Best Electric Dirt Bikes
Whether you like it or not electric motorcycles are here and making an impact on the dirt biking scene. Technology is getting to the point where using electricity as a power source is competing with standard gas powered dirt bikes. I personally don’t believe that e dirt bikes are going to replace the gas powered dirt bike very soon, but electric bikes are going to play a very important role in the dirt bike world. With the technology achievements of the electric powertrains, the battery powered dirt bike will only get better with time.
Thanks to the popularity of electric cars, consumers are warming up to the idea of battery powered motors in many different areas. The most innovative motorcycle platforms and companies are all toying with the idea of electric motorcycles. It is exciting to see all of the new companies building electric dirt bikes. Even some of the large existing dirt bike manufacturers are toying with electric dirt bikes. KTM released the Freeride and Honda has a prototype that we speculate will turn into a production bike.
There are many benefits of an electric dirt bike. I feel like the most exciting aspect of the electric dirt bike is that it will add a whole new demographic to the dirt biking world. An electric dirt bike rides more like a mountain bike. It is easier, quieter, eco-friendly and a different experience than a standard gas bike.
In this article I am going to share the top electric dirt bikes available now in 2020. Separately, if you want to research and compare electric dirt bikes into more detail, i would reccomend visiting this post.
Here are the top electric dirt bike models:
2020 KTM Freeride E-XC
The dirt bike industry’s leading manufacturers like KTM have started to introduce the electric powertrain into the MX, trail, and track-faring platforms, hoping to create a robust market for the all-electric dirt bike. KTM has a lot right with the Freeride by offering a true electric dirt bike experience. I was surprised with how much I have enjoyed this bike. It is a fast electric dirt bike that is fun in all terrain types I have taken it into.
This State of the Art Electric Dirt Bike by KTM is built with the standards you would expect from KTM.
The KTM Freeride E-XC, features WP suspension, energy recuperation technology, newly enhanced electric motor and KTM power pack, 42 Mn torque and a cutting edge control unit. The KTM Freeride brushless electric motor is keeping up with the latest electric engine technology trends and offers power in any mode that u need.
It has 3 riding modes:
Mode 1 – Economy ride – Up to 3 hours of ride time in mode one per charge.
Mode 2 – Standard ride – Up to 2 hours of ride time in mode two per charge with maximum power output of 16 kW.
Mode 3 – Advanced ride – Up to 1.5 hours of ride time in mode three per charge with full throttle power at 18 kW
As with any of the electric dirt bikes below, its engine is very low on maintenance, with no oil, fuel or other maintenance needs. This is a great bike to have around camp or at your house to burn around with kids. Simply put it in mode 1 and it is great for beginners that wouldn’t otherwise ride a gas bike. Turn it to mode 3 and it is ready to rip any dirt bike path.
KTM Freeride E-XC Specs:
- Max Speed: 54 mph
- Range: 1.5 hours
- Weight: 244 pounds
- Peak Power: 18kW (24.5 hp) @ 5000 rpm
- Peak torque: 42 Nm
Zero FX Electric Dirt Bike
The Zero FX Bike is an all electric dual sport bike. It can be ridden on your favorite single track trails or on the Blacktop (asphalt) to get you to work and back. The electric powertrain excels at both on-road and off. It has long-legged suspension with dual sport equipment allowing this machine to go over any terrain you put in front of it.
The Zero Motorcycle app lets you choose between Eco and Sport modes. The Zero bike can reach a top speed of 95mph. This is the highest top speed electric dirt bike of all the other bikes on this list.
The Zero FX’s Z-Force 75- 5 motor offers a mighty 78 lb –ft of torque as the stock option.
Stopping the bike with its smart regenerative system will give a small charge to the battery.
If you want to get maximum range, a simple 110 volt household outlet will do the job to recharge your bike.
The newest Zero FX Bike is a one of a kind innovation in the electric dirt bike industry. It is a road-legal bike, with an electric powertrain that can go both on-road and off. The FX Bike utilizes a clutchless direct-drive transmission, with high-performance Showa suspension, and Bosch’s revered braking system.
Either you want to take it on the street or drive it on a gravel path, it can go over any terrain you put in front of it.
Zero FX Specs:
- Max Speed: 84mph
- Range: Up to 46 miles
- Weight: 247 pounds
- Peak Power: 27 hp (20 kW) @ 4,300 rpm
- Peak torque: 78 ft-lb (106 Nm)
Alta Motors Redshift MX Electric Dirt Bike
The Redshift MX Electric Dirt Bike by Alta Motors is built for top performance.
It weighs in at 258 pounds, recharges in 1.5 hours, delivers 50 horsepower, and offers three different riding modes.
With its high-performance powertrain, the iconic bike can reach a top speed of 70 MPH (114 km/h), delivering 147 FT –LBS torque.
