Two Wheels, A Battery, And A Whole Lot Of Road
Electric cars have been in the news an awful lot recently. With companies like Tesla blazing the trail, this market has grown to huge proportions in a relatively short amount of time. You see electric cars in cities and towns all over the world, and it may only be a matter of time until they can be considered common, but what about those who like to spend their time on two wheels? The electric motorcycle industry is a late bloomer compared to its four-wheeled cousins. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to offer, though, and this post is going to show you what electric bike you can ride today.
The first motorcycle on this list isn’t exactly what it says on the tin. The Generation 7 is made by Monday Motorbikes, a startup company based out of LA. Their bike only goes up to 45 mph, has pedals, and you don’t need a licence for it. Of course, to most people, this makes it into more of an electric bike, though it certainly doesn’t look like one. Being powerful enough to carry a passenger on the back, this little bike makes this list because it is perfect for those looking to break into riding a motorbike. This sort of venture is usually quite daunting, and having a slow approach can make it much easier.
Most people know KTM for their bright orange and silver designs, fierce looking bikes, and affinity with all things off road. Retaining this pedigree, the Freeride E-XC is one of the only examples of an electric dirt bike on the market, and it has all of the features you’d usually find on a bike of this class. It is fully road legal, though you’ll need a licence to ride it, and may want to get some practice before taking out onto the road. There are few experiences more fun than blasting through the wilderness on a bike which makes absolutely no sound.
Italy has long been one of the leading countries when it comes to motorcycle design. With a rich history in this field, there are loads of Italian engineers with the skills to make a beautiful bike, and that’s exactly what Energica have done. Offering a range of three bikes, they have one of the best selections on the market. Their fastest option is the Ego. This is a fully-dressed sports bike which is eerily reminiscent of the Triumph Daytona, though this can be forgiven when you take a look at the specs. This is one of the only electric bikes which can give its fossil-fuel guzzling counterparts a run for their money.
Moving over to Austria, it’s time to look at one of the weirder options on this list, with the Johammer J1. Instead of creating a bike which replicates the designs which are already found on the market, the J1 has been made with a fresh take in mind. Reducing size, weight, and drag, while also improving rigidity, their design could be the starting point for great things. Of course, it doesn’t have a huge top speed, as its designed for city riding. It does look very unique, though, and this will appeal to a lot of people, especially when they see all of the colour options it can come in.
At the moment, the biggest name in electric motorcycles is Zero. Named for the level of emissions their bikes are responsible for, they are the closest equivalent to Tesla in the two-wheeled world. Going with a company like this comes with loads of benefits. Not only are their machines tested by a greater number of users, but you will also have less trouble finding what you need from companies like Solomotoparts when your bike is going through some trouble. Their range of bikes includes both Supermoto and Citybike styles, with healthy top speeds. Like the KTM above, these bikes are great for off road and city use, and are fully road legal. Of course, though, you might want to book a test ride before you buy.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking into the world of electric motorcycles. As this part of the industry grows, there will be loads more examples of eco-friendly bikes hitting the market, and you will have more and more options as time goes on. Of course, though, it’ll be worth finding one which will last, as these bikes are far from cheap. In fact, the cheapest on this list is the Monday Generation 7, and that still costs the same as a regular motorcycle.Click here for reuse options!
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