Introduced to the public a couple of years ago, the trio of Tacita T-Race electric dirt bikes is not quite ready for sale. But for 420 euros ($585), you can sign up for a two-day test ride through Italy.
Based in Turin and named after the Roman Goddess of silence, Tacita has been in operation since 2009. It is specialized in electric dirt bikes, and gained some notoriety in 2012 for racing the T-Race electric bike in a cross-country rally in the African desert.
It has since developed a range of three T-Race based dirt bikes. They are basically the same bike, with a five-speed gearbox and a liquid-cooled motor and controller. It develops a continuous power of 9 kW (12 hp), with a peak power of 27 kW (36 hp) and 60 Nm of torque. A 1 kW charger comes standard (3 kW on option) for the lithium-polymer battery. There are two modes of riding, eco and sport, and a power reserve reduces performances automatically when the battery falls below 20% of charge.
The main difference between the three models is the battery. The T-RC Cross comes with a 3.3 or 4.0 kWh battery, with prices starting at 19,436 euros ($27,000). The T-RE Enduro offers a 3.3, 4.0 or 5.3 kWh battery, and prices go from 20,132 euros ($28,000) to 22,433 euros ($31,200). Finally, the T-RR Rally has either a 8.0 or a 10.6 kWh battery, and a price of 28,146 euros ($39,000) or 30,379 euros ($42,000).
Compared to the Zero FX or the BRD MX, which offer slightly better performances for a much lower price, the Tacitas sure seem to be very expensive. Are they too expensive, or can they justify being priced like the Ferraris of electric dirt bikes?