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Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Our 20 picks for the most thrilling machines we can’t wait to ride in 2020

2020 is a new decade, a new year for all of us to leap and move forward fearlessly. To re-invent and to make room for things which really matters, things that will uplift you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

OR

Throw up your arms, wash off that alcohol stink, and go get yourself a new motorcycle. Works just the same.

Here’s our top twenty production motorcycles coming in 2020 that does all of that, and more.

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2020 Energica Eva Ribelle

2020 Energica Eva Ribelle

New For 2020 With Amazing Range And Recharge Rates

Italian EV bike builder Energica rolls into the 2020 model year with something a little different; the new Eva Ribelle. This newest offering rocks a naked-sportbike look in a bid to expand its footprint while it acts as an ambassador for the electric sector in general – a genre that’s still scrabbling for mainstream acceptance. The Eva Ribelle relies on a new 21.5 kWh powerpack to deliver an impressive range, and it comes complete with a full ride-quality electronics suite and surprisingly fast recharge capacity along with safety equipment that should make it competitive against the current smoker bikes.

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2019 Energica Eva 107

2019 Energica Eva 107

The Same Power And Drive System As The Ego, But With More Thrills

Energica expands into naked-streetfighter territory with its all-electric Eva 107 that strikes a balance between the stripped-down Eva EsseEsse9 and the full-bodied Ego. The Eva 107 has the same power and drive system as the Ego, and as usual for this Italian marque, the Eva 107’s looks would fit right in with a crowd of comparable smoker-bikes. In addition to its performance, it also has an array of ride-quality and regenerative modes that let you dial in to suit the conditions and your personal taste.

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Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

With the emphasis of a sport bike being on performance, there are certain design elements that most motorcycles of this type will share. Rider ergonomics favor function. Apart form the high performing engines, they are built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible. High tech and expensive materials are often used on sport bikes to reduce weight.

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The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover

The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover

The FIM MotoE World Cup is finally underway. Enel becomes the title sponsorer

Last year, Dorna Sports, S.L., the commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world, announced that it would be conducting races that will consist of electrically powered Energica Ego superbikes running the circuits.

In a launch event held yesterday at Officine Farneto in Rome, Dorna announced more details about the electric racing with showcasing of the race-spec Energica EgoGP along with naming the series the “FIM Enel MotoE World Cup” from its inception in 2019.

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2016 Energica Eva

2016 Energica Eva

Electric bikes are really coming along nicely and the market is responding in kind, evidenced by sales of Energica’s Ego outstripping production to the point that it reached “sold out” status just over halfway through the model year.

While the Ego and limited-production Ego45 are pure sex on two wheels, Energica designed the Eva as a more pragmatic, naked streetfighter meant to capitalize on the growing interest in minimalist/bare muscle bikes. This is an important move since it advances the cause and fosters the legitimacy of electric bikes in general by showing a selection of styles that smoker-bike riders will readily recognize.

Continue reading for my review of the Energica Eva.

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Energica Experiences Inventory Shortfall As Demand Outstrips Supply

Energica Experiences Inventory Shortfall As Demand Outstrips Supply

Energica, one of several burgeoning Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturers around the world has a problem; it has managed to sell more units than it made, and in the first half of the year to boot. Granted it’s an enviable problem since it indicates a clear public interest in its products, but it’s a problem nonetheless.

To date, the Italy-based Energica has shortages on units sold in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, England and The Netherlands, and the company is looking to expand into France, Belgium and Austria in the foreseeable future. One can hope the factory learned a lesson here and will bump up production to come closer to meeting demand.

Continue reading for more on the Energica dilemma.

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2016 Energica Ego

2016 Energica Ego

Welcome to our brave new world, where clean (green?) energy is finally emerging from under the corporate boot heels of big coal and oil interests. Technological leaps come quickly, and the various industries can scarcely keep up with the improvements as they scramble to take advantage of it. Recent advances in battery technology are giving rise to truly functional vehicular designs, and the 2016 Ego from Energica is an excellent example of just how viable electric bikes can be, at least as far as raw performance goes. In fact, this battery-powered adrenaline mill could give many dino-juice sportbikes a run for their money – as long as it was a short race, anyway.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Energica Ego.

