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How to Make Your Sur-Ron (Or High-Powered E-Bike) Street Legal

Electric bikes, or E-bikes, are exploding in popularity across the nation, and it isn’t hard to see why: they are light, agile, swift, and can get you up to forty miles of travel on a single charge. These bikes are inexpensive, easy to drive and use, and are a great way to get around the urban jungle. But they do pose a challenge when it comes to roadway use.

E-bikes are a great mode of transportation for getting around the city using existing bicycle infrastructure, but sometimes you need access to public roads if you use an e-bike for your daily commute. Today we will go over what exactly makes an e-bike street legal or not, what needs to be done to make one street legal, how it is categorized, and most importantly, how you can register and tag yours.

E-Bikes versus Electric Motorcycle

First and most importantly, what exactly is an e-bike? And what is the difference between an e-bike and an electric motorcycle?

So, an e-bike is an electric bicycle. At least, that is the idea.

An e-bike is considered a low-speed electric bike as long as it is under 750 watts (1.01 horsepower). Because they are federally considered consumer products, these machines are regulated as consumer products rather than by conventional transportation laws. E-bikes are not considered motor vehicles as long as they are equipped with functional pedals with a top speed of less than 20mph when operated by a rider weighing 170 pounds.

But, this leads us into another area: e-bikes that are more powerful than CPSC-identified low-speed electric bicycles. Depending on the performance envelope, they can require registration as a motorcycle or moped. You don’t have to register e-bikes, but you will earn an insta-ticket from the local po-po if you cruise down the strip without a tag on something that isn’t street legal and isn’t a bicycle. We’re looking at you, Sur Ron riders!

What Are The Classes of E-Bikes?

As of right now, this is still in flux. Technology advances far faster than bureaucracies can keep up with or adapt to, and the states are still trying to figure out what exactly to do with the e-bike boom.

Here are the three classes as we see them now:

Class 1

Class 1 e-bikes are outlined above: 20 mph maximum speed, an electric motor only in operation when the rider is pedaling. These are also known as pedelecs.

So, class 1 bikes are intended to operate in concert with traditional bicycles, operating on established bike lanes, so they are limited to speeds under 20 mph.

Class 2

These bikes also may go no more than 20 mph, but they have a throttle that allows the electric motor to propel the bike without pedaling. Again, these are meant to be ridden in the same places as analog bikes. The Super 73 S-1 is an example of a class 2 bike.

Class 3

Class 3 bikes are similar to class 1, but the powered boost tops out at 28 mph and must be equipped with a speedometer.

Extracurricular Speed

It’s common knowledge that many electric bikes circumvent those speed restrictions we discussed, but how? Because they certainly are, and advertising accordingly!

Take the HPC Black Lightning. a 2,000-watt scorcher designed to go more than 40 mph. Or the speedy HPC Revolution X. powered by a 7,000-watt motor, pushes this monster e-bike up to 60 mph and can achieve ranges up to 100 miles with an upgraded battery.

So, how in the world do e-bikes get around these rules? They don’t. If they are outside class 1, 2, or 3 bikes, they must be run off-road only, or you must register them as motorcycles.

So…isn’t this hackable? Yes, very. But even though the rules seem to be in flux, the police will know that you are not legal if you are cruising down Ventura doing 40 mph with no tag, and the line between bicycle and motorcycle will get blurry real quick.

This is why we at Dirt Legal are huge advocates of making just about anything on wheels street legal, at least if you ever want to take it on the road. There is one universal truth: if you are driving anything on public roads (besides bicycles, of course) and it doesn’t have a valid tag, it will be a target for the police, i.e., the “bored cops.”

Thankfully, there are ways to make your electric bicycle street legal that aren’t as complicated as you might think.

How To Make Your E-Bike Street Legal

At first glance, this is an exceedingly significant subject to tackle because e-bikes are so new and difficult to define precisely where they are in the two-wheeled spectrum. Are they bicycles? Maybe. An electric scooter? No, but they have operational similarities. How about a moped? Now you might be getting somewhere.

Historically, mopeds are the closest thing to an e-bike we have seen on public roads and have been around forever.

