The automotive world is going electric. And it’s not just fancy, 1,000 horsepower, six-figure electric trucks. The number of electric motorcycles has increased in recent years. And even the relatively modest and undersized dirt bike segment now offers a proliferation of zero-emission options.
Why you should buy an electric dirt bike
Helps save the planet: Smaller motorcycles are far from the most fuel-hungry 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 to drive and less time (and money) to replace parts. You don’t have to buy things like oil either.
Less noise: Electric dirt bikes do make some noise. But they make less noise than combustion engine dirt bikes – noise that can diminish the enjoyment of being in the great outdoors for riders and people around.
More accessible to new riders: Like electric cars, electric dirt bikes don’t need a manual transfer. This may disappoint some riders looking for a traditional feel. But it’s also much easier to manage while off-road.
Couple: Electric dirt bikes generally have a lot of torque, which kicks in immediately. This helps them accelerate quickly and feel fast in everyday driving.
What to look for
Street legality: Like combustion engine dirt bikes, many of them will not be street legal. And maybe you live in a municipality that will seize 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 a commuter bike. But make sure to clarify that before you buy.
Battery Range: The range is a major disadvantage of any electric vehicle. You want to make sure you have enough range to take the amount of rides you plan on doing. More expensive electric dirt bikes have a range that can be greater than what most discs can physically handle. But that can be costly.
Charge battery: Aanother important factor out of 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 immediately swap out a freshly charged battery and get back to the trail.
The Best Electric Dirt Bikes of 2022
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Zero has become a brand name for electric motorcycles. This is their dual sport bike, which is street legal. The ZF 7.2 has a larger battery pack that delivers up to 150 miles of range in the city. It can potentially charge to 100 percent in less than two hours with multiple accessory chargers.
Top speed: 85 mph
Range: 91 miles (city)
Curb weight: 247 pounds
The Swedish manufacturer Cake builds stylish yet practical electric motorcycles. The Kalk OR Race is their racing dirt bike. It has premium Öhlins suspension and delivers over 200 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel of a bike that weighs just 165 pounds. It’s not street legal.
Top speed: 56 mph
Range: up to 3 hours (trail)
Curb weight: 165 pounds
Segway is a big name in e-scooters. But they also produce Dirt eBikes; the X260 is the larger of the two. It’s not street legal. But it’s super light and affordable. The smaller X160 model offers a lower top speed and less range.
Top speed: 46.6 mph
Range: 74.6 miles
Curb weight: 121.3 pounds
KTM is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer. The EX-C is their electric dirt bike. It offers high-quality components and three different driving modes, including an Economy mode with regenerative braking. The battery can be charged to 100 percent in less than two hours. It is also quickly removable so you can exchange a new one.
Top speed: 50mph
Range: 11.5 miles
Curb weight: 245 pounds
The Electric Light Bee Sur-Ron X is designed to provide engine power and bike-like handling. It has Eco and Sport modes. It can climb more than a 45 degree slope. It can be charged in just three hours and has interchangeable batteries.
Top speed: 45 mph
Range: 60 miles
curb weight: 110 pounds
The DTRE Stella is a new offering from the Belgian company Trevor Motorcycles. It comes in street-legal and non-street-legal versions and will ship in September. It only comes in white, but you can buy additional body colors to trade in.
Top speed: 59 mph
Range: 62 miles
curb weight: 223 pounds
Price: $13,064 ($14,572 for street legal)
The Kuberg Trial Hero is a great option for kids (ages 5-12) that Kuberg says will “slide over anything you can throw at it”. Speed is limited compared to a full-size electric dirt bike. And it’s lighter. The battery offers up to two hours of driving and can be recharged in six hours.
Top speed: 17 mph
Range: up to 2 hours
curb weight: 72 pounds
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