Best Electric Dirt Bikes 2023
Electric dirt bikes are getting better all the time. Choices were limited not too long ago, with price and battery life being the main drawbacks. A competitive model would have set you back 12,000 and may only have delivered an hour or so of usable riding time. KTM was definitely ahead of the curve with their Freeride electric dirt bike upon its initial release.
TeamMA spent some time studying the options for rider who wants something a little different. Electric motocross bikes have started making appearances at major events, and they even have dedicated classes at certain tournaments. With the world moving rapidly towards electric vehicles, electric dirt bikes are the wave of the future.
Best electric Dirt Bikes For Adults
With more options to choose from than ever before, there’s never been a better time to invest in an adult electric dirt bike. As with any dirt bike, they all have their differences in both preferences and cost. Choosing an electric dirtbike brand is an important part of the buying process, and being informed is the first step. Before we look at some buying tips, check out some of the best electric dirt bikes for adults below!
KTM Freeride E-XC – The Best Overall Electric Dirt Bike
The KTM Freeride E-XC just gets better and better in 2023. Giving us a glimpse as to just how reliable electric off-road motocross is already. An 80-minute charge time will return around 60 to 90 minutes of riding depending on the terrain, with power storage and delivery from 360 Lithium-ion cells. This charging constraint does mean that an all-day adventure ride is a tricky proposition, but it’s not impossible if you have enough charged power packs and are riding with support.
The KTM Freeride range is for shorter track or leisure rides. With 22bhp and 42Nm of torque on tap from the brushless, permanent magnetic synchronous electric motor, the power comes in immediately, and it’s comparable with a 125cc gas-powered dirt bike.
KTM has produced two competent machines worthy of any MX circuit. The SX is the more focused circuit machine, and the XC is more of an enduro machine. Neither of these dirt bikes are toys. We spoke with KTM in Plymouth, UK and they describe the Freeride-E as
remarkably quick. It takes you by surprise. I guess the weirdest thing is the lack of engine noise, and the fact it is more like a twist and go.
When it comes to power delivery, there are three mapping modes available. Setting one is the softest and is most similar to a wet weather setting. It has a slower power delivery and a more sedated top end. Setting two starts softly and increases sharply in power towards the top end of the curve. Setting three is the full-fat MX mode, and it’s most comparable to a 250cc four-stroke dirt bike.
KTM has installed moisture sensors that shut down the motor if any moisture is detected, and as such, riding in deep water is not recommended. The Freeride range comes with the same quality of components that you would find on other KTM models. At 97 kilograms, with a 27 kilogram power pack, the bikes handle exceptionally well and turn almost instinctively.
Tracking ruts is effortless, and the well-balanced design means that the Freeride does everything you would expect of a top-end enduro bike. Freeride electric bikes are quickly earning their place among their contemporaries, and they’ll only keep getting better and better.
However, let’s be clear here. KTM electric dirt bikes are thoroughbred off-road bikes, and they are fully competitive for short race sessions or casual rides when covering lots of miles is not a requirement. While used is always an option, a new Freeride electric motocross bike will run you around 11,299.
Why we chose this model
Above the other models on this list, the Freeride range was a breakout addition to the electric dirt bike world, and features like the moisture sensor and mapping modes have set KTM apart from their early competitors. Compared to other electric dirt bikes, you’d be most likely to find the KTM Freeride E-XC on the used dirt bike market simply because of how well known KTM is as a brand. As long as you’re aware of the potential conditions and power challenges that you’ll face while riding, we recommend the Freeride for its rugged power and durability.
|18 kW Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack
|111 kilograms / 245 pounds
|Chrome-molybdenum with bolt-on forged aluminum
Best Electric Dirt Bikes – Stark Varg
Stark Future is changing minds about just how impressive electric mx dirt bikes can get. As of January 2023, the Stark Varg has much to brag about. 80 HP beats out the horsepower of most four-stroke dirt bikes in the industry, and the Stark Varg is supposed to offer up to 100 fully customizable power profiles depending on what you need out of it that day.
‘Varg’ is Swedish for wolf, so it’s no wonder this adult electric dirt bike is a beastly competitor. Power isn’t the only thing to boast about on the Stark Varg Electric Dirt Bike. Since this marvel is built around its water-cooled engine, the frame weighs only about half of what a comparable gas-powered dirt bike would. The motor is also encased in a carbon fiber sleeve for even more lightweight maneuverability.
Runtime is similarly increased thanks to the massive 6 kWh battery upgrade that Stark Future has compared to the longevity of a full tank of gas on a 450cc dirt bike. Instead of recharging your electric enduro bike every hour or two, the Stark Varg will allegedly last up to six hours of trail time or a full motocross championship.
Since an estimated 20% of dirt bike tracks have closed due to noise issues, the Stark Varg makes it feasible to ride where it was previously not possible. With no gas or oil to maintain, the Stark Varg won’t need more maintenance than a normal bicycle according to Stark Future.
The Varg features a rugged phone holder on the handlebars, with an optional Android phone to boot. Even if you use your own phone, pop it in to control the many power profiles and select five to have on hand during your day out. The battery is also rated at IP69, meaning complete waterproofing and the wild capability to ride underwater if you end up in a sticky situation.
TeamMA continues to be super impressed by the Varg and all of its potential capabilities. We’ll be excited to see if this new competitor actually holds up to the power that Stark claims. As of early 2023, the Stark Varg is available for reservation from Stark Future for a 100 deposit and is expected in March of 2023. The basic model will set you back almost 13,000, but this is a small price to pay to ride this futuristic model.
