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.
|Battery||18 kW Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack|
|Weight||111 kilograms / 245 pounds|
|Frame Material||Chrome-molybdenum with bolt-on forged aluminum|
|Seat Height||910 millimeters|
|Ground Clearance||340 millimeters|
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.
|Battery||6 kWh Stark VARG battery|
|Weight||110 kilograms / 242 pounds|
|Frame Material||Ultralight tubular chromoly steel|
|Ground Clearance||310 millimeters|
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.
|Battery||50Ah/2.6kWh Premium 18650 lithium cells|
|Weight||75 kilograms / 165 pounds|
|Frame Material||6061 aluminium – extruded, forged and CNC machined|
|Seat Height||926 millimeters|
|Ground Clearance||300 millimeters|
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.
|Battery||14kW Power Force Lithium-ion polymer 48V battery|
|Weight||40 kilograms / 88 pounds|
|Frame Material||Poweder-coated steel double-cradle tube|
|Seat Height||876 millimeters|
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.
|Battery||6kW Panasonic 60V Lithium removable battery|
|Weight||70 kilograms / 154 pounds|
|Frame Material||T4 T6 aluminum alloy|
|Seat Height||840 – 880 millimeters|
|Ground Clearance||270 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.
|Battery||11kW Lithium-ion 50.4V battery|
|Weight||83 kilograms / 183 pounds|
|Frame Material||15CDV6 Steel|
|Seat Height||820 millimeters|
|Ground Clearance||320 millimeters|
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.
|Battery||11 kW Z-Force Li-Ion intelligent integrated|
|Weight||131 kilograms / 289 pounds|
|Frame Material||Oval steel trellis|
|Seat Height||881 millimetres|
|Transmission||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!
Stark Varg: Dirt Bike That’s Changing the Game
The Stark Varg is an electric dirt bike that is changing the game. It is powerful, lightweight, and sustainable, making it a perfect choice for motocross and off-road riding. The Varg has a long range and customizable ride modes, so you can customize it to suit your riding style and the terrain you are riding on. It is also priced competitively, making it a great value for the money.
In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the Stark Varg and everything it has to offer. We will discuss its features, performance, and price. We will also provide you with some tips on how to choose the right electric dirt bike for you.
So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, read on to learn more about the Stark Varg and see if it is the right electric dirt bike for you.
Stark Varg Dirt Bike Specs
The Stark Varg electric dirt bike is an impressive machine with powerful performance, long-range capabilities, and customizable ride modes.
In this section, we’ll take a closer look at the technical specifications of this hyped electric dirt bike, including its electric motor, battery, range, top speed, weight, suspension, brakes, wheels, ride modes, charge time, and warranty.
Powerful, Lightweight, and Sustainable
The Stark Varg is powered by a 7.5 kWh battery that produces 60 or 80 horsepower and 938 Nm of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful electric dirt bikes on the market.
The Varg is also very lightweight, weighing just 110 kg. This makes it easy to maneuver and control, even on rough terrain. In addition, the Varg is built with sustainability in mind. It is powered by a battery that is made from recycled materials, and it produces zero emissions.
It is a game-changer for motocross and off-road enthusiasts. With its powerful yet eco-friendly zero-emissions electric motor, the Stark Varg is a sustainable alternative to traditional gas-powered dirt bikes.
But sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing performance – it’s designed with a lightweight frame that maximizes power-to-weight ratio, providing riders with an exhilarating ride. Its advanced suspension system ensures a smooth ride, while its customizable ride modes allow riders to tailor their experience to their liking.
Perfect for Motocross and Off-Road Riding
The Stark Varg is the perfect electric dirt bike for motocross and off-road riding, as well as enduro dirt biking. It has a long, 310 mm travel front suspension and 50mm rear linkage style shock, that can handle even the most challenging terrain.
Its lightweight and compact design allow for maximum maneuverability on any terrain, from dirt trails to rocky mountainsides. Although it is mainly built for motocross, buyers can select the 18″ rear wheel and a side stand to make it more trail friendly.
And with customizable ride modes, riders can adjust the bike’s performance to suit their individual riding style.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, this dirt bike provides a thrilling off-road experience that’s unmatched by traditional gas-powered dirt bikes.
Long Range and Customizable Ride Modes
The Stark Varg electric dirt bike has a long-range battery, allowing riders to explore the great outdoors for extended periods of time.
