E-Bikes, E-Scooters & E-Mobility Devices. Electric mini bike scooter

E-Bikes, E-Scooters E-Mobility Devices

E-scooters are a popular mode of “micro-mobility” transportation in cities across America and now in Colorado Springs. The City of Colorado Springs has completed a one-year pilot program beginning October 2021; with the pilot program ending Lime has decided to stay on as the sole Scooter Share operator in Colorado Springs.

Read the Colorado Springs Public Radio article on the completion of the year long pilot project here

Veo’s departure at the end of this summer left two electric ride share companies for customers in the Springs: scooter company Lime and PikeRide, a local e-bike nonprofit.

The City of Colorado Springs revised Chapter 10 of our city code, taking additional steps to further define bicycles, E-Bikes and other E-Mobility Vehicles as well as on-street infrastructure developed for these uses. These update better address mobility devices, and…

Colorado Springs EBike Reference information

Urban Trails

This City Urban Trail reference and Map describes types (tiers) of urban trails, note that some of these examples are inconsistent with the current trail network.

COS EBike Reference

The city EBike Page shows that some trails are open to e-bikes by name, excludes their use on “multi-use” trails, with a definition that is inconsistent with the Urban Trail descriptions. There is no definition of “system trails”, typically thought of as more narrow, soft surface walking/hiking trails in places like Palmer Park, Pulpit rock, etc.

TOSC Bikeway Map

This document was first produced by TOSC as a map showing where EBikes are allowed on Colorado Springs Trails. The map has since been change to the Urban Trail Map but is currently the clearest understanding that we have of where EBikes are currently allowed in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs E-MTB Trails

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Most trails within Cheyenne mountain State Park in the southwest corner of Colorado Springs allows E-Bikes including E-MTBs. According to state park policy ebike are treated as bicycles and allow on the same trails as any bicycle. Policy quote below

Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are allowed the same access as road bikes and mountain bikes, while class 3 e-bikes are only to be allowed on roadways and in designated bike lanes.​

Cheyenne Canyon/Ntl Forest

Aside from state parks the only Colorado Springs singletrack Mountain Bike (MTB) trails that officially allow Electric Mountain Bikes (E-MTBs) are those that also allow Motorcycles. This includes the iconic Captain Jacks trail that stretches from North Cheyenne Canyon Park into the Pike National forest.

State County EBike Reference information

Colorado State EBike Law

Enacted in January of 2018 the State of Colorado adopted regulations defining ebikes and where they are allowed. While the state defined these rules EBike regulations are ultimately controlled by local jurisdictions.

Unless otherwise restricted, Class 1 and Class 2 electric bicycles, and scooters are allowed on the same bicycle and pedestrian paths as conventional bicycles.

Local jurisdictions have the authority to prohibit the operation of electric bicycles and scooters on any bicycle or pedestrian path under its jurisdiction.

Local laws pertaining to electric scooters must be no more restrictive than those pertaining to class 1 electric bicycles.

El Paso County Parks EBike Regulations

EBikes are allowed on primary and secondary trails within the El Paso County park and trail network.

El Paso County EBike Regulation Text Class I and Class II Electrical Assisted Bicycles may use El Paso County Parks Primary and Secondary trails up to a maximum speed of twenty miles per hour. Class III Electrical Assisted Bicycles are not permitted on any County trail.

Colorado State Parks EBike Regulations

E-bike use on CPW Lands – Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are allowed the same access as road bikes and mountain bikes, while class 3 e-bikes are only to be allowed on roadways and in designated bike lanes.​

BLM/National Forest EBike Regulations

In August 2019, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt issued Secretary’s Order increasing recreational opportunities through the use of Electric Bikes (e-bikes). While the BLM intends for the rule to increase accessibility to public lands, e-bikes would not be given special access beyond what traditional, non-motorized bicycles are allowed.

The rule provides that authorized officers may authorize, through subsequent land-use planning or implementation-level decisions, the use of Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes on non-motorized roads and trails. The rule does not, by itself, open any non-motorized trails to e-bike use.

EBikes are an ever growing part of the bicycle market globally, in the US, as well as in the Colorado Springs Market specifically. EBikes and E-Mobility devices (Electric scooters, one wheels, Electric skateboards, Etc.) are also a growing piece of the urban mobility puzzle world wide and make a lot of sense in Colorado Springs. EBikes are an efficient, cost-effective and fun way to travel, and have been shown to change transportation habits. Nationally, 45% of all vehicle trips are 3 Miles or less, while trips over 6 miles account for 40% of all trips. This data shows that there is a large percentage of vehicle trips that are well within the range of an average bicycle rider, a distance that is that much more reasonable for people using an EBike. This is especially true in our city as we do have some challenging topography, EBikes remove that barrier as can be seen with the growth and success of PikeRide ever since our local bike share provider introduced EBikes to their fleet. EBikes make it possible to travel longer distances in less time, making EBikes a great solution for the sprawling nature of our city with fairly large distances between destinations. It’s been shown that EBike riders ride more frequently, which is one of our goals at Bike COS. EBikes remove barriers making bike riding more attractive so more people do it.

