Are Electric Dirt Bikes for Kids Only?
At first electric motocross bikes were mostly made for kids, as entry-level rides to get them started on the right track before taking on something more powerful. But in the past couple of years of advancements in technology, electric dirtbikes have become a strong contender on the trail. These silent, but fast machines are able to get the adrenaline pumping in even the most experienced riders.
The majority of dirtbike riders get their first taste of the dirt as kids, but we know that there are some adult riders who would love to give adrenaline-infused off-road riding a try but may not be sure where to start. The electric dirt bikes are a great way to start, as these bikes are almost maintenance free. But, you will have to make sure that the bike is big enough for you.
Electric MX Bikes for Adults and Teenagers
If you need an MX bike for your teenager, or you are an adult looking to get into the world of motocross, you need to look for bikes that are over 24”. These larger bikes are more powerful, sturdier, but they are also more expensive than kids’ minibikes. However, the price is heftier for a reason – some of these bikes have dominated gas-powered bikes in national competitions, proving that electric drive can be just as good as, or even better than, gas-powered dirt bikes. Here are some of our favorite best electric dirt bikes for adults:
KTM Freeride E-SX Electric Enduro Bike
KTM is without a doubt a name behind some of the best dirt bikes, and now electric dirt bikes as well. The latest 2020 model of KTM Freeride E-XC, has come a few levels above all its predecessors. The chassis has been completely redesigned, it has a new motor, and the battery pack is now more powerful and swappable. It is driven by a silent 22hp motor with 31 foot-pounds of torque, which results in instant torque delivery, which is one of the advantages of electric motors over internal combustion ones.
The KTM Freeride E-XC has a removable lithium-ion 3.9 kWh battery that pops out of the top of the bike from under the seat so it can be easily swapped out. Though KTM engineers promise over two hours of riding time, we doubt it can go that long on full throttle over difficult terrain. But KTM Freeride E-XC is a fun, fast ride nevertheless that is quiet and doesn’t pollute the environment.
Alta Motors Redshift MX Dirt Bike
The new Redshift MXR perfroms and rides just like a regular bike besides the lack of noise of the regular motorcycle makes. There is no need to be worried whether you would be able to adjust to the lack of clutch or shift lever, but riding comes so natural and easy, that you will be able to adjust very quickly. All the components are top-shelf items. Each Alta Motors Redshift model has a 5.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Alta claims riders can use for about 60 miles on a single charge or 40 miles off-road.
Cake is a Swedish company building super light electric dirt bikes and electric motorcycles. The Cake Kalk is a fully street legal electric dirt bike, with performance oriented frame, suspension, drivetrain and motor. Each part was designed and engineered from scratch. With Cake Kalk you get the 10kW motor which produces tons of power and strength. Huge 80-tooth rear sprocket results in 207 lb-ft of torque on the wheel. There are three speed modes, in the highest one you will be able to go 50mph, but get only about an hour of riding time. In the ideal conditions you will get up to four hours of riding, but your top speeds are limited to 28mph.
While it sacrifices some ruggedness for the sake of aesthetics, Cake Kalk is unlike anything else on the trail. It is one of the best electric dirt bikes, and it is the amazing combination of lightweight design, outstanding performance and maneuverability.