Best Electric Dirt Bikes (Updated 2022)
Let’s talk about electric dirt bikes I bled and got bruised to test these interesting battery-powered motorcycles. I added my opinion as a dirt bike rider, but also I surveyed my colleagues, and we did additional research to get unbiased results.
Our off-road world made of dirt, mud and rocks has changed in recent years with the entry of the electric dirt bike.
An electric dirt bike is a motorcycle designed for use on rough terrain and runs by a battery-powered motor. Compared to a traditional dirt bike, an electric dirt bike is an Eco-friendly machine that requires less maintenance and almost has no sound.
Does the electric dirt bike offer the power, speed and driving experience like the traditional off-road motorcycle?
In the past, they were known as e-dirt bikes and used to be toys for the kids and teens. But now, with the latest breakthroughs and improvement on the electric motor and batteries, we are about to test the limits of the battery-powered bikes on the dirt trails and roughest terrains.
The manufacturers started mixing the mountain, hybrid and supermoto bikes with the electric dirt bikes. The industry is still new and different off-road electric dirt bikes were invented. But, even if they can go off-road, can we really compare them with the all mighty full size mx dirt bike that we all know of?
In this article expect to read about different types of electric motorcycles that can go off-road.
Below we have 15 electric dirt bikes:
022 KTM Freeride E-XC Electric Dirt Bike
The new 2022 KTM Freeride E-XC is the same as previous 2020 and 2021 model and is a cross between a full-size enduro/motocross dirt bike and a trial dirt bike.
The 2021 KTM Freeride E-XC Electric Dirt Bike is powered by a Lithium-Ion KTM PowerPack that can be removed. This allows you to buy an additional lithium-Ion KTM battery to swap easily when out riding for the day.
The KTM Freeride E-XC is a single-speed automatic that produces 24.5 max HP.
But, do not let the low horsepower fool you…
The torque you can get from an electric dirt bike is outstanding…42 Nm.
It will take you 1.3 hours to fully charge the KTM PowerPack battery.
Built with a steel composite frame, the electric Freeride will stand up to any abuse you throw at it.
WP Xplor PDS shocks are stock on the 2021 Freeride E-XC.
The Seat height for the 2022 KTM Freeride is 910 mm or 35.82 inches
2022 KTM Freeride E-XC: Features and Specifications
- 24.5 max HP with 5000 RPM
- Xplor 48 PDS Shock Absorber
- Changeable Lithium-Ion PowerPack
- Single-speed automatic
- Liquid-cooledGround Clearance 13,38 inches or 340 mm
2021 Update: It basically has the same specs as the previous 2020 model, so keep that in mind.
I have tested the Electric Dirt Bike by KTM, the 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC on our Backcountry Life YouTube channel. They are basically the same electric dirt bikes as this year model. See the video below:
022 ZERO FX ZF7.2 ZF3.6
The Zero FX Electric Dirt Bike is good looking, functional with the very powerful electric power train. With amazing torque and probably the highest speed on an electric dirt bike, it is an honorable mention to the world of electric dirt bikes. Zero Motorcycles is a company dedicated to making just electric motorcycles. It seems like the crew at Zero Motorcycles have put their blood, sweat, and tears into making electric dirt bikes. Zero Motorcycle App will let you choose between Eco and Sport modes.
It is, without a doubt, the best hybrid Electric Dirt Bike, the 2022 ZERO FX ZF7.2 ZF3.6. Zero built the 2022 FX models for on and off-road applications. so their electric motorcycles might be more comfortable.
What’s the difference between the ZERO FX ZF7.2 and the Zero FX ZF3.6?
Power and battery.
The 2022 ZERO FX ZF7.2 and the Zero FX ZF3.6 have the same standard build, but choosing different battery options is the difference between power and range. Installing the Zero Motorcycle App will let you choose between Eco and Sport modes.
Zero Motorcycles boost a good range for their electric dirt bikes.
Zero FX ZF3.6
- Range 46 city / 19 highway
- 27 HP / 78 ft-lbs torque
- Ultra-fast recharge
- Swappable battery
2021 Update: Zero only changed the design of the dirt bike. The specs remain the same.2022 Update: It uses the last year design, but has higher top speed from 70 to 85 mph and it is lighter
Alta Motors Redshift MX Electric Motocross Bike
The Alta Redshift MX is a professional full-fledge Race motocross dirt bike.
Alta Motors is no longer making electric dirt bikes but we could not leave this dirt bike out of this list. It’s still the ONLY full-fledge electric motocross dirt bike that has been produced.
You can still pick a Redshift on the used dirt bike market.
The top speed on the Redshift MX is around 50 MPH and the battery will last for around an hour.
But what makes the Redshift MX unique is how well built it is. It comes with high-quality parts all around the dirt bike.