Official Colorado Springs E-Bikes, E-Scooter, and EPAMD Definitions

Below are the official vehicle definitions as outlined in the February 2021 revision of the Colorado Springs Traffic Code

BICYCLE: A vehicle propelled by human power applied to pedals upon which a person may ride having two tandem wheels or two parallel wheels and one forward wheel, all of which are more than fourteen inches in diameter.

ELECTRICAL ASSISTED BICYCLE: A vehicle having two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and an electric motor not exceeding seven hundred fifty watts of power. Electrical assisted bicycles are further required to conform to one of three classes as follows:

  • CLASS 1 ELECTRICAL ASSISTED BICYCLE: An electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.
  • CLASS 2 ELECTRICAL ASSISTED BICYCLE: An electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty miles per hour.
  • CLASS 3 ELECTRICAL ASSISTED BICYCLE: An electrical assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of twenty-eight miles per hour.

ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICE or EPAMD: A self-balancing, nontandem two-wheeled device, designed to transport only one person that is powered solely by an electric propulsion system producing an average power output of no more than seven hundred fifty watts.

ELECTRIC SCOOTER: A device:

  • Weighing less than one hundred pounds;
  • With or without handlebars;
  • That is powered by an electric motor; and
  • That has a maximum speed of twenty miles per hour on a paved level surface when powered solely by the electric motor.

“Electric scooter” does not include an electrical assisted bicycle, EPAMD, motorcycle, or low-power scooter.

Please be aware, if your vehicle does not fall within the guidelines above it is not classified as a Scooter, E-Bike, or EPAMD below are definitions of other vehicle types covering addition electrically powered vehicles.

LOW-POWER SCOOTER: A self-propelled vehicle designed primarily for use on the roadways with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, no manual clutch, and either of the following:

  • A cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty cubic centimeters if powered by internal combustion; or
  • A wattage not exceeding four thousand four hundred seventy-six if powered by electricity.

“Low-power scooter” does not include a toy vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, wheelchair, or any device designed to assist people with mobility impairments who use pedestrian rights-of-way.

LOW-SPEED ELECTRIC VEHICLE: vehicle that:

e-bikes, e-scooters, e-mobility, devices
  • Is self-propelled utilizing electricity as its primary propulsion method; B. Has at least three wheels in contact with the ground;
  • Does not use handlebars to steer; and
  • Exhibits the manufacturer’s compliance with 49 CFR 565 or displays a seventeen character vehicle identification number as provided in 49 CFR 565.

TOY VEHICLE: Any vehicle that has wheels and is not designed for use on public highways or for offroad use. “Toy vehicle” includes, but is not limited to, gas-powered or electric powered vehicles commonly known as mini bikes, “” bikes, kamikaze boards, go peds, and stand-up scooters. “Toy vehicle” does not include electric scooters, off highway vehicles or snowmobiles.

Below is the updated Colorado Springs city code related to the use of bike lanes

The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to bicycles, and/or electrical assisted bicycles, and/or electric scooters, and/or low-power scooters, and/or EPAMDs and other authorized users of bicycle lanes and, in a bicycle lane and/or protected bicycle lane.

Open image lightbox

Open image lightbox

Open image lightbox

Open image lightbox

Open image lightbox

Open image lightbox

Mini Bike Rack for Electric Bikes

Leading weight capacity bike rack for electric bikes up to 200 lbs (91 kg.); fat tire bikes, electric motorbikes and more.

It is important your vehicle meet the hauling criteria for your motorcycle.

To calculate the requirements for your motorcycle, add the weight of the carrier to your motorcycle, then multiply that number by 10 to factor for tongue capacity. Follow this example to calculate the minimum required towing capacity for hauling a 400 lb. sport motorcycle with a sport carrier.

400 lbs. (Motorcycle) 60 lbs. (Carrier) = 410 lbs.460 lbs. (Net Weight) x 10= 4,600 lbs. (Minimum Required Towing Capacity)

SUV (5000 lb towing capacity.

Truck (6000 lb. towing capcity). 540 lb. max bike weight.

For one year from the date of retail purchase, MotoTote LLC will, at our option, repair or replace any part or parts found to be defective in material or workmanship. Also includes lifetime support.

This is not your average e-bike rack. The MotoTote Mini is a scaled-down version of our premium motorcycle carriers, designed as a heavy-duty bike rack for electric bikes and light-motorized bikes. Unlike unstable e-bike racks, the MotoTote Mini leverages 20 years of motorcycle carrier innovation to confidently haul up to 200 lbs. with unmatched stability, leveraging advanced cradling technologies and a wobble-free platform to secure bikes with tire sizes up to 5” to any 2“ receiver.

MTM Platform

Heavy-duty steel main support connects e bike rack to 2 receivers, hauls up to 200 lbs., supports track/chock adjustability and the attachment of innovative components.

StableStop Chock

Adjustable front tire mount secures electric bike tires up to 5, adds lateral support, and holds e bikes upright while securing tie-downs.

