Here’s How To Easily Make Any Dirt Bike Street Legal
Want to make your dirt bike street legal, but don’t know where to begin? Well, we have decided to make a guide just for you, to help you understand what’s involved in the process from A to Z.
We are going to cover the laws and the parts you’ll need, and we’ll add some tips along with way. The process may seem daunting if you haven’t started yet, but we think you’ll find it’s really not that complicated for riders with moderate mechanical skills and basic tools.
- Universal parts to help you get street legal anywhere
- Upgrading your charging system to handle those parts, and
- Optional parts that are rarely required but are good to have
The best part is, you can do it all yourself!
Legal Issues: Rumors and Facts
There are many myths and rumors that swirl around regarding the legal issues of titling dirt bikes for street use. Some say it can only be done if there was a title issued when the bike was new. Others think you only need to strap on a headlight and a taillight and head out on the road.
The fact is you can title almost any dirt bike, but the process of making a dirt bike street-legal is more complicated than just attaching a couple of lights.
When you’re ready to go street legal, your simplest route is to let the pros at Dirt Legal handle the paperwork side of things for you. Visit our Dirt Bike Street Legal Service page to learn more.
All the Parts You Need
The only thing left for you to do is install the necessary parts to comply with your state’s DOT (Department of Transportation) requirements. Making a dirt bike physically compliant with the operating laws within any state will require some investment of time and money on your part.
Much depends on the model of dirt bike being put into road service, but there are many ways to simplify your build. Check out the infographic above to see the minimum equipment requirements for each state.
Be sure to get familiar with your local laws and regulations before riding a dirt bike on the road. You may not be as street legal as you might think, and this list might not cover everything your area requires.
Most states require that motorcycles have a DOT-compliant headlight, which is:
- switchable from high beam to low beam
- lit during the day and night
- is clearly visible but not blinding to drivers
However, a headlight causes a constant draw on your electrical system. One way to keep the headlight’s draw on the battery to a minimum is to install an LED headlight, which requires a fraction of the amps of a halogen light. These lights also enable you to use a battery without a charging system if you wish. We discuss the limitations of this method in the Battery section below.
Be sure you know your local laws about the placement of the high/low switch. Some states have no requirement for this switch, but others are specific. The DOT requirement is that the switch be visible to the rider, and it’s best to place it where it is easily accessible, like the traditional left-hand side of the handle bar.
The tail light, with a working brake light function, enables drivers behind you to see that you are slowing down. It also attracts attention, which is just as important for safety in the daylight as it is in the dark.
Installing the proper taillight can kill four DOT requirements at once!
In some states the light must be connected to a battery, which must be able to remain lit for 20 minutes, and it must be on at all times. Like the headlight, an LED tail light will reduce the draw on the battery, meaning longer battery life and less need for a stator upgrade.
The switches for the taillight must be installed so that the rear brake pedal and front brake lever both light up the tail light when engaged. One common solution is a banjo-bolt switch, which uses the extra pressure in the brake line when engaged to trigger the brake light. Mechanical switch options are also available which are best suited for drum brakes.
There are good taillight bracket-fender combos on the market that solve installation issues with a finished look.
Some states require that a motorcycle have two mirrors in place, but most just require that motorcycles have at least one working mirror.
A functioning mirror allows you to see what is going on behind you. They keep you safe, so be careful using a cheap, shaky mirror if you do a lot of street riding.
Some riders prefer the look of their machines sans mirrors, and will begrudgingly install a single, low-profile mirror for looks. When taking this route, it is wise to invest in a wide-angle mirror, which will do away with the blind spot on at least one side of the bike.
Many bikes that have available dual-sport versions will readily accept classic, threaded, long-stem mirrors. If not, a simple solution is to clamp on bar-end mirrors. They have a considerably lower profile than the stem mirrors, and some provide much better views of what’s going on behind you.
Many states do not require turn signals, but instead require hand signals to be used.