The bike is boasting a range of up to 6 hours on a single 1-2 hour charge. This means you can ride all day long without having to worry about running out of power. It also comes with a variety of ride modes that you can choose from. Additionally, it can be customized to suit your riding style and the terrain you are riding on. This makes it a great dirt bike option for both beginners and advanced riders.
The Stark Varg has 100 ride modes that you can customize to suit your riding style and the terrain you are riding on. With the onboard Android Stark phone you can customize the bike, adjust the power curve, engine braking, flywheel effect and traction control, to make the perfect bike for every rider and track.
- Eco: This mode is designed for maximum range. It limits the power output of the motor and reduces the regenerative braking.
- Street: This mode is designed for riding on paved roads. It provides a good balance of power and range.
- Off-road: This mode is designed for riding off-road. It provides more power and torque, and it reduces the traction control.
- Race: This mode is designed for racing. It provides maximum power and torque, and it disables the traction control.
Stark Varg Dirt Bike Price, Availability, and Warranty
The Stark Varg is priced at 12,900 here in the USA. This is a significant investment, but it is comparable to the price of other high-end motocross bikes. The Varg is currently only available for pre-order. It is expected to be released in early 2023. The Varg comes with a two-year warranty on the frame and battery.
It is worth mentioning that buyers today should expect at least a year to get it delivered. They have also pushed back the release date several times, so risk of another delays is to be expected.
The dirt bike is competitively priced in comparison to other high-end electric dirt bikes, making it a realistic option for off-road enthusiasts.
You can now preorder yours online, however expect long wait times. Although it may require a larger upfront investment, the Stark Varg’s sustainable and high-performance features make it a worthwhile investment for any off-road enthusiast.
Is It Worth the Money?
When considering the purchase of an electric dirt bike, one of the biggest factors to consider is the cost. The Stark Varg is certainly not the cheapest electric dirt bike on the market, but is it worth the investment? Let’s take a closer look at what it offers and whether it justifies the price tag.
First, it is a high-performance electric dirt bike that can compete with gas-powered bikes in terms of speed and power. It also has a long ride time of up to 6 hours on a single charge, making it a great option for extended off-road adventures. Additionally, it is lightweight and easy to handle, making it a popular choice for both novice and experienced riders.
Another key feature is its sustainability. With zero emissions and a lithium-ion battery that can be charged with renewable energy sources, this dirt bike is an eco-friendly option for riders who want to reduce their carbon footprint.
Of course, all of these features come at a cost. Priced higher than many other electric dirt bikes on the market, which may be a barrier for some riders. However, when you consider the performance, sustainability, and long-term cost savings of an electric bike, the investment may be worth it for those who are committed to this type of riding.
Ultimately, whether or not the Stark Varg is worth the money depends on your individual needs and priorities as a rider. If you prioritize performance, sustainability, and range, and are willing to invest in a high-quality electric dirt bike, the Stark Varg may be the perfect choice for you.
- Powerful electric motor
- Lightweight and agile
- Sustainable design
- Long range
- Customizable ride modes
- Powerful brakes
- Not road legal
- Limited availability (startup, long wait time, risk)
Stark Varg: The electric motorcycle unicorn rises
- June 13, 2022
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- Nigel Morris
I must be excited about this new bike because it’s 5.30am on a very cold Saturday and I just have to tell you about the Stark Varg.
Who is Stark and what is a Varg?
Let’s unravel a few things first. Stark Future is a new manufacturer of electric motorcycles founded in 2019 in Sweden and headquartered out of Barcelona.
The company was founded by Anton Wass, who sold his share in a highly successful online motorcycle parts business some years ago and is allegedly the largest investor. Wass brought in CTO Paul Soucy and additional Swedish investors (Kichi Invest) and, by all accounts, Stark Future is well funded and almost ready to launch its first bike, the Varg.
Stark is Swedish for strong, and their first bike is called the Varg, which translates as wolf in Swedish.
I’ve been following the launch of this bike and company for some time, most notably because their performance, price and specification claims were so incredible I frankly doubted that this unicorn could rise – it was that impressive.
However, I happened to meet a fellow electric motorcyclist recently who personally knew a highly respected Australian journalist and motocross rider who attended a recent press launch for the company in Spain.
“The claims are all true, the bike is not only real, it’s mind blowingly good,” my new friend enthused, citing feedback from his source and explaining he has one on order.