The Alta Motors Redshift comes with WP suspension in the front for the fork and WP for the rear shock.
The brakes are what you would come to expect on a well built high-quality dirt bike.
This was the BEST electric dirt bike you can buy. I didn’t list it above because for 2020 you cannot buy a new one as Alta Motors sadly closed their doors in 2019.
If you can find one on the used dirt bike market get one!
Alta Redshift MX: Features and Specs
- Best Electric Dirt bike
- Pro WP suspension
- Pro Brakes
- Pro Chassis
- 50 MPH top speed
- 60 Mins of run time
2021 Update: Alta Redshift MX still remains one of the best race motocross dirt bikes.2022 Update: It becomes more difficult to find an Alta Redshift on the used market. Even if you do, the only problem you would have is with the battery. But that can be easily replaced with custom battery.
CAKE Kalk OR
The Kalk OR is Sweden’s best electric dirt bike, designed for off-road performance. Cake is a company based out of Sweden, and they are passionate about making innovative and lightweight electric dirt bikes. At this moment, they have few different models of the Kalk line-up, divided in two categories. One for racing and other for back country exploring.
- Kalk Or Freeride Models, suitable for trail riding in the back country.
- Kalk Or and Ink Race Models are dirt bikes designed for racing, however, keep in mind that they have the same power as the opposite freeride line-up, just are little heavier.
Now let’s be clear this looks more like a mountain bike with an electric motor.
If you look at everything, the 2022 Kalk OR is more closely related to a dirt bike.
The large sprocket and the Front forks make me think electric dirt bike.
2022 Kalk OR: Features and Specs
- 3 hours of run time
- Power: 11kW (15hp)
- 50 MPH maximum speed
- 42 Nm peak torque, with 280 Nm on back wheel
- Three ride modes
- 2.5 hour charge time
- Motorcycle brakes
- Ohlins fork and shock
Cake has built a cool lightweight, well suspended, and power full-electric dirt bike.
2021 Update: The 2021 Kalk Or still have the same specs as the 2020 model.2022 Update: Due to the specification competitiveness, they still have success in 2022 and there is no need to change anything.
022 Escape R Dirt Bike
The Electric Motion Escape R is a mix between a trails dirt bike and a full-size enduro dirt bike.
Based in France the team at Electric Motion is passionate about bringing the dirt bike market an electric dirt bike that is fun, quiet and competitive.
Built from high-quality dirt bike parts the Electric Motion Escape R is for those who want to ride their dirt bike on single track.
Top speed on the Electric Motion Escape R dirt bike is around 46.6 mph.
EM Escape R is lightweight and comes with full suspension and high-quality brakes.
The Escape R electric dirt bike comes with 6 different map settings for you to choose from, 3 that are standar and 3 race ready.
2022 Electric Motion Escape R: Features and Specs
- Top speed around 46.6 MPH
- 110 – 200 mins of run time, or 38 miles
- 187 lbs
- 6 power map settings
- Great suspension
- Great Torque
- Great Brakes
2021 Update: The Escape R is a new road legal model by Escape Motion with improvements in flexibility, roundness at low RPM. It has more power, inertia and RPM’s from their previous models.
- -New TKO mode, for precision in acceleration and traction resulting on better control of the power and lower revs.
- It has 3 additional power map settings “race maps”
- New Led Headlights featuring blue tripple clamp.
- Optional PRB system for the R model that allows regeneration of the battery faster.
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!
Everything You Need To Know Before Buying An Electric Dirt Bike
You don’t have to love electric vehicles to appreciate just how far they’ve come in the last decade. When the first ones started trickling onto the market, they had enormous batteries and small distance ranges. They were expensive to the point of inaccessibility. They felt more like tech-driven novelties than innovative modes of transportation.
But every big idea starts somewhere, right?
Over the years, there have been huge innovations in the tech electric vehicles use in ways that just a few years ago seemed damn near impossible. Smaller batteries, longer ranges, impressive power, cleaner emissions, lower price points–we’re there, folks.
Case in point? Electric dirt bikes. I’m old enough to remember when the first electric Razor Scooter hit the market in the early 2000s and thinking, “Holy shit, this is the coolest thing ever.” I think it had a battery life of like, 15 minutes, and I remember being able to walk faster than its top speed up-hill, but at the time, it was such a massive innovation.
Twenty years later and there’s an entire market of performance electric dirt bikes that both rival and, in some ways, even out-perform their traditional gas-powered counterparts at a price that’s not only affordable, but in many cases, surprisingly comparable.
Don’t get me wrong, those four- and two-stroke brap machines are still cool as hell. But if you’re a real-deal dirt bike rider, it might be time for you to have a look at what the electric side’s been up to.
Key Things to Look For When Shopping For an Electric Dirt Bike
Shopping for an electric dirt bike is a pretty hands-on experience. While many of the bikes you’ll see will be similar, they all come with their own quirks (both positive and negative) that will ultimately help you pick the right one for you.
