We’ve broken down the top picks of electric dirt bikes currently available in Australia for off-road enthusiasts
Australia is a dirt bike rider’s playground. Endless stretches of mountains, desert and bushland provide the ultimate landscape to push off-road bikes (and their riders) to their absolute limit. So naturally, one of the most popular EV markets in Australia is the electric dirt bikes category.
There are already several incredible electric dirt bike manufacturers that are importing to Australia and in this article we’re going to take a look at some of our favourites – from dirt bikes that are redefining motocross to chook chasers of the 21st century, here’s everything you want to know about electric dirt bikes in Australia
The Stark VARG is an electric dirt bike we get very excited about for a number of reasons. We will be receiving our first demo bike from them in the coming months, and they are unquestionably the most powerful dirt bike in the world. Note that we didn’t say the most powerful electric dirt bike, the most powerful dirt bike over all – that’s an insane accomplishment.
This Spanish manufacturer has been redefining what’s possible when state-of-the-art EV engineering and pure dirt bike fun come together. The two models of the Stark VARG separate into a 60HP and 80HP model, with the 80HP model giving you up to 30% more power than the top performing 450CC gas powered dirt bike.
Earlier this year the worlds media had a chance to go to the Stark Future factory to see what all the fuss was about, so check out this video to see what the world’s best dirt bike can do
Sur Ron Talaria
Sur Ron and Talaria have been producing electric dirt bikes out of China since 2014 and we probably have to thank them for pushing a lot of mountain bike riders over to the electric dirt bikes side of things.
Sur Ron initially released their off-road only Light Bee electric dirt bike around 7 years ago. It was a hybrid full suspension mountain bike/motorcycle with a powerful mid-drive electric motor. Unlike a lot of dodgy electric motors, bikes and batteries that were coming out of China at the time – the build quality of Sur Ron’s bikes was decent for the price point, which meant they quickly gathered a following in and out of China – USA being their biggest export market. But we’ve also first-hand seen their popularity in the UK. English Electric Motor Co sells these Chinese electric motorcycles and they are their most sold bike – demand actually outstrips supply every year.
Sur Ron Storm Bee – added to the range in 2022 this more powerful Sur Ron is much more traditional dirt bike and less mountain bike.
The reason we have bundled Talaria into this section are rumors that some of the top engineers at Sur Ron weren’t happy with the way product development was going so they broke away and launched Talaria. The bikes look pretty much identical but Talaria have fitted their models with slightly different components which they claim produce better performance and reliability. What we can say about both brands are – they make pretty impressive products for the price range.
The only downside is longevity – we’ve had a lot of owners complaining that they have killed their motor/controller/battery by pushing the bike too hard. There doesn’t seem to be the same limits on performance that premium brands Zero and Energica employ to safeguard the bikes damaging themselves when being pushed hard.
When we think of electric dirt bikes you can imagine we’re mostly talking about off road adventuring and MotoX models built for jumps and insane tricks. But New Zealand manufacturer UBCO has created a Smart looking utility bike that presents more like a state-of-the-art chook chaser. They kind of remind me of the Benzina Zero Duo scooters. The boxy design is built to attach all kinds of features like extra power supply, cargo decks, baggage racks, etc. and in addition to all wheel drive, these UBCO models are absolute workhorses build to withstand anything.
UBCO offer two models, the 2X2ADV and 2X2WRK, both bikes have basically the same specifications, except the ADV model is road registerable; with additional headlights, indicators, license plate brackets etc.
The Cake OR is a pretty awesome all-around bike – light weight, high performance and purpose built for simplicity and off road fun. The OR is the sport model of the Cake range and it comes with some pretty sophisticated Swedish manufacturing.
These bikes can only be ridden off road or on private property because they don’t come with the on-road extras making them eligible for road registration. These bikes are fast and have a decent riding range. The super modern design is very simplistic, Cake have only put the necessary elements on this bike to make it a capable off road adventurer. A seat, suspension, foot pegs, throttle, battery, tyres and a drive train – go!
Unfortunately you’re only likely to find a KTM Freeride as a second hand bike as they’re no longer available in Australia. I can speak from personal experience however, that these are AWESOME electric dirt bikes. Hopefully they come back to Australia soon, they have an aggressive marketing push overseas, so we suspect it will only be a matter of time before they’re back in the country.
The KTM Freeride has that real old school dirt bike look to them, similar to the Stark VARGS. Except you can’t go past those classic KTM design and engineering that’s built on years of competitive riding. The only electric dirt bikes KTM has available in Australia are for kids, the SXE 3, SXE 5, 12E Drive and 16E Drive. Why do the kids get all the good toys?