And the reason I am sitting here typing is because this morning I woke to find new videos and press releases from that day where no less than fifty journalists and world class motocross riders spent two weeks flogging this unicorn for all it’s worth. They were universally impressed and full of adulation for the wolf.
Digging around, I can also see public claims that Stark Futures recently stated they had pre-sold more than 5,000 bikes by the beginning of February 2022 – which equates to roughly A95 million of final sales value and A0.5 million of deposits. I also note that Australia is in its top five markets, as far as interest goes.
While launch hype and deposits are very different to successfully taking on the global dirt bike industry with an all-new bike, it certainly looks like the Strong Wolf is off to a good start.
Designed for a purpose
Now let’s be clear, although in my head I still feel like a 19 year old who could jump a dirt bike meters into the air, or even handle flogging an 80Hp dirt bike senseless and flat out over a bumpy off-road circuit, I am in reality, no longer that young man on the outside. Let’s just say the memories and injuries from a 12 hour enduro race I once did linger; this bike would be wasted on me.
But I still fantasise about owning one.
You can read and configure all the specifications here, but in summary the Varg is a quite astonishing 110kg, 80Hp (59kW) and 938Nm of rear wheel torque electric motocross bike.
As an (inappropriate but relevant to me) comparison, my much beloved Harley Livewire is 250kg, 100hp (78kW) and 1125Nm of rear wheel torque and a more suitable comparison the 2021 KTM 450 is 111kg and 63Hp.
This is where the Varg is precision focused as a dirt bike with an outstanding power to weight ratio of 0.536 kW/kg (0.326 HP/lb). On paper this means the Varg has a power to weight ratio of 1.88 – meaning it has 1kW of power for every 1.88kg of weight versus for example the 2021 KTM 450 at 2.33:1. For its intended design brief (super snappy, hard hitting launches off big jumps) it’s extremely impressive.
Battery and motor specifications
The all-important battery is a 6kWh pack housed in an extremely cool, form functional magnesium case rated at IP69, so rounding up your cattle through raging torrents should not be a problem. It has a really intelligent looking design that embeds the cylindrical cells into each side of the cases for mechanical robustness and good heat dissipation – critical on the passively cooled pack.
It also has a unique V shaped housing which allows for a really low weight distribution but also uses as much chassis space as possible to jam our all-important little lithium buddies into.
Varg claims this provides enough range for riders to “complete a full MXGP heat or up to 6 hours of trail riding.” Now ,of course, range claims are all-important in the word of electric vehicles but in fairness the Varg’s mileage doesn’t matter as much – I think their claims fit the design brief just fine.
With a 6kWh battery in a 110kg bike you could probably expect around 50-75kms at speed, but of course you are sitting very high up on energy sapping knobby tyres so it’s not really the point.
This bike is about big air, point and squirt, wheelie inducing good times that will exhaust the fittest of humans in no time, not Hyper-miling efficiency tests.
Varg also claims to have developed an all-new high power and super compact inverter/controller, “the world’s smallest inverter for 50-100kW power range;” which in their images at least looks incredibly small.
They talk a lot about their original dream of overcoming all the inherent limitations of existing EV equipment – and this is a big one which I hope flows into the rest of the electric motorcycling world soon.
The inverter controller is integrated into the motor drive housing and shares the same cooling system. This also enabled them to work on the critical challenge of reducing component count for simplicity and is further enhanced by the motor, controller and gear reduction system forming an integral part of the chassis, further reducing weight.
The motor features a carbon wrap for higher performance via increased rpm capability, less inertial weight and better thermal performance and weighs a mere 9kg.
This is clearly a trend that we will see more and more of in electric motorcycles and follows the outstanding work by Energica, MotoE and a handful of other high performance manufacturers that we are seeing.
The spelet förändras Varg
“Game changing” is the only way to describe the promise of the Varg, quite simply because it is the very latest, highest specification all electric dirt bike the world has seen yet.
However, I am equally impressed by the stunning attention to innovating the way the bikes are designed, with efficiency, performance and optimisation in liberal doses, as the company’s very detailed video library will show you.
Anyone who knows motorcycles and has played with dirt bikes, particularly, will appreciate their attention to detail on solving small but important issues, which is insanely good. Here are just a few examples:
Chain “click adjuster” – Anyone who has grappled with motorcycle wheel alignment will love this feature and it completely removes the need for time consuming and fiddly manual alignment. They also reinvented the axle nut so it is protected from damage.
