E-XC could easily hang with 250 two-strokes (provided there’s traction)
from 0 to 20 mph. From 20 mph on
up, the E-XC isn’t nearly as strong.
There are three power settings,
The lowest is just for limping home if
you’re almost out of juice.
The chassis isn’t designed for hard
riding. It’s faintly reminiscent of a trials bike but with a normal seat height.
The pegs are high, and the machine
HIT AND RUN
has great ground clearance. The
E-XC is meant to be ridden standing
up. It feels a little awkward in turns
when you’re seated, but it’s capable
of a blistering trail pace once you
figure out its weird quirks. One of
the weirdest is the fact that the
rear brake is on the left handle-
bar, where the clutch normally is.
It isn’t hard to come up with places
to go and things to do on a motorcycle like this. It’s quiet, aside from the
surprisingly loud chain noise, so you
could probably get in a lot of trouble
riding it in places you shouldn’t be.
It’s also great for beginners. This is
the first electric bike that actually teeters on the brink of practicality. The
price is about like any other KTM dirt
bike at $8299, including the charger.
Right now there are only eight dealers
in the U.S. We’re guessing there will
be more very soon.;❏