Even then, it is still wise to install turn signals. The flashing yellow lights get the attention of drivers much better than hands do, especially at night. And they also allow riders to stay in control of their handlebars when making a turn.
That said, if your only stumbling block is installing blinkers, the use of hand signals may allow you to skip this step in many states. Some states have specific requirements regarding the installation of turn signals, but not all. And again, LED blinkers will reduce the draw from the battery vs a bulb.
The tires on any street-going motorcycle must be DOT Certified.
Dirt bike rims normally accept DOT-rated tires, which contain extra layers of rubber and are highway-speed rated. If they are approved, tires will be marked DOT on the sidewall. It doesn’t matter if the tires are knobbies or not, only that they have the DOT certification.
You may get away with skirting this law, but off-road-only tires are ill suited for the rigors of highway speeds and may come apart at the seams. The smartest and safest approach is to install DOT-approved skins if you do a lot of pavement riding.
An increasingly popular option is to convert a dirt bike into a supermoto by installing 17 inch rims and mounting street tires found on most sport bikes.
Besides the obvious style points from this mod, sport tires offer increased longevity and maneuverability over knobbies when racking up miles on a road-going dirt bike.
Many sport bike riders have converted to the supermoto life due to the lighter weight of a dirt bike and the easiness of maneuvering it both on and off-road. The conversion will require special supermoto rims usually 17 in the front and rear to accept the sport tires, but kits are available that include wheels, cush-drive hubs, tires and brake rotors for an easy swap.
This is where we start to get into a bit of a gray area in regulations.
All states require motorcycles to have a working horn, but some allow non-electric horns to pass if an inspection is needed. Other states specify that the horn must be electric for a motorcycle to be street legal. The simplest way through this part of the maze is to just install an electric horn.
Most draw less than 10 amps, so they are no challenge to a properly set up charging system. They are also very cheap starting at around 8.
License Plate Bracket
Motorcycles used on public roads will need to display a license plate.
This rule is the same everywhere, though some states are more particular about the method of display than others. It is best to check with the local DMV to be sure the license plate is properly displayed on your street legal dirt bike.
There are aftermarket license plate brackets available that display plates in a way that is legal in most every state. You may also consider alternative means of affixing the plate, such as zip ties or mounting it beneath the fender for a cleaner look as pictured below. Just be careful that it doesn’t fly off.
In many states, you can also mount the plate vertically if it makes it easier for you. A light will be necessary, but a cheap LED strip mounted above the plate will suffice, and may prove to be a permanent solution. Some states require the plate to be past the rear tire for easy readability, but if it is visible from the rear of the bike then you shouldn’t run into any issues.
Upgrading the Charging System
This often-overlooked aspect of street legal dirt bike conversions can leave you parked on the side of the road.
A battery is not necessary to power lights on a dirt bike if you have sufficient power from the stator. However, to power the required lights for street riding, you will need to convert the AC power your stator is making fire the spark plug to DC power the lights can use.
Powering lights off of alternating current will soon fry them. Although there are lights which can be powered by AC voltage, they usually have a much shorter life. A dirt bike without any of these components should be modified to use them.
The classic motorcycle charging system consists of a stator, a regulator/rectifier and a battery. Some motorcycles utilize alternators like cars do, but this is less common on dirt bikes.
The stator (or sometimes alternator) generates electricity in a motorcycle, but they do not all produce the same amount of it. A dirt bike without lights or a starter has minimal electrical requirements, and the stator likely produces minimal wattage.
The total draw of all the electrical components to be placed on the street-legal build should leave enough leftover power to charge the battery — 13 to 15 volts. Most kickstart-only dirt bikes will require an upgraded stator to power the added components.
The stock stator can be rewound to generate more power or you can purchase a high output stator online for most dirt bikes. Ricky Stator Is one popular choice to purchase upgraded stators for off-road vehicles.
The regulator/rectifier converts the alternating current coming from the stator to direct current that the electrical components can use. It also takes the high voltage coming from the stator and regulates it down to the 13 to 15 volts required to charge the battery.
