Electric bikes hold a world of advantages for the future of the sport—but how will racing work?
Kneel at the altar of Alta, which sacrificed itself to alter the path of motocross from the very top. The Alta RedShift was a made-in-the-USA electric dirt bike designed to go head-to-head with gas-powered bikes. The bikes were there, but before rules could be adopted to allow them to battle gas-powered machines, Alta ran out of money. BRP/Can-Am bought some of Alta’s technology on the scrap heap, but the brand is dead.
The electric-versus-gasoline argument is still going, though. You just have to go and listen at the kids’ table.
“It’s a lot harder to get older riders to change,” says Tom Moen, the KTM Group marketing and communications manager, when asked about KTM using a minicycle as its first full-on foray into electric mobility. “Kids are curious.”
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