MaxHold Mini Rear Tire Holder

Scaled down deep V, adjustable laser cut track wedges electric bike rear tire sizes up to 5 wide and adjusts up to a 52 wheelbase.

BroadPull Arm

Wide tie-down arms optimize strap angles and improve leverage to offer maximum stability for electric bikes on the rack while in transit.

ZeroWobble Hitch-Mount

Upgraded mount eliminates rack movement laterally in transport and requires fewer tools for installation.

2 Bike Compatible

Innovative mechanism allows an additional e bike rack to be attached. Supports 150 lbs. per each ebike.

Dimensions Specifications

Weight Capacity: 200 lbs. (91 kgs.)

Tire Widths: Up to 5 (127 mm.)

Wheelbase: From 40-52 (102-132 cm.)

Carrier Weight: 28 lbs. (13 kgs.)

e-bikes, e-scooters, e-mobility, devices

Customer Reviews

So let’s say you just bought a SurRon and you want to lug it up to the mountains to ride. You notice all the other Bike Racks have a 50-75lb limit and the SurRon is 100lbs! What do you do? You buy this rack! After you receive it, you watch the YouTube videos on how to assemble it. Install it on your vehicle hitch. Then act like a grown child jumping up and down on it like a 12 y/o on a trampoline. Just to make Mototote lives up to their claim. Next day you load up your SurRon. Take it to mountains and shred that trail like a clown in Nitro Circus. Returning home with a big ole grin on your face.

If shipping says next day, it will be on your porch the next day! Assembly is too easy. Right out of box with a 400 mile test run, and day after tomorrow another 400 miles on the back of an rv. MotoTote has exceeded all my expectations.

The Mini Bike Rack is great and lives up to expectations!The garage where I live has no dedicated parking spots therefore I need to remove the rack after each use. This was the only carrier I could find that was strong enough to support my 160 lb Ebike all while being small enough to store away and light enough to move around each time with no help. The rack as matte black powdered coated looks bad ass too.

I looked at cheaper carriers but this one really looked so much better than anything else I saw, then I read that they are coming out with an add on carrier for this and I was sold. The parts were all rapped with care in the box when it arrived and the quality is obvious even before you assemble it. When I contacted customer service, they were very efficient and pleasant to deal with. Looking forward to the add on carriers as soon as it’s available.

The Mini Bike Rack is great and lives up to expectations!The garage where I live has no dedicated parking spots therefore I need to remove the rack after each use. This was the only carrier I could find that was strong enough to support my 160 lb Ebike all while being small enough to store away and light enough to move around each time with no help. The rack as matte black powdered coated looks bad ass too.

Shop by Bike Type

Dirt Bike

Electric Bike

Be the first to know about new products, adventures, and events.

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

The Best Electric Motorcycles Of 2023

At Luxe Digital, we independently research, review, and recommend products we love and that we think you will love, too. Learn more about how we curate the best products for you.

Imagine: the wind rushing through your hair as you cruise, streamlining down the highway; passers-by eyeing your sweet ride; no choking petrol fumes in your wake. And that’s just a teaser of what you’ll experience riding one of the best electric motorcycles of 2023. Yes, electric sports bikes have come a long way, and they’re calling out for you to come along for the ride.

Whether you dream of open roads, never-ending horizons, and lush wilderness, or you have the more practical need of getting from A to B (who are we kidding, we mean home-to-office, of course)—there’s an electric motorbike on the market for you.

With huge innovations in eco-friendly transport (think electric cars, e-bikes, and the ubiquitous e-scooter), it’s no wonder that e-motorcycles have upped their design game, too. Providing low-noise, fume-free, and smooth-sailing journeys, what’s not to like? And of course, the planet will thank you. You can get your kids au fait early on with the great range of mini bikes and kid’s electric cars out there, too.

Naturally, everyone’s different and desires a different spec from their e-motorcycle. We’ve done the legwork for you and found the quickest-charging, longest-range, most powerful, and best budget electric motorbikes of this year, so you can take your pick. For style and speed with a sustainable spin, we’ve got it all.

For 2023, the Cake Kalk INK, BMW CE 04, and Onyx RCR, among many others, make their first appearance on our ranking of the best electric motorcycles of the year.

After our ranking of the best electric motorbikes of 2023, take a look at our buying guide to see what you should pay attention to when shopping for an EV bike. We also explain the methodology behind our ranking of the top bikes of the year.

The 15 best electric motorcycles of 2023

RankModelCategory
1 Energica Experia Overall best
2 Cake Kalk INK Best value
3 BMW CE 04 Best premium
4 Zero FX Best sports bike
5 Onyx RCR Best street bike
6 Vespa Elettrica Best electric scooter
7 Lightning LS-218 Fastest motorbike
8 Arc Vector Most stylish
9 Pursang E-Tracker Best for offroad
10 Cake Osa Flex Best for varied terrain
11 Damon Hypersport Premier Best range
12 Livewire S2 Del Mar Best for tech lovers
13 Evoke 6061 Fastest charge
14 Super Soco TC Most classic styling
15 Sondors Metacycle Best budget

As a bonus, check the upcoming 2023 electric motorbikes that we’re most excited about after the list.