Some aftermarket companies sell kits with upgraded stators and regulator rectifiers that are meant to work together. Again, do not operate lights directly off of alternating current unless the lights were made to handle it.
A battery is not necessary on most dirt bikes, but without it, you can only use your lights when the bike is running and the lights may dim while the bike is idling.
There are some small batteries on the market specifically designed for converting dirt bikes to street legal.
Some work as a lone power source for the lights on a bike, and some are designed to work with a charging system. Both styles are discreet, but supply all the DC power these motorcycles require.
However, using a battery as the lone power source will inevitably drain it quickly. It will require frequent charging and will have a short life, but it will do its job until you can perform a proper conversion.
There are bike-specific kits available that contain all three major electrical components, along with wiring harnesses. Wiring harnesses from a dual sport version of your dirt bike may also be available in the used market.
Optional Street Legal Components
Most local areas will not require these components, and while some will, it’s always a good idea to rock them on your street legal dirt bike conversion.
An odometer is a luxury on a dirt bike, but is important to have for street riding. It tells you speed, mileage, RPM, and engine temperature.
Currently, it is only legally required on motorcycles in Indiana, so this is an optional part. With a trip meter, you can make sure you never run out of gas again! It’s a very common mistake to run out of gas on a dirt bike seeing as they only carry around 2 gallons of fuel. These are fairly easy to install for the most part. Companies like Trail Tech offer all in one odometers which include everything needed for a DIY installation.
Not many off-road-only dirt bikes have kickstands due to safety concerns of it falling down accidentally.
The safety hazard these contraptions pose on the street is practically nil, however, and trying to live without one in urban use is an exercise in futility. Again, kickstands are not required by law, but they are a simple convenience that many riders overlook in the rush to get a dirt bike on the road, only to later find there isn’t always a place to rest the bike.
Best to have one, don’t you think?
The front and rear sprockets on a dirt bike are likely intended for slower top speeds than the typical street legal dual sport machine gets up to on the road. They are likely set up for explosive bursts of speed.
A gearing change can make a huge difference in acceleration and top-end speed. Getting a rear sprocket with more teeth will provide better pickup at the cost of top speed, and vice versa.
The opposite is true for the front sprocket, where dropping a tooth will net greater acceleration at a cost of top-end power. Keep in mind that, if your dirt bike has a speedometer, changing the front sprocket will likely make it read incorrectly.
Most dirt bikes don’t come with a fan, due to the fact that they are not built with streets in mind. They are made to be constantly moving, not sitting at red lights on the way to McDonald’s. If you live in an urban area with traffic, you may want to add a fan to your bike to keep the engine from overheating.
Cush Drive Hub
This is an extremely bike-specific issue.
To simplify, most road-going motorcycles have a dampening system in place to soften the blow of road imperfections on the transmission system. Either the clutch hub or the rear wheel hub may contain rubber pieces for dampening. These “cush drive” hubs allow for some play in the driveline. Dirt bikes rarely have them because the loose terrain allows sliding the rear wheel while shifting.
On the street, cush drives save transmissions from expensive damages and are a wise investment. Due diligence on the part of the bike owner may save tremendous headaches down the line.
There’s Nothing You Can’t Do Yourself!
Converting a dirt bike to be street legal can sometimes seem overwhelming, which is why we offer 24/7 customer service 365 days a year. If you’re having trouble with getting your off-road vehicle road worthy, feel free to contact us.
Take some time to research your own ride and the local laws in your area, determining piece by piece whether upgrades are needed and finding a permanent and high-quality solution to each issue. The time you spend now making sure you get it right will make a huge difference in the quality of your ride down the road.
When you’re ready to get your bike titled and registered, Dirt Legal has you covered. The headaches involved with converting a dirt bike to street use are mostly just good times turning wrenches. You take care of the fun stuff, and we’ll do the paperwork.
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Let us take on all of the headaches of dealing with the DMV for you. No more playing phone tag or waiting in line at the DMV for hours on end, and no need to spend your evenings researching the laws in your state.
