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Top 15 Electric Motorcycles In 2022

Top 15 Electric Motorcycles In 2022

With gas prices at an all-time high, this is probably the best time to go electric

Love them or hate them, electric motorcycles are fast becoming a reality. From daily commuters to enduro and race bikes, we’ve seen all kinds of electric bikes hit the road over the past couple of years, and it’s about time we accept that we’ll have to eventually switch to one soon too.

Lucky for us, there’s a vast array of electric bikes catering to riders of all shapes, sizes, and kinds. But, before we tell you our top 15 picks in the e-motorcycle space, here are some reasons why switching to an electric motorcycle isn’t such a bad idea.

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KTM 450 SMR Gets Sharper, Swifter, & More Modern For 2023

KTM 450 SMR Gets Sharper, Swifter, & More Modern For 2023

Quite possibly the best supermoto bike you can buy

In recent times, KTM has kept people like us pretty busy, thanks to multiple model updates throughout its arsenal, and it has no plan to stop anytime soon. The latest motorcycle to receive an update is the company’s supermoto specialist, the 450 SMR, which gets several fine but fundamental tweaks to help it shed crucial tenths off lap times.

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2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM - Performance, Price, and Photos

2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM - Performance, Price, and Photos

This is the most fun you can have for under $7k

Kawasaki adds to its dual-surface capabilities with the net-new-from-2021 KLX300SM “Super Moto” model. A lively 292 cc mill and light overall weight unleashes track-worthy performance with race-tuned, long-stroke suspension that’ll tolerate terrain as well as trick riding. Aggressive Super Moto looks and oodles of hooligan capability seal the deal to make this new model a capable competitor right off the showroom floor.

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This Ducati DesertX-inspired Supermoto Looks More Competent Than A Hypermotard 950

This Ducati DesertX-inspired Supermoto Looks More Competent Than A Hypermotard 950

Dubbed the 937 XSM, this digital render by Nick Murray deserves to exist in the real world

Just a couple of months back, Ducati took the wraps off its newest “middleweight” ADV, the DesertX, and the bike grew on a lot of people, thanks to its Dakar-inspired styling.

So much so, in fact, that digital artist Nick Murray (@muzza.nz on Instagram) even took things one step ahead, reimagining it as a Ducati supermoto bike, which he calls the 937 XSM. Now, we know Ducati already has the Hypermotard 950 in its stable, serving as a supermoto offering, but hey, the sky’s the limit when it comes to imagining things in the digital world.

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This is the Ultimate Hooligan Bike: The Ducati Hypermotard 950RVE

This is the Ultimate Hooligan Bike: The Ducati Hypermotard 950RVE

You’ll Have to be Quick: Only 100 Coming to the U.S.

Ducati’s Hypermotard is the ultimate hooligan street bike and now there is the 950 RVE which sits between the base 950 and range-topping 950 SP. Only 100 will be available and only in the U.S.

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GasGas Road-Legal Models Make Their First Appearance

GasGas Road-Legal Models Make Their First Appearance

Previously off-road-only brand goes head-to-head with its own parents

Up to - and after - its purchase by the Pierer Mobility Group - owner of KTM and Husqvarna - GasGas was solely an off-road brand. Now, further badge-engineering of KTM models brings us the first-ever GasGas road-legal models.

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Video: Watch MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir Drag His Helmet Onboard A Supermoto Bike

Video: Watch MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir Drag His Helmet Onboard A Supermoto Bike

Apparently, helmet dragging is how MotoGP riders have "fun" during their training sessions

There are no two ways about it. MotoGP riders have crazy riding skills and can push the boundaries of what any bike can do, before reaching their own limits.

However, at times, even these serious riders have some fun. In this video, 2020 MotoGP world champion Joan Mir attempts a helmet drag during one of his training sessions.

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Drool Over This Carbon-Clad Custom Ducati Hypermotard 939 Flat Tracker By Rough Crafts

Drool Over This Carbon-Clad Custom Ducati Hypermotard 939 Flat Tracker By Rough Crafts

Given the number of parts made out of carbon fiber the bike, this could very well be dubbed the Hypermotard 939 Superleggera

The Ducati Hypermotard 939 is a purpose-built motorcycle that is quite rad as it is. Owing to this, not many custom shops use it for their projects.

But Taipei-based Rough Crafts are different and to prove this, the company has prepared an epic carbon fiber-laden custom bike based on a Hypermotard 939, which it calls the Igneous Ripper.

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2021 - 2022 KTM 450 SMR

2021 - 2022 KTM 450 SMR

Back by popular demand, the 450 SMR is a contender right off the showroom floor

MY2021 brought with it the return of the KTM 450 SuperMoto to the paddock after a seven-year hiatus, and it looks like just what the doctor ordered if power-drifting, racing, and stunt riding – or any combination thereof – is your thing. It sports the proven 450 engine that comes with a smattering of rider-aid electronics so you can dial in the bike’s personality as you like. Additionally, the frame is adjustable, and the suspension comes off the top shelf to finish off the package.

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Electric Revolution Will Bring More Motorcycle Brands Out of the Woodwork

Electric Revolution Will Bring More Motorcycle Brands Out of the Woodwork

Portuguese Students Looking for Startup Funding

Up to this point, innovation in motorcycling has been the preserve of the major manufacturers. Now, with the future of motorcycling being electric, it is opening up the market to small start-ups with no experience of producing motorcycles but with plenty of good ideas.

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Axiis Liion Supermoto Breaks Cover With An ‘Electrifying' 134 Horses!

Axiis Liion Supermoto Breaks Cover With An ‘Electrifying’ 134 Horses!

