Categories: Alta

2019 Alta Redshift EXR Dual-Sport Video Review

I just spent last weekend riding Ol’ Faithful, my 2008 Honda CRF450R, up in Mammoth, California, on trails very similar to those I rode in Nevada City on the Alta Redshift EXR. Riding up in the Sierra Nevadas is an absolute must for any off-road or dual-sport rider, but it got me thinking… We were riding at a base altitude of about 7,880 feet before climbing up even higher into some of the area’s mountains and lookouts. As a result, Ol’ Faithful was starving for air and running out of steam on her top end.

2019 Alta Redshift EXR Dual-Sport First Ride Review

I knew this would be the case with my carburetor’s sea level jetting, but I’ve ridden up there without rejetting before, and the altitude’s effects weren’t so bad that the bike was unrideable, but there was definitely a noticeable loss in engine performance. If I lived there, or spent considerably more time, I’d certainly have the carb properly tuned, but for a weekend trip, I’d manage just fine. Some riders in our group weren’t so fortunate, as their bikes either ran like they inhaled a chipmunk, or just simply said, “nope.” I’d hate to drag my motorcycle all the way up to one of the most beautiful riding landscapes only to have it sit at camp all weekend long, while everyone else was out having the time of their lives.

I couldn’t help but think how the Alta EXR would have been completely unfazed by it – 50 horsepower and 42 lb-ft of torque at sea level is 50 horsepower and 42 lb-ft at 7,880+ feet, or any elevation for that matter. It’s certainly one of the EXR’s benefits. But not everyone lives at altitude – I get that – so maybe the Alta’s lack of need for tuning isn’t enough to sell you on it. But what about its lack of maintenance, other than keeping air in the tires, chain lubed, and battery charged? Or its instant power delivery at any speed? Are we getting any warmer? There’s really something sweet about being able to twist the throttle without ever worrying about bogging or stalling. Riding an Alta is unlike riding anything else – it’s stupid fun – and anyone who’s ridden one would most definitely agree – I’d bet my grandma on it.

2018 Alta Motors Redshift MX and MXR First Ride Review

Alta Motors HQ Tour Top 10

Still, it’s hard to justify spending $12,495 on a motorcycle that needs to find a power source after just 60 miles, or less. On the bright side, Alta claims the 2019 Redshift EXR with its new software takes only 1.5 hours to charge from fully dead on 240v, and 3 hours on 120v, which is twice as fast as the 2018 model. Additionally, whenever a new generation Alta comes out with improved mapping or system updates, a dealer can download those same settings and upload it to your bike to keep its current current.

Alta’s technology and their Redshifts are only getting better, at an almost exponential rate, and to top it off, their prices keep falling. In a couple years, these things are going to be the real deal, and range will no longer be a concern. But for now, unless you’re a top-level rider, you’ll probably run out of steam before the Alta does.

Alta Was First Electric to Qualify for Erzberg Rodeo Last June

Being able to legally ride the EXR on the street is another huge benefit. Whether connecting trails, commuting, running errands or riding right out of your driveway and up into the mountains/woods/desert or whatever, there’s no need to load and unload a pickup truck or trailer. If you haven’t had the opportunity to ride an Alta yet, we urge you to humor yourself and give it a shot. It’ll blow your mind.

Brent Jaswinski

Published by
Brent Jaswinski
Tags: altabrent jaswinskidual sportelectricexrredshiftVideos

Recent Posts

8 Reasons You Need To Go To A Riding School

It’s like self-help, only in motorcycle form

6 hours ago

UPDATE: Leaked Photo & Patent Filings Reveal Details of 2019 Indian FTR1200 Production Model

Indian has filed a patent application for a modular motorcycle design that may reveal the production version of the FTR1200…

12 hours ago

Leaked Video Reveals 2019 BMW R1250GS “Shift Cam” VVT System

Variable Valve Timing for the New 1250 Boxer

14 hours ago

Why Should You Change Your Motorcycle’s Gearing?

Chain and sprockets, demystified

1 day ago

BMW Develops Autonomous R1200GS

BMW has developed an autonomous motorcycle that can operate without a rider. BMW showed off a prototype based on an…

2 days ago

2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon First Look

Ahead of our press introduction of the 2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon, we’ve received details of some of the nuances surrounding…

2 days ago