Why we chose this model
What’s not to love about the Stark Varg Electric Dirt Bike? So many different companies have attempted to do what Stark Future is doing now, and it will be the most groundbreaking development in electric motocross bikes if their claims hold water. Between the versatility of adjustment in power modes, longevity of riding, superior construction and attention to detail, the Stark Varg is an electric dirt bike to watch out for.
|6 kWh Stark VARG battery
|110 kilograms / 242 pounds
|Ultralight tubular chromoly steel
Cake Kalk OR Race
This Swedish made Cake Kalk OR Race electric dirt bike is a bold addition to the ever growing off-road category. They also produce a road legal version. The look/design will make you stand out along with premium Öhlins suspension, 3 braking modes and 3 ride modes, to use as an exploration machine, or an explosive performance tool.
We at TeamMA were impressed by the styling and quality of build and parts, however, it comes at a price, starting at 14,370, it is the most expensive electric dirt bike on this list. For that you get a top speed of 56mph / 90kmh with up to 3 hours of range with only 165-pound weight. It really feels like a game-changer in most respects.
CAKE connect is an app that you can use to help optimise your experience. Service reminders, ride statistics, diagnostics and ride mode customizations really make you feel in control and at one with your machine.
Why we chose this model
With 280Nm (207ft/lb) of torque at the wheel with only 165 pounds/75kg of weight provides instant movement that you can really feel. Combined with premium components, superb build quality and an impressive 11.75”/300mm ground clearance, means you can really be competitive with any gas-powered dirt bike on the market with comparable size. Plus the design is a real “head turner”.
The fact that there are 26 outlets selling/servicing the CAKE brand in the all over the United States alone, means that there is good support and after-sales. Even though they are Swedish based, they have a good reputation and is more comprehensive than much of the competition.
However, the price is as premium as the bike. For over 14,000, you really have to be committed to the experience and would not recommend for the novice. If you do, am sure you will love it, but there might be better options for your personal finances and expectations.
|50Ah/2.6kWh Premium 18650 lithium cells
|75 kilograms / 165 pounds
|6061 aluminium – extruded, forged and CNC machined
Kuberg Freerider Electric Dirt Bike
The Kuberg Freerider is an excellent entry-level electric dirt bike adults and kids alike can test out for a smaller investment. With aggressive motocross looks and fun graphics, the Kuberg is a competent off-roader geared towards both teens and adults. It has a top speed of 46 mph, weighs in at a total 40 kilograms and it boasts up to 2 hours of riding time. Full recharge time is around 1.5 or 2.5 hours (optional extended battery), but slightly over one hour will get you about an 80% recharge.
Kuberg offers different choices in terms of wheels and suspension so that you can tailor your bike to your needs for height, power and wheel base dimensions. In many ways, the Freerider is the perfect electric dirt bike for a newcomer for its price and accessibility.
Based on our ride on the Freerider, the centralized location of the controller and resulting sensitivity really helps you get going in a hurry, and the single speed transmission means there’s no shifting to worry about. Mid-range riders will fit the Freerider perfectly with an 876-millimeter seat height, and 11 horsepower gave us even powerband control without feeling overwhelming.
Why we chose this model
The Kuberg Freerider is ultra-lightweight and ideal for either youngsters new to the sport or veterans who want an easy transition into electric dirtbikes. The Freerider is a solid investment for decent power without being overloaded and you won’t break the bank like some other high-end models.
|14kW Power Force Lithium-ion polymer 48V battery
|40 kilograms / 88 pounds
|Poweder-coated steel double-cradle tube
Sur Ron Light Bee X Electric Dirt Bike
The Sur-Ron Light Bee X weighs in at a modest 83 kilograms, making for quick work and easy handling on your track of choice. The 60V removable battery pack provides an easy recharge that ranges anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. A slick LCD handlebar dashboard comes standard with a digital speedometer and USB charger for any power emergencies that might arise.
As far as performance, we love that the light weight lends itself to a robust 45 degree climbing range for more aggressive rides on this electric mx dirt bike. The combination of a thicker and wider seat provides a comfortable ride on most terrain types. Though we found that it doesn’t quite scream along like some other models, the Light Bee X is a smooth, dependable ride for a rider new to the game.
Unlike most other models, the Sur Ron Light Bee X comes in a choice of silver, black or blue depending on your desired starting line look. Though it comes with LED lights, we’re still crossing our fingers for a street-legal version of this electric motocross bike sometime soon.
Why we chose this model
The Light Bee X is perfect for beginner riders with its adjustable seat height range, lightweight frame and affordable price point. The quiet ride is a plus for low-noise pollution environments, and while the powerband may leave some to be desired for more experienced riders, it’s ideal for learning and easy manoeuvring.
The Light Bee X is definitely the most “bang for buck” electric dirt bike on the market, with lots of after market mods available to suit your needs.
|6kW Panasonic 60V Lithium removable battery
|70 kilograms / 154 pounds
|T4 T6 aluminum alloy
|840 – 880 millimeters
Electric Motion EM Escape – 2023
Made in the US, the EM Escape is a small but mighty ride. With a 38-mile range and three map settings varying from low to high power, it’s no surprise that this model is described as being best for ‘discrete, long distance backcountry exploration.’
We were impressed with both the ability to toss this 183-pound electric enduro bike around as well as the 46.5 mph / 75 kph speeds. Even though this can cut into your mileage range, it sure is fun to zip around on while you’re riding trails. The enhanced seat doesn’t hurt either, especially after all that time in the saddle.
New for 2023:
A significant new safety feature for 2023, all Electric Motion models now feature our Anti-Reverse system. Anti-Reverse keeps the bike from rolling away in the event that the the rider fails a steep ascent. At speeds from 0 to 3mph, the rider can instantly lock the back wheel by pushing the grey button on the handlebar.