A bike that promises to be a riot on the track while preserving the environment as well - someone pinch us already!

Portuguese firm Axiis Engineering, which specializes in aftermarket CNC parts for ICE off-road motorcycles, has gone the EV route and has unveiled its first electric motorcycle, called the Liion.

This is a prototype, though, and is currently still in the latter stages of testing. Nevertheless, judging from what’s claimed, this is possibly the most bonkers electric motorcycle you’ve come across. Why you may ask? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to touch upon.

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GasGas To branch out into road bikes for the first time

GasGas To branch out into road bikes for the first time

KTM-based supermoto and enduro models to be launched

Now under ownership of the Pierer Group, which owns KTM and Husqvarna, GasGas is set to reveal its first ever road bikes, based around the KTM 690 single cylinder engine

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2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

It’s Aprilia’s "Fun Bike"

Aprilia’s Dorsoduro line added to its stable for MY2017 with the all-new Dorsoduro 900. This supermoto-inspired ride serves as the successor to the popular Dorsoduro 750. It brings over 95-horsepower to the table with a ride-by-wire throttle, variable power delivery, traction control and ABS to help riders cope with the extra power. Not only does this show a certain amount of model-maturity, but it promises some security and safety for those who would use it in their day-to-day riding. Officially billed as a sportbike-supermotard hybrid, the factory also refers to it as “the fun bike.”

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2019 - 2021 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP

2019 - 2021 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP

A new look, lighter weight, improved technology, and more horsepower adds up to more fun

Ducati revamped its Hypermotard range ahead of MY2019 with the 950 and 950 SP to replace its outgoing Hypermotard 939 models. The new 950 borrows from the supermotard world for general design and rocks sharper angles for a more aggressive look. The 950 dropped some weight compared to its predecessor and replaced it with ponies for greater performance across the board, and the “SP” comes with top-shelf suspension and wheels, plus an expanded electronics suite and carbon fiber components to sweeten the deal. The hooligan-bike sector isn’t what you’d call the most populated by any means, but I’ve already got some potential competitors in mind for Ducati’s newest jackass bikes.

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2021 Husqvarna 701 SuperMoto

2021 Husqvarna 701 SuperMoto

A boost in performance, new electronics, beefier brakes, and tuned-up bodywork

Husqvarna updated its 701 SuperMoto for MY2021 with performance upgrades alongside a facelift in an all-around revision for its fantastic little hooligan bike. New digital instrumentation joins the reworked bodywork to add functionality to the package while new brake components increase control and safety. Naturally, the electronics and performance that made the previous version a hit makes the jump to this newest model in a move that shows good continuity of design.

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2019 - 2022 KTM 690 SMC R

2019 - 2022 KTM 690 SMC R

KTM’s favorite jackass bike is back and better than ever

[KTM-mot1954] souped up its SuperMoto-tastic 690 SMC R for a 2019 return with more of everything that made its predecessor a success. That’s right, a new powerplant drives KTM’s newest version of its popular jackass bike, and it comes with new control and ride-quality electronics that helps you safely get the most out of the machine. Whether you’re into drifting around turns or trick-riding shenanigans, this hooligan bike has something to offer.

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2019 Zero FXS

2019 Zero FXS

Zero’s Trickster Bike Returns For 2019 With More Power, Storage, And Performance

Zero Motorcycles brushed up its supermoto-tastic FXS model ahead of MY2019 with a new look and improved electronics. That’s right, Zero’s trickster bike reprises its role in the lineup with a youthful exuberance that is impossible to ignore along with more power storage and performance, but don’t look to this machine to be your next commuter, not unless you have a very short commute. That’s OK, ’cause it is good for what it’s good for, so let’s get about the business of dissecting this fun little ride.

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2016 - 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939

2016 - 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939

The Hooligan Bike You Always Wanted

Ducati updated its Hypermotard for the 2016 model year and carried that forward to 2018. Fairly fresh off a revamp in ’13, the new Hypermotard variant brings Ducati’s EURO 4-emissions compliant Testastretta to the range along with its increased, 937 cc displacement and 113-pony output. The factory also padded the range with a MotoGP-liveried, 939 SP that sports top-shelf racing suspension and is generally skewed toward track work, or riders who wish they were doing track work. Both rides benefit from Ducati’s rider-safety technology with onboard traction control, ABS and the like. Good thing too, since this is exactly the kind of bike that will allow you to get in trouble all three ways: quick, fast, and in-a-hurry.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Hypermotard 939 and 939 SP.

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2017 AMA Supermoto National Championship Schedule Announced

2017 AMA Supermoto National Championship Schedule Announced

The American Motorcyclist Association sanctions five venues for the 2017 supermoto season to include a new track at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida that will help expand the footprint of this burgeoning sport. A multi-class sport, National Series events break down into a number of categories to accommodate different ages and machine sizes. The 2017 schedule kicks off in Bakersfield, California on April 8.

Continue reading for more on the AMA 2017 schedule.

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2016 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

2016 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

Supercross still holds the number-one slot in my heart for “motorsports that are actually fun to watch,” but Supermoto is definitely my next favorite and closing fast. The unusual combination of dirtbike, flat track and pavement requires a very broad skillset, and necessarily, very specific bikes as well.

Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 750 is just such a bike, with elements from all three racing styles all mashed together for an entirely purpose-driven design.

Given my affinity for this style of racing, I decided it was time to take a good look at this ride and see what all the factory has done to accommodate the dizzying array of demands placed on the bike by Supermotard tracks.

Continue reading for my review of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 ABS.

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