The French manufacturer technically produces trial motorcycles, however, their Escape and Escape R model provide somewhat of a crossover into dirt bike territory we think are worth mentioning. Mainly because they are very easily accessible to Australian riders.
The Escape and Escape R were built with trials sophistication in mind and is an off-road riding master. The 2023 model builds on previous years with TKO maps, regenerative braking, traction control, control over power modes and really sleek lightweight design. Since the electric bike was introduced into trial competitions internationally, they have been topping the podiums again and again.
Stealth Electric Bikes
The only Australian manufacturer offering an electric dirt bike, but again, this one isn’t strictly a dirt bike manufacturer. The Stealth Electric Bikes are where the line between mountain biking and motocross get real cloudy, however, they do make some of the most badass bikes out there.
The Stealth H-52 ‘Hurricane’ is the light weight, high-power electric dirt bike variant of their B-52 ‘Bomber’ hybrid electric bike. This bike is a purpose built MX machine with all the fight and none of the noise you would expect from a high performance dirt bike. We’re stoked to see an Aussie manufacturer producing some beasty looking bikes, we’re itching to get our hands on one.
Remember Segways? Yeah, THOSE Segways!
They have entered the dirt bike game with a pretty impressive compact and lightweight electric dirt bike that looks like it would be a whole lot of fun. Offering two models, the X160 and X260, these medium size electric dirt bikes are meant for fast treks and narrow trails. They also come with an adjustable seat height which kind of suggests it would able to be ridden by both teens and adults. For safety reasons however, the bike has an adult-only age recommendation.
The premium X260 models offers a top speed of 75 km/h, 120km range from a full charge and an impressive 250 Nm of torque, the Segway eBike has become a pretty popular sellar to young Australian riders. And with an agreeable price 6,499 – teenage me is kind of jealous that these kinds of options are available.
Electric Dirt Bikes vs Gas Dirt Bikes
That wraps up just a few of our favourite electric dirt bikes currently available in Australia. But as we like to do here at AEMC, we like to weigh up the pros and cons of electric bikes vs gas powered bikes. Now when specifically looking at dirt bikes there are a few key points we have to look at.
It’s one of the oldest complaints in the book. We rode dirt bikes as kids, and our parent’s rules were no riding before 10am on weekends and we had to be finished by 5pm. Our neighbours were quick to let us know how annoyed they were at the sound of dirt bikes screaming through the bush every weekend. We had all the space in the world to go nuts, but those two and four cylinder bikes were noisy as hell. Nobody who lives in a rural area wants to have that peace and quiet disturbed by a couple of dirt bikes, and fair enough.
The near silence of an electric dirt bike means you can ride as much as you want without pissing off your neighbors – unless they are within 50 meters of where you are riding. Electric dirt bike engines make a much quieter winding noise which is generated from the motor, the belt/chain and the tyres hitting the dirt. Think of a louder remote control car – perfect for rural living. Plus (and we’re not condoning this) if you’re riding in an area you’re not supposed to be, having an electric dirt bike really helps not getting caught, because they can’t hear you a km away.
Servicing and maintenance
Mile for mile, electric dirt bikes are cheaper to service and maintain. There are less parts in electric engines and therefore less to go wrong. There are your typical brake pads and tyres of course, but engine services are few and far between. That being said – the brand you buy and how hard you push it will ultimately decide the longevity of your bike. Some of the Chinese bikes are cheaper to buy upfront – but with limited support and more examples of major errors – they may not be the better value bikes longer term.
While the costs to service might be lower for gas powered bikes. At the moment you are for more likely to find a small engine bike mechanic than you are to find one that’s certified to work on electric motorbikes. This is a problem that will solve itself in time as adoption of EV technology becomes the new normal.
With the cost of fuel as it is, it’s nice to be able to just plug in your bike to a power socket – no more trips to the fuel pump. It’s incredible how low the cost of powering an electric dirt bike is compared to a gas powered bike. Electric dirt bikes will typically have a battery capacity between 2 – 7 kWh. Even with the rise in electricity – that means a full charge is going to cost you between 1.20 to 4.20. That’s a damn site cheaper than 6.5 litres of petrol (14 at today’s current rate). However, the one thing we will admit defeat on is recharging dirt bikes on trips. If you’re out on a camping trip with your mates for a weekend and your battery is empty, it’s not as simple as refuelling from a Jerry-can. You would either have to have access to power at the camping site, a petrol powered generator (which sort of defeats the purpose in our opinion), a solar powered generator, or a pre-charged battery option to charge from. All somewhat limited options at the moment but something that will no doubt become more abundant as we’re forced to move from petrol vehicles.