The lightest, strongest foot pegs on the planet – In the performance world grams count so hell yes I need these made of an exotic stainless blend. Even better, they can be quickly replaced without tools.
Shock absorbing bash plate – How about we completely eliminate your lower sub frame and protect your valuable battery with an intelligent shock absorbing, floating foam/plastic bash plate? Bring me that log jump!
Dash-be-gone – In yet another elegant step, Stark eliminated the dashboard and replaced it with a shock and waterproof housing for a digital phone, accompanied by an extremely detailed looking app allowing up to 100 ride modes (!) and providing OTA connectivity all in one. Oh, and it’s removable with a single button push.
Carbon fibre cooling tunnel – The bike features a carbon fibre front support which doubles as the air duct to direct cooling air to the under seat mounted radiator and battery housing. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want carbon fibre bling and to be able to say they have a “cooling tunnel”.
Super light everything – Everything from the wheel hubs to the chassis uses the best light weight but super strong materials in a combination of chrome moly steel and forged aluminium helping them deliver the lightest motocross chassis in the world at just 6kg. When you drop it on yourself being a motocross action Hero, your buddies can lift it off you using the forged and machined integrated grab handles.
30 second tear down – The bodywork features a 15% weight reduction through internal hexagonal patterning and can be removed with 5 screws in 30 seconds. Handy.
Stark have already received tens of thousands of pre-orders and although you can place an order now, at this stage it appears that you’ll be waiting until late 2023 to see your bike. The web page currently lists them starting at A18,200 and I got to around A19,500 with all the add-on’s.
I note that Stark lists no less than 12 dealers in Australia already, testament to the interest. Orders and configuration can all be done online, with a decent selection of customisation available (eg wheel size, shock spring weight, 60Hp or 80Hp motor, hand or foot brake, colours etc).
Time will tell whether Stark can overcome the global supply chain challenges that most manufacturers are currently suffering and, whether the bike can reliably deliver on its promises when wannabebutnot19yearoldplumpoldguys put the Varg through the ultimate test. But if their attention to detail is anything to go by we could be in for some very exciting and very dirty times ahead.
Now, where’s my Golden Breed Mr Motocross T shirt ….
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The 10 Best Electric Dirt Bikes to Ride in 2023
Over the last decade, the electric vehicle segment has experienced enormous technological leaps and bounds, giving way to increasingly powerful and compact motors and battery packs. It’s only been within the last year or two, however, that this technology has finally become potent and advanced enough to genuinely lend itself to use in off-road motorcycles. So, while this segment may not have even really existed half a decade ago, there’s recently been a major influx of new, ever-more-capable models hitting the market on a regular basis — the latest and greatest of which we’ll be counting down in this curated guide to the best electric dirt bikes.
While the sheer number of available options on the market currently gives riders a diverse selection of proton-powered machines from which to choose, it’s also made it increasingly difficult to hone in on the bike that best suits you and your intended riding use — especially to the uninitiated. In an effort to streamline the experience of shopping in this emerging segment, we’ve broken it down, delving into the benefits of electric dirt bikes and what to consider when shopping, before diving into our picks for the best battery-powered dirt bikes currently on the market.
The Upsides Advantages Of Electric Dirt Bikes
There are numerous areas in which modern electric dirt bikes are objectively superior to their gas-powered counterparts — seven of the most crucial of which we’ll be unpacking below.
Unparalleled Power: At times boasting more than ten times as much torque as standard 450cc dirt bikes, electric models offer what are truly remarkable, otherwordly amounts of torque. And, as an electric motor without a powerband, the gobs of stump-pulling torque produced by EV dirt bikes are unleashed instantaneously — rather than over a gas-fed engine’s rev range.
Minimal Noise: And, as much as we enjoy the roaring four-stroke or the ringing of a two-stroke engine, the lack of an internal combustion engine does admittedly allow the rider to better appreciate their surroundings when riding out in nature — not to mention the fact electric dirtbikes don’t annoy neighbors or attract unwanted attention from park rangers and/or law enforcement. With that said, electric dirtbike motors are far from silent, producing a whirling sound that increases in pitch as RPMs go up — not unlike a gas engine, albeit markedly quieter.
Reduced Maintenance: With far fewer moving parts, no need to change out fluids, spark plugs, or filters, and no cams or timing chains to adjust, motorcycles that are kicked along by EV powertrains require far less maintenance than regular gas-fed dirt bikes. This makes ownership a much more convenient experience, especially compared to two-stroke models that need top-end rebuilds after every couple dozen hours of riding.
