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Old 02-10-2018, 10:40 PM   #1
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So I Rode The 2017 Energica Ego

150lb/ft of torque!!! For a comparison, a Honda S2000 has 162.

Acceleration was brisk, felt it was on the edge, exciting, but not out of control. Maybe my right hand has too much self-control, but it never felt like I was being held back.

The weight seems to be concentrated more on the lower middle part of the bike, instead of front/top-heavy of a sportbike, it made for a lighter steering. The Ego felt zippy, eager to go and you only feel the weight when you slow down to stop, otherwise, it’s relatively light.

I do notice how the bike just dropped into the corner, even without the conventional sportbike weight balanced mentioned above... took me a while to realize this, but I think not having the usual gyro effect from inline-4 engines might’ve contribute something to this. I actually had to be extra careful in the beginning not to lean too much into the corner too fast.

Now being an electric bike, the question is the sound... it does make a sound! It is futuristic, the super-high RPM electric motor; I personally found it pretty cool and exciting. Wish I could ‘wind it up’ a lot more, but I couldn’t do to the rush traffic during my ride.

Thank you Calmoto for letting me ride it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #2
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I was expecting much greater torque numbers out of it.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:28 AM   #3
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:59 AM   #4
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The Panigale 1299 has 110+ lb/ft of torque, maybe a better comparison than a Honda S2000?

The Chevy Bolt E-Car makes 266 lb/ft of torque if you want to use a car for comparison.

The Panigale makes 205 HP btw.

How many miles did you ride and what was the energy reading at the end of the ride?

Did you notice a different feel of the road compared to the vibes any bike usually makes through the bars?

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Old 02-11-2018, 10:09 AM   #5
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In some slight curiosity, I went to the bike's home page and found various Bay Area photos even though the subsidiary is located in the Carolinas. At least they've done their marketing research for where we like to ride.

http://www.energicamotorusa.com/elec...-energica-ego/
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:41 AM   #6
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150lb/ft of torque!!! For a comparison, a Honda S2000 has 162.
I owned one of the very first S2000 cars and nobody ever called that engine a torquey motor. It was all about high revving horsepower. Once the tach passed about 6500 rpms wonderful things happened all the way until the rev limiter kicked in at 9000. I always loved coming up on somebody doing about 55 mph, shoving it on down into second gear, then just blasting off around them.

How does it compare to a Hellcat?
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:45 AM   #7
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Alta Redshift MXR 152 lb/ft of torque....for an E dirt bike.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:01 AM   #8
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Alta Redshift MXR 152 lb/ft of torque....for an E dirt bike.
Yes, but that's an extreme(ly ridiculous) number, and a brand new development. The fact is, 150 ft/lbs of torque in any motorcycle is an awful lot.

Further, in isolation, the torque numbers on these bikes at these levels are near-meaningless, as application of power and torque is heavily managed by software. The Altas are a perfect example of this—the bikes arguably already had more than was useful or useable.

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Old 02-11-2018, 11:33 AM   #9
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Yeah, electric bikes are quick off the line.

Where is the torque spec taken. Motor? At the wheel? Torque is multiplied by the transmission, chain rings and wheel size. Power is a better quantitiative measure and the quality of torque is important.
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In some slight curiosity, I went to the bike's home page and found various Bay Area photos even though the subsidiary is located in the Carolinas. At least they've done their marketing research for where we like to ride.

http://www.energicamotorusa.com/elec...-energica-ego/
Around 2 years ago they did an unveil up in SF and were down at Alice's doing test rides with those who signed up. I believe they had 3 lines there. So I would imagine that's where those pictures came from.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:25 PM   #13
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Around 2 years ago they did an unveil up in SF and were down at Alice's doing test rides with those who signed up. I believe they had 3 lines there. So I would imagine that's where those pictures came from.
They did have two facilities here in the area, their "Galleria" in SF (now closed) and their service center in Redwood City (still around). They're not new to the area, and Cal Moto now sells the bikes as well.

Mean Dad rode one and wrote about in CityBike when they did those quick rides at Alice's, and we did a more complete review (Frozenuts and JalopyShoppe) of their then-two model lineup in our November issue