2. Alta Motors Redshift
The Alta Motors Redshift has definitely turned a lot of heads and shown us the potential for a fully electric motocross machine in much the same way that the Yamaha YZ400F showed us that four-stroke-powered motocrossers had a future—and look what happened in the wake of the Yamaha’s release! Alta says that its Redshift line of electric dirt bike models is the electric equivalent of a modern 250, and looking at the numbers makes it hard to argue, the Redshift’s 350-volt electric motor is capable of spinning up to 14,000 rpm and producing 40 horsepower and a whopping 120 lb.-ft. of torque through its single-speed transmission from 0 rpm. Four adjustable power settings allow the rider to tailor the motor output to rider preference and/or the terrain.
Weighing in at 267 lbs., the Redshift, which is available in MX, Enduro and Supermoto versions, the Redshift boasts a space-age look aluminum chassis and swingarm, a unique thermoplastic subframe and serious, moto-worthy suspension. With its dense 5.8 kWh battery pack, the Redshift is capable of riding times ranging from 20 minutes at Pro-level motocross speeds to over 4 hours at casual cow-trailing speeds. With an MSRP starting at $14,995, it isn’t cheap, but it is definitely cool and on the cutting edge of electric dirt bike technology.