High Voltage: 8 Best Electric Motorcycles

For a majority of riders out there, electric motorcycles are more of a gimmick than something to take seriously. And honestly, there is something to be said about the smell of premium petroleum coursing through the engine and out the other end as sheer power. It’s also worth noting that the range of petrol-power motorcycles far outweighs that of their electric counterparts as well. However, the convenience these bikes have to offer riders in the form of simple plugging in and charging up for the next day is something to strongly consider.

Such convenience is worthwhile when using these rides as commuter bikes, riding locally around town, or to and from the office. Also, thanks to a handful of technological advancements, electric motorcycles no longer have to look or perform in accordance with embarrassment. There are off-road friendly options, naked and sport bike options, and even touring options for those longer hauls. Combine that with the upgraded appearance these rides often find themselves sporting and you have a handful of palatable options no matter what your skill level or history. In fact, we managed to pull together a list of 8 electric motorcycles that are sure to please riders of any trade. Just have a look for yourself.

KTM FreeRide E

KTM FreeRide E

Outfitted as an almost silent off-road motorcycle that can surely take a beating, the KTM FreeRide E is your lightweight, powerful, and agile go-to option for shredding your favorite backcountry trail. The ride is also beginner-friendly due to the fact that there is no clutch and, therefore, no shifting involved when riding. The bodywork of the bike is also sleek and fairly minimal, allowing for a straightforward riding experience and enhanced control over the bike. In addition, the FreeRide E hosts a premium WP suspension and an incredibly light but sturdy fiber reinforced polyamide subframe as well. Combine that with KTM’s intuitive display and street legal characteristics and this could be your ticket to weekend fun.

Battery Capacity: 2.6 kWh
Range: ~50 miles depending on use
Top Speed: 60mph
Weight: 242 lbs

Purchase: $14,600+

Alta Motors Redshift MX

Alta Motors Redshift MX

Alta Motors designed the Redshift MX as their electric equivalent to the modern 250. In doing so, each bike is capable on the trails, in the woods, or as your standard motocrosser. Obviously, the lack of air filters, oil, or top end maintenance means this bike is an easy-going ride that won’t be spending the majority of its time in the shop. It’s all powered by their Alta Pack, the self-proclaimed compact and energy-dense battery pack that’s also waterproof rated up to IP67. The bike also hosts an output of 40 horses, 120 ft-lbs of torque, a forged and welded aluminum frame, and comes equipped with Bridgestone Battlecross X30 tires.

Battery Capacity: 5.8 kWh
Range: ~50 miles
Top Speed: 65 mph
Weight: 267 lbs

Purchase: $15,000

Zero SR

Zero SR

With a higher output than their previous models along with some serious torque and greater acceleration capabilities, the Zero SR could very well make you second guess that you’re riding an electric motorcycle at all. The torque in and of itself is impressive, clocking in at 116 ft-lbs. It’s all thanks to their Z-Force Power Pack, allowing for up to 150 miles of range per charge and designed to last a lifetime. Horsepower on this thing is no small potato either at 70hp. The frame and bodywork of this bike are also made from aircraft-grade aluminum and designed to feature a low center of gravity, making this ride highly maneuverable and responsive to turns.

Battery Capacity: 13.0 kWh
Range: ~140 miles
Top Speed: 102 mph
Weight: 414 lbs

Purchase: $16,000+

Victory Empulse TT

Victory Empulse TT

Here’s a street legal electric racing bike – a true testament in itself to how far we’ve come in the world of electric motorcycles – that’s a powerful offering from famed Victory Motorcycles. Topping out at speeds over 100 mph and boasting one of the fastest charging batteries on the market, it’ll be your go-to street racer for years to come. It’s powered by a Brammo Power Lithium Ion battery, features an output of 54 horsepower and runs off an internal permanent magnet AC motor. Riders will also enjoy an intuitive LCD display hosting all the necessary information – including estimated range and battery status – and rides atop lightweight cast aluminum wheels.

Battery Capacity: 10.4 kWh
Range: ~140 miles
Top Speed: 100+
Weight: 470 lbs

Purchase: $20,000+

Brutus V9

Brutus V9

An electric tourer bike through and through, the Brutus V9 boasts and impressive range per charge. It’s one of the few full size and full power electric bikes out there, even made available as a law enforcement version, so you know this thing can hold its own. The bike runs off a powerful battery pack – up to 33.7kWh – and boasts a top speed of 115 mph, 125 hp output, and 277 ft-lbs of torque. The good folk over at Brutus surely aren’t messing around with this thing. Oh, and with a range of up to 250 miles per charge, this bike could very well challenge its petrol-powered tourer bikes without any issues.

Battery Capacity: either 18.8kWh or 33.7kWh
Range: ~250 miles
Top Speed: 115 mph
Weight: 784 lbs

Purchase: $26,500+

Tacita Diabolika

Tacita Diabolika

Made in Italy and built for both the dirt tracks and city streets, the Diabolika is a mean yet diverse electric option for those who want the best of both worlds. Thanks to a lower riding position, it’s a multifunctional ride that will have you whipping through traffic and around those hairpin dirt track corners with ease. The bike also runs through a 5-speed separate gearbox with a hydraulic clutch, boasts a carbon-kevlar fairing, and is powered by an electric asynchronous three-phase induction engine. You can even bring a friend along for the ride thanks to its two-up seating. And it’s outfitted to last for many years to come thanks to a battery life of up to 4000 cycles.

Battery Capacity: 25 kWh
Range: ~100 miles
Top Speed: N/A
Weight: N/A

Purchase: $26,862

Energica Ego

Energica Ego

As an Italian electric superbike, the Ego was designed and built out by the same folk who for over 40 years engineered and designed Formula One Racing and Le Mans competitive models. Except, this time, there’s no emissions. Just high performance. Don’t believe us? Well, this bike can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds and holds a top speed of 150 mph. The ride also comes equipped with a Park Assist feature, a Brembo brake system, a 4.3-inch digital dash thanks to COBO TFT, and Bluetooth connectivity. Pepper in either a lunar white or matte black carbon fiber fairing for good measure and you have one serious sport bike to contend with.

Battery Capacity: 11.7 kWh
Range: ~100 miles
Top Speed: 149 mph
Weight: 569 lbs

Purchase: $34,000+

Harley Davidson Project Livewire

Harley-Davidson Project Livewire

As Harley-Davidson’s first entrance into the realm of electric motorcycles, they’re bound to take their time perfecting the ride before an official production release date is announced. Meaning Project Livewire, while boasting a sleek all black and red appearance, remains in the conceptual and testing phases. They are allowing a handful of lucky individuals to test ride the bike through their Project LiveWire Experience Tour, where they’re opening the doors of communication to the street and taking feedback into consideration. As of right now, however, no release date is set for this bad boy. But we’ll certainly be on the lookout for when LiveWire becomes a production model for all of us to enjoy.

Battery Capacity: 7kWh
Range: 53 miles
Top Speed: 95 mph
Weight: 460 lbs

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