Did we cover your favourite electric dirt bike in this article? We’re keen to hear more about your experiences and favourite brands.
How to Register an Electric Dirt Bike for Road Use. Getting on the Road Fast
Electric vehicles have been on our radar for many years, including electric dirt bikes. In the science fiction realm, the late Michael Crichton deployed an entirely electric fleet of vehicles, including a dirt bike, in his follow-up to Jurassic Park, The Lost World (circa 1995). The reason? They are intriguing; they have excellent torque, and they create no noise. But, of course, that was science fiction, and in 1995 battery technology was just not where it is today! But he could see the future, perhaps when others could not.
Finally, technology has caught up with his ideas, and we now see a growing pack of all-electric dirt bikes on the market with excellent performance and remarkable endurance. The beauty of battery and electric motor technology is that they will only improve from here.
Let’s look at the situation from the top down: how we got here, where electric dirt bikes are going, and how registering an electric dirt bike for road use differs from a gas-powered bike.
Why Go Electric?
The prominent electric dirt bikes (KTM Freeride, Alta Redshift, Stark Varg) are only off-road. Of course, this is not to say that these companies will not make street-legal variants down the road, and the big manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna, etc.) are almost certainly working on their electric dirt bike models concepts. But for now, these are not dual-purpose bikes; they are strictly for trails and motocross.
Electric dirt bikes are capitalizing on all of the things that are making electric cars so popular: incredible acceleration. excellent torque curve, and of course, no smog and no noise pollution. These are trendy selling points for our readers and riders in California especially.
Origins of Electric Dirt Bikes
We all can see the writing on the wall surrounding gas-powered engines: their days are numbered. Whether or not this is prudent is another matter altogether, but they are slowly on their way out as the primary means of powering personal vehicles.
How far does the electric motorcycle lineage go back? Well, it might date back to 1895 in Canton, Ohio, when patent number 552,271 was approved for an electric bicycle. Considering the origins of the gas-powered motorcycle were bicycles with internal combustion engines, then we can safely consider the electric bicycle as the electric motorcycle’s ancestry, meaning the concept itself is well over a hundred years old.
Drawbacks of Gas Bikes
Gas bikes have a lot going for them, and they get better and better with each generation. First, a four-stroke bike is quite efficient compared with a car. But they are still inefficient compared to an electric bike. There’s more.
If you want a high power-to-weight ratio in a gas dirt bike, you are ostensibly going to choose a two-stroke bike. Two-stroke engines afford nearly instant throttle response and a broad powerband, but they are also filthy and loud. Sorry, those are the facts.
Four-stroke engines are smoother, cleaner, and much quieter but are a lot heavier to the tune of fifty percent! Accordingly, the price of cleaner burn and increased fuel efficiency is sluggish performance and high weight.
What if there was a way to get any power and throttle response you want and select where you want your bike to be on the torque curve?
The Performance Advantage of Electric Motorcycles
Electric dirt bikes are on track to outperform gas-powered dirt bikes, a feat that will become utterly mainstream as batteries and electric motors continue to get lighter and the longevity of battery charges continues to increase.
One significant advantage of electric dirt bikes is that you don’t have gears to worry about anymore. Just twist and go.
We are not saying electric dirt bikes should replace internal combustion or anything, but as enthusiasts, we know noise pollution is a real thing, a natural safety hazard. However, there are a lot of natural advantages to driving a silent dirt bike. For one, it opens up where you can ride. California? Eat your heart out.
A selectable and scalable powerband of electric bikes is a significant design appeal. Stark is no stranger to this concept; it is a conceptual cornerstone of the VARG design.
How is the electric powertrain design an improvement over gas? For one thing, you can control the output of the VARG from their in-house app. In addition, the app creates over one hundred different ride modes, custom tuning power curves, engine braking (yet another advantage of electric motorcycle technology), custom traction control, and even the ability to create custom flywheel weights virtually. Unreal.
Stark is just one example of this. They just happen to be the only company employing this technology right now to the best of our knowledge, but others will surely follow.
I love using California to illustrate my points; it is the gift that keeps on giving. In California, the average gas price is around 4.65 per gallon. So it is going to cost you almost ten bucks to fill the tank on your 250cc trail bike, whereas the KTM FREERIDE E-XC will cost about 3.24 to charge (0.18 per kWh).
So it isn’t exactly free to charge your bike, but it is cheaper and will continue to be cheaper as technology extends the range of these bikes.