After our ranking of the best electric motorbikes of 2023, take a look at our buying guide to see what you should pay attention to when shopping for an EV bike. We also explain the methodology behind our ranking of the top bikes of the year.

Energica Experia: Overall best electric motorcycle

When anyone brings up electric motorcycles, it’s easy to envision a dead battery cutting short the fun. Due to the logistical nightmare of squeezing large, heavy batteries onto a small frame, touring bikes have been out of the question.

Until now. Energica Experia is our top choice for an electric motorcycle as it’s gone somewhere others haven’t dared. It has the longest claimed range of any production motorcycle on the market, with up to 261 miles (420 km) of city driving on one charge.

But city driving isn’t the goal of touring. At highway speeds, the range is limited to 130 miles (209 km), but three different charging methods can get you back on the road in a hurry.

The Energica Experia has a great overall stance and handling, combined with a charming aerodynamic style. It is hands down the best electric motorcycle to hit the market.

Price: 25,880
Engine power: 75 kW – 102 HP
Top speed: 180 km/h – 112 mph
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 3.5 sec
Range: 256 km – 160 miles
Website: energicamotor.com

Cake Kalk INK Electric Motorbike: Best value EV motorcycle

By mimicking the dual-sport motorcycle, Cake has created a cheap electric motorcycle that can silently sprint around trails. It started as an off-road-only model, but recent upgrades allow street legal use, registered as a 125cc bike in the USA and EU.

e-bikes, e-scooters, e-mobility, devices

If you want something that’s not quite a full-size motorcycle yet not as compact as an electric bicycle, the Cake Kalk INK is a perfect choice. It’s lightweight and nimble, yet still able to deliver some power when you want it.

The Cake Kalk INK incorporated three ride modes that adjust speed and power to provide different levels of battery range. Another three braking modes can perfectly adjust what happens when you lift off the accelerator to match your conditions.

Price: 11,580
Engine power: 11 kW – 15 HP
Top speed: 90 km/h – 56mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 3 hours of trail/enduro riding
Website: huckberry.com

BMW CE 04: Best premium electric motorbike

If there’s one brand that’s no stranger to bringing advanced electric variants to the streets, BMW deserves some credit. The German automaker introduced futuristic-looking EVs over a decade ago and continues to reshape the automotive and motorcycle industries with new platforms.

The BMW CE 04 is not your average motorcycle. Its low-slung shape with an elongated bench seat might remind you of a modified jetski out of water. But that’s far from the truth.

The reality is that this beast utilizes a compact yet powerful motor that pairs with a thin battery pack. This leaves you plenty of room for seating two passengers or extra gear, plus a sizable storage compartment that helps make practical daily use a breeze.

The BMW CE 04 takes a giant step forward in electric motorcycle evolution. Are you ready to take the leap?

Price: 11,795
Engine power: 31 kW – 42 HP
Top speed: 121 km/h – 75 mph
Acceleration: 0–50 km/h – 0-31.1 mph: 2.6 sec
Range: 129 km – 80 Mi
Website: bmwmotorcycles.com

Zero FX: Best electric sports bike

It takes time to perfect any craft. And with over a decade of EV motorcycle production under its belt, Zero is staying ahead of the pack in many ways.

The Zero FX is most at home on the trails, where it will let you FOCUS on finding the right line while cruising through nature. But it’s a jack of all trades. You can throw it around city streets with just as much enthusiasm as your off-road adventures.

The chassis is built from aircraft aluminum and has been shaved down over many years of production, providing one of the best power-to-weight ratios on the market. Simply put, the Zero FX electric sports bike will blow your mind regardless of the conditions under the tires.

Price: 12,995
Engine power: 34 kW – 46 HP
Top speed: 137 km/h – 85 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 111 km – 69 miles
Website: zeromotorcycles.com

Onyx RCR Electric Motorbike: Best electric street bike

It’s a bird… it’s a plane. No, it’s the Onyx RCR electric street bike. Fitting precisely into no category, this sleek offering straddles the line between an e-bike and an electric motorcycle.

One thing’s for certain. The Onyx RCR brings back nostalgia with its cafe-racer looks and woodgrain decals. It’s available in two different models, one designed for street use and one for trail riding. You can also customize battery packs, suspension heights, and paint colors.

This E motorcycle is much more suitable for slower speeds, and the street-legal mode only goes up to 20 mph (32 km/h). But as an affordable electric street bike, this can win over your heart with one quick ride.

Price: 5,750
Engine power: 13 kW – 17 HP
Top speed: 97 km/h – 60 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 193 km – 120 miles
Website: huckberry.com

Vespa Elettrica: Best electric scooter

Kleenex, Google, Band-Aid. Few brands are so iconic that their trademarked product name takes over the generic term. When it comes to scooters, Vespa is the name of the game and has been since the 1940s.