Why Make Your E-Bike Street Legal

Before further discussing what makes an e-bike street legal or not, how to make one street legal, and what category it would be, let’s look at why you would. Having the plate and registration is a simple hedge against getting in trouble; it’s as simple as that. Of course, there is a caveat: if you then proceed to use the bike lane or anything off-road but still in public (sidewalks, etc.), you then make yourself a target of a different sort. Vehicles tagged for road use stay on roads, and vehicles made for off-road use stay off, even if it is the exact vehicle. Of course, you can always get around it by removing the plate when you don’t want to use it. But if you plan to use your e-bike in the capacity of a commuter on public roads, you should consider our dirt bike registration service. This will get you out of that sticky gray area where e-bikes seem to be hanging in the balance.

What Is A Moped?

We will go down this rabbit hole a little because all of the best e-bikes are similar to mopeds.

Mopeds were pedal-powered initially to assist the small gas-powered engines. In the modern era, though, they are looked at and tagged similarly to gas-powered scooters, which look very little like a moped but are close enough to have the same restrictions.

Mopeds and gas scooters have long been famous for congested cities where speeds rarely exceed 30 mph because they get great mileage and cost very little to purchase (new units are regularly in the ~1,500 range). The kicker is that you only need to have a standard driver’s license for them in most states.

E-bikes are the obvious emissions-free solution for bike riders in urban areas to avoid fossil fuels during their commute, significantly reducing the overall commute price. In addition, the manufacturers of some of the e-bikes on the market advertise that their bikes can be fully charged for just a few cents, making them one of the most economical solutions globally and certainly one of the most fun.

What Are the Licensing Standards for Mopeds?

So, here is the real kicker: is a moped a federally registered vehicle class? What is it? Is it a bicycle or a motorcycle?

According to the combined federal code. a motorcycle “means a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.” A motor-driven cycle “means a motorcycle with a motor that produces 5-brake horsepower or less.” This is pretty vague, so most of the heavy lifting on regulating mopeds is done at the state level.

Let’s use California, for example. In Cali, there is no requirement to have insurance on a moped, but the driver still must be 16 years old at a minimum, and they must have an M1 or M2 license to ride. In addition, you do not need to register a moped. but it still has to be tagged.

In New York, mopeds are categorized as limited-use motorcycles, and there is no titling requirement for these vehicles. However, all mopeds have to be registered and insured in New York.

In New York, there are three classes of mopeds: A, B, and C. I’ll give them a C- for creativity. Class A bikes go between 30-and-40 mph, and you must have a valid motorcycle to operate them. In addition, they have to be inspected annually. The other two classes are slower and do not require a motorcycle license, just a valid driver’s license.

The Benefits of Tagging an E-Bike As A Motorcycle

Registering and tagging your e-bike is pretty clear thinking. If the local municipalities are kicking e-bikes off trails and bike paths anyway, and the police don’t like them on the streets as a bicycle, then registering and tagging your e-bike is a great solution.

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Registering and tagging your e-bike removes it from the legislative gray area these keep falling into. Instead, as long as your e-bike is equipped correctly in the state it is tagged in, and you abide by local traffic laws, you should have no problems.

Since e-bikes fall under the regulatory umbrella of the Consumer Product Safety Act, they are not equipped with a VIN as you would find on a motorcycle, scooter, or moped intended to be driven on public roads. However, this may or may not hinder you from registering your e-bike in your home state. As of now, forty-four states have legally defined and recognized e-bikes in some capacity, but this is a work in progress since e-bikes fall under the CPSA. All rules regarding their on-road use fall to the state level. Accordingly, you will just have to take your info to the DMV and see if they will take it. If not, then we suggest our dirt bike registration service. We have a working knowledge of which states are e-bike friendly and will get you hooked up if your state does not want to do it.

As always, the choice is yours to tag your vehicle through another state to circumvent oppressive rules and taxes, and we fully support this. Just know that a “bored cop” might still pull you over even though you have a valid out-of-state tag on your Sur Ron, Super 73, or any other e-bike. If they do, they might be suspicious about your in-state license, or in the case of California, they may still ping you for not having a motorcycle endorsement on your license even though it is tagged out-of-state. So you should think about these things and strategize in case you get pulled over. As I said, we can’t help with that, but we can get registration and a plate on your e-bike, so just smash that contact button, and we’ll get it started.

Sur Ron X Bike Review-Better value for money than KTM Freeride E-XC

The Sur Ron X bike was the winner of the 2018 German Red Dot Award for design with remarkable FOCUS to detail. With excellent design and construction, riders get high quality and outstanding customer experience.