High Torque Values
It doesn’t matter what motorsport you are into; torque is everything. A bike with high-end power is excellent on the straightaways, but a dog on takeoff. Torque is king on the trails and especially on the jumps.
Electric motors are torque monsters that peak immediately, which is excellent for this application; you need monster torque to pop monster wheelies. Do you want monster air? You need massive torque.
What Is The Difference Between an E-Bike and an Electric Dirt Bike?
E-bikes are electric bicycles in the eyes of the law, even some that don’t have pedals. Electric dirt bikes, on the other hand, are all dirt bikes. Therefore, they are in the same performance brackets as comparable gas bikes. For example, the KTM Freeride 18kW dirt bike equals about 24 horsepower, whereas an e-bike runs around one or two horsepower depending on the category.
E-bikes have exploded in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. They are an economical way to get around, and a few promise to be absolute beasts on the trail. But at their core, many e-bikes remain technically bicycles with electrical propulsion attached. And this is by design because they are bicycles with an electric power pack. The original goal was to make an electric assist for lightweight bicycle frames. Since this is the way they are built and designed, e-bikes fall under a different regulatory structure than motorcycles. E-bikes have low top-end speeds, which puts them squarely in the camp of a bicycle or moped instead of a motorcycle (depending on the state being registered). They are more or less an outlier still, with every state having different views on the validity of an e-bike as a motor vehicle.
Electric dirt bikes are no different categorically from a standard gas dirt bike, so not only will the state not categorize them as e-bikes or mopeds, the registration process will differ from registering a dirt bike.
What Advantage Is There in Registering an Electric Dirt Bike?
There are plenty of good reasons to register your electric dirt bike is street legal or to consider registering one if you are still in the process of buying one. First, they are fast. In fact, in an urban commute, they might be just about the most fun thing you can ride with their twist-and-go throttle and lack of gears.
Electric dirt bikes will continue to be particularly attractive in states where emissions are a top priority, namely California. Not because gas bikes are outlawed (yet), but just for ease of ownership.
Electric dirt bikes are flatly cheaper to operate than gas bikes in terms of cost to charge versus the cost of gas. As I said, a two-gallon fill-up runs nearly ten bucks in California. But mainly, the real selling point is to get away from the hassle of red- and green-sticker insanity. You will be free to ride anywhere you want, anytime you want, on electric bikes.
OSET Electric Dirt Bikes
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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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The Top Electric Motocross Bike Brands of 2023
If you’ve been following the motorcycle industry (or reading our blog), you already know that electric motorcycles are booming in popularity. The industry is expected to hit 40 billion by 2026, fueled by the rise of mainstream electric rides from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and seemingly every other major motorcycle manufacturer. But as the electric motorcycle space matures, exciting new niches are emerging. One of our favorites? The electric motocross bike.
What is an electric motocross bike?
Electric Motocross Bike Under the Magnifying Glass
Of all the electric two-wheelers out there, the electric motocross bike is in a league of its own. But before we dive into what it is, let’s clear the air on what it’s not.
An electric motocross bike is not an electric dirt bike, which is heavier, similar to a traditional motorcycle. It’s not an e-bike, which has skinny tires and no suspension, and is designed for riding on paved roads. And it’s not an electric mountain bike, which has pedals and electric motors that assist the rider when going uphill.
What is an electric motocross bike? A lean, light two-wheeler designed for affordable off-road fun. If you’re looking for all the thrills of a traditional motocross bike but with an eco-friendly edge, this emerging class of electric two-wheelers could be the ideal partner for your next rough-terrain ride.
How to find the best electric motocross bike
The electric motocross bike is still new, which means your options will only get better (and more affordable) as the market matures. But if you’re looking to buy one now, there are plenty of high-quality options to make your next off-road ride a whole lot of fun.
We’ve surveyed the landscape to find you the top 5 electric motocross brands of 2023: Kuberg, Bultaco, Cake, Sur-Ron, and Electric Motion. Read on for more on how these innovative brands are delivering the motocross bikes of the future.
KubergThis Czech company is turning heads with its wide range of electric two-wheelers designed to offer the rider an all-out outdoor adventure. Its high-performance electric motocross bikes are clear standouts. For adults, Kuberg’s gem is the Ranger, an electric motocross bike designed for short off-road rides. Mid-power and lightweight, the Ranger offers 60 minutes of adrenaline-pumping ride time powered by a 48V drive hub delivering 8000W of power and a top speed of about 34mph. Its battery has a lifespan of 1000 charges, and its Wi-Fi connectivity makes it a standout. (Explore the Kuberg Volt mobile app for a glimpse into this ride’s slick user experience.)Want your kid to experience the joy of riding? The Kuberg Start is designed for 3-to-5-year-olds just being introduced to the world of two-wheelers. Control your kid’s top speed and torque via a Wi-Fi adapter sold separately, and explore a wide range of seat options to ensure the Kuberg Start grows right along with your young rider. With a one-hour battery range and a 15mph top speed, the Start could be just the electric motocross bike to spark your kid’s love of off-road rides.
