Attention all thrill-seekers, outdoor adventurers and adrenaline-junkies, your off-road terrain biking has just gone Eco-friendly with low-maintenance electric dirt bikes available to purchase online.
Nothing can compare to the freedom of feeling the wind on your face and the sun on your back as you motor down the road on your favourite bike, taking in the surrounding scenery.
Unlike the less efficient gas-powered alternative, these machines are undoubtedly quieter, with fewer emissions and are incredibly easy to maintain, with just as much speed and power!
Available in different sizes for a variety of ages, below we have collated 4 of our top picks that can rival even the best gas-powered machines.
1. Assassin 36V 1100W Dirt Bike
The hottest electric dirt bike you'll find anywhere, packing a huge 1100W power pack capable of propelling riders up to 28km/h.
This stealthy looking bad boy offers a range of 16km, which is more than enough for cruising around the neighbourhood or farm tracks.
Unfortunately electric dirt bikes only come with automatic gearboxes but the Assassin offers 3 speed auto, which helps add some bottom and top end torque.
The bike is rated for 65kg so it is mainly aimed at kids and teenagers, however adults should be able to use, but will have to compromise speed.
An all round great looking bike, a shy over $1,000. If the thought of a petrol powered dirt bike is too much, this is the next best thing.
2. Assassin 24V 500W Dirt Bike
The cheaper version of the 36V model is this 24V 500W dirt bike that offers the same great features in a smaller package.
Offering a 3 speed auto transmission, you'll be propelled up to 25km/h offering plenty of bottom end torque.
Additionally there's a similar range of 15km. However, the main draw card is that it's $500 cheaper and that's evident with the 75 bikes sold recently.
The downside is this is a kids bike with a weight load of only 45kg. Any more and that top speed comes crashing down.
The other features are similar with a key operation, chain drive and 2.50-10 heavy duty alloy rim wheels. Plus there's a seat height of 58cm compared with 62cm on the #1 model.
3. SURRON Light Bee X
What do you get when you take a downhill bike and a motorcycle, well it's of course the SURRON Light Bee X which is one of the most exciting electric bikes the market has seen.
Offering a top speed of around 70km/h it will take you over 100km at an average of 20km/h although most users report 50-80km/h from endless thrashing.
Available in a range of colours, the black looks dope in my opinion. It's a heavy piece of gear, weighing 65kg, but comes with a huge 6000W engine capable of low end torque (200Nm).
Charging takes 3 hours and is powered by a single USB socket (incredible), but you'll get a full aluminium alloy frame, double-tube telescopic shock absorbers and Belt chain drive.
The biggest problem with this electric dirt bike is finding a stockist, it's regularly sold out as it's imported from overseas, so eBay is your best bet.
4. KTM Freeride E-XC
It was only going to be a matter of time before off road motorcycle brand KTM got involved in the electric dirt bike market and here's their E-XC freeride model.
Offering a 4 speed automatic gearbox, it's the closest thing to the real thing, without the sound. This model has a larger battery than the original e-ride offering 50% more battery power.
There's no gears, no clutch and no kickstart. It's confidence inspiring, lightweight and easy to ride.
Unlike the smaller models above, this bike will happily cruise at 50mph (80km/h) with a top speed of 60mph which is around 96km/h.
This motorcross bike is capable of jumps and serious off-roading, but you'll constantly be reaching for the clutch and it feels a bit strange to start with.
Three preset riding modes including 1,2 nd 3 offer various power and speeds. 3 is the full-fat MX style brutal power adults will be craving.
The battery life isn't great though, with one hour of riding from an 80 minute charge. You can get additional batteries which can be changed in under 30 seconds.
Aside from the silence, it's a fairy decent road legal electric dirt bike, that comes at a high price.
How To Choose Best Electric Dirt Bike?
When it comes to choosing the best one for your needs, you should look at the various features.
Electric dirt bikes are defined by their motor power and do not have ratings such as CC or HP.
Unlike traditional dirt bikes, there is no fuel required, instead powered by batteries. Run time is much lower and charging can take some time.
Electric dirt bikes don't have a starter system, instead are powered by an on/off switch.
Brakes and Suspension
The industry standard for such bikes is now disc brakes that are usually found on the front and rear, much like a normal motorcycle. Of course cheaper bikes will likely have been made with cheaper materials.
As all bikes are designed for off-road use, be sure to test brakes before going full throttle to see how responsive they are.
Suspension is usually a single shock rear shock and a front shock. You may find some models come with a double shock.
Most electric dirt bikes come with a max load rating and this is usually between 45-75kg. However the optimal rating is usually much less, around 50kg.
To get those top speeds you'll need to be under the optimal weight rating which is why kids will always get faster speeds than adults.
Following on, subject to your load, you can usually get speeds from 20-30km/h. Some models offer speeds of up to 40km/h which can feel twice as fast given your close proximity to the ground and the tiny frame beneath your crotch.
But this is much lower than a petrol powered dirt bike.
Can you fold your knees while sitting on a 50-65cm high seat. That's what the average seat height is on a pit bike in Australia. If you can't you might need to look for a model that offers a higher seat, such as the big wheeled pit bikes.
Not all electric dirt bikes have enough power to handle rapid inclines especially the smaller models. The average supported gradient is around 15-20 degrees so check to see what rating your pocket bike has especially if you've got a hill on your driveway.
Can your son or daughter lift the bike if they fall off? The average weight is around 25-40kg for most models but some larger models may be up to 50kg which is too heavy for a child to push back up by themselves. If they will be riding alone, a lighter bike is much safer, especially if it falls on top of them.
Can you attach training wheels to the model you're buying? If it's for a new rider these can make learning much more safer.
Is there an automatic kill switch or a remote control that a guardian can control? Is there a speed limiter? These are all possible on more expensive models but less common on the cheapest bikes.
How to fix electric dirt bikes?
Due to the low price, you can find spare parts that offer a universal fit on eBay. Most models offer similar sizes of common parts that are likely to fail through normal wear and tear. You can check sites such as eBay or Gumtree for these parts.
In the first instance go back to your retailer and ask for the parts, if they have them. If they don't they may be able to order them in for you, or recommend an alternative.
Given the cheaper nature of these bikes, some customers simply replace the whole bike when issues arise as it can be cheaper than sourcing spare parts and manual labour.
Electric dirt bikes are a great way to get kids into dirt biking and learning how to use them safely on private property. They are also great gift ideas for teenagers and adults a like.
They are ultra affordable and offer hours of fun, capable of reasonably high speeds and can even be used in competition racing. But, it's never going to sound like a real dirt bike.