IMPROVED BRAKE PEDAL TIP
Now made of aluminum for improved quality, better control surface, and more traction against your boot.
Improved sensitivity and throttle control come from the better mechanical system on the new Domino throttle.
New linkage ratio for 2023 improve rear-suspension performance and increase rear wheel grip in all situations.
As always, you can easily manage your traction control on this adult electric dirt bike with a switch. The top left of the handlebar controls traction, while the bottom switch controls the map setting. Switch between green (low power), blue (medium power) or red (high power) to set your vibe for the day. You’re also able to choose between a switch that controls the braking system for battery recharge, or a clutch-like lever to cut power to the rear wheel.
The one drawback is that the EM Escape takes a bit over four hours to fully charge, and it’s not as reduced as we’d like even with Electric Motion’s upgraded charger. In case you’re not quite satisfied with the power that the EM Escape electric dirt bike brings, the Escape R is a solid choice for upgrades like a hydraulic clutch and high-capacity battery.
Why we chose this model
Electric Motion has integrated some exciting features into the EM – 2023 and we love to see the result. The low 820-millimeter seat height means almost anyone can get in on the fun, and easy left-hand controls offer a variety of options that aren’t super common yet on electric enduro motorbikes. Just be sure to come prepared with an extra battery or plan ahead for the generous charging time on your day out.
|11kW Lithium-ion 50.4V battery
|83 kilograms / 183 pounds
ZERO FX Road Legal Electric Dirt Bike
The ZERO FX ZF7.2 for 2023 from Zero Motorcycles has been added to this list as the only Road Legal dirt bike because we felt it deserved this spot for being the most versatile all-rounded dirt bike that you won’t need a trailer for. It’s sold as a dual-sport, meaning it is good for both road and off-road, which can be argued to make it average in both. However, many people appreciate that adaptability.
Peak power of 46hp, peak torque of 78 ft-lb (106 Nm) with a top speed of 85mph are pretty impressive numbers, however, the company does admit that those figures are not maintainable for too long before the battery runs down.
Showa forks and rear suspension, a reasonably light weight of 289 lb (131 kg) combined with a good 7.2KW battery with regenerative braking, makes it a very reasonable deal for 12,995. 5 years unlimited mileage warranty also give you the peace of mind that the company takes it’s quality and customers seriously.
Some not so great things
We can’t help but point out a few down sides… the main one being that you will need to live near your favourite dirt track, with only 69 miles @55 mph combined riding (meaning including stop and starts at lights), it won’t leave you much time to have fun on your best bit of dirt.
Charging times are also very high… 9.2 hours to 95% with a standard charger is extremely high, however with extra accessory chargers, this is reduced to 1.3 hours. However, you really need to keep in mind that with the standard charger only, you will realistically only get 1 ride of between 50-80 miles per day!
However, don’t let its downfalls with battery life and charging time stop you, it is still a great all-rounder as happy on-road as off-road. Easy to use, competent and you can do your daily around town runs with ease and no trailer.
|11 kW Z-Force Li-Ion intelligent integrated
|131 kilograms / 289 pounds
|Oval steel trellis
|Clutch less Direct Drive
Best Electric dirt bikes – What you need to know
Whether you’re interested in the fastest electric motocross bike or the best electric dirt bike with the longest range, it all comes down to the battery. The power, capacity and weight of the given battery is critical. Modern design has led to Rapid advances in battery technology, although long distances timeframes are still problematic. Short sessions at a dirt bike race track or sub-three-hour trail rides are about as much as you can do.
A portable generator is always handy if you intend on riding in remote spots, which isn’t a huge addition considering you’re probably already hauling your electric motocross bike on a flatbed or trailer. The principal factor when comparing battery life is the amount of power on tap. Think of the battery as your fuel tank and the electricity it stores as your petrol. Electric is measured in KwH (kilowatt hours), so a higher the KwH rating means you’ll go even further. As with a petrol bike, the harder you hit the throttle, the more juice you will use.
Well balanced weight distribution
Weight distribution is another factor to consider when looking at electric enduro bikes. Lithium batteries are heavy. Then again, so are engines, fuel and frames. The best electric dirt bikes make use of battery weight in the right places, and this creates a low centre of gravity. When done right, the battery can be incorporated into the frame design to help balance the machine.
Finally, you need to look at power modes. Most decent electric enduro bikes will offer power mapping to adjust the rate of power consumption and how that is turned into power at the back wheel. With these basics satisfied, look at the quality of the suspension and the brakes.
Electric Dirt Bikes – The Benefits
Industry leaders are banking on kids starting young with electric motocross bikes. Since so much of older generations have been hooked by the sounds and smell of motocross, it’s clear why they’re not keen on a quiet ride. However, peewee bikes can still have their downfalls with stalling and learning to shift, and this can be a huge road block to enjoyment depending on the experience.
Even with adults, the 4-stroke powerband is often preferred since it’s a more straightforward and dependable ride. As technology advances, electric dirt bikes are improving to the degree of matching the 4-stroke model and almost surpassing it to become the superior ride. Since noise pollution is a barrier for many young riders, electric alternatives offer a chance for youngsters to practice regularly and enjoy their electric mx dirt bikes with friends. Parks, beaches and trails can be rethought as new areas for riding!
Electric dirt bikes for kids are the wave of the future, and we love seeing how this will lead to the evolution of the dirt bike industry. Improvements are made year over year, and we’re hopeful for a more affordable model soon. As the technology becomes easier to create, we’ll cross our fingers for more companies to fill the 3000 to 12,000 void in the next few years!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fastest electric dirt bike?
