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Energica Ego: Test Ride Of New Electric Superbike


Increasing numbers of electric motorcycles are coming into the market--but now Energica has upped the ante with its Ego electric superbike.

This is a high-performance machine with all the right specs to give an adrenaline rush to any avid motorcyclist. 

And now, we've test-ridden it.

Energica Ego electric motorcycle, test ride, Bear Mountain, NY, July 2014

Energica Ego electric motorcycle, test ride, Bear Mountain, NY, July 2014

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Riding along the roads in Harriman State Park near Bear Mountain, we enjoyed a test ride on some of the best roads in the Northeast. The Ego handled them with a deftness and refinement that made the curves a joy to ride and the potholes almost unnoticeable.

Almost.

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This bike gives excellent aural feedback. People think of electric motorcycles as being silent, and current electric bikes on the market are very quiet. However, the Energica has a pronounced sound that really puts the rider in tune with the bike's speed or degree of regenerative braking.  

Fast charging on offer

For the test ride, Energica offered Egos with either European or American chargers.

The American version has a J-1772 plug engineered to allow later use of a CCS (or "SAE Combo") fast charger plug as well.  This should give owners the ability to charge the 11.7-kilowatt-hour battery to 80 percent in far less than an hour at a suitably equipped charging station.

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Today, however, there are very few CCS charging locations--far fewer than those for either the more common CHAdeMO used by Nissan Leafs or the Supercharger standard created by Tesla.

Energica Ego electric motorcycle, test ride, Bear Mountain, NY, July 2014

Energica Ego electric motorcycle, test ride, Bear Mountain, NY, July 2014

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The onboard 3-kilowatt charger will charge more than half the pack capacity in about two hours--ideal for charging between morning and afternoon track sessions. The bike's display informs you of the charging rate and the battery level.  

Range: 60 miles, or more?

Energica claims a range of 60 miles at a steady speed of 60 mph That seems conservative to me; I would expected you could get a few more miles out of it running at a constant speed.  

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The Ego's friction brakes are incredibly strong, so much so that the company warned us to be very gentle with them--so as not to accidentally do a "stoppie"--or a front wheelie, for readers who may not be bikers.

Production models will have anti-lock braking fitted, an important feature for a heavy bike that can attain high speeds quickly. 

Energica Ego electric motorcycle, test ride, Bear Mountain, NY, July 2014 [photo: Mark Jenkinson]

Energica Ego electric motorcycle, test ride, Bear Mountain, NY, July 2014 [photo: Mark Jenkinson]

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The Energica Ego weighs 568 pounds--heavier than gasoline-powered sport bikes of similar performance--but it handles its weight admirably.

Its creators have included a reverse mode that helps riders move this beast of a bike up inclines or gravelly surfaces when necessary.


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