TwistGo Throttle: Without the need for a clutch and gearbox, electric powertrains are markedly more approachable than their manually-shifted counterparts, lowering the intimidation factor and making riding more accessible to novices. Rather than having to work a clutch and shift lever, electric dirt bikes boast an automatic, “twist-and-go” style throttle — which can often have its sensitivity adjusted.
Smart Tech Future-Proofing: Because electric powertrains are regulated by modern, computerized controllers, the motor’s performance characteristics can be adjusted, with elements such as throttle response, traction control, and “engine braking” able to be dialed in on the fly. As rolling Smart devices, electric dirt bikes also often come with capabilities such as geofencing and tracking, remote locking and unlocking, and firmware updates that can be received over the air, largely future-proofing any one particular model.
Environmentally Friendly: While it probably goes without saying, since zero-emission vehicles don’t produce any combustion, electric dirt bikes are almost always tremendously more environmentally friendly and sustainable compared to gas bikes. With the right equipment on hand, some of these bikes can also be solar-charged.
Freedom Of Design: Traditionally, the layout of dirt bikes has been dictated by the positioning of vital components such as the engine and gas tank. Electric dirt bikes, on the other hand, aren’t limited by this layout and can have their motor and battery pack(s) strategically located in a myriad of different places, giving designers and engineers markedly more freedom, along with the ability to experiment with outside-the-box ideas and setups.
Factors To Consider When Buying An Electric Dirtbike
Whether it’s an enduro, supersport, or an electric dirt bike, purchasing your first motorcycle can be a daunting task, especially if you didn’t grow up riding. Knowing this firsthand, we’ve generated this handy primer on the eight most important areas to review before buying your first — or next — electric dirt bike.
Battery: Batteries obviously play a crucial role in the overall quality and performance of an electric dirt bike. Areas such as capacity, voltage, and the number of cells will collectively determine specs such as range, recharge times, and the number of lifecycles. It’s also worth exploring if a battery is swappable, as well as what types of outlets or chargers it’s compatible with.
Motor: As the heart of any electric dirt bike, its motor is extremely important. When shopping for a battery-powered motocross machine, you’ll want to explore factors such as the type of motor, how much it weighs, how it’s cooled, and where it’s mounted on the bike (typically the swing-arm or frame).
Power: The immense power produced by electric dirt bikes is undoubtedly one of the segment’s biggest benefits over traditional petrol-powered models. As such, it’s well worth exploring an e-MXers horsepower and torque figures — the former of which is often measured in kilowatts.
Running Gear: While a dirt bike’s power and acceleration are primarily owed to its powertrain (and gearing, to some extent), its other riding characteristics mainly boil down to the running gear — or components — with which they’re equipped. This includes elements such as an e-dirt bike’s suspension setup, chassis, swing-arm, and braking hardware — all of which play a pivotal role in a bike’s handling and stopping power.
Size Weight: Just like with traditional dirt bikes — that are typically offered in everything from 49cc up through 450cc sizes — electric models come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with a slew of different seat heights and riding positions. These battery-powered bikes can also weigh in at anywhere between around 100lbs all the way up to two-wheelers pushing 400lbs. When reviewing this particular area, you’ll want to consider your height, skill level, intended riding applications, and whether or not the bike’s ergonomics (and/or seat height) can be adjusted.
Smart Tech: GPS tracking, remote unlocking, and on-the-fly parameter adjustments are all frequently featured on late model electric dirt bikes, allowing for more personalization. What’s more, similar to smartphones, today’s electric dirt bikes also often come loaded with sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, wheel speed monitors, and GPS sensors — all of which feed data several hundred times every second into an advanced processor.
App Connectivity: A growing number of dirt bikes are now being offered with connectivity to dedicated smartphone apps that allow users to adjust settings and parameters of the bike, such as power output, throttle response, traction control, or ABS levels. Many of these apps can also be used to download over-the-air updates.
Experience Level: No matter what type of motorcycle you’re purchasing, your search should always be limited by your level of skill and riding experience. Starting on a machine that’s too large and too powerful isn’t just inconducive to learning, it’s downright dangerous — plus it limits the amount of fun the rider has, as they’re forced to FOCUS on keeping the bike in check rather than perfecting their technique and advancing as a rider. The good news, however, is that quite a few of today’s electric dirt bikes can have their power level and throttle response adjusted (i.e. lowered) in order to be compatible with novice pilots.