According to the claims above, the Stark Varg will be the fastest adult electric dirt bike upon its release in 2023. It’s got the highest powered engine and some of the most state of the art technology to back it up. Until then, the Alta Motors Redshift comes in second at 50 horsepower (if you’re able to track down a used model), and the KTM Freeride E-XC arrives third with 24.5 horsepower.
What is the best electric motocross bike?
As of 2023, the Stark Varg and KTM Freeride E-XC are neck and neck for the title of most accessible and best electric dirt bike for adults. They both provide substantial power and have thought of almost everything to make riding convenient and quick despite recharging and other electric pitfalls. One positive for the Freeride E-XC is that it’s available now and has already gone through a few iterations and updates for 2023. The Stark Varg’s release is super exciting, but it won’t be ready for another year. The Varg is ideal for updating in the future, but if you want something now, the Freeride is the way to go.
Is an electric dirt bike worth it?
In our opinion, absolutely! Even though motocross started as a gas-powered sport, green energy will most likely overtake combustion engines eventually. While this may not exactly be what some riders want to hear, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Considering the research and development that’s gone into the electric motocross bikes above, technology is rapidly changing to meet and exceed these previous expectations. It won’t be long before electric dirt bikes are better than the standard gas-powered ones.
Which electric dirt bike has the longest range?
Once again, the Stark Varg wins out when compared for longest range. It’s rumored to run for six straight hours without a recharge, compared to alternatives that only offer 1–2-hours of riding time. Along with coming in second for fastest, the Alta Redshift comes in second for electric enduro motorcycle range as well at around 4 hours riding time.
No matter what electric dirt bike you choose, it will undoubtedly be a new and exciting experience. It might take some extra preparation, but sooner or later you’ll be ripping just like you do on your gas-powered models! We’ll be back with more electrifying advice soon!
How to Register an Electric Dirt Bike for Road Use. Getting on the Road Fast
Electric vehicles have been on our radar for many years, including electric dirt bikes. In the science fiction realm, the late Michael Crichton deployed an entirely electric fleet of vehicles, including a dirt bike, in his follow-up to Jurassic Park, The Lost World (circa 1995). The reason? They are intriguing; they have excellent torque, and they create no noise. But, of course, that was science fiction, and in 1995 battery technology was just not where it is today! But he could see the future, perhaps when others could not.
Finally, technology has caught up with his ideas, and we now see a growing pack of all-electric dirt bikes on the market with excellent performance and remarkable endurance. The beauty of battery and electric motor technology is that they will only improve from here.
Let’s look at the situation from the top down: how we got here, where electric dirt bikes are going, and how registering an electric dirt bike for road use differs from a gas-powered bike.
Why Go Electric?
The prominent electric dirt bikes (KTM Freeride, Alta Redshift, Stark Varg) are only off-road. Of course, this is not to say that these companies will not make street-legal variants down the road, and the big manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna, etc.) are almost certainly working on their electric dirt bike models concepts. But for now, these are not dual-purpose bikes; they are strictly for trails and motocross.
Electric dirt bikes are capitalizing on all of the things that are making electric cars so popular: incredible acceleration. excellent torque curve, and of course, no smog and no noise pollution. These are trendy selling points for our readers and riders in California especially.
Origins of Electric Dirt Bikes
We all can see the writing on the wall surrounding gas-powered engines: their days are numbered. Whether or not this is prudent is another matter altogether, but they are slowly on their way out as the primary means of powering personal vehicles.
How far does the electric motorcycle lineage go back? Well, it might date back to 1895 in Canton, Ohio, when patent number 552,271 was approved for an electric bicycle. Considering the origins of the gas-powered motorcycle were bicycles with internal combustion engines, then we can safely consider the electric bicycle as the electric motorcycle’s ancestry, meaning the concept itself is well over a hundred years old.
Drawbacks of Gas Bikes
Gas bikes have a lot going for them, and they get better and better with each generation. First, a four-stroke bike is quite efficient compared with a car. But they are still inefficient compared to an electric bike. There’s more.
If you want a high power-to-weight ratio in a gas dirt bike, you are ostensibly going to choose a two-stroke bike. Two-stroke engines afford nearly instant throttle response and a broad powerband, but they are also filthy and loud. Sorry, those are the facts.
Four-stroke engines are smoother, cleaner, and much quieter but are a lot heavier to the tune of fifty percent! Accordingly, the price of cleaner burn and increased fuel efficiency is sluggish performance and high weight.
What if there was a way to get any power and throttle response you want and select where you want your bike to be on the torque curve?
The Performance Advantage of Electric Motorcycles
Electric dirt bikes are on track to outperform gas-powered dirt bikes, a feat that will become utterly mainstream as batteries and electric motors continue to get lighter and the longevity of battery charges continues to increase.
One significant advantage of electric dirt bikes is that you don’t have gears to worry about anymore. Just twist and go.
We are not saying electric dirt bikes should replace internal combustion or anything, but as enthusiasts, we know noise pollution is a real thing, a natural safety hazard. However, there are a lot of natural advantages to driving a silent dirt bike. For one, it opens up where you can ride. California? Eat your heart out.
A selectable and scalable powerband of electric bikes is a significant design appeal. Stark is no stranger to this concept; it is a conceptual cornerstone of the VARG design.
How is the electric powertrain design an improvement over gas? For one thing, you can control the output of the VARG from their in-house app. In addition, the app creates over one hundred different ride modes, custom tuning power curves, engine braking (yet another advantage of electric motorcycle technology), custom traction control, and even the ability to create custom flywheel weights virtually. Unreal.
Stark is just one example of this. They just happen to be the only company employing this technology right now to the best of our knowledge, but others will surely follow.