Here are a few of the things you should pay the most attention to when shopping for an electric dirt bike:
- Price: This is probably the most important factor for anyone looking to purchase an electric dirt bike. These bikes vary pretty widely in terms of price, but none of them are anything I’d consider a “small purchase.”
- Battery life: The weakest link for electric dirt bikes right now is the battery life. Batteries have come a long, long way just in the last couple years. Most electric dirt bikes will get you at least an hour of consistent ride time, but there are plenty that will deliver more (and also less) than that. It’s clear the industry still has some innovating to do here.
- Suspension: This one’s another no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Every single person buying a gas-powered dirt bike is going to at least partly factor suspension components into their purchasing decision, and the same should definitely apply to an electric dirt bike.
- Torque: One of the most unique advantages of all electric vehicles is that they love getting up and going. You won’t really find a slouch in the pack, but some dirt bikes definitely offer unique torque advantages over others. In fact, some electric dirt bikes on the market have more torque than their biggest four-stroke alternative could ever dream of. So, if grippin’ and rippin’ is important to you, keep your eyes on this.
- Overall weight: It doesn’t matter how big your battery and motor are if an unnecessarily heavy frame weighs down your bike. Overall weight (bike and rider) is going to be a huge determining factor in what kind of range and speed you’re going to get out of your bike, so be especially mindful here.
How Fast Can Electric Dirt Bikes Go?
I hate these kinds of figures because so much goes into determining how fast any vehicle is capable of traveling. Things like the weight of the bike, the weight of the rider, the battery size, motor size, the type of terrain being ridden, etc., all play into the equation.
Most of the more common electric dirt bikes out there will safely top out anywhere from 35 mph (give or take), to somewhere in the 55 mph range, according to manufacturer specs–which is pretty damn impressive and on par with most gas-powered equivalent dirt bikes.
However, it’s worth noting that just like how throttling a gas bike is going to drastically affect your miles per gallon (and, therefore, your overall ride time), the same can be applied to electric dirt bikes.
How Far Can Electric Dirt Bikes Go?
Generally, the average electric dirt bike can get anywhere from 20 to 60 miles on one charge. That may not sound like a lot, but you’re much less likely to run up miles on a dirt bike trail than you are cruising down the interstate.
You can generally expect many or most electric dirt bikes to be in the same general range per charge as most gas dirt bikes fall under per tank of gas.
However, a lot of how far your bike is going to go depends on things like weight and riding style. If you’re out there ripping it up like you’re e-Travis Pastrana, your range will decrease. But if you’re rolling around like the grandma at the retirement facility who’s afraid to kick her scooter from “Turtle” to “Rabbit,” your overall range might actually impress you.
How Much Do Electric Dirt Bikes Typically Cost?
This is where things get really tricky in the world of electric vehicles, because there are literally a massive, varied array of different bikes at different price points right now.
I’m mainly focused on mentioning the bikes that’ll actually grab the attention of gas-powered dirt bike riders, but it’s worth noting that there are all types of electric dirt bikes out there. You can grab a not-so-good one for a couple grand, but if you’re looking for something even remotely comparable to a gas-powered dirt bike, you should expect to pay anywhere from around 4,000 to upwards of 14,000, depending on what you’re looking at.
However, surprisingly, most of what you’ll find is in the 8,000 to 11,000 range, which is right in line with the best new gas-powered bikes out there.
Basically, if you have the budget for a new gas-powered bike, you won’t experience any real sticker shock when exploring electric options.
The Best Electric Dirt Bikes By Price Range
Picking the right electric dirt bike to pull the trigger on depends on so many factors–overall budget, performance, ride quality, etc. But here are a few options to help a few different types of buyers.
Best Affordable Electric Dirt Bike: The Sur-Ron X
This is one of the most affordable electric dirt bikes on the market, but it doesn’t skimp on quality or performance. According to the manufacturer, the bike tops out at 48 mph and can give riders a range anywhere from 20 to 60 miles per charge, which is excellent for the price point.
Most of the independent test reviews I found on The Sur-Ron X said that riders got around two hours of riding time per charge, which ain’t shabby at all.
Best Overall Electric Dirt Bike: The KTM Freeride E-XC
KTM is a motocross institution, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s electric dirt bike, the Freeride E-XC is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound contender in the electric dirt bike world. And aside from the price tag, it’s easy to see why.
This bike offers a top speed of up to 56 mph through its 18 kW (24 HP) max output motor, and it offers three different power modes that’ll let you go from mild to wild with the quickness. It also has a max charge time of around 110 minutes, which will give you about an hour of riding time if you’re being conservative.
It’s an easy, reliable starter bike for anyone really interested in making the switch.