SUR-RON Light Bee X
Tipping the scales at just a tad over 100lbs (plus the weight of its 60V, 176-cell Lithium-ion battery), SUR-RON’s Light Bee X is a lightweight, entry-level electric dirtbike that boasts a 47mph top speed and a range of up to 60 miles on a single charge — depending on what riding mode is being used. Constructed around an anodized 6061 T4 and T6 aluminum frame that’s created under 6,000 tons of pressure, the Light Bee X also features a rear mono-shock with a DNM TR link system and an inverted front fork that affords 8” of travel.
Top Speed: 50 MPH Output: 12 HP, 42 Nm of torque Charge Time: 1.8 Hours
Though Segway built its name on producing standup electric scooters, the company has since applied its EV knowhow to producing a wide range of battery-powered vehicles, from go-karts to scooters to electric dirt bikes. The brand’s X260 offers solid performance with a 47mph top speed, a roughly 120-lb curb weight, and a whopping 185ft-lbs of torque. Other highlights include connectivity to a smartphone app, swappable batteries, and an LED headlight, all as standard. In addition to being sold in a slew of different color options, this model is also offered in a more affordable and less powerful 3,500 X160-spec.
Top Speed: 85 MPH Output: 46 HP, 106 Nm of torque Charge Time: 9.7 Hours
Based in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Graft is an American-run EV Powersports company producing electric side-by-sides, four-wheelers, and dirtbikes, such as the EO.12. Weighing only 110lbs, the EO.12 — which was unveiled in prototype form in late 2021 — boasts a frame that’s been machined from aluminum billet before being paired with a custom mono-shock-equipped swing-arm, and a long-travel, three-way-adjustable FOX Racing fork. Benefitting from the use of swappable batteries and numerous 3D-printed TiAl6V4 titanium components, the EO.12’s 20-kW powertrain cranks out an otherworldly 324.5ft-lbs of instantaneous torque. The bike also rides on an off-road-focused 21” front, 18” rear wheel set with carbon fiber rims.
Top Speed: 50 MPH Output: 42 HP Charge Time: 2 Hours
KTM FREERIDE E-XC
The first modern, mass-produced electric dirtbike from a reputable, mainstream manufacturer, KTM’s FREERIDE E-XC combines the Ready To Race brand’s signature blend of high-end components and an advanced chassis with a cutting-edge, fully-electric powertrain that generates 24.5hp and 31ft-lbs of torque — making it roughly comparable to your average gas-powered 250cc dirt bike or dual-sport. As one would expect from KTM, the FREERIDE E-XC comes loaded with top-shelf componentry such as WP XPLOR suspension fore and aft, along with FORMULA braking hardware. This model’s Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack battery also affords a range of around 25 miles per charge.
Top Speed: 56 MPH Output: 13.4 HP, 42 Nm of torque Charge Time: 2.5 Hours
Stark VARG Alpha
Touted as “the world’s fastest motocross bike,” the Stark VARG Alpha is a ridiculously high-performance off-roader with a state-of-the-art fully-electric powertrain that’s good for 80hp and an unheard-of 691.8ft-lbs of torque. Weighing in at under 250lbs, the VARG also gets KYB suspension offering more than a foot of travel front and back, innovative skid plate design, forged and CNC-machined wheels, the world’s lightest foot-pegs, Brembo brakes, 100 different ride modes, and the ability to custom-tune a slew of parameters including power curve, engine braking, and traction control. The VARG’s IP69K-rated 6kWh battery also affords up to six hours of ride time. Based in Spain, Stark also offers a 60-HP standard version of the VARG for 1,000 less.
Top Speed: 45 MPH Output: 16 HP, 27 Nm of torque Charge Time: 2.5 Hours
Trevor DTRe Stella
While admittedly not what typically springs to mind when discussing electric dirt bikes, Trevor’s DTRe Stella is a closed-course only, battery-powered two-wheeler built specifically for use on dirt tracks. This electric, turnkey flat track racer is built around a minimalistic trellis frame that’s designed by Sarolea Performance and capped off with a single-piece tank and tracker-style tail section unit. Individually built by hand in Belgium, this bike features 19” Haan spoked wheels shod in Dunlop flat track tires, an 11-kW air-cooled brushless DC3 motor, and a 2.7-kWh C-battery pack that offers a more than 60-mile range and can be fully recharged in under an hour. Alongside the off-road-only model, Trevor is also producing a street-legal variant of the DTRe Stella for around 15,300.