I love using California to illustrate my points; it is the gift that keeps on giving. In California, the average gas price is around 4.65 per gallon. So it is going to cost you almost ten bucks to fill the tank on your 250cc trail bike, whereas the KTM FREERIDE E-XC will cost about 3.24 to charge (0.18 per kWh).
So it isn’t exactly free to charge your bike, but it is cheaper and will continue to be cheaper as technology extends the range of these bikes.
High Torque Values
It doesn’t matter what motorsport you are into; torque is everything. A bike with high-end power is excellent on the straightaways, but a dog on takeoff. Torque is king on the trails and especially on the jumps.
Electric motors are torque monsters that peak immediately, which is excellent for this application; you need monster torque to pop monster wheelies. Do you want monster air? You need massive torque.
What Is The Difference Between an E-Bike and an Electric Dirt Bike?
E-bikes are electric bicycles in the eyes of the law, even some that don’t have pedals. Electric dirt bikes, on the other hand, are all dirt bikes. Therefore, they are in the same performance brackets as comparable gas bikes. For example, the KTM Freeride 18kW dirt bike equals about 24 horsepower, whereas an e-bike runs around one or two horsepower depending on the category.
E-bikes have exploded in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. They are an economical way to get around, and a few promise to be absolute beasts on the trail. But at their core, many e-bikes remain technically bicycles with electrical propulsion attached. And this is by design because they are bicycles with an electric power pack. The original goal was to make an electric assist for lightweight bicycle frames. Since this is the way they are built and designed, e-bikes fall under a different regulatory structure than motorcycles. E-bikes have low top-end speeds, which puts them squarely in the camp of a bicycle or moped instead of a motorcycle (depending on the state being registered). They are more or less an outlier still, with every state having different views on the validity of an e-bike as a motor vehicle.
Electric dirt bikes are no different categorically from a standard gas dirt bike, so not only will the state not categorize them as e-bikes or mopeds, the registration process will differ from registering a dirt bike.
What Advantage Is There in Registering an Electric Dirt Bike?
There are plenty of good reasons to register your electric dirt bike is street legal or to consider registering one if you are still in the process of buying one. First, they are fast. In fact, in an urban commute, they might be just about the most fun thing you can ride with their twist-and-go throttle and lack of gears.
Electric dirt bikes will continue to be particularly attractive in states where emissions are a top priority, namely California. Not because gas bikes are outlawed (yet), but just for ease of ownership.
Electric dirt bikes are flatly cheaper to operate than gas bikes in terms of cost to charge versus the cost of gas. As I said, a two-gallon fill-up runs nearly ten bucks in California. But mainly, the real selling point is to get away from the hassle of red- and green-sticker insanity. You will be free to ride anywhere you want, anytime you want, on electric bikes.
So what does this have to do with registering your electric dirt bike? Well, why not? Why not tag it? There’s no reason to let it sit around being a garage queen when you aren’t on the trails, right?
Unless you have a long commute, there is a good chance that driving your registered and tagged electric dirt bike will save you a bundle of cash in operating costs.
What Are the Disadvantages of Registering Your Electric Dirt Bike?
The only real disadvantage to driving a tagged electric dirt bike is going to be in the form of the somewhat limited range, although batteries have improved so much that this is becoming less of an issue.
While it is true that the current inventory of electric dirt bikes is strictly trail-style bikes, there is no reason that these cannot be quickly and easily retrofitted for street-legal use. Again, the only difference between a gas dirt bike and an electric dirt bike is in the powertrain; they are not altogether different types of vehicles (like an e-bike is).
Beyond this, the only other detractor is that they aren’t going to make the best cross-country motorcycle in the world, but that was never the point. A dirt bike isn’t going to take the place of anyone’s Goldwing anytime soon.
How Can I Register My Electric Dirt Bike?
This is the real meat and potatoes of this whole article: you either have taken the plunge or are thinking about buying an electric dirt bike. Again, this is a desirable option, mainly if you live in California, where an electric bike will be greeted with considerably more friendliness than a gasser.
We already know you can register a gas-powered dirt bike fairly easily. You just need a handful of parts and a little knowledge of the DMV. But how does the process work to register an electric dirt bike?
It is apparent at first glance that the VARG and the KTM Freeride are dedicated off-road bikes, so obviously, they have to meet DOT standards first. But what beyond lights? There is no need to have a muffler or spark arrestor on the bright side!
The Electric Dirt Bike Registration Process
Registering your electric dirt bike isn’t a big deal once you get into the process, as long as you have all of your paperwork in order. If there is a way to convert a gas-powered dirt bike to street legal in your state, most likely an electric dirt bike will not be any different to register. But in many areas there is no obvious way to do that. that’s where we come in.
If you have valid proof of ownership (title, MCO, financing, or bill of sale), we can handle the process of registering your electric dirt bike to be street legal on your behalf.
You can expect your paperwork to be in your hand with registration and a valid plate in as little as 3 weeks. Of course, the rest is up to you. You will not be required to inspect your bike when using our registration service, so you need to make sure that your bike is entirely legal in terms of lights, mirrors, and whatever else is necessary for your neck of the woods. With that said, you should need the same parts to get street legal as a regular gas-powered dirt bike.
We know that all you want to do is get your electric dirt bike legally on the road, and we are here to help you with that; it’s what we do. The process seems daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. When you partner up with Dirt Legal, you can rest assured that our team of specialists are the best at what they do, and all you need to do is sit back and relax because we’ve got the rest under control.
Enduro E Bikes 12000W Light Electric Dirt Bike Review
Hey look, it’s the Batmobile! No, wait. It’s an electric dirt bike.
Now here’s something that looks badass enough to make even petrol dirt bike fanatics fall over in envy — the Enduro E Bikes 12000W light electric dirt bike. It’s incredible, but does it match up when it comes to performance and features? Read on to find out.