Every motocross fan will know the Bultaco Pursang MK6 that Jim Pomeroy rode on his way to win the 1973 Spanish MX Grand Prix. It’s a testament to the times that Bultaco has reinvented itself and come out with a new range of electric motocross bikes. The Bultaco Brinco line offers six models, all of which are sleek powerhouses that offer you absolute control to get your heart pumping as you hit that dirt road. The one notable downside? These electric motocross beauties can be tough to find in the U.S. at the moment. Whether you’re on a dirt road or an urban trail, a Brinco bike can take it all. All models have three riding modes: Sport, for up to 23 miles on a single charge; Tour, for about 46 miles; and Eco, which offers a 62-mile range. The dual adjustable suspension lets you tweak the precharge and shock absorption, helping you achieve the ideal riding experience. The Brinco’s high-quality lithium-ion battery charges up in just three hours, and its companion app offers geolocation and a host of other real-time ride metrics. Want the ultimate Brinco experience? The Brinco RB and the Brinco Discovery, Bultaco’s top-of-the-line models, can clock up to 37mph and come with other next-level features to elevate your adventure.3. CakeThis Swedish company’s mission is to redesign green vehicle technology for the great outdoors. The result? A range of electric motocross bikes that sit at the apex of innovative design and off-road fun. Cake’s Freeride and Race lines offer seven models with a range of off-road exploration capabilities. The Freeride series was designed with backcountry exploring in mind. Described by the brand as “an agile, lightweight, and torquey off-road bike,” the Freeride Kalk OR features a 51.8 volt, 2.6 kWh battery and an 11kW motor capable of delivering 206 nm of torque. Its three ride modes range from top speeds of 28mph with Explore to about 55mph with Excel. The battery can charge from 0 to 100% in three hours, a figure comparable to other leading electric motocross bikes on the market today. What’s not comparable with Cake electric motocross bikes? Their premium, Scandinavian-inspired designs—and premium price tags.4. Sur-Ron
Sur-Ron Electric Motocross Motor
Sur-Ron is gaining major traction in the emerging electric motocross bike market for its surprisingly rugged all-terrain bikes. Case in point? Its Sur-Ron LXB line, which features five well-equipped electric dirt bikes (including one for kids). No roundup of Sur-Ron electric motocross bikes is completed without highlighting the Sur-Ron Light Bee LBX. This lightweight-yet-powerful ride delivers more than 6kW of peak power and weighs just over 100 pounds. It can hit a top speed of 45mph and a range of up to 60 miles per charge depending on its mode, making the Sur-Ron Light Bee LBX ideal for short rough terrain rides. With an acceleration of 0 to 30mph in just under four seconds and an advanced Intersect TR suspension system, there’s a reason why riders around the internet have been raving about the Light Bee’s “fun” factor. Joining the Light Bee LBX in the Sur-Ron LXB line are the L1E LBX, a road-legal electric motorcycle moped; the Storm Electric MX Dirt Bike and the Storm Electric road-legal model, both available for pre-order now; and an electric motocross bike for youth.5. Electric MotionThe aptly titled Electric Motion makes green motocross bikes that are silently brilliant. The all-new Escape R is a rough-terrain delight with a maximum speed of about 47mph, peak power of 11 kW, a blistering 600 nm torque, and a 38-mile range. Add in its signature Hydraulic Diaphragm Clutch, and you’ve got a system for perfectly modulating your ride’s power. The design stays true to motocross bike roots. The result? A two-wheeler that can take you on one wild outdoor adventure. The Epure Race model sits just below the Escape R with a maximum speed of 44mph, a 26-mile range, and 600 nm of torque. The Epure Race weighs in at about 165 pounds, a few lbs shy of the Escape R. Whichever model you choose, you’re getting an electric motocross bike designed for speed, comfort, and off-road agility. Once you find the best electric motocross bike for your riding style, trust Motorcycle Shippers to help you transport it quickly and safely—whether that’s from a dealer to your home or from your home to your next off-road adventure. Our specialized shipping system will ensure your electric motocross bike arrives safely, and our expert team will handle all the ins and outs of transporting your electric vehicle’s batteries. Get your instant electric motocross bike shipping quote.