Fastest Electric Dirt Bike: Zero FXE
I’ll just start with what you want to know: The Zero FXE has a top speed of 85 mph and no, that’s not a typo. Although, I’ll confess that I’m kinda cheating on this one, as the FXE is technically considered a road-legal dirt bike.
Aside from that top speed, you’re also getting a 46 HP, 11kW motor and an impressive 78 ft-lb of torque, which means this thing is a ripper, for sure.
According to the manufacturer, you can expect anywhere from a 40- to 100-mile range on one charge, which can mean anywhere from an hour to a couple of hours, depending on your riding style.
Looking for something street legal? Start here.
The Kalk INK Electric Dirt Bike – 185 Lb Ft Of Torque
With 185 lb ft of torque at the rear wheel and a curb weight of just 78 kilograms (or 172 lbs) the Kalk INK is a quick off-road motorcycle with up to 3 hours of range, an 80% recharge time of two hours from a standard wall outlet, or 3 hours for a 100% charge.
The Arrival Of The Electric Motorcycle
Electric vehicles have been around for a long time, the electric motor was invented back in the 1740s after all, many decades before the first internal combustion engine would see the light of day. Electric motors tend to be small and lightweight for their power output, and they’re mechanically quite simple with fewer moving parts that can fail.
Above Video: This episode from Sam Pilgrim shows the unboxing process of the Cake Kalk INK and his impressions riding it off road. Pilgrim is a professional freeride mountain biker with a slew of major competitive wins to his name.
The biggest hold-back for electric vehicles has always been not electric motor technology but battery technology – an issue that is now improving at a Rapid pace due to the invention and continued development of lithium-based batteries.
That isn’t to say that the battery issue has been solved, this is likely still some way off, however it’s certainly much improved. The largest issue with electric vehicles now isn’t so much battery capacity as the cost of those batteries, something we will have to wait for the economies of scale to solve in time.
The first electric motorcycle patent appeared in 1895, it was filed by Ogden Bolton Jr. of Canton Ohio. These early designs were essentially just bicycles with an electric motor, a simple motor controller, and a battery.
In 1896 bicycle manufacturer Humber displayed their new electric tandem bicycle in London at the Stanley Cycle Show and a number of other electric bicycle/motorcycles would follow. In 1911 Popular Mechanics magazine described an electric motorcycle with an impressive spec sheet including a range of up to 100 miles and a top speed of 35 mph.
Electric motorcycles and their electric bicycle siblings have long faced the same issues as electric cars, limited range due to battery technology, however as noted above, battery technology continues to improve year on year.
Cake electric motorcycles have become almost a class to themselves for many off-road riders.
Modern electric motorcycles typically make use of a lightweight frame, a small electric motor that may be either hub mounted or frame mounted, and they often have removable battery packs to make for easy charging and hot swapping.
Many of their other components, like suspension, brakes, lighting systems, wheels, and tires are all taken directly from the world of traditional internal combustion motorcycles to help lower costs.
As batteries continue to improve and become cheaper over time it’s likely we’ll see a tipping point, where electric motorcycles make more economic sense. However for the time being they still tend to be prohibitively expensive for many.
The Kalk INK Electric Dirt Bike
With the release of the Kalk INK, the team at Cake were seeking to provide a slightly more affordable electric dirt bike compared to the Cake OR model and the company’s dedicated off-road racing bikes.
The Kalk INK has an upside down MX spring fork up front and an adjustable monoshock in the rear.
Despite the slightly lower cost it’s immediately clear that this is a Cake-designed bike, with its distinctive 6061 aluminium frame consisting of extruded, forged, and CNC machined parts.
Suspension consists of upside down MX spring forks with rebound adjustment up front that have been engineered specifically for this model. There’s an aluminum swing arm and monoshock in the rear, and a chain drive to the wheel that runs from the electric motor sprocket to the rear wheel sprocket.
Single disc brakes are fitted front and back, more than enough given the low curb weight of the bike. It rides on 19″x1.85” custom designed 7116-T6 aluminum motorcycle rims front and back with matching 19″ off-road motorcycle tires.
Power is provided by an electric motor producing 11 Kw and 42 Nm of torque at the crank, by the time this is multiplied by the 80 tooth rear sprocket it becomes 280 Nm at the rear wheel, or approximately 185 lb ft of torque.
The bike has three distinct ride modes, the details of which are listed out below.
The battery pack is a lithium unit with 18650 cells and 50 Ah of capacity or 2.6 kWh. Importantly it’s removable so you can bring it inside for charging, or hot swap the batteries to keep riding.
Kalk INK Ride Modes
As with most electric vehicles the Kalk INK doesn’t come cheap, they cost 11,580 USD each, so at the time of writing they’re still largely only owned by those with deeper s than most. Huckberry are now offering the Kalk INK with free US shipping, but they can only do continental US delivery at the time of writing.
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