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2016 Energica Ego45

2016 Energica Ego45

We live in a day and age where technological advancements abound, and it seems that nearly every week sees the release of something bigger-better-faster-smaller than before – by a significant margin. It is through this lens that I view the new, 2016 Ego45 from Energica. While I am unsure if the model name “Ego” means something in Italian, or if it’s a declaration of what the bike is meant to stroke, the end result is the same – this is one heck of a bike, electric or not!

Sure, there are a handful of other manufacturers making electric bikes, but in terms of performance and luxe features the Ego45 stands head and shoulders above the rest (so far). Any ambiguities in the name ends with the number “45,” as this is to be a numbered, limited-production model with only 45 scheduled to be built per special order. This adds an element of exclusivity to an otherwise already remarkable machine, and is sure to be a draw for riders who want that “little something extra.” Let’s take a look at what else you get with the Ego45, other than membership to a rather exclusive only-45-in-the-entire-world club.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Energica Ego45.

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Energica Gets Approval From NHTSA, EPA

Energica Gets Approval From NHTSA, EPA

Energica was on the receiving end of great news when it found out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency both gave the thumbs up for the Ego electric superbike to be legally sold on US territory.

The development is a major break for Energica, which has been working hard to get the bike up to the safety and environmental standards of both the NHTSA and the EPA. But with both organizations giving the Ego their respective approvals, Energica can now proceed to roll out the electric superbike as soon as the company can establish a dealership network to sell them.

It’s unclear what timetable Energica will be working on, but you get the sense that the company is now full steam ahead in getting a dealership network up-and-running after numerous delays in the past few years have stalled the Ego’s sales debut. Reports indicate that the first wave of bikes are expected to arrive in the US in the third quarter of 2015, but until Energica says anything definitive regarding the Ego’s long-awaited arrival in the US, it’s probably best to not expect it arriving anytime soon.

Once it does arrive, the Ego is expected to fetch a price of around $34,000, which is pretty expensive for a motorcycle of any kind. But Energica has been on record saying that the Ego and its naked cousin, the Eva, are high-performance bikes that will be offered to a specific clientele who has no objections about the price tags of these two bikes.

Continue reading to read more about the Energica Ego getting approvals from the NHTSA and EPA.

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Energica Tabs UBS To Help With Its Funding Issues

Energica Tabs UBS To Help With Its Funding Issues

I’ve always been a huge proponent of motorcycle companies thriving in the industry. That extends from the biggest brands like Yamaha and Kawasaki to niche manufacturers like Brammo and Energica. So it’s pretty nice to see a company like Energica finding some heavyweight help as it continues its search for funding.

After some negotiations, Energica has finally enlisted the help of UBS to become its sole financial advisor as it continues to search for funding for the company’s two electric bikes, the Ego and the Eva.

Some people might scoff at the thought of seeing an investment bank with the status of UBS go and help out a start-up brand like Energica, but I’m guessing that UBS saw a lot of potential in what Energica is trying to sell. That or it’s using Energica as a platform for a future business in the field. Either scenario makes some sense, but the important thing here now is that Energica has a reputable banking institution on its side in its quest for funding.

The specific details of the Energica-UBS partnership has yet to be disclosed, but if you’re Energica, this development is a good sign that you have a bank that can help convince investors to put some money in your business.

That’s always been one of the biggest problems of any start-up business and fortunately for Energica, it might get through that phase of financial uncertainty with some cash to spend.

I hope everything works out for Energica. It would be interesting to see the Ego and Eva bikes on the road, not to mention other new products it could develop in the future.

Click "continue reading" to read more about UBS’ involvement with Energica.

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2015 Energica Ego

2015 Energica Ego

The new Energica Ego will be available for orders in 2015, but the company has released a preproduction model which is pretty close to the final version.

The new sports motorcycle represents a step into the future of electric two wheelers and is packed with a comprehensive list of modern technologies.

On paper, the Energica Ego’s specs look pretty cool. At its heart lies a permanent magnet ac (pmac), oil cooled motor that cranks out 100 kW available from 4900 rpm to 10500 rpm and 195 Nm of electric torque available at its peak from 0 to 4700 rpm. The engine can propel you to a top speed of 240 kmph and is powered by a set of 11.7 kWh batteries which offer a range of 150 km at a constant speed of 80 km/h or 50 km at maximum speeds.

For the moment, we don’t have the exact price of the motorcycle, but we can expect it to be somewhere around the $23,000 mark, which is a pretty decent number.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2015 Energica Ego.

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