and Pirelli tires are not just of Italian
breed, they are also all top-shelf parts.
In the engine room there is plenty
of power. The oil-cooled electric motor
is rated at 134 bhp and 144 foot-pounds of torque at 0 rpm to 4700
rpm. Even with no transmission, the
Ego is electronically limited to 150
mph, so the bike accelerates from 0
to 150 mph with no clutch or shifting.
Just twist the throttle and go. While it
seems relatively easy to get stunning
performance from an electric motor,
making the power smooth enough to
use and keeping the engine, controller,
battery and microprocessor heat under
control are the sticky issues. The power
management system is combined with
the battery pack, and that area is liquid-
cooled. Like any electric vehicle, the
range depends on the load you put on
the motor. Electric motors deal well
with stop-and-go riding and not so
well with steady high-speed running.
Energica claims a worst-case range of
80 miles and 150 miles under the best
The Ego is scheduled to be a very
limited-production motorcycle. Many
of the parts are investment cast, some
The bike we saw featured
Ohlins suspension front
and rear, but the production model should have
a Marzocchi fork. The
Brembo brakes look perfectly capable of hauling
the bike down from 150
The small under-fairing
radiator is the oil cooler
for the electric motor.
Another radiator is for the
liquid-cooled motor electronics.
There is no question that
the Italians know how to
build lovely machines built
for speed and inspiration.
This is how the trellis
frame and the motor and
electronics package meld
together to become the
chassis of the bike.