What’s the Enduro E Bikes 12000W Light Electric Dirt Bike and Who’s it For?
The 12000W from Enduro’s dirt bikes lineup is a mid size trail/enduro electric bike for both adults and older teens. It’s rugged styling and tough outlook makes the Enduro E Bikes 12000W a perfect candidate for extreme riding and aggressive races.
Enduro E Bikes 12000W Review Summary and Overall Bike Score
Good top speed at 74.5 miles per hour
Has pedals to save battery
Takes way too long to recharge (10 hours at most)
Nick Ylac Gutladera — Lead Writer
Nick got his start by stealing his father’s dirt bike and riding it around the neighbourhood at the tender age of 11. These day’s he’s got a full license, so the cops mostly leave him alone. On weekends, he races pit bikes, enduro bikes, and anything else with a motor. Nick’s been a journalist and professional writer since 2017.
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The Best Electric Dirt Bikes in 2022
Fully electric dirt bikes are the next major revolution in off-road riding after electric-start dirt bikes. Imagine whizzing down the trails almost silently while knowing you are doing good by mother nature. On an electric dirt bike, you can enjoy the challenge nature throws at you and look after it at the same time.
But making the switch to an e dirt bike can bring up many questions. What kind of riding will I be doing? Do I want an electric motocross bike, or would an electric dual sport bike suit me better? What is the range and top speed of an electric dirt bike? And, let’s not forget costs: how much is an electric dirt bike? Based on these questions, we present the most popular e dirt bikes here to help you decide on the best electric dirt bike for you.
How Much is an Electric Dirt Bike?
Price plays an important role in any big purchase. It will most certainly show up on your pros and cons list when deciding on the best electric dirt bike for you.
As the technology has evolved over the past decade, electric dirt bikes have become more affordable. However, they still only inhabit a tiny share of the dirt bike market. This means that you will struggle to find a good second-hand electric dirt bike.
When comparing of electric dirt bikes to those of traditional dirt bikes, it is only fair to look at the new price of both categories. New for established brand, 250CC gas-powered dirt bikes range between 8000 and 10,000 US. The purchase price of similarly powered electric dirt bikes is typically a little higher, between 10,000 and 13,000 US. However, there are also fun, quality e dirt bikes available for those with smaller budgets.
E dirt bikes also require less maintenance, meaning less costs involved after purchasing the bike. To answer the question of how much is an electric dirt bike, we need to look at purchase price and maintenance together. When doing that, over the lifespan of the motorcycle, the costs of an electric dirt bike will be similar to, if not less than a traditional dirt bike.
Best Electric Dirt Bikes in 2022
This list includes the best electric dirt bikes on the market in 2022. Although there are some great electric mountain bike – dirt bike hybrids, we will only look at fully electric dirt bikes and pick the best ones according to range, power, and weight.
KTM Freeride E-XC
KTM is one of the few well-known motorcycle brands to have ventured into adult electric dirt bike manufacturing. The Freeride E-XC packs the quality and performance KTM is known for. This electric dirt bike is designed to compete with the gas-powered gold standard. And when paired with the right rider, it is bound to win that fight.
The KTM Freeride E-XC provides 3 different ride modes to accommodate different skill levels and terrain. It also sports sophisticated energy recuperation technology which allows you to ride longer and faster. The KTM Freeride is the dirt bike as we have known it, but with an electric engine to meet the needs of the 21st century. A true electric motocross bike, and for that it deserves a spot on this best electric dirt bike list.
Top speed 50 mph Range: 20 miles Horsepower: 21 bhp Full charge time 110 min Price: 10,499 US
Segway Dirt eBike X260
Segway’s name is well connected to battery powered modes of transport, but it’s a newcomer in the dirt bike world. Segway’s Dirt eBike design X260 moves away from the traditional dirt bike looks, which were largely based around accommodating a gas-powered engine. Instead, Segway’s design embraces the design freedom provided by its electric engine.
But don’t be fooled by its novel looks. The Segway Dirt eBike X260 combines an impressive 74.6 mile range with a top speed of 46.6 mph. It also provides a unique swappable battery system, extending your range even further. The three speed settings cater for novices as well as experienced riders. The low price further makes it the best electric dirt bike if you are working your way up from entry level.
Top speed: 46.6 mph Range: 74.6 miles Full charge time: 4 hours Price: 4,999 US
Cake Kalk OR
The Cake Kalk OR is the epitome of simplistic futuristic design. The clean lines and minimalist aesthetic make you wonder whether it fell out of a Hollywood movie and straight onto the trails. Cake is a Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer on a mission to change the world, one electric off-road bike at a time.
The simplistic design of this electric dirt bike also keeps the weight down. At only 150 pounds, the Cake Kalk OR makes a light ride of backcountry adventures. It sports tried and tested Öhlins suspension, and all-round high-quality parts. The Cake Kalk OR offers the ultimate off-road freeride. And for those looking for a dedicated electric motocross bike, Cake offers the Kalk OR race.
Top speed: 56 mph Range: 53 miles Horsepower: 13 bhp Price: 13,000 US
Electric Motion Escape Electric Motion Escape “R”
As the name suggests, these rugged electric dirt bikes provide the perfect escape from your 9 to 5. They come standard with 3 power settings and traction control, the latter one being a novelty in this list.
The Electric Motion Escape “R” also comes with progressive motor brake. This regenerates your battery and increases your range. On top of that, novel “tick over” technology mimics the gas-powered engine idle. This means constant RPM and increased precision in acceleration and traction, resulting in better power control at low revs. This sophisticated technology makes the Electric Motion Escape “R” a true contender for the title: best electric dirt bike for adults.
