, and the high seat position is 0.4 inches lower than the CRF110F. Test rider Avery Bart is almost 8 years old, stands 4 feet 2 inches, and weighs 48 pounds, and the E2 fits her perfectly. Speaking of weight, at 106 pounds filled with electrons, the E2 is four pounds lighter than the CRF50F and a staggering 64 pounds lighter than the CRF110F—a huge difference for a young rider.
  • Operating the Honda CRF-E2 is incredibly easy. It has a keyed ignition. Once the key is in the switched to the on position, the rider or supervising adult can select one of two power modes. With the power mode engaged, push the on button (a repurposed e-start button), and all the rider has to do is twist the throttle. It’s instantly game-on, as the fully automatic one-speed transmission means no clutch or gear shifting. Any youngster of sufficient size who can balance a bicycle will be able to ride the E2.
  • There is a significant difference between the two power modes. Stage 1 limits the speed of the E2 to 10 mph, while Stage 2 ups the ante to 20 mph. The 3.4 horsepower peak output is not nearly as important as the 18.4 ft-lbs of torque available. Without any doubt, the CRF-E2 is not underpowered.
  • Taking off from a standing start is not as smooth in Stage 1 as we’d like it to be. Electric motors on motorcycles are only as usable as the controller for the motor. With so much torque available as soon as an electric motor turns, it must be padded down for the power to be usable. In Stage 1, we found the power delivery too abrupt when getting underway, especially when the rider is trying to work through obstacles that require turning the wheel. Once the rider gets going, the throttle response is just right, and the 10-mph speed restriction will please nervous parents.
  • Put the 2022 Honda CRF-E2 in Stage 2, and it’s a little rocketship. The Greenger representative we spoke with reminded us that the E2 is a trailbike, not a racebike. While we respect that, the power delivered in Stage 2 will undoubtedly have a young hot shoe looking for friends to dice with. It’s fun watching the E2 tear around in Stage 2, and especially odd when all you hear is the whine of the electric motor.
  • We think the CRF-E2 controller should be a bit more high-tech. Rather than only having two fixed modes, we want the ability to fine-tune throttle response. A parent should be able to dial in the throttle response over a wide range, as well as the maximum output. Ideally, it would be doable via Bluetooth and a mobile app. While Honda and Greenger are at it, an adult-controlled kill switch would be a great safety feature.
  • The chassis is perfectly matched to the motor. The suspension worked fine for Avery in both modes, and we had her out on some pretty bumpy trails. She isn’t ready for airtime, though the Honda promo photos show the E2 being jumped, so that activity is within its intended use.
  • The suspension setup balances the needs of riders who just want to putt, while still providing the taut action needed for Stage 2 kids. When adults hop on—as they invariable will—the rear suspension nearly bottoms out. That tells you it’s set up for kids under the maximum weight of 99 pounds. At 44 pounds, Avery had no complaints. The shock has rebound-damping adjustment, which seems superfluous on a trailbike for kids. If your youngster asks for damping adjustments, it’s time for a racebike. Suspension travel is just under four inches at each end—plenty, thanks to the settings, and a perfect match to the motor.
  • The Kenda Millville K771 tires are a great choice. This intermediate tire worked on the various terrain we tested on—rocky, hard pack, and sandy. The two 12-inch rims are mounted with 60/100 tires. Honda and Greenger should upgrade to a 14-inch front wheel so the CRF-E2 can better roll over off-road obstacles.
  • Avery challenged herself more confidently on the Honda CRF-E2 than on 50cc motorcycles. The predictable power delivery of the whirring motor allows learning riders to FOCUS on acquiring new skills. There’s no auto-clutch engagement or gear shifting to think about. The rider prepares for the new tasks—riding through rock gardens to tackling modest hillclimbs, for example—without distraction. The E2 is an outstanding learning tool.
  • The hydraulic disc brakes are simple and easy to use. Each is controlled by an adjustable lever on the aluminum handlebar. Avery likes the action of the brakes, and we haven’t seen her struggle with them. With the E2 having no foot controls, the rider’s feet are securely planted on the stout footpegs.
  • Runtime for the 2022 Honda CRF-E2’s lithium-ion battery is listed at two hours, and it wasn’t an issue for us. While Avery wasn’t shredding, she has tested the E2 on some tricky power-sucking terrain. It takes four hours to bring the battery from flat to full with the standard charger—the optional quick charger takes two hours to get the battery to an 80 percent charge. If your rider drains the battery before running out of personal energy, the battery can be easily swapped out. However, you’ll be dropping 1k for that second battery—worth it if your rider is inexhaustible.
  • There’s pretty much no maintenance required. With no motor oil, no air filter, and no cable-actuated controls, the E2 takes care of itself. The chain might require adjustment now and then, depending on how hard the bike is ridden. You definitely don’t have to be a gearhead to own a CRF-E2.
  • For a young rider learning the powered two-wheeled ropes, the 2022 Honda CRF-E2 is undeniably enticing. It’s a strong performer, backed up by the Honda dealer network, incredibly easy to keep running, can be ridden in untraditional locations, and puts huge smiles on kids’ faces. You can’t beat that for less than 3000.