Today’s Vespas aren’t like that of the past. While the exterior design might have you think otherwise, the Vespa Elettrica uses a fully electric drivetrain to make getting a town an absolute joy.

The power is on the lower end of the scale, but you won’t notice thanks to the respectable 148 lb-ft of instant torque. The inboard display seamlessly connects to your phone. And you have your choice of six stylish colors to make this electric motorcycle scooter your own.

If you don’t care about the Vespa brand name, check out the Piaggio 1. This cheaper alternative is based on the same platform and has similar performance.

Price: 7,499
Engine power: 4 kW – 5 HP
Top speed: 70 km/h – 43 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 100 km – 62 miles
Website: vespa.com

Lightning LS-218: Fastest electric motorbike

Some electric motorcycles are meant for city streets or off-road trails. But when it comes to the Lightning LS-218, there is one thing it seeks most of all. The wide-open road.

While the Voxan Wattman is technically the fastest motorcycle, it’s not approved for street use. On the other hand, the Lightning LS-218 can charge down the road at a blistering 218 mph or more, all while silently slipping through the tarmac.

The cost of this powerful E motorcycle is magnitudes more than most bikes, but it has every right to charge the premium. Its incredible design brings out the best in sports bike styling, while the range, acceleration, and top speed are all at the top of the game.

Price: 38,888
Engine power: 150 kW – 200 HP
Top speed: 351 km/h – 218 mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 2.2 sec
Range: 290 km – 180 miles
Website: lightningmotorcycle.com

Arc Vector: Most stylish electric motorcycle

Not many companies have the luxury of using a no-holds-barred approach. ARC is one of the lucky few that does. The result is an impeccable work of art, making the Arc Vector our top choice for style.

But the beauty of this electric street bike is more than skin deep. It’s infused into every component, from the carbon fiber swing arms to the modular battery monocoque platform. The Arc Vector is craftsmanship redefined.

Claiming the title of the world’s most advanced motorcycle, the Vector incorporates a Human Machine Interface with an Arc Pilot System heads-up display helmet and the game-changing Origin Jacket with active feedback. It is like nothing else the world has seen.

Price: £90,000 (~120,000 USD)
Engine power: 87 kW – 117 HP
Top speed: 351 km/h – 218 mph
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 3.2 sec
Range: 436 km – 271 miles
Website: arcvehicle.com

Pursang E-Tracker: Best electric motorcycle for off-road

One incredible part of the electric motorbike revolution is the innovation coming from new companies. The Spanish-based Pursang is among the top in the segment, offering an excellent option for those who want to fit in anywhere they can drive on two wheels.

The Pursang E-Track fuses a chic look with a powerful Bosch motor and a driving position that’s equally great for relaxed cruising and aggressive off-road sessions. The color TFT screen provides all the details you need and nothing you don’t.

The E-Track is an electric sports bike for those who want it all. There is enough power to have fun, a solid range to get you where you need to go, and it’s all dressed up in a package that’ll attract attention everywhere you go.

Price: 14,900
Engine power: 11 kW – 15 HP
Top speed: 110 km/h – 68 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 140 km – 87 miles
Website: pursangmotorcycles.com

Cake Osa Flex: Best E motorcycle for varied terrain

Being a jack of all trades isn’t easy. It requires flexibility and adapting to individual demands. Some electric motorcycles are built for one purpose. Others can handle it all.

When versatility is your priority, turn to the Cake Osa Flex. This high-performance utility machine is geared up with over a thousand accessory combinations to handle any situation with ease. It’s the Swiss Army knife of electric motorcycle scooters.

The battery pack has multiple power outlets, letting it double as a portable power station. It’s a workbench on wheels mixed with a commuter bike that can be packed with gear. The Cake Osa Flex is fully street-legal and ready to be registered as a 50cc bike.

Price: 8,880
Engine power: 5 kW – 7 HP
Top speed: 45 km/h – 28 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 92 km – 57 miles
Website: huckberry.com

Damon Hypersport Premier: Best electric motorbike for range

Hopping on two wheels isn’t for the faint of heart. But for those road warriors who want the full experience, the Damon Hypersport is worth checking out.

As one of the best electric roadsters on two wheels, the Hypersport pushes out a whopping 200 horsepower and can get up to 60 mph in less than three seconds. But it also hits the mark when it comes to longevity, with an impressive 200-mile (322 km) range.

The Damon Hypersport is engineered to take you faster, safer, and farther. You can instantly transform the riding position on the fly to avoid fatigue or gear up for the curves. An incorporated CoPilot system uses artificial intelligence to keep tabs on everything around you and warn of any hazards.

It’s the electric motorcycle for adults that has your back.

Price: 19,000
Engine power: 149 kW – 200 HP
Top speed: 322 km/h – 200 mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph:
Range: 322 km – 200 miles
Website: damon.com

Livewire S2 Del Mar: Best electric street bike for tech lovers

Harley Davidson’s image doesn’t blend well with the electric motorcycle revolution. But the brand’s spinoff EV motorcycle group, Livewire, is doing all it can to show Harley riders that electric motorbikes are the way of the future. And the S2 Del Mar has grabbed the spotlight.