Top speed: 46.6 mph Range: 38 miles Weight: 183 pounds Price: from 10,500 US
Razor SX500 Dirt Rocket McGrath
If you thought pit bikes were fun, expect to be amazed when you try their electric dirt bike cousin. When fun is the main objective, look no further than the Razor SX500 Dirt Rocket McGrath. This bike is for ages 14 and up and can be dubbed the rocket electric dirt bike for adults. Inspired by the King of Supercross, Jeremy McGrath, the looks and graphics are on point.
If you are looking for backyard fun and scoring points with your mates at your next BBQ night, this is the best electric dirt bike you can get.
Top speed: 15 mph Range: 40 minutes Price: 549 US
Your trip to the shops just became a whole lot more fun. The only electric dual sport bike in our list, the Zero FX combines the best of both worlds. It is a road legal electric dirt bike ready for anything.
With a whopping 85 miles per hour top speed, you will have your buddies eating dust in no time. The 46 miles range will take you to the trails, around the forest and back home on a single charge. If you are looking for one machine that combines the everyday commute and the Saturday mud bath, the Zero FX is the best electric dirt bike for you.
Top speed: 85 mph Range: 46 miles Weight: 247 pounds Horsepower: 46 bhp Price: from 11,595 US
Tips for Electric Dirt Bike Owners
Notable Changes in Your Riding Experience
Electric engines don’t have gears: as soon as you open the throttle, the full 100% torque is unleashed. And unless your electric dirt bike is equipped with specific technology, there is next to no engine braking. These features can increase the fun: think about instant acceleration and increasing downhill speeds. But to look after your safety and the safety of those around you, you should consider how these differences change your ride.
Electric Dirt Bike Maintenance
Looking after your electric dirt bike might prove easier than looking after a gas powered bike. Forget about changing oil or oil filters. No need to check the coolant or the spark plugs. And, you can finally stop cleaning and oiling air filters!
However, you will need to clean and lubricate the chain on your electric dirt bike regularly. Tire maintenance is another must-do to enjoy the best possible ride. The brakes on electric dirt bikes are similar to those on gas-powered bikes. Regularly checking the level of the brake fluid and the wear on the brake pads will ensure a safe ride.
Maintaining the Battery of Your Battery-Powered Dirt Bike
It is important to not overcharge your battery. It could be tempting to leave the bike continuously plugged in when you’re not riding it, but this will decrease the lifespan of your battery.
Completely draining the battery every time you ride is also not a good idea. Ideally, you want to charge your battery when there is around 25-30% of charge left. Doing this regularly can actually increase the lifespan of your battery.
You’ll also want to avoid charging or storing your electric dirt bike in extreme temperatures. Batteries don’t like extreme heat or extreme cold. The recommended temperature to store and charge your bike is room temperature. As long as you stay between 32-95°F, your battery should be fine.
Safety and Security
Properly maintaining your e dirt bike and its battery will increase its lifespan and your safety while riding. Beyond this, you also want to ensure that your bike is safe. Motorbike security is important. A secure place to store your battery powered dirt bike is a good start. You can also install a motorcycle GPS tracker on your bike: this way, you can track your electric dirt bike via an app on your phone.
Are electric dirt bikes better?
Electric dirt bikes are carving out a niche in the dirt bike landscape. The technology is rapidly improving. Batteries are now packing more charge in a smaller size. Charge times are becoming shorter, and battery life spans are increasing. With major players such as KTM jumping on the electric dirt bike bandwagon, we can only expect the improvements to continue.
Electric dirt bikes are the way of the future. They are better for the environment in terms of emissions and offer low maintenance fun.
Should I get an electric dirt bike or gas?
Whether an electric dirt bike is better for you than a gas-powered bike will depend on your needs. Range will be your biggest consideration when choosing between an e dirt bike or gas. If you are expecting to do laps, have charging stations available along your planned rides, or are riding close to home, then an electric dirt bike is likely to suit your needs.
How far can an electric dirt bike go?
The distances electric dirt bikes can take you vary considerably between bikes. The range of your electric dirt bike will further depend on your riding style and the terrain you are covering. We listed the expected range for the bikes above, with the Segway Dirt eBike X260 taking you a record 70 plus miles.
Safer, Faster, Better for the Environment
Electric dirt bikes offer some serious competition to the establishment. They offer up heaps of low maintenance fun, while at the same time serving as a better alternative for the planet. Range issues aside, electric dirt bikes are going to become a more regular presence in the dirt biking world soon, and this may be the best time to buy your electric dirt bike. Ready to swap the braap for the woosh?
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The Top Electric Motocross Bike Brands of 2023
If you’ve been following the motorcycle industry (or reading our blog), you already know that electric motorcycles are booming in popularity. The industry is expected to hit 40 billion by 2026, fueled by the rise of mainstream electric rides from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and seemingly every other major motorcycle manufacturer. But as the electric motorcycle space matures, exciting new niches are emerging. One of our favorites? The electric motocross bike.
What is an electric motocross bike?
Electric Motocross Bike Under the Magnifying Glass
Of all the electric two-wheelers out there, the electric motocross bike is in a league of its own. But before we dive into what it is, let’s clear the air on what it’s not.
An electric motocross bike is not an electric dirt bike, which is heavier, similar to a traditional motorcycle. It’s not an e-bike, which has skinny tires and no suspension, and is designed for riding on paved roads. And it’s not an electric mountain bike, which has pedals and electric motors that assist the rider when going uphill.
What is an electric motocross bike? A lean, light two-wheeler designed for affordable off-road fun. If you’re looking for all the thrills of a traditional motocross bike but with an eco-friendly edge, this emerging class of electric two-wheelers could be the ideal partner for your next rough-terrain ride.
