2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR Dual-Sport Enduro First Look
No noise. No Pollution. No detection. Street legal.
The news just keeps getting better. Alta has announced the latest addition to its growing family of electric-powered dirtbikes. This time it’s the ‘R’ version of the Bay Area-based manufacturer’s fully street legal dual-sport, the 2019 Redshift EXR.
A couple months ago, we got to see how Alta’s motocrossers, the Redshift MX and MXR, stood up and compared to regular gas-powered bikes, and we came away impressed. It’s crazy how easy and intuitive riding the Redshifts is. It takes a couple minutes for your brain and moto-senses to recalibrate and forget there’s no clutch or gears to click through, and there’s a whole new set of sounds to get used to as well (or lack thereof). However, as soon as you get over all of that, everything falls into place and you feel like you’re riding a bike no different from anything else. It’s kind of a trip…
Just like the MX and its upgraded MXR version, the EXR offers more horsepower than the EX (50 vs. 42) and more torque (42 lb-ft vs. 38) thanks to its R5.8 battery pack who’s state-of-the-art cell chemistry is able to deliver full power for longer, while remaining cooler. The R vs. non-R models received additional upgrades to the firmware and software to increase range and power while decreasing charge time. The EXR weighs 273 lbs (2 lbs less than the EX) and can be yours for $12,495. With a couple tweaks here and there, the EXR is essentially the MXR with a headlight, taillight, mirrors, handguards, an 18-inch rear wheel and a license plate, which means this thing can boogie off-road – and it has a claimed top speed of 71-mph, meaning it can handle a trip on the highway. Though, being an electric motorcycle, prolonged highway riding will deplete the battery quicker. Then again, dual-sports weren’t built with highway prowess in mind, anyway.
Nonetheless, we’re excited about the 2019 Alta Redshift EXR as a new electric alternative to dual-sport motorcycling, as environmental concerns and some people’s “get-offa-my-lawn” crabbiness to noise forever continue to intensify…
Read on below for all the details on the new Alta EXR.
Alta Motors Announces the 2019 Redshift EXR
Offering more power and capability than ever before, the Redshift EXR empowers riders with the control and confidence to ride faster, safer and smoother
Brisbane, CA – Alta Motors, the leader in high-performance electric motorcycles, today announced the release of its highly-anticipated Redshift EXR. The 2019 Redshift EXR is the ideal multi-terrain motorcycle for the performance enthusiast, but equally intuitive and easy to ride for beginners. It recently made a clandestine global debut at the notorious Erzberg Rodeo and made history as the first electric bike to ever qualify for the main event. Ty Tremaine positioned his EXR on the front row in 43rd position, ahead of 457 other bikes, proving the EXR’s performance in the most extreme race conditions.
“The Redshift EXR climbs ridiculously well,” said Ty Tremaine. “Even on the most treacherous trails, like the Iron Mountain, it’s really intuitive and easy to control. Hands down, this is the best enduro bike on the market, and a lot of fun to ride.”
Alta created a bike that can be ridden to local trails and unleashed to flow through off-road obstacles and effortlessly conquer even the most daunting hill climbs. Impossible to stall and incredibly sure-footed, the EXR is a purebred, single-track slayer with street legal capabilities. As a zero-emission, street legal dirt bike, the Redshift EXR has full access to all areas that permit off-highway vehicles, regardless of the season. With minimal engine noise, the riding experience heightens the rider’s senses to the terrain around them while promoting responsible land usage.
The 2019 Redshift EXR will be available at over 60 dealerships nationwide midyear. Click here for the full brochure.
Key Features and Benefits
Building off of Alta’s industry-leading A-pack technology, the highest-energy density battery ever put in a motorcycle, the new R-Pack represents the next evolution in battery performance. Alta’s new R-Pack utilizes state-of-the-art cell chemistry that delivers extended full-power range at cooler operating temperatures. The Redshift platform’s firmware and software upgrades result in more range, increased power and faster charge times, making the 2019 EXR one of the most capable multi-terrain motorcycles available.
Alta’s proprietary software is developed to be lean and elegant. The company’s development cycles are extremely fast and have enabled Alta to create the most refined throttle feel in the industry as well as swiftly release new controls and capabilities. Four unique performance maps allow the rider to change the power delivery character, engine braking freewheel, and flywheel effects. The Open loop “rate of change” torque control has a response rate of 5,000Hz, yielding the closest thing to “theoretically perfect” torque control yet achieved in the motorcycle industry. The seamless drive technology lets you focus on the terrain and the obstacles rather than what the engine clutch and transmission need from you. This means more of your attention is on the ride.
Full Specs: 2019 Alta Redshift EXR
Top Speed: 71 MPH
Power: 50hp, 42 ft-lbs (claimed)
Charge Time: 1.5 Hours (240v) / 3 Hours (120v)
Front Tire: Metzeler 6 Days 80/100-21
Rear Tire: Metzeler 6 Days 120/90-18
Forks: WP Xplor 48
Shock: WP Alta Custom Spec
Front Brake: Brembo 260mm rotor, Brembo dual piston caliper
Rear Brake: Brembo 220mm rotor, Brembo single piston caliper
Curb Weight: (wet) 273 pounds
Wheelbase: 58.75 in
Seat Height: 36.5 in
Rake: 26.3 degrees
Trail: 113 mm
Triple Clamp: 18/22 mm adjustable
Handguards: Cycra Stealth
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