Alta Motors is a relatively new electric motorcycle manufacturer based in California. Their current product line includes two motorcycles – an on-road supermoto and an off-road motocross bike called the Redshift SM and the Redshift MX respectively.
THE ELECTRIC MOTOR, BATTERY TECHNOLOGY, AND RANGE
Electric motors are better than internal combustion engines in almost every measurable metric, they’re smaller, lighter, more reliable, and they produce 100% of their torque right through the rev band. They’re also incredibly quiet, making them well-suited to use in the great outdoors – if you want to avoid giving the local animal population a heart attack.
The motor used by Alta is a water-cooled unit with a 14,000 rpm red line, it weighs in at 15 lbs, and it produces 40 hp with 36 lbf.lb of torque. The latter of which is increased to 122 lbf.lb after being fed through a 3.5:1 gear reduction.
Alta Motors designed the Redshift bikes to compete against internal combustion motorcycles in the 250cc class, however it can out accelerate a KTM 690 Enduro without breaking a sweat due to its significant torque advantage.
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