CHECKING OUT THE ELECTRIC MOTION TRIALS BIKE: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

The “race” version is more similar to a typical trials bike with the seat cut out for true trials performance.

CHECKING OUT THE ELECTRIC MOTION TRIALS BIKE

Electric Motion has been around for almost 10 years now, and is actually way ahead when it comes to electric dirt bike development. In 2013 their first competition trials bike was introduced and it won the French Championship the following year. Now the company has four different models based on two different platforms. The ePure and ePure Race are trials bikes, while the Escape and Escape-R are hybrid machines designed for recreational trail riding.

EM is also the first electric motorcycle company to equip their R-model machines with a fully functional hydraulic diaphragm clutch. This clutch works with the same concept as what we traditionally find on gas-powered machines and is very useful in trials competition settings, allowing the rider to build up rpm and then modulate power needed for doing certain maneuvers.

 

From what we can tell the bike is relatively as capable as a non-electric trials bike.

 

On the Escape R and ePure Race, the top button activates the fixed regenerative braking system, which applies an engine brake force depending on the speed of the rear wheel. There is also an option for a progressive regenerative brake system on the “R” model, as well, just like what comes on the standard models. The map button at the bottom of the switch allows the rider to switch between six different pre-programmed maps. The LED at the center displays a color that corresponds with the current map selection.

 

Most of the components are typical of modern trials bikes. The EM bikes give you a regenerative braking option that allows you to get away without ever using conventional brakes.

 

The standard Escape and ePure models are equipped with the same motor, chassis, wheels and styling as the“R,” but do not have the upgraded suspension options, TKO idle system, hydraulic clutch or as many mapping options to choose from. The one item on the standard model that is an option on the “R” models is the progressive regenerative brake (PRB) system on the left-hand lever. When PRB is enabled, the left-hand lever works almost like a rear brake. Pulling the lever engages the regenerative engine brake and slows the rear wheel all while charging the battery. The farther the lever is pulled in, the more the rear wheel slows.

 


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