Electric Dirt Bike Guide – Everything You Need to Know

By Chris Wilson


Electric dirt bikes are a great choice to enjoy the great outdoors. They are not only environmentally friendly, they are accessible to riders young and old, coming in all types. Whether it’s trying to get a young child to get into motocross, or for a veteran who likes to tear up the race tracks. It does help however to have at least basic knowledge on the fundamentals about Dirt E-bikes. This guide will help you understand everything about them. So let’s dive in!

With an increase in demand for efficient and sporty vehicles, electric bikes are coming back in popularity in huge quantities. But there’s constant debate as to whether or not they are for everyone and are better than gas-powered bikes. This article will give you the pros and cons you need to know about electric dirt bikes, giving you a clear idea on what to look for when finding a dirt bike.

Electric Dirt Bike v. Gas Powered Dirt Bike 

Some may think that electric bicycles were a new-age invention in recent years, though that is not really the case. Electric bikes have actually been around as far back as the first gas-powered bicycles yet many chose the former rather than the latter without knowing the benefits of an electric bike. A word of warning, both electric and gas-powered bikes have their own advantage and disadvantage. Depending on what you’re looking for, you should take into consideration about which type is best.

Gas-powered dirt bikes are much heavier than electric bikes, which makes transportation and maneuvering in specific terrain difficult. Despite this, they have great power behind them and acceleration is both fast and strong for off-roading. 

How many types of electric dirt bikes are there? 

 

Just like any other vehicle, every rider is different and their preferences in a motor bike is different. Electric dirt bikes are no different as they come in different tires, sizes, and batteries. 

Many of these bikes have been tailored for motocross, with excellent off-road suspension. Others are made for supercross, for short races held at indoor tracks. Then you have off-road dirt bikes, mostly made for recreational uses. 

These bikes also come in sizes meant for small children, and all have their own unique style and build. If you want to get a loved one into motocross or on off-road riding, you might be able to find some enjoyment with e-bikes. 

How long do electric dirt bikes last? 

 

The main perk of owning an e-dirt bike is that they require minimal maintenance. No need for replacing oil every so often nor having to swap out exhaust pipes. That said, there is still some things to take note of if you’re planning to own one 

Between charging batteries and regularly scheduled maintenance on coolant and bike chains, an electric dirt bike would last over 5 years if used constantly. The large price tag comes with the knowing that they’re built to last. 

What are the rules of electric dirt bikes? 

 

Assuming the owner is experienced and has owned vehicles similar to dirt bikes would know what they can and cannot do with them. Every state in the U.S. and every country has different laws and regulations, and it’s important to know them. 

Aside from the common sense of wearing a helmet and protective gear, e-bikes are usually made for fun on private trails and areas where dirt bikes and ATVs are allowed to race and drive on. So, you’ll need a daily permit to use them. 

Of course, you should already be familiar with how to operate a motorbike or e-bike to own one. So be sure to practice safe riding, and probably the biggest one, don’t try this at home. 

Can you ride an electric dirt bike anywhere? 

 

This seems to be the $6 million question that gets asked often. Many operators of motocross bikes and off-road bikes are constantly trying to see where they can take their machines at.  

Many national parks have allowed e-bikes to be used for recreational use so long as they meet requirements for off-road vehicles. As for street use, surprisingly, you can so long as it’s insured and meets state requirements. 

Basically, you can take your e-bike wherever you want. But it’s important to understand the laws of riding one where you live.  

Are electric dirt bikes safe? 

 

Just like any motor bike or electric bike, it’s only as safe as you make it. This principle also applies to e-bikes.  

Despite what people tell you, electric dirt bikes are very safe with a lack of noise, engine parts, and heat exhaust. Though it helps if you’re a veteran rider and know the basics when it comes to riding off-road. 

As there are e-bikes that are made for young kids, you will need to teach them how to properly drive them. While some e-bikes are made to go at speeds from 20 to 50 mph, you should never drive at high speeds without the right experience. 

 

How efficient is an electric dirt bike? 

 

All electric dirt bikes come with rechargeable batteries and motorcycle quality tires. Being electrically powered means not having to carry a jerry can of gas everywhere when you need to fill up. 

Depending the battery type and the weight of the rider, e-bikes can last between 3 to 5 hours on a full battery charge. With the type of e-bike you plan to use it for, they would have ranges of 30 to over 100 miles. 

 

How fast do electric dirt bikes go? 

E-bikes, such as the KTM Freeride E-XC can reach speeds up to 20 mph. While the sportier Alta Redshift MX can reach a top speed up to 50 mph. 

What makes E-bikes a good alternative to gas powered motor bikes, while they lack in power, they make up for with start up speed and ease of use. Traditional gas powered bikes will have you maintaining constant oil changes and will have to go through some routine check ups. But with an E-bike, while the price tag might be high on some models, the cost benefits is that they’re easy to maintain, by just so much as checking the battery. Making them easy riders.

 

How much does an electric dirt bike weigh? 

 

Most e-bikes would weigh around 150 to 250 pounds, depending on the build and battery size. Some come shipped in boxes for easy shipping, and they’re about as easy to transport off the back of a pick-up truck like any other motor bike. 

 

How much do electric dirt bikes cost? 

 

This one really depends on the model and type of dirt bike you’re wanting to have. On average, an electric dirt bike for an adult can run anywhere between $300 to $15,000.  

There is always a mention that they’re more expensive to purchase. Yet the price comes with the build quality, the battery type, and the fact you won’t need to fill it up with gas. 

 

How to choose an electric dirt bike? 

 

Trying to buy an electric dirt bike can be pretty hard to do. Every bike is different and every rider is different. The choices in brand, parts, speed, and terrain use can be a bit of a chore.

Luckily, we’re here to help you out in finding what is the best choice for your riding needs.

You want to think about the range of the bike, and how long you plan to ride for. Speed can also be another factor to consider. The average electric dirt bike can go anywhere between 15 to 25 mph (24 to 40 km/hr.) Then you need to think of the size of the tires, assuming you're buying an adult sized bike. One of the most common sizes for dirt bikes is 24 inches ( 60 centimeters).

The next important consideration would be the battery life, as this can make or break anyone’s time on an E-bike. Batteries on an E-bike can take 3 or 5 hours to charge, with a ride time between 60 minutes to 4 hours, which can increase the time and range spent on one. Speaking of which, range is also a factor in choice, depending on how long and how far you wish to ride at. If it’s only for casual trail rides and are short in range, then you wouldn’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you're more into motocross or long distance riding, you might need a battery that can last you a good while.

About the author 

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com