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Guide to Electric Motorcycles


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With improvements in battery design and electric motors, increasing costs of fossil fuels, and a need for more environmentally friendly vehicles, electric vehicles are more popular now more than ever.

Electric motorcycles are no exception.

The early 2000s to today have seen electric motorcycles take some huge strides from a novelty to something even serious riders would consider.

What is an Electric Motorcycle?

An electric motorcycle is just like a gas-powered motorcycle, but with an electric motor rather than a combustion engine.

This change alone allows an electric bike to drop some of the main components of a gas-powered motorcycle, such as:

  • Carburetors.
  • Gas tank and fuel system.
  • Oil.
  • Spark plugs.
  • Air filters.
  • Transmission and clutch.

Electric motors and electric motorcycles themselves can be made smaller and lighter than a traditional gas motorcycle.

No combustion engine, less moving parts, and no exhaust also make for an extremely quite bike.

They are also fully automatic, and feature a simple twist-and-go operation of the throttle.

With fewer moving parts, no oil, and fewer parts overall, electric motorcycles also cheaper to maintain.

License and Registration Requirements for Electric Motorcycles

For licensing and registration purposes, you can think of an electric motorcycle just as you would a standard, gas motorcycle.

You’ll still need a proper motorcycle endorsement, registration and title, and motorcycle insurance to ride it on public roads.

How Much Does an Electric Motorcycle Cost?

The price range for electric motorcycles is pretty wide.

On the lower end, you can find smaller electric motorcycles around $5,000 to $8,000.

More expensive electric motorcycles can run upwards of $20,000 to $30,000.

What’s the Range of an Electric Motorcycle?

Range limits and charging time are the biggest downsides to most electric motorcycles on the market.

Currently the average mileage range on a full charge varies from about 50 miles up to 250 miles.

Time to reach a full charge ranges from about 45 minutes to 3 hours.

What is the top speed for an electric motorcycle?

Top speed for electric motorcycles ranges from 65 mph to 200+ mph.

Top Electric Motorcycles

In the electric motorcycle market there is a mix of purely electric motorcycle manufacturers as well as some of the bigger motorcycle brands getting in on electric motorcycle development.

Some of the best electric motorcycles available from both all-electric brands and major motorcycle manufacturers include:

  • Energica EVA
  • Energica Ego
  • Evoke Urban Classic
  • Harley-Davidson LiveWire
  • Lighting Strike
  • Zero DS
  • Zero FX
  • Zero SR/F
  • Zero SR/S

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