Production of the Alta motocross bike and its supermoto version has started and first deliveries have been made.
What stated as BRD Motorcycles a long time ago and later became Alta Motors has finally come to fruition. A lot of people had given up on ever seeing a final product, but they are probably glad to have been proven wrong. The San Francisco based firm is manufacturing its bikes in close-by Brisbane.
For now, all bikes are basically assembled by hand, as shown in the video below. According to Alta, the first produced bikes will mostly become test bikes or go to people who made pre-reservations. Other buyers might need to be patient.
The first testers of the bikes have come back rather impressed, including some well-known motocross racers. The MX (251 lbs.) and the MS (270 lbs.) share a 40hp electric motor with 36 ft-lbs. of torque and a same chassis. The SM is more or less an MX with road tires and different suspension settings. They both have a 5.8 kWh battery, good for a 50-mile range on the SM, or a 2-hour ride on the MX.
They will be sold through a network of dealers, and Alta acknowledges it is still a work in progress. For now, the firm’s web site only shows one dealer, in Burlington, Washington. The MS retails for $13,945, the MX for $14,995.
So for off-roaders, there is now a good range of electric bikes to choose from:
- Electric Motion Sport (EM 5.7), $8,995 Power: 12 kW (16 hp)
- KTM Freeride E-XC, €11,525 ($12,855) Power: 16 kW (22 hp) Europe only
- Zero FX ZF 3.3, $8,495 Power: 20 kW (27 hp)
- Tacita T-Race Enduro, €23,443 ($26,153) Power: 22 kW (30 hp) Europe only
- Tacita T-Race Cross, €22,450 ($25,040) Power: 27 kW (36 hp) Europe only
- Alta Redshift MX, $14,995 Power: 30 kW (40 hp)
- Zero FX ZF 6.5, $10,990 Power: 33 kW (44 hp)
I am sure our European friends can’t wait to get their hands on the Alta duo. KTM and Tacita, when are you coming to the US?