CAKE Kalk OR race
Representing the Swedish marque’s top-of-the-line, race-spec electric dirt bike model, the CAKE Kalk OR race is a high-performance motocrosser with sleek Scandanavian design language and a top-shelf array of components that includes Öhlins suspension front and back, custom brakes, and bespoke wheels. Weighing only 165lbs, the Kalk OR race produces more than 200ft-lbs of torque, giving it a remarkable power-to-weight ratio. The CAKE also has multiple ride modes with different power settings, allowing new riders to work their way up to more powerful maps as their skill level progresses. On top of a street-legal Kalk model, CAKE also makes an INK-spec of the Kalk race that comes with lower-end suspension and a more affordable 11,500 MSRP.
E-Racer RUGGED Mark2
Based on the Zero FXS, the E-Racer RUGGED Mark2 is an air-drop-capable, reconnaissance-style electric dirt bike that takes heavy inspiration from military vehicles. In addition to sporting its own structural aluminum square-stock chassis and subframe with integrated lift-hooks, the Mk2 RUGGED sports custom kevlar and carbon fiber bodywork coated in ultra-hardwearing Line-X ballistic armor and finished with a dozen Eagle Eye LED perimeter lights. Other unique details include a 3D-printed nylon and Alcantara MX-style saddle resting on a hinged seat-pan, a triple Poliessoidal LED Highsider headlight, custom handguards, a skid-plate, illuminated ‘RUGGED’ badges, and ballistic tape-wrapped Showa suspension backed by an AirTender kit.
Tactica T-Race Cross
Made by boutique Italian firm Tactica, the T-Race Cross is an ultra-high-performance, spare-no-expense competition-grade electric dirt bike that’s been engineered specifically to win races. Brimming with top-of-the-line components including Brembo brakes and Öhlins suspension front and aft, the T-Race Cross also boasts a manual five-speed gearbox, two power modes, sleek blacked-out bodywork, and a single-shell split chrome-molybdenum chassis. And, while its range may seem extremely limited, its battery size was chosen to provide enough energy for 2 hot laps and nothing more.
FLUX Performance Primo
Made by Slovenian startup FLUX Performance, the Primo is a ridiculously state-of-the-art electric dirtbike with some absolutely incredible performance figures. Powering the Primo is a frame-mounted electric motor with Formula 1-inspired straight cut gears that cranks out 85hp and an astounding 553.2ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheel. Running off of a 6.7kWh, 400V swappable battery that’s set in a fully waterproof, aerospace-grade housing, the Primo is also equipped with a host of Smart sensors, remote locking, GPS tracking, and the ability to adjust half-a-dozen different riding parameters on the fly. Also produced in street-legal dual-sport and supermoto variants, the Primo’s perimeter-style aluminum cradle frame has been paired with a custom-designed cast swing-arm, an Öhlins’ twin-tube-tech-equipped TTX mono-shock, and a top-shelf 48mm inverted KYB fork.
Alta Redshift MXR
Despite producing what at the time was unquestionably the most advanced, cutting-edge, and capable electric dirt bike in existence, Alta Motors sadly shuttered its doors in late 2018, putting an immediate end to all operations, including production. With that said, if you’re shopping for an electric dirtbike, Alta’s Redshift models — including the MXR — are still well worth considering. And, while it may require some legwork and patience, Alta’s dirt bikes can still occasionally be found at select dealerships, as well as on eBay, Craigslist, and auction sites like Bring a Trailer.
GRID Cycles E-Scrambler
Created by Purpose Built Moto’s new EV division GRID Cycles, this honorable mention offers the performance of a modern electric dirt bike along with the appearance of a retro-inspired scrambler motorcycle with a replica Yamaha XT500 tank, a scrambler-style seat, and a classically-styled circular headlight shell housing a 5.75” Flashpoint LED beam. The E-Scrambler is based on KTM’s FREERIDE E-XC, and as such its power and range figures go almost entirely unchanged. The E-Scrambler also sports a black livery contrasted via an orange frame and red and orange accents — a nod to 1970s race liveries.
The Best Electric Motorcycles Currently Available
interested in a road-going eBike? Then be sure to cruise over to our guide to the best electric motorcycles for a handpicked list of all-electric two-wheelers from supermotos to superbikes.