The Sur Ron electric bike is just one of the most exciting off-road ebikes in the market. The high performance yet low-cost sur ron is as powerful as many gas motorcycles. Developed for speeds up to 47 Miles Per Hour, the Sur Ron X bike is excellent for off-road adventuring. The Sur Ron ebike is budget friendly, built to take on all terrain, as well as a battery that lasts up to 3 hrs. Light-weight building and also sleek design additionally add to this electric dirt bike‘s appeal.

00W motor with peak 6000W of power

The Sur Ron X bike includes a permanent magnetized electric motor with 6000W of power. This motor is created especially for the bike. With the axial’s ability to provide a higher rate of speed up power, it provides a greater power in a smaller package than a radial flux. The 2-stage drive mode makes motor run in high RPM without overheating or excessive noise. A belt in the 1st stage reduces noise from the RPM and a chain in the 2nd moderates the torque on the rear wheel.

Aluminum alloy frame-the bike only weights 104 lbs

The aluminum alloy frame is one of the best style features of the Sur Ron. The ebike is reinforced by the internal structure elements while the outside looks sleek and effortless. By applying a 6000-ton press to the aluminum frame, the Sur Ron X is made almost 3X stronger than other ebike without adding weight. This technology makes the bike lighter but still able to withstand significant impact.

Due to high-pressure aluminum alloy, the frame of Sur Ron combines strength with lightweight construction. The Sur Ron X bike weighs in at only 104lbs but can support up to 220lbs. This lighter ebike can make the riding experience easier and more responsive handling.

Battery and Chrager-60v 32ah Battery only takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours to charge

The battery is a gigantic 60 volt 32ah with 176 Panasonic Cells. The battery is placed in the middle of the ebike. The 20lbs battery can be quickly swapped under a locked compartment. This bike is accomplished with a high rate of discharge in the Panasonic 18650 battery’s cells. The 18650 cells provide superior ability to keep up with high-drain devices which allows for a longer charge.

The 10A charger of Sur Ron works with the battery to charge faster, prolong battery life and optimize range. Despite this long charging capability, the huge 60v 32ah battery only takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours to fulfill. The charger is equipped with an outer fan. This can protected the charger from overheating even in warm weather, which makes it safer and more reliable.

Top speed- 47 miles per hour

Multiple factors affect each rider’s top speed and range. The rougher terrain and faster speed, the less distance you will cover. While riding at the top speed of 47 MPH, only around 30 miles may be covered, and the battery will last around an hour. Riders who ride at top speed and taking on hills and dirt will get even less distance, maybe only 15 miles.

Front and seat post suspension

Sur Ron tapped into motocross suspension design to up the ride quality of this electric dirt bike. With a front and rear suspension to rival more expensive electric bikes, the Sur Ron X bike provides optimal shock absorption.

The rear suspension combines with added linkage for smooth compression. Superior compression ensures that your swing arm can respond to changes in the road easily when riding at full throttle. Nevertheless, Sur Ron also offers a harder compression for the 2nd part of compression which enables the bike to take the impact of bigger jumps. DNM Volcano powers the front compression can be adjusted for a different riding experience

The suspension makes riding much longer ranges more comfortable even more fun as well. Quality suspension added to the sensation of balance and also control. With the better contact of tires, the riders feel stable and the steering easily.

Surron X Review: A Comprehensive Guide for 2023 Buyers

In this review, we FOCUS on the popular Surron X electric dirt bike.

I had a chance to throughly test both a stock and a tuned up version on the trails. The tuned version came with an upgraded higher capacity battery and an updated motor controller combined with an improved front end suspension and better tires.

In this complete review you will find:

Surron X is a full electric dirt bike. This popular electric dirt bike features a lightweight forged aluminum frame with a powerful 6KW electric motor. Furthermore, a rechargeable and removable Panasonic Lithium ion battery offers few hours of trail riding and charges to full in about three hours.

Introduction to Surron X

The Surron X. also known as Light Bee SUR-RON X or Surron X, is a lightweight electric dirt bike. In other words, it is like a hybrid between a dirt bike and a mountain bike. Surprisingly, it combines the best from both worlds.

Other electric dirt bikes in this category include Surron X Storm Bee (check review here), Stark Varg (check review here) and KTM Freeride.

For full list of available electric dirt bike options, read our recent post: Get the Insider Scoop On The Best Electric Dirt Bikes.

Technical Details

The Surron X is an electric dirt bike that boasts impressive technical specifications. Overall the Surron weight is at approximately 124 pounds, and it is relatively lightweight compared to its gas-powered counterparts. The bike is powered by a 60V/32Ah battery pack, which delivers a top speed of up to 47 mph or 73kmh. The Surron X has a weight limit of 220 pounds, making it suitable for riders of various sizes.