However, Alta Motors closed their doors so you will have to search for one on the used motorcycle market. It is such a cool battery powered electric dirt bike I still put it on this list even though they aren’t in production anymore. Between enthusiasts, myself included, the opinion is that someone should buy what is left of Alta Motors and resume production!
It has the upgraded R5.8 battery pack which is a super-dense battery system. This means it utilizes a 350V lithium-ion battery pack that’s capable of pumping out 5.8 kWh, that is effectively powering it’s high performance electric motor.
The bike’s High-speed Permanent magnet AC motor (PMAC) delivers 50 horsepower, a clutchless transmission pairing with a set of powerful Brembo brakes, a capable dirt-track suspension, and a lightweight chassis that weighs hefty 258 pounds. This bike is the closest electric bike to a full sized dirt bike on this list.
Redshift MX Specs:
- Max Speed: 70 mph
- Range: 60 Minutes
- Weight: 258 pounds
- Peak Power: 37kW (50 hp)
- Peak torque: 147 ft-lb
2020 Electric Motion Escape – EM 5.7 Dirt Bike
Electric Motion’s Escape, is a modern lightweight electric dirt bike that you can drive on any trail or track. By using the technology of its brushless DC engine, it offers the power of a fuel dirt bike.
Electric Motion is a company that is newer to the dirt bike scene and is based in France. 10 years ago they released their first concept of an electric trials bike with an effort to contribute to the pollution-free society. They have focused mostly on trials bikes but have recently released the Electric motion escape which is more like a standard trail bike.
Compared to the 2019 Em 5.7 Escape, the new 2020 model has more range, more torque and it is 125CM3 road legal. It features a new 2.6 kW/h battery with plenty of power, electric progressive braking (regenerative braking), progressive electronic lever switch (simulates a clutch), an ergonomic cockpit/odometer, and a 40 AH battery.
It is packed with great technology, I am most excited about the electronic lever switch which simulates a standard clutch. I love to ride technical single track and I really like having a clutch to regulate the power better.
Ergonomically designed with comfort in mind, you can ride the EM 5.7 Escape for long periods of time in any terrain. All this thanks to its adaptive torque power. Using it as a trail bike offers a one of a kind dirt bike experience. From a technology perspective, a brushless DC electric motor, Li-ion 40 AH battery, and performance-focused Tech suspension have been implemented, allowing the bike an impressive range of up to 38 miles.
The EM 5.7 Electric powertrain requires no warm-up, just turn the key and drive.
EM 5.7 Specs:
- Max Speed: 43 mph
- Range: 38 miles
- Weight: 170 lbs
- Peak Power: 11Kw
- Peak torque: 24Nm
Cake Kalk OR Electric Bike
Using an Interior Permanent Magnet Motor, the Kalk Electric Bike by Cake is the electric bike of the future and is manufactured in Europe. Its Direct drive mechanism is optimized for efficiency and a longer lifetime. This also allows the bike to get high torque at low rpm, which makes it an excellent mountain climber. It has a futuristic design yet still maintains exceptional dirt-bike performance.
The Kalk OR is lightweight and has a pretty long range for an electric dirt bike, it can run for up to three hours on a single charge. It is intended for light to moderate off-road cruising.
It features a powerful Lithium-ion 50Ah battery that’s capable of pumping out 2.6 kWh for instant torque and long range. This battery powers a 11kW motor that utilizes three different riding modes for reaching top speeds of 50 miles per hour. This means you can finally enjoy off-roading for several hours while keeping up with the fuel dirt bikes. This bike looks super awesome, it is packed with awesome technology and has one of the longer ranges for electric dirt bikes.
Kalk OR Specs:
- Max Speed: 50 mph
- Range: Trail/Enduro: up to 3 hours
- Weight: 170 pounds
- Peak Power: 11kW
- Peak torque: 42 Nm peak torque on shaft / 280Nm on wheel (3000 rpm)
Kuberg FreeRider Electric Dirt Bike
Designed and manufactured in Europe, the Freerider has the option of 8 Kw and 12 Kw motor outputs. It is a lightweight and adjustable electric dirt bike for adults and teens. It is more mountain bike or electric bicycle than dirt bike in my opinion but makes it on the list because I feel like it crosses the line into dirt bike territory.
Driving at top speeds for up to 1 hour at a time is not too bad either. The recharging time is around 2.5 hours.
Turn this e-bike into a Smart Bike by connecting with the built in WiFi-ready technology and connected app. The app allows you to customize your bike, monitor stats, update firmware and do other cool things with your phone. This should be standard with all electric bikes….ahem….KTM.
It has a 22 AH 48 volt battery pack powering the all electric powertrain. It has forks with air pumps that are created to withstand big jumps and drive on difficult terrain, while its premium shock absorbers will keep your ride comfortable. Even though it isn’t quite a motorcycle this baby rips and is a blast.
