The Age Of The E-Bike Has Arrived

It’s a bit like waiting for a bus isn’t it?  No electric motorcyles for a while then suddenly half a dozen turn up at once!

Hot on the heels of Brammo’s ‘Empulse’, Roehr Motorcycles has unveiled its entry into the world of plug-in motorcycles with its range of eSuperbike machines.  Like Brammo there are three models but these are distinctly different than just varying in range like the Empulse line.  Roehr has the ‘budget’ eSupersport, mid-range eSuperbike, and its flagship eSuperbike RR, and each feature suspension and brake upgrades as well as battery capacity changes.  It’s great to see a mini explosion in the e-bike market after Zero Motorcycles being the only source of battery powered fun for the last year or so.

However the excellence of Roehr offerings come at a price.  The basic eSupersport is $16,995, the eSuperbike $27,595, and the eSuperbike RR weighs in at $34,495.

Some more pics of the eSuperbike are below along with tech specs and company introductions.  Head over to Roehr Motorcycles web site here for more info.

eSupersport Model Specs

The eSupersport is the entry level of electric sportbike performance. Although it is entry level, it is first and foremost a sportbike, as such, it is equipped with quality suspension, brakes and running gear. From the 41mm inverted front forks, single shock rear suspension with progressive linkage, to the dual 300mm front brake discs and light weight 17 inch aluminum wheels with sportbike sized tires, this motorcycle reaches far beyond your typical entry level offerings.Power is provided by a single AC Induction Motor producing 48hp, and 8000 RPM capability. AC motor technology, with it’s higher efficiency, superior reliability and efficient energy regeneration has proven itself superior to it’s DC motor counterpart.

The eSuperSport also uses state-of-the-art Lithium Iron Phosphate large format cylindrical battery cells capable of up to 15C of output. This, combined with 5.8Kwh’s of battery capacity provide unparalleled levels of entry level performance and range.

Drivetrain:

Single AC Induction Motor
48 HP
Single speed direct drive
Ratio 12:60

Batteries:
Large format, cylindrical LiFePo4
Capacity: 5.8 Kw/h
96 Volts/ 60Ah
600 amps (continuous)
900 amps (max)

Battery Management System:
LVC, HVC, Shunt balancing
On- board 15 amp charger

Chassis:
Steel twin spar beam frame with integral
motor and battery mounting substructure.
Rake: 24deg
Trail: 89mm
Wheelbase: 56in.

Suspension:
Front:
41 mm inverted front forks
Rear:
Single shock with linkage

Wheels:
Front:
3.0 x 17 6 spoke aluminum
Rear:
4.0 x 17 6 spoke aluminum

Brakes:
2 x 300mm discs
2 x 2 piston front calipers

Tires:
110/70/17 front
150/60/17 rear

Overall weight:
395 lbs.

eSuperbike Model Specs

The eSuperBike embodies the ROEHR legend of power and performance. Simply put, the eSuperBike raises the bar for electric motorcycle performance to a whole new level.Powered by dual AC induction motors, producing 96hp combined with our high power 7.7Kwh battery pack will thrill you with arm wrenching acceleration, high top speeds and class leading range. The eSuperBike is also equipped with an Ohlins, fully adjustable, rear shock for exceptional response and performance as well as increased stopping power from powerful dual Brembo 4 piston front brakes.

Your dream of owning a fast, high performance electric sportbike has now become a reality.

Drivetrain:

Twin AC Induction Motors
96HP
Single speed direct drive
Ratio 12:54

Batteries:
Large format, cylindrical LiFePo4
Capacity: 7.7 Kw/h
96 Volts/ 80Ah
800 amps (continuous)
1200 amps (max)

Battery Management System:
LVC, HVC, Shunt balancing
On- board 6 amp charger

Chassis:
Steel twin spar beam frame with integral
motor and battery mounting substructure.
Rake: 24deg
Trail: 89mm
Wheelbase: 56in.

Suspension:
Front:
41 mm inverted front forks
Rear:
Ohlins Single shock with linkage

Wheels:
Front:
3.0 x 17 6 spoke aluminum
Rear:
4.5 x 17 6 spoke aluminum

Brakes:
2 x 300mm discs
2 x 4 piston Brembo front calipers

Tires:
120/70/17 front
170/60/17 rear

Overall weight:
500 lbs.

eSuperbike RR Model Specs

The RR is our flagship electric sportbike, designed to race in the current TTXGP and e-Power racing series. Based on our eSuperBike, the RR additionally features, 43mm, Ohlins, fully adjustable inverted front forks, 320mm Brembo brake rotors with 4 piston radial calipers, in addition to light weight aluminum racing wheels with race spec performance tires. The RR is available for track or street use and is the ultimate expression of an electric performance motorcycle.

Drivetrain:

Twin AC Induction Motors
96HP
Single speed direct drive
Ratio 12:54

Batteries:
Large format, cylindrical LiFePo4
Capacity: 7.7 Kw/h
96 Volts/ 80Ah
800 amps (continuous)
1200 amps (max)

Battery Management System:
LVC, HVC, Shunt balancing
On- board 6 amp charger

Chassis:
Steel twin spar beam frame with integral
motor and battery mounting substructure.
Rake: 24deg
Trail: 89mm
Wheelbase: 56in.

Suspension:
Front:
43 mm Ohlins inverted
Rear:
Ohlins Single shock with linkage

Wheels:
Front:
3.5 x 17 6 spoke lightweight aluminum
Rear:
6.0 x 17 6 spoke lightweight aluminum

Brakes:
2 x 320mm discs
2 x 4 piston radial

Tires:
120/70/17 front
190/55/17 rear

Overall weight:
500 lbs.

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6 Comments

  1. Beautiful bike but tough price tag.
    I currently ride on of the Brammo Enertias and love the bike. The new Empulse is equally nice looking as the bike you posted about and has a price tag I think the general population can appreciate.
    Looking forward to all the new technology! Thanks for the info!

    • The price is going to be a problem for Roehr for sure, and will give Brammo a head start in sales of the Empulse which looks like an awesome bike. Hopefully they sell well enough to keep innovation moving and encourage other companies to invest in e-bikes. Nice to hear from you, thanks for the comment.

  2. I was curious.. what cc would they be equal too? What is the range on the batteries? What is the charging time? If it was on their info page, I missed it.

    • Roehr have been pretty cagey with full tech details, especially on things that would matter to the everyday road user. From what I can find out the range is model dependent with the best range being 100 miles. Charging time from the batteries on board the eSuperbike would be around the 10hr mark making it longer than most of the other e-bikes out there. Performance-wise you’d be looking at a regular 600cc being comparable to the RR version, but whether it could match normal superbike performance given its 500lbs weight I’d have doubts.

  3. Is it realistic to pay $30k for a bike with untested technology? Obviously, this will be a great move forward, but I’m not sure the average rider is going to get into this. Early adoption is great, but what can we do for the average guy with an off the shelf Honda now?

    • Your right Steve, as good as these bikes are getting their cost is still way too high to justify. Prices are coming down to high end regular bike costs, but the performance of the e-bike at that price can’t compare to the standard gas burning machine. Cars are facing the same huge price issue with this technology and it’s mostly down to battery tech and cost to manufacture. It’ll be a few years yet before us average bikers can afford the bleeding edge e-bikes out there. Many thanks for the comment!


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