Photography by Don Williams

RIDING STYLE

  • Helmet: O’Neal Youth 2 SRS Attack
  • Goggles: Blur B-Flex Youth
  • Jersey pants: O’Neal Youth Element Ride
  • Gloves: O’Neal Youth Element
  • Knee guards: O’Neal Pee Wee
  • Boots: O’Neal Youth Rider

2022 Honda CRF-E2 Specs

  • Type: Brushless DC w/ inner rotor
  • Maximum power: 3.4 horsepower @ 4000 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 18.4 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm
  • Top speed: 20 mph (Stage 2) or 10 mph (Stage 1)
  • Cooling: Air
  • Battery: Swappable lithium-ion
  • Capacity: 950 Wh
  • Charge time to 100 percent: 4 hours (2.5 hours w/ optional quick charger)
  • Charge time to 80 percent: 3.2 hours (2 hours w/ optional quick charger)
  • Charger line voltage range: 90-264 volts
  • Run time: Maximum 2 hours
  • Battery warranty: 24 months or 1000 charges (whichever comes first)
  • Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
  • Final drive: 428 chain
  • Frame: Aluminum perimeter
  • Handlebar: Tapered aluminum
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 33mm fork; 3.9 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Cantilevered rebound-damping and spring-preload adjustable DNM shock; 3.8 inches
  • Wheels (front rear): 12 x 1.6; wire-spoked
  • Tires (fr): Kenda Millville K771; 60/100 x 12
  • Brakes (fr): 190mm disc w/ hydraulic caliper

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 38 inches
  • Rake: 25 degrees
  • Trail. 1.3 inches
  • Seat height: 24.8 or 25.5 inches
  • Ground clearance: 7.8 inches
  • Maximum rider weight: 99 pounds
  • Curb weight: 106 pounds

2022 Honda CRF-E2 Price: 2950 MSRP

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What’s the Best 50cc Dirt Bike for Kids?

I recently purchased a 50cc dirt bike for my 6-year-old son and I did a ton of research into the different 50cc bikes available to see which one was the best. In the end, most of the 50cc dirt bikes are excellent and there are very few differences between them. While there are a few lemons to avoid which I’ll highlight in this post, your decision will likely be made by which one you find available at a good price near you. Having said that, my favorite 50cc dirt bike is the KTM 50cc (very expensive), followed by the Honda CRF50 and the Yamaha TTR50. If you aren’t sure of proper sizing, I generally recommend that kids between 3 – 7 years old ride a 50cc dirt bike. Kids who are 8-10 years old can also ride their old 50cc bike, but at 8 years-old, they would more properly fit a larger bike. However, this depends on their individual height and strength. This is for buying the bike new. If you get them a 50cc bike at 6 years old, they’ll be just fine riding it until they are 10 even if technically they could move up to a bigger bike for a better fit at 8.