When you’re ready to go street legal, your simplest route is to let the pros at Dirt Legal handle the paperwork side of things for you. The laws governing how to make a dirt bike street legal change from state to state, but we’ve done all the research so you don’t have to. We can register almost any dirt bike, whether it came with a title or MSO from the manufacturer or not.
Visit our Street Legal Dirt Bike Service page to learn more.
From our website, simply choose your vehicle service, then fill out the form with your vehicle information. After your purchase, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail. Complete the enclosed forms and send them back to Dirt Legal in the pre-paid envelope provided, then wait for your tag, registration and/or title to arrive in the mail as fast as possible!
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New Rieju eMR Electric Dirt Bike Released at EICMA
The Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Rieju has caught us by surprise with the release of what looks to be an incredibly promising new enduro model, the Rieju eMR electric dirt bike.
It should come as no surprise that Rieju would eventually release an electric dirt bike of some sort, especially given that the Spanish company also owns Torrot, an electric manufacturer that focuses solely on kids electric dirt bikes. We’ve seen electric offerings from Rieju in the form of eScooters like the Nuuk, a hip looking step-through scooter for urban riders and commuters, but the Rieju eMR steps directly into Rieju’s hard enduro pedigree.
Rieju E-MR Specifications
What We Know
We don’t know a ton about the new Rieju electric dirt bike yet, but what we do know is that it looks almost identical to the steel chassis of Rieju’s MR Racing and MR Pro models that come respectively in both 250cc and 300cc flavors for hard enduro riders. similarly, the eMR shares the same dimensions and travel to the MR Ranger, a slightly smaller version of the full-size enduro options offered from Rieju. The eMR is sporting a KYB fork with 270mm of travel and a KYB shock with 121mm of travel.
For the eMR power plant, Rieju is claiming an impressive peak power output of 60kW. Although the voltage has not yet been disclosed, the battery is claimed to be 48Ah and has a recharge time of 2-3 hours. It does not appear that the battery is interchangeable but it does claim to have a charger on-board, which is a very intriguing feature that we have recently seen on the new Surron Ultra Bee.
specifications will be rolling in and expect to see more updates about the exciting new Rieju eMR electric dirt bike.
Showing a clear commitment to developing its Hard Enduro models and preparing them for the future, Rieju presents its new Electric eMR, a motorcycle that combines the virtues of one of the best Enduro platforms on the market with the silent running and zero emissions of its light and powerful electric motor with great battery range, which allows to enter unexplored territories in a sustainable way, performing as an authentic Enduro competition bike.
Today, Rieju has an extensive all-road range (MRT, Tango, and top evolutions of the PRO range in 50cc. 2T and 125cc. 4T), plus the Century 125 model, a motorcycle inspired by the mythical Rieju 175 and complemented by 100% electric vehicles, all of them highly accepted in markets such as Germany, Spain or France and manufactured in Spain, under a solid business structure with ecological awareness, in which 20,000 motorcycles/year are produced. Since March 2020 Rieju is the owner of the enduro platform of the Catalan company Torrot.
The 2T models are now marketed under the Rieju brand. The operation includes the intellectual and industrial platform of the Torrot enduro platform. With that platform, and under the GasGas brand, Torrot launched the 2019 models of the 2T range in 250 and 300 cc. EC, XC and GP in 2017, and added the Ranger model at the end of 2019, selling those bikes in more than 50 countries. Since March 2020 Rieju manufactures these models and strengthens its position in the off-road sector, expanding its current range of engines with higher displacement 2 stroke models. Example of this are the models MR Racing 250 and 300 cc, the MR Pro at 250 and 300cc. and the MR Ranger at 200 and 300cc.
Want to find the Rieju eMR electric dirt bike for sale?
Check back to the ECR Marketplace where the bike will be available from Rieju dealers in the United States.
SYX MOTO Roost 125cc Electric Start Dirt Bike
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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.
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