At first glance, it’s mostly what you’d expect from a modern Harley bike. It’s a robust motorcycle that has only a few cues indicating the electric platform, most notable are the heat transfer fins flanking the bike.

But this isn’t Livewire’s first take. It’s a more nimble, lighter, and less expensive version of the Livewire ONE, yet it still has all the power and fun you could want.

The exclusive Del Mar Launch Edition S2 features an exclusive paint scheme and wheel design, but the regular production models are sure to impress with looks just as much as the legendary Harley Davidson ride, even if it doesn’t rumble as you’d expect.

Price: 17,699
Engine power: 59.6 kW – 80 HP (est.)
Top speed: Unspecified
Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 3.1 sec
Range: 177 km – 110 miles
Website: livewire.com

Evoke 6061: Fastest charge electric motorbike

Battery electric vehicles have one serious disadvantage. When they run out of juice, it can be a long time before they’re ready to hit the road again.

The Evoke 6061 turns that idea about-face. By using a 336-volt battery pack, it can recharge up to 80% in 15 minutes. Just enough time for you to shake off any road fatigue, refuel your body, and hop back on.

This hand-assembled new electric motorcycle pleases the eye with its minimalistic design that puts the aluminum twin-plate frame in the spotlight. But the real treat comes when you turn the throttle. The impressive 160-horsepower motor rockets up to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds.

The Evoke 6061 is making waves in the electric motorcycle segment. And for good reason.

Price: 24,995
Engine power: 120 kW – 160 HP
Top speed: 230 km/h – 143 mph
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 2.6 sec
Range: 470 km – 292 miles
Website: evokemotorcycles.com

Super Soco TC: Most classic styling

There’s nothing better than getting on two wheels to hop around the city. Especially if those two wheels are packed with class and style.

The Super Soco TC might not be the most powerful electric motorcycle on the road, but its cafe-racer-inspired shape brings back fond memories as it glides down the road. The affordable price tag, removable battery packs, and comfortable riding position make it an excellent choice for short commutes or joy rides.

The graceful design elements do an incredible job of merging new-world technology with classic styling. It has a large display between the bars and an oversized LED headlight placed front and center. It’s pure joy to ride and look at.

Price: 3,330
Engine power: 1.9 kW – 2.5 horsepower
Top speed: 45 km/h – 28 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 48 km – 30 miles
Website: vmotosoco.com

Sondors Metacycle: Best cheap electric motorcycle

Take one look at the Sondors Metacycle and it’s clear that it breaks new ground. The Metacycle isn’t just a model name, it’s the introduction of a new segment that’s more powerful than most electric bicycles but not quite up to the full performance of a motorcycle.

It’s one of the best cheap electric motorcycles around, with an impressive 80 mph top speed and up to 80 miles on a single charge. The battery pack is easily removable, so you can park on the street and bring it inside when it needs to charge up away from home.

The Sondors Metacycle is the guilt-free, hassle-free way to get around town. It’s sure to put a smile on your face while letting you put your hard-earned cash to the best use possible.

Price: 6,500
Engine power: 14.5 kW – 20 HP
Top speed: 129 km/h – 80 mph
Acceleration: Unspecified
Range: 129 km – 80 miles
Website: sondors.com

Bonus: The upcoming electric motorcycles we’re most excited about

What’s that we see glinting on the horizon? Oh, just the hottest electric motorcycles hitting the market very soon:

  • Switch Scrambler – Make it yours: the Switch Scrambler is totally customizable, and whatever style choices you make, you can be sure it’ll look slick. It’s currently in the ABS testing phase and will be heading for full production later in the year.
  • DAB Concept-E – One for the tech-fiends, the DAB Concept-E offers incredibly high-end components for a seamless experience. The slightly smaller-than-average battery means this one’s better for short-range city-riding rather than long journeys.
  • Husqvarna E-Pilen – This electric motorcycle for adults is still in its conceptual phase, but it’ll be all the better for it. With a vroom-vroom aesthetic and plans for whippet-like speeds, the Husqvarna E-Pilen is certainly one to keep your eye on. Look out for full production within the next 2 years.
  • Ducati Electric Racer – Still a bit of an enigma, the new model is currently being tested. When it’s finally released, the Ducati Electric Racer will be used for the MotoE series in 2023, taking the place of Energica as the official motorcycle supplier. Well, if it’s good enough for the pros…

With so many ground-breaking electric motorcycles entering the market – this could be the year electric begins to surpass petrol. We are seeing competitions where electric motorcycles are now dominating like the Malle Mile. We predict that we are going to see this happening in more and more motorcycle categories now.

Tobin Page, Australian Electric Motor Co

Advantages and disadvantages of electric motorcycles

Electric motorcycles have many advantages. Ease of maintenance, instant torque, and whisper-quiet noise levels are some of the top benefits.

But there are some disadvantages to electric motorbikes too. The main issues to consider are the limited range, charging time and infrastructure, and potential battery replacement needs.