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KTM 50 SX (Or KTM 50 SX Mini)

If your kid is very serious about dirt biking, or if you’re made of money, then it’s tough to beat the KTM 50 SX Mini. It’s an incredible bike, but you have to pay for the quality. This is a racing bike and if that’s your aim, then it’s a good choice. Disc brakes on the front and back, adjustable handlebars, liquid cooling with a radiator, inverted front forks, and other features make this act like a higher-end bike, but on a smaller scale. However, this is a 2-stroke bike so you’ll have to mix oil at a ratio of 60:1. I personally knew I didn’t want a 2-stroke when I was shopping because all our other dirt bikes are 4-stroke and I didn’t want to mess with mixing fuel for different bikes. However, 2-stroke has advantages such as low-end grunt.

Honda CRF50

If a friend or neighbor were to ask me what 50cc dirt bike to get, my short answer would be to get a Honda CRF50. I’m not alone. Time and time again when I hear from experienced riders, they say they put their kids on a CRF50. They are only 100 more expensive than the Yamaha TTR50, but they include a kick start which, in my opinion, should be standard on absolutely every dirt bike. While the kick start is really nice to have if you accidentally left the key in the “on” position and can’t use the electric start, keep in mind that most kids won’t be able to kick start the bike. It’s just a little too hard for most kids. I’ve seen some 6-year-old kids who can do it, but even my 8-year-old struggles. The kick start is mostly for that parent. The Honda CRF50 and the Yamaha TTR50 are the most popular options because they are incredibly reliable, reasonably priced, and are set up with similar controls to an adult bike so the kid can easily progress to bigger bikes as he or she grows. In almost every other respect, however, the CRF50 is basically identical to the Yamaha. In fact, if you were to switch the plastics on a CRF50 to something blue, most people wouldn’t even know the difference. There are differences, of course, but they aren’t obvious. The one difference you may notice, however, is that the CRF50 isn’t as fast as the TTR50. The CRF50 tops out at 25mph and the TTR50 can get up to 30mph. Seat Height: 21.8″

Yamaha TTR50

The Yamaha TTR50 is a very reliable and well-built dirt bike at a reasonable price. This is the dirt bike I bought for my 6-year-old and it’s been great. I got the Yamaha TTR50 because I found a decent deal on it, but if I were buying again, I would have preferred the CRF50 from Honda if one had been available. I paid 1,250 for a brand new TTR50 at my local shop, but after taxes, registration and fees, I was closer to 1,700 if I remember right. If I could have found a lightly used 50, I would have bought it, but in my local area of Boise, Idaho, there just wasn’t anything out there when I wanted to buy. We have had a good experience with the TTR50. It runs great, my son LOVES it, and we haven’t had any reliability concerns. I taught my son to turn off the bike with the key and to never use the kill switch. If he uses the kill switch to stop the bike, the battery is still in the “on” position and then the next time we use it, the battery will be dead and we won’t be able to start the bike. There is no kick start on this bike. The top speed on a TTR50 is right at 30mph, so it’s a very capable bike for kids. The TTR50 is faster than the CRF50, which tops out around 25mph. I wouldn’t want my kids going faster than that anyway. However, kids under 8 years old normally aren’t strong enough to use a kick starter anyway. So the benefit of the kick starter is really only for an adult to start the bike for the kid if the battery fails. Check out my full review of the Yamaha TTR-50.

Suzuki DRZ-50

Suzuki makes some great dirt bikes that are comparable to the Yamaha and Honda in every way. Best of all, Suzuki puts electric start and kick starters on their bikes just like Honda. Thank you, Suzuki! I don’t personally have much experience with the Suzuki, but it’s well-reviewed. They just aren’t widely available in my local area so I don’t see them as often.

