The Electric Approach to Scrambling
We have spent the past six months working hard on turning the Harley Sporty 1200 into a very capable scrambler with a true enduro bike feel to it. Our task was made much easier thanks to Christian Travert a former enduro racer and our design and build lead on the project. As we are getting closer to production, I could not help but keep an eye on the electric counterpart to our fuel sucking and exhaust spewing machine. Don't get me wrong, I love for an engine to make that delightful exploding sound and I still have a hard to time to even consider an electric bike as my daily driver, but I have a curious mind. You have to give it to the good peeps at Zero Motorcycle (Happy 10th guys!) to trigger and even feed that curiosity. As y'all wait for our epic bike, here is a quick sample of some intriguing electric scrambling we found on the interwebs.
Vintage Electric Scrambler
This thing reminds me of the first motorcycles. Essentially a beach cruiser bike frame and some mountain bike components. As for the electric engine, kudos to Vintage Electric for staying true to their name, it looks damn good. Now should it be called a Scrambler or just an off road electric bicycle ?
Bultaco was honest in calling its off-road electric machine an e-bike. The comeback of Bultaco in the motorcycle industry was anticipated, as Bultaco has deep dirt heritage. I have rarely met a moto guy in his late fifties today that didn't own or ride at some point the enigmatic light blue dirt machine. The Brinco seem a lot more capable than the Vintage Electric. One thing is sure it feels good to see that Bultaco logo back. I sure wish they would also consider giving us a small cc'd off road scrambler. Bultaco if you read this, 250 CC is where it's at wink, wink.
Zero Stealth Fighter
Last but least, the Zero FX Stealthfighter. This is probably the closest thing in the electric world to a scramblenduro bike. The stealth fighter is very nimble but packs a lot of torque.
The limiting factor in all of these machines is range and the capacity to refill quickly. Even though I will keep making noise on the trail for a while, I am positive that the future of motorcycles will grow out of these bikes.