The electric motorcycle that’s best for you

powerful than an electric bicycle, lower profile than an electric car: If you’re looking for a sustainable vehicle that’s a good all-around compromise between the two, you can’t go wrong with an electric motorcycle. In particular, they’re usually more cost-effective than an electric car – and they generally feature shorter recharge times, which is a definite plus.

If you’re looking to purchase an electric motorbike, there are a couple of features you should pay close attention to. These include:

  • Range. As an EV, an electric motorbike does have a specific maximum distance that it can travel before you’re going to need to find a way to recharge. If you are using your electric motorcycle mainly for commuting, you may be able to select a bike with a lower range and prioritize other features. If you’re planning on adventuring further away from home, it might be a good idea to select one with a larger range – such as the Damon Hypersport Premier.
  • Comfort. Motorcycles aren’t known for being the most comfortable of vehicles, but if you’re planning on riding it a lot, a little comfort will go a long way. Check to see what the seat is made of, whether the pedals are adjustable, and if the shocks of your future bike promise a bump-free ride.
  • Safety. Motorcycles have gotten poor press in the past for their lack of safety features. The modern EV motorbike market is compensating for this with new high-tech safety features each year, such as 360-degree cameras and Smart rider assistance. If you’re at all worried about your safety while you’re zipping around on your motorbike, it’s a good idea to invest in a high-tech motorcycle that has these options.

Methodology: How we select, test, and rank the best options on the market

To find the best electric motorcycles on today’s market, we ranked the features we deemed most important – such as safety and range, as well as power, style, and comfort – and looked at all of the motorcycles that have come out recently (and will come out over the course of this year). The master list we came up with featured several sophisticated, powerful motorbikes!

We ranked each of these motorcycles, combing through reviews and testimonials until we had a ranking that we were ready to share. Finally, we picked one element from each bike to emphasize to award each a title as winner of a specific category.

Frequently asked questions about the best electric motorcycles

The Energica Experia is the best electric motorcycle of 2023. With a range of 160 miles (or 256 km), this sweet ride could see you across country borders if you choose. Not to mention, the uber-cool aesthetic and lightning-fast top speed seal the deal.

At just 5,000, the Sondors Metacycle is the cheapest electric motorcycle of 2023. It brings great value, backing its affordable price with a good range and a top speed that rivals several others in this competitive market.

Able to travel a lengthy 482 km (300 miles) on a single charge, the Damon Hypersport Premier is a true pegasus. Oh, and you won’t be meandering along, either: with a max speed of 200 mph (420 km/h), you’ll certainly feel the wind in your hair on this impressive bike.

While e-motorcycles currently sit on the higher end of the price spectrum, they are the transport of our epoche. Boasting quiet operation, no fumes, and of course, minimizing your carbon footprint, e-motorcycles are harbingers of an eco-friendly future. Check our round-up of the top electric motorcycles of 2023 to find the best one for you.

Primary Sidebar

The Best Electric Bikes: Upgrade Your Commute For A Sustainable Ride

The 15 Most Popular Luxury Car Brands Online

All products featured in this article are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. This comes at no extra cost for you and supports our team to create more content. Read our earnings disclaimer to learn more.

The Electric Mini-Bike Craze, 10 Models

When I was young, one of my favorite memories was riding a minibike. For readers who may not know where that term comes from, back in the 1950’s and 60’s, there was a cheap family of scooters that used a Briggs Stratton lawnmower engine along with a simple centrifugal clutch. You didn’t have to operate any type of clutch lever. At idle the engine was not engaged, but as soon as you twist the throttle, the auto-clutch would grab-and-go.

When I first saw a pedal-bicycle with a mini-bike frame, I thought it was cute, and that the builder was trying to generate some nostalgia in potential customers. I honestly didn’t think they would become as popular as they are now. However, after some thought, I think their popularity signals a real tipping point for electric bicycles.

The first few years that electric bicycles began growing as a transportation option in Europe, they were fairly low-powered. Many countries in the EU limited their power to 250W by law. When these ebikes began to be imported to the US, they did not sell well at all! The main styling theme seemed to be that they were very stealthy, you almost couldn’t tell they were electric. They “looked like” a regular bicycle.

Whether that was a good idea or a bad idea, the American power limit for a street-legal ebike is 750W, and when the Bafang BBS02 kit came out at 750W (actually capable of 1100W), it seemed like ebikes finally began to really take off in the USA.

Even so, there was (and still is) a large percentage of the population that want their ebike to look like a bicycle, with an almost invisible motor, and to remain as light as possible. For an example of a stealthy ebike, click here.

With this new wave of mini-bike frames, they have never really looked like a bicycle from the beginning. In fact, they are designed to look exactly like a motorized vehicle from many peoples’ childhoods. Lets have a look at some of the modern electric mini-bikes.

[All of the ebikes listed below have dual disc brakes, so I won’t need to mention that in their features’ list]

Coast Cycles Buzzraw

Back in 2015, we went to the Interbike convention and one of the new developments was that 20-inch wheels, tires, and tubes were finally available in a 4-inch wide format. Coast Cycles was an early adopter, and I think there’s a chance they might have been the first to produce a mini-bike style of frame. Either way, the Buzzraw is their latest version.