Yamaha PW50

  • PW50 is slightly lighter
  • PW50 doesn’t have a foot brake, so it doesn’t teach the kids the normal controls that they’ll see in bigger bikes as they grow
  • TTR50 is a little faster
  • PW50 has a kick starter but no electric start
  • The PW50 has Mag-style wheels. They aren’t as heavy-duty, but they require no maintenance or spoke tightening

SSR 50cc

The SSR bikes are the cheapest dirt bikes out there. You can buy one brand new for as little as 700. Some people buy them as just fun “crash up” bikes, and some people have good experiences with them; however, unless you’re very handy and you don’t mind working on your bike regularly, I would highly recommend staying away from this and the other Chinese-brand bikes. They are basically lawn mowers with wheels.

While the quality of an SSR is simply not on the level of a bike from the major manufacturers, it still could be a great option for you. If you’re very handy and know how to fix things when they go wrong, you have a limited budget, and you really want to buy new, then this is your bike. I heard from one guy who bought one and after almost a year of almost daily use, it had only broken a few minor things, which would be the same as any Honda or Yamaha. Not everyone has a bad experience with these bikes.

How Much Maintenance Does a 50cc Dirt Bike Require?

Very little. If you change the oil in a 50cc bike, and it’s a good quality bike from a good brand, you’ll likely have it run for 15 years without any major repairs. They are generally reliable and easy to maintain.

The only things you may have to do on your dirt bike are:

  • Put gas in it
  • Change the oil once per year
  • Remove the air filter and clean it periodically (every 10 times is probably fine on one of these little bikes)
  • Remove the starter battery at the end of each season and put it on a trickle charger throughout the winter. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a new one (35-70) at the start of the next season.
  • Repair a flat (No, it’s not nearly as frequent as your kid’s bicycle, but it can happen)
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However, 50cc bikes use much thinner tires than most dirt bikes, so it is more likely to get a flat on them than on some other dirt bikes.

How to Get a Good Deal on a Dirt Bike

Dirt bikes–especially the 50cc bikes–generally hold their value very well. Anyone with experience knows that these bikes run just fine for more than a decade with minimal maintenance, so people are glad to save a little money from the new price.

Unless you’re buying a high-performance KTM or another racing bike, I’d recommend not spending more than 1,100 on a used 50cc dirt bike.

If you’re getting a Honda or Yamaha, here is the approximate “going rate” for used 50cc bikes (At least in the Boise area. It’ll obviously differ depending on where you live)

  • Brand new – 1,200 or 1,300 list rate, but the stores always have special fees and taxes and crap. So it’ll likely be 1,500 to 1,800 by the time you walk out the door.
  • 1-2 years old – 1,000 to 1,100
  • 3-5 years old – 850 to 1,000
  • 5-8 years old – 750 to 900
  • 8 years old – 600 – 850 depending on condition

Are Dirt Bikes for Kids Safe?

If you keep your kids inside and don’t go on any adventures with them, then yes, they’ll be safer. They’ll also turn out like the fat video-game-playing lazy kids like I so often see. At the same time, I obviously don’t want to put my boys in harm’s way.

All of these dirt bikes can get up to 25-30 miles per hour when in the top gear and a WOT (wide open throttle). I keep my 6-year-old in second gear all the time. This reduces his top speed so he can’t get into too much trouble, and he also feels more comfortable in second gear. His bike also has a throttle stop so I can cap his top speed, but I haven’t found that to be necessary because I can just keep him in second gear.

Personally, I believe dirt bike riding for kids as young as 4 years old is a reasonably safe activity as long as you keep them in first or second gear, always have them wear quality safety gear on every single ride, and carefully watch them. With these precautions, I’m satisfied that dirt biking is an excellent activity for my family.

I’m willing to risk a broken ankle at some point if it means I get to spend many years bonding with my kids out in nature and helping them to develop confidence, courage, and knowledge.

I’m the co-owner of Dirt Bike Planet. I live in Star, Idaho and enjoy dirt biking with my wife and two boys throughout the Idaho mountains.

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