Kuberg FreeRider Specs:
- Max Speed: 34 mph
- Range: 1 hour
- Weight: 79 pounds
- Peak Power: 8 or 12 Kw
- Peak torque: NA
Bultaco Brinco R Electric Dirt Bike
For some it might look like a classic but the Bultaco Brinco R has three riding modes (Eco, Tour, and Sport). Although the manufacturer classifies these as an electric dirt bike I would definitely put them in the category of an e bike. The worst thing that can happen with an electric dirt bike is to run out of charge in the middle of nowhere. Have no fear this one has pedals!
Same as on a regular mountain or road bike you can change the gearing ratio with a click by using Bultaco’s epicyclic gearing system.
power control feature. The Bultaco Brinco R isn’t road legal so you can only drive it on the trail, track or anywhere offroad.
It does have a decent Electric battery. The 1.3 kWh lithium ion battery has a three hour recharge time and will let you enjoy an eco-friendly dirt bike experience of up to 60 miles of range….if you pedal some.
Bultaco Brinco R Specs:
- Max Speed: 37 mph
- Range: Sport Mode: 30 Miles, Tour Mode: 45 Miles, Eco Mode: 60 Miles
- Weight: 86 pounds
- Peak Power: Sport Mode: 2kW, Tour Mode: 1.5kW, Eco Mode: 0.8kW
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Razor Dirt Rocket SX500 McGrath Electric Dirt Bike
Inspired by winning motocross rider Jeremy McGrath, the SX500 McGrath by Razor is a fully functional electric dirt bike for 14 year old riders and up.
It features the McGrath graphics, high torque power and 40 minutes of continuous use on dirt hills. It has a variable speed motor, dual suspension (unlike the Raxor MX350), big knobby tires, dual disc brakes, riser handlebars, retractable kickstand, and a quick charge. This is a unique bike for younger riders. For the price it is a great mini-motorcycle. It is not an electric dirt bike for adults however I can’t say I haven’t ridden around on my kids that I recently bought ;).
Razor Dirt Rocket MX500 Specs:
- Max Speed: 15 mph
- Range: Up to 40 minutes
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- Peak Power: /
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The New Sur-Ron X Bike (Black Edition)
The new Sur-Ron looks like a limited edition and we are not sure how long it will be available for sale. Just as any other electric dirt bike, it is silent and agile. It also has the option for the dirt biker to get some cardio exercise. It has the option of installing a pedal system on it. That is kind of cool.
It features a Sine Wave X-Controller, o-ring chain, sporty handlebars, and a 60v 31.9ah Panasonic battery. It will recharge the battery while you brake. You can make them Road-legal but it isn’t out of the box.
It has high torque with a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour. For convenience it features a custom dashboard, USB charger, and other high-tech dirt bike gadgets from the MX series.
It has an aluminum frame that supports the removable 60 volt 33 ah Panasonic battery. You can recharge its battery to full in about three hours. I sure do like how the black edition looks. I am a sucker for blacked out stuff.
Sur-Ron X Bike (Black Edition) Specs:
- Max Speed: 45 mph, road legal limited to 20mph
- Range: 40 miles
- Weight: 110 pounds
- Peak Power: 5.2kW
- Peak torque: /
As the technology evolves, the battery powered electric dirt bike will beat the traditional dirt bike that uses fuel in many categories, as is mostly the case because you won’t find an oil system, air filter, or internal combustion engine. I am excited about the future of electric bikes and hope they will push dirt biking as a whole forward.
Questions about electric dirt bikes:
What is the fastest electric dirt bike?
(to add in answer) top speed of an electric dirt bike, fastest electric dirt bikes.
What is an electric dirt bike?
An electric dirt bike is a dirt bike that utilizes an all electric powertrain to power the bike. There is no gas, just a battery. Standard or traditional dirt bikes use gas/petrol for power.
Are electric dirt bikes any good for riding?
At first I was doubtful of how it would compare to my full size dirt bike. What I found is that they really aren’t comparable. They are a different experience. The part that surprised me was how fun it was. They are fun to play around on and are super easy for beginners to ride. They perform very well on the track, are fun for single track (range is an issue though), and are all around fun.
What is the price range of an electric dirt bike?
The price varies widely depending what you get. The price range is anywhere between $3,800-$13,000. The more e-bike esq that you get typically the cheaper it is. The closer you get to a full sized dirt bike you are more in the $10+ range.
Are electric dirt bikes street legal?
Most don’t come street legal but some can be made street legal with blinkers, lights and a horn. Read more about how to make a dirt bike street legal.
Are there incentives for purchasing a new electric dirt bike?
Not that I know of. We should start a petition to get incentives for them, if electric cars get rebates why shouldn’t electric dirt bikes?