The Surron X has a range of up to 60 miles on a single charge, which makes it perfect for off-road enthusiasts who enjoy long rides. Additionally, the bike has a seat height of 33-34 inches, which provides a comfortable riding position for most riders. It also features a lightweight aluminum alloy frame, hydraulic brakes, and inverted front forks, which provide excellent handling and control on any terrain. Overall, this dirt bike is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a high-performance electric option that is both powerful and lightweight.

The Surron X is using a pressure forged aluminum chassis with an aluminum alloy swing arm for a lightweight and durable construction. Additionally, the front fork is an inverted with about 8″ of travel. The triple trees are common with many mountain bikes and use a similar axle design.

The owner’s manual explains few of the features well.

Few things to note: The side stand has a kill switch. This prevents the bike from giving power when the side stand is down. A common feature in street bikes and still easy to forget. You also need to wait few seconds when powering on and twisting the throttle to let the computers to run its initial calibration.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the model is equipped with a headlight, a rear light, and a horn, so it can be made street legal with ease. Check other street legal dirt bikes here.

Surron X Review

When you order the bike online, it is delivered in a box requiring final assembly. Fear not, it is not hard at all and requires no special skills.

Unboxing and Assembly

The box includes all tools needed for the assembly with instructions. Additionally, you can easily follow this great unboxing and assembly video for more details.

Putting the bike together is a fairly simple process. In case you’re wondering, you really do not need any special skills or tools to finalize the assembly. The package comes with the electric dirt bike mostly assembled and should take less than 30 minutes to finish.

The rear wheel is already installed. Furthermore, the only parts you need to install is the front end with the front wheel, handlebars, forward controls, headlight, and the display. Finally, you need to install the foot pegs and recharge the battery and you are good to go!

First Impressions

The form factor and chassis reminds me more of a mountain bike than a dirt bike. Surprisingly, the front end is identical to a mountain bike and the handlebar feels like in a high-end mountain bike. It’s a good feeling.

The chassis is narrow and lightweight aluminum and it makes the eBike feel overall very light. The Surron X weights around 104lbs without the battery and the stock battery adds another 20lbs, totaling the overall weight to 124lbs.

Forward controls include rear brake level on the left and front brake lever on the right. As a result, both engage a 4-piston disc brake. Other controls include a large speedometer that includes odometer, trip meter, and total distance. You can also toggle the menu to view the current battery charge.

You also have a switch on the left hand side, which works as a power mode selector between ECO and SPORT mode, and a separate horn.

The dirt bike comes with a key that powers it on and also is used to lock the replaceable battery in place.

Test Ride

Riding the Surron X is a great experience. I have tested several electric cars, mountain bikes, scooters, and one wheels but this one is by far the most fun I have had with any electric powered vehicle.

Powering on the bike is simple. Simply, turn the key on, wait a few seconds for the controller to cycle, and power on. Next, switch the display lights on and you are ready to go.

After getting used to the throttle response and new lever configuration, the first feeling is similar to a trials bike or a mix between a mountain bike and a trials bike. Furthermore, it feels very light, narrow, and very easy to balance with.

Overall this dirt bike is easy to control and the motor feels strong enough to easily pull a slow wheelie. During the test, the suspension felt very soft and needed to be tweaked to my weight and riding style. I used the front fork clickers to stiffen both the compression and the rebound until the suspension had enough dampening.

Trail Test

Next, we took these eBikes to a local trail and put them to the test.

The riding reminds me more of mountain bikes than dirt bikes. This is mainly because the handlebars, forward controls, and no sound is very similar to a mountain bike. The overall lightweight and narrow chassis makes the bike very nimble and fast.

Cornering, especially maintaining speed throughout the corner, is easy and very predictable, at least in good dry conditions. The stock suspension does feel a little slow or maybe too soft and would benefit from a better suspension setup for more advanced riders.


The throttle response needs improving. There is a noticeable delay or slack on the throttle. When you get on the gas, I am used to an immediate raw power that comes on immediately when using the clutch and flywheel in gas powered dirt bikes.

This is completely different with the stock Surron X. I had to teach myself to get on the gas about 1 seconds sooner. The power also comes on slower and is more mellow. It was specifically noticeable when braking hard and getting on the gas. Surprisingly, I almost went over the handlebars the first time I was cornering while waiting for that power to come on and leaning too much forward. This feeling never fully went away and would be the first thing I would fix on the eBike.