How to find the best electric motocross bike
The electric motocross bike is still new, which means your options will only get better (and more affordable) as the market matures. But if you’re looking to buy one now, there are plenty of high-quality options to make your next off-road ride a whole lot of fun.
We’ve surveyed the landscape to find you the top 5 electric motocross brands of 2023: Kuberg, Bultaco, Cake, Sur-Ron, and Electric Motion. Read on for more on how these innovative brands are delivering the motocross bikes of the future.
KubergThis Czech company is turning heads with its wide range of electric two-wheelers designed to offer the rider an all-out outdoor adventure. Its high-performance electric motocross bikes are clear standouts. For adults, Kuberg’s gem is the Ranger, an electric motocross bike designed for short off-road rides. Mid-power and lightweight, the Ranger offers 60 minutes of adrenaline-pumping ride time powered by a 48V drive hub delivering 8000W of power and a top speed of about 34mph. Its battery has a lifespan of 1000 charges, and its Wi-Fi connectivity makes it a standout. (Explore the Kuberg Volt mobile app for a glimpse into this ride’s slick user experience.)Want your kid to experience the joy of riding? The Kuberg Start is designed for 3-to-5-year-olds just being introduced to the world of two-wheelers. Control your kid’s top speed and torque via a Wi-Fi adapter sold separately, and explore a wide range of seat options to ensure the Kuberg Start grows right along with your young rider. With a one-hour battery range and a 15mph top speed, the Start could be just the electric motocross bike to spark your kid’s love of off-road rides.
Every motocross fan will know the Bultaco Pursang MK6 that Jim Pomeroy rode on his way to win the 1973 Spanish MX Grand Prix. It’s a testament to the times that Bultaco has reinvented itself and come out with a new range of electric motocross bikes. The Bultaco Brinco line offers six models, all of which are sleek powerhouses that offer you absolute control to get your heart pumping as you hit that dirt road. The one notable downside? These electric motocross beauties can be tough to find in the U.S. at the moment. Whether you’re on a dirt road or an urban trail, a Brinco bike can take it all. All models have three riding modes: Sport, for up to 23 miles on a single charge; Tour, for about 46 miles; and Eco, which offers a 62-mile range. The dual adjustable suspension lets you tweak the precharge and shock absorption, helping you achieve the ideal riding experience. The Brinco’s high-quality lithium-ion battery charges up in just three hours, and its companion app offers geolocation and a host of other real-time ride metrics. Want the ultimate Brinco experience? The Brinco RB and the Brinco Discovery, Bultaco’s top-of-the-line models, can clock up to 37mph and come with other next-level features to elevate your adventure.3. CakeThis Swedish company’s mission is to redesign green vehicle technology for the great outdoors. The result? A range of electric motocross bikes that sit at the apex of innovative design and off-road fun. Cake’s Freeride and Race lines offer seven models with a range of off-road exploration capabilities. The Freeride series was designed with backcountry exploring in mind. Described by the brand as “an agile, lightweight, and torquey off-road bike,” the Freeride Kalk OR features a 51.8 volt, 2.6 kWh battery and an 11kW motor capable of delivering 206 nm of torque. Its three ride modes range from top speeds of 28mph with Explore to about 55mph with Excel. The battery can charge from 0 to 100% in three hours, a figure comparable to other leading electric motocross bikes on the market today. What’s not comparable with Cake electric motocross bikes? Their premium, Scandinavian-inspired designs—and premium price tags.4. Sur-Ron
Sur-Ron Electric Motocross Motor
Sur-Ron is gaining major traction in the emerging electric motocross bike market for its surprisingly rugged all-terrain bikes. Case in point? Its Sur-Ron LXB line, which features five well-equipped electric dirt bikes (including one for kids). No roundup of Sur-Ron electric motocross bikes is completed without highlighting the Sur-Ron Light Bee LBX. This lightweight-yet-powerful ride delivers more than 6kW of peak power and weighs just over 100 pounds. It can hit a top speed of 45mph and a range of up to 60 miles per charge depending on its mode, making the Sur-Ron Light Bee LBX ideal for short rough terrain rides. With an acceleration of 0 to 30mph in just under four seconds and an advanced Intersect TR suspension system, there’s a reason why riders around the internet have been raving about the Light Bee’s “fun” factor. Joining the Light Bee LBX in the Sur-Ron LXB line are the L1E LBX, a road-legal electric motorcycle moped; the Storm Electric MX Dirt Bike and the Storm Electric road-legal model, both available for pre-order now; and an electric motocross bike for youth.5. Electric MotionThe aptly titled Electric Motion makes green motocross bikes that are silently brilliant. The all-new Escape R is a rough-terrain delight with a maximum speed of about 47mph, peak power of 11 kW, a blistering 600 nm torque, and a 38-mile range. Add in its signature Hydraulic Diaphragm Clutch, and you’ve got a system for perfectly modulating your ride’s power. The design stays true to motocross bike roots. The result? A two-wheeler that can take you on one wild outdoor adventure. The Epure Race model sits just below the Escape R with a maximum speed of 44mph, a 26-mile range, and 600 nm of torque. The Epure Race weighs in at about 165 pounds, a few lbs shy of the Escape R. Whichever model you choose, you’re getting an electric motocross bike designed for speed, comfort, and off-road agility. Once you find the best electric motocross bike for your riding style, trust Motorcycle Shippers to help you transport it quickly and safely—whether that’s from a dealer to your home or from your home to your next off-road adventure. Our specialized shipping system will ensure your electric motocross bike arrives safely, and our expert team will handle all the ins and outs of transporting your electric vehicle’s batteries. Get your instant electric motocross bike shipping quote.