While full electric road motorcycles are still relatively new to the Australian market, you’d be surprised at how far the technology has come in recent years.
Electric bikes may not be for everyone, but there are a few notable benefits you should consider.
Benefits of Electric Motorbikes
Eco friendly – probably first and foremost is the greatly reduced environmental impact of an electric bike that produces no exhaust emissions at all.
Low cost – while the upfront cost of an electric bike may be higher than conventional engines, the running cost is so minimal you will save money from day one, even compared to some of the best fuel efficient motorbikes.
Low maintenance – there’s no oil to check, fuel or oil filters, spark plugs, clutch fluid, timing belts or fiddling around with syncing the throttle and idle speed. Even regular servicing and repairs are few and far between.
Not as loud – the screaming engine of a high performance sports bike may be the appeal for some riders, however it can cause problems with the neighbours when you come and go late at night or early in the morning. An electric bike certainly doesn’t have the same problem.
They actually sound futuristic – the high pitch whir of the motor is not as silent as you’d think and different models tend to sound like different crafts from your favourite Sci-Fi epics.
Easy storage – electric bikes lack an exhaust system so you can actually ride them inside to charge, for parking or if you just love your new bike so much you want to keep it in your bedroom at night.
So far, other than the initial higher price, the only real drawback of electric motorbikes is the charge range. Yet that range is growing with every new model that comes out and they’re getting faster too.
We thought we’d look at some of the best electric motorcycles on the market in Australia at present and what you can expect from them.
Best Electric Motorbikes in Australia
Brammo Empulse R
It has a top speed of 177kph, 6 speed transmission and a city driving range of about 200km or 90km on the highway. It’s also one of the fastest on the market to charge, taking only 2 hours to go from 20% to 80%.
Price Estimate: $14,000
While it’s one of the heavier electric bikes it will still do a 0-100kph sprint in about 3 seconds. It has a top speed of 240kph yet is still easy to ride slowly, and will travel around 145km on a full charge at 80kph, further on slower speeds.
Price Estimate: $35,000
It boasts a top speed of 185kph and at a conservative battery estimate ranges at 265km in city riding and 200km on the highway.
Price Estimate: $32,490
Launching a 0-100kph sprint in about 3 seconds, it has a top speed of 165kph and a battery that allows up to a remarkable 315km in the city or 157km on the highway.
Price Estimate: $26,490
Whether you’re looking to save on fuel, save the environment, you want a smooth ride with next to no maintenance work, or you simply like the appeal of new technology, an electric motorbike may be the move for you.