Overcoming obstacles, roots, and rocks is easy with this eBike. Basically, after learning how to use the power in combination with the brakes, things got easier. Additionally, using the rear brake with your left hand enables fine tuning the power delivery and helps to increase traction.

Last year, I had a chance to ride behind a skilled rider with a tuned SurRon on a very technical single track. Surprisingly, he was very fast around the slow speed sections and cornering to a point that I really struggled keeping up with him on my gas dirt bike. The only places where I was catching up were high speed straight sections over a grass pastures when his bike was limited with its maximum speed.

Surron X Top Speed

The Surron X has a top speed of 47mph, which is very well adequate for most trail riding. Bypassing the max power and top speed is easy by cutting a wire in the controller, however, most beginner riders really would not even need to do that. If you ride single track, the top speed should not really matter. Speeds over 50mph rarely happen in most trail riding but more power is always welcome.


I also tested the same eBike with few important upgrades. First of all, I like how the stock model can be upgraded with many aftermarket parts. And that they have opted to use parts from mountain bikes, such as the triple trees, handlebars, and other front fork parts. This makes it easy to configure and upgrade to your liking.

The tuned version had upgraded battery, controller, suspension, and tires.

First of all, the throttle response is where it needs to be. Using the new controller, the throttle response was crisp and had basically no delay. This made riding much more predictable and easier.

The upgraded suspension together with a new trials style tire choice definitely made the Surron X much more fitted to my riding style. The stock front suspension felt too slow to response to some repeated heavy bumps and felt frequently like bottoming out. Basically, this feeling was completely gone with the upgraded suspension and it made the eBike float over any bumps with ease.

All in all, I would like to take the tuned version to some very technical and hard terrain with big climbs to fully test the capability of these electric dirt bikes and how well it would perform without clutch and gears.

Overall the difference is noticeable compared to the stock version and if you are an advanced rider, be prepared to upgrade at least the suspension to enjoy this eBike to the fullest.

Talaria Sting Review: Similar to the Sur Ron but with some Key Differences

Overall, the Talaria Sting is larger and heavier with a bigger battery compared to the Sur Ron and that will appeal to riders who want something more substantial between their legs.

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What I think

The Talaria Sting is the newest ebike in the electric dirt bike genre geared towards adrenaline junkies looking to have some good clean fun.

Talaria Sting vs Sur Ron: So what’s the Same?

  • 19” diameter rims front and rear
  • Brakes
  • Front forks
  • Headlight
  • Suspension options
  • Power System: 60V 3000W
  • Similar style

Talaria Sting vs Sur Ron: Key differences

  • Weighs more, 138 lbs vs 110 lbs
  • It’s bigger… wider and taller
  • ground clearance
  • Longer seat
  • Wider rear swing arm which fits a wider rear tire
  • Bigger battery 38 Ah vs 32 Ah
  • One battery connector instead of two
  • New Throttle
  • New display with more control
  • Better regenerative breaking that is now more easily adjustable
  • New Start button: because it’s easy to forget the bike is on, the start button helps to prevent accidental wheelies
  • New Gearbox which replaces the problematic Sur Ron belt
  • Gearbox requires an oil change every 1000 km
  • Less noisy
  • powerful initial acceleration
  • Decreased turning radius

Why choose the Talaria Sting over the Sur Ron?

Stock and out of the box, both bikes are very good for riding streets and light trails.

The Sur Ron would be better for shorter riders and street riders since it is smaller and more lightweight.

The larger, more powerful Talaria seems to be more suited for heavier and taller riders who do more trail riding but the initially jumpy acceleration will take some getting use to.

A big consideration that many neglect in the decision making is maintenance and the Surron jackshaft and belt drive are notorious for needing repairs and replacing.

The Talaria eliminates that issue by using a sealed gearbox. Yes, the oil will need to be regularly changed from the gearbox, but that’s pretty simple compared to replacing bad bearings or a busted belt.

The heavier and bigger Talaria feels more like a motorcycle and it’s definitely more punchy off the line.

In conclusion, the Talaria is a bigger, heavier version of the Surron with some nice upgrades that should require less maintenance while the Surron is the time tested classic electric dirt bike with plenty of 3rd party accessories, parts and support.

Check out pricing and availability of the Talaria Sting at Grit Shift.

The Best Electric Dirt Bikes of 2023

Remarkably, only one of them went for the Dirt-E joke.

