Dirt Bike Hooning Makes a Compelling Case For Electrification

Noise pollution is real, and we experience it every day. In big cities, it just becomes a part of the daily grind, a constant thrum in the background that can almost be comforting. In the sticks, where I live, it’s nearly always quiet, punctuated by brief and striking instances of extreme loud. While I genuinely enjoy the sound of a nice ring-a-ding two stroke dirt ripper, it can be a nuisance. Making them all electric would be a nice change of pace.

In my neck of the woods a group of young and enthusiastic dirt fiends are frequently travelling down our neighborhood roads to get to the large swathes of wide open desert at the end of the street. At least twice per day the silence of our little hamlet is interrupted by the staccato of unmuffled full throttle brap, which continues for an hour or so of desert fun.


I’m all for going out and having fun. I’ve been known to do a bit of it myself. It might be time for a change, though. As the video below illustrates, an electric dirt bike is easily as capable as a large thumper gasoline motor.

If these quiet rippers catch on en masse, perhaps it would be possible to build a nice little dirt bike park in the middle of city centers or residential neighborhoods. A nice centralized and safe place to meet up with other like-minded speed demons would be awesome, and being able to do it without affecting the surrounding daily life just makes it more awesome. The same goes for EV racing at road courses and circle tracks placed closer to civilization.

Watch this video and try not to get hyped about electric dirt bikes. Excellent hoonage. Full send.   

Via: RideApart

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Totally agree, electric dirtbikes are a perfect application. Most people who own them just want to go rip around for a few hours here and there. Range isn’t really a matter of how far you can go, it’s how long you’re out for before heading back home.

The fact that they’re deliciously torquey, don’t fatigue you with noise from a day of riding, should be easier to clean off and have less to break (not to mention the possibility of swappable battery packs and EV overvoltage hotrodding) and you’ve got a winner. Companies could also integrate features like adjustable throttle response curves or power limiters for beginners, integrated antitheft, etc.

Plus, they won’t burn your calf if you lay it down.