The Buzzraw SL is a chromoly-steel “frame only” bike (you would need to buy the rest of the parts). The “Buzzraw” is a pedal-only bicycle. The Buzzraw X750 is a full-suspension frame with a 750W geared rear hub from Bafang. They have just started to advertise a version with the Bafang BBSHD mid drive.

Luna Cycles Banana

There are two reasons to put the Luna Cycles Banana at the top of your consideration list. Luna has made no secret of the fact that they source the “Ruckus” frames from Coast Cycles. The first reason to make sure you look into them is that they not only start out with the well-regarded Bafang BBSHD mid-drive motor, but they are the only retailer that has the option of upgrading to a 2500W controller (the Ludicrous version), which is a huge step-up from the stock BBSHD 1500W.

By having a mid-drive motor (which allows the motor to drive a selection of gears, unlike a one-speed hubmotor) and the option of 2500W, The Luna Banana will provide the best possible climbing ability, if you live near steep uphills.

The second reason you should seriously consider the Banana as a top choice is that the Banana also has the option of the greatest battery pack ever built for an ebike. The Luna Cycles Wolf pack. This may sound like hype, and some type of ad, but…every cell is individually fused for the ultimate on fire protection.

Plus, the entire pack is fully potted in clear epoxy (or black). Doing that provides the ultimate in vibration and crash protection, and also the ultimate in water-proofing. Not only that, but it has the option of a 50A BMS for high-performance, when using my favorite ebike cell, the Samsung 30Q.

Juiced City Scrambler

We’ve been friends and fans of Tora Harris at Juiced Riders for a long time. He is one of our trusted vendors.

The City Scrambler uses 52V battery and a geared rear hubmotor. It tops out at the federal legal 28-MPH. For more info on the City Scrambler, click here.

The Juiced step-through version is called the “Scorpion”. It also has a full-suspension option.

Ruff Cycles Lil Buddy

Ruff is based in Germany, and they have decided to retail a mini-bike style of frame with the proprietary Bosch mid-drive. Europeans seem to like the high-end and smooth torque-sensing mid drives, but they are limited to 25 km/h, which is 16-MPH. And the power levels that are available seem to be limited to 250W-500W, depending on the country of purchase.

Lithium Cycles Super-73

The Super-73 started out as a Kickstarter, and they use the well-regarded Bafang BBSHD.

Ariel D-Class

The standout feature of the Ariel D-class is that not only is it an ebike, it is a 2-WHEEL DRIVE ebike! If you only have mild hills, and you live near the beach…a 2WD ebike is an extreme upgrade when riding through sand or off-road.

I also suspect that the D-Class would be quite a useful mule to have around a ranch where it snows in the winter. For that kind of user, I’d swap-in the largest 52V battery pack I could find, and click here for several selections that would work.

Part of my enthusiasm for large 48V and 52V battery packs is that they can run an inverter to provide 120V AC in an emergency, or at a remote location.

The two hub-motors on the D-Class are geared. That means that they provide lots of torque per input watts, compared to the direct-drive motors that are the same size. That being said, geared motors have a poor heat-shedding path, so they are not good for climbing steep uphills.

However, for snow or sand, 2WD with fat-tires cannot be beat. For more info on the Ariel D-Class, click here.

UNI Moke

The UNI Moke is based in Germany, which shows how far obscure bits of American culture can travel and take root. It uses a single geared hubmotor in the rear.

Addmotor Motan M-70

If you don’t want to fiddle with spokes, the Addmotor and the Juiced both use cast wheels.

Pineapple Bike

Pineapple started out on Indiegogo back in 2017, but I can’t find any recent information about them. Its a single-speed with no headlight or tail-light, so it’s as bare-bones as they come.

Onyx RCR

I was a little unsure if this ebike deserves to be in this particular index of “mini-bikes” (looks over at judges and sips a beer…sees a thumbs up)

Out of all of these selections, this model has the most powerful hubmotor, and the most powerful front brake. It uses 17-inch “moped” rims, which is equivalent to 24-inch bicycle rims (but much stronger). That being said, it does have pedals, which drive a single-speed chain.

Rad Power “Runner”

Some riders either need (or simply want) a step-through frame. Once you take away the top-bar, the ebike starts to look a lot less like a minibike, but…I felt I should include at least one step-through. One of the handy characteristics of the mini-bikes is the long padded seat so two riders can squeeze-in, and the Rad Runner has that.

Ebikes with 20-inch wheels and fat tires are proving to be very versatile and useful. Even if you don’t particularly care about the nostalgia of a new frame with a vintage style, all of these selections are real “knock around” ebikes that can take some abuse and still keep going.

Sondors MadMods

This model is surprisingly only 1500, and it inludes front and rear suspension. 48V and 750W…

Writtten by Ron/spinningmagnets, October 2019

e-bikes, e-scooters, e-mobility, devices

Leave a Comment