The motoring world is going electric. And it’s not just fancy, 1,000-horsepower, six-figure electric trucks. Electric motorcycle options have been increasing over the past few years. And even the relatively humble and underpowered dirt bike segment now offers a proliferation of emissions-free options — and we’re here to help you separate the battery-powered wheat from the chaff.

Why You Should Get an Electric Dirt Bike

Helps Save the Planet: Smaller motorcycles are far from the most fuel-thirsty vehicles. But electric dirt bikes still reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and every little bit helps.

Less Maintenance: Electric motors require far fewer moving parts. That means more time riding and less time (and money) replacing parts. You also don’t need to buy things like oil.

Less Noise: Electric dirt bikes do make some noise, but they make less than internal-combustion dirt bikes — noise that can diminish the enjoyment of being in nature for riders and those nearby.

Accessible to New Riders: Like electric cars, electric dirt bikes do not need a manual transmission. This may disappoint some riders looking for a traditional feel. But it’s also way easier to manage while off-road.

Torque: Electric dirt bikes tend to have a lot of torque, and it comes on instantly. This helps them accelerate rapidly and feel quick in everyday riding.

What to Look For

Street Legality: Like combustion dirt bikes, many of them will not be street-legal. And you may live in a municipality that will confiscate and crush them if you try to use them for that — electric or not. There are dual-sport electric dirt bikes (lighter than adventure motorcycles), which can also be used as commuter bikes. But make sure you clarify that before buying.

Battery Range: Range is a significant drawback to any electric vehicle. You want to ensure you have enough range to do the amount of riding you’re planning. expensive electric dirt bikes will have range that can exceed what most drives can handle physically. But that may be costly.

Battery Charging: A nother important factor beyond range is how long it takes to charge the battery. Shorter is better. Manufacturers may offer accessories that improve charging speed. Some dirt bikes can instantly swap in a newly charged battery and return to the trail.

How We Tested

Gear Patrol writers and editors are continually testing the best electric dirt bikes on a variety of terrains to update this guide looking at features like comfort, ease of use and riding characteristics. Our testers have spent time riding the Zero XF and the Cake Kalk INK so far; however, we’ll be updating this guide as we continue to test more models.

Zero’s FX isn’t a one-trick pony; it’s good at a little bit of everything. It’s fast but torque-heavy up front. For comparison, it’s nimble but still about 50 pounds heavier than KTM’s 350EXC-F. And it’s quiet, which anyone who’s ridden a dual sport before knows has distinct advantages and downsides. (Upsides include not disturbing nature as you ride through and saving your eardrums; cons include being unable to announce yourself to other riders on the trail or cars on the street.)

The FX’s ride is very smooth — from city streets to rutted-out trails and even completely off-road in the ungroomed wild. The tires grip well on city streets, even after a light rain. The FX can reach a top speed of 85, but I rarely found myself pushing it above 65 — this is a great cruising bike built for the trails as much as it is for the road. The acceleration feels torque-y until you get the hang of the feeling; I’d recommend starting in Eco until you get a feel for how the bike handles, experienced rider or not.

The profile is lean and mean, just as advertised. Your tester is 5’4” and weigh 110 pounds, and she could handle and maneuver this bike with relative ease, although she did make sure to get comfortable on the bike on uncrowded trails before taking it to the streets. Zero says the charging time is 1.3 hours, but I found it to be much longer than that. the bike was delivered to me with an 80 percent charge, and it took more than two hours to get it full. The range is 91 miles which is a solid day’s ride, but unless you have the means to give the bike a good overnight charge, you’ll be SOL the next day. And that 91-mile range is in the city — if you’re riding on the highway at 70 mph without starting and stopping, it drops to 39 miles per charge.

We’ve been fans of Swedish manufacturer Cake — and Stefan Ytterborn’s helmet/eyewear/apparel brand, POC — for years. Founded in 2016, Cake has consistently put out smooth, innovative electric bikes that offer both gorgeous looks and purpose-built function.

The Kalk class of offroaders, however, is much more about play than work. The street-legal Kalk INK picks up quick thanks to 252Nm of electric torque, while reliable suspension (200mm of travel) and beefy dual-sport motorcycle tires help you keep the shiny side up from the road to the trails.

  • Removable battery charges from 0 to 80 percent in two hours, 0 to 100 percent in three
  • Three ride modes and three braking modes adapt to your style and environment
  • Not exactly the cushiest seat on the planet (or this page)
  • You must come to a full stop to adjust ride and braking modes

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