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Electric motorcycle reviews, comparisons and news from Rider magazine. Read what Rider thinks of the greenest option for two-wheeled enthusiasts.

Zero Motorcycles Adds New Models and Extends Range for 2016

The 2016 Zero Motorcycles model lineup.

Rider Magazine Staff
October 15, 2015

The 2016 Zero Motorcycles model lineup. California-based Zero Motorcycles, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, enjoyed record sales of its electric motorcycles in 2015. At the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, Zero announced its 2016 lineup, which... Read more »

Victory Unveils the All-Electric Empulse TT


Rider Magazine Staff
July 29, 2015

The 2016 Empulse TT is the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. Building on the innovative design and engineering that produced the fastest U.S. electric motorcycle at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, Victory Motorcycles has introduced the 2016 Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition... Read more »

Polaris Acquires Electric Motorcycle Business from Brammo

Brammo Empulse R

Press Release
January 15, 2015

Brammo Empulse R Polaris Industries Inc. today announced it has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric... Read more »

Energica Ego Electric Motorcycle – First Ride Review

Energica Ego 45

Greg Drevenstedt
October 14, 2014

Made in Modena, Italy, the Energica Ego is a 134-horsepower, all-electric, high-end sportbike. photography by Royce Rumsey & courtesy Energica Over the past several years, electric motorcycle manufacturers have popped up all over the place, like mushrooms on my lawn after a spring rain. U.S. companies... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire: First Ride

Harley-Davidson's Project LiveWire

Jon Langston
June 30, 2014

Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire. (Photos courtesy of Harley-Davidson) Harley-Davidson’s 21st century vision that began with Project Rushmore’s liquid-cooled V-twin and then carried over with the recent introduction of the world-friendly Street 750 and 500 has continued with the surprise... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Unveils an Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire

Rider Magazine Staff
June 19, 2014

Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire is an electric bike that the public will get to ride and evaluate, guiding its future development and viability. No, it’s not April Fool’s Day, and as far as we know, hell hasn’t frozen over. That headline is true: Harley-Davidson has unveiled an electric... Read more »

2013 Zero S Road Test

2013 Zero S action

Mark Tuttle
January 3, 2014

Riding on 17-inch wheels with a scant 55.4 inches between the axles, the Zero S is a compact package that weighs just 392 pounds. Hey, now we’re talking! The last time we tested Zero Motorcycle’s pure-street electric motorcycle, the Zero S (Rider, September 2011), we could only squeeze about 30 miles... Read more »

2014 Zero Motorcycles First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
November 6, 2013

2014 Zero Motorcycles: (left to right) Zero DS, Zero S, Zero SR In a very short time, Zero Motorcycles has come a long way. When we first tested a Zero S—the company’s “streetfighter” model, which was sold alongside the DS (dual-sport), XU (“urban crosser”) and X/MX (off-road) models—in... Read more »

Moto-Electra Sets Coast-to-Coast Record

The Moto-Electra team.

Press Release
June 18, 2013

Moto-Electra LLC set a coast-to-coast world record for electric vehicles by crossing the United States in 3.5 days (84.5 hours).  There was no battery swapping, and the vehicle made the entire trip under its own power. This record was established using the same standard motorcycle design used... Read more »

Moto-Electra Racing to Attempt Coast-to-Coast Record for Electric Vehicles

Moto-Electra Electric Motorcycle

Rider Magazine
May 26, 2013

Moto-Electra recently announced that is set to challenge the world record for electric vehicles in a cross-continent ride that is planned to cover 2,500 miles in just three days. The event will begin on the beach of Jacksonville, FL, at dawn on June 3rd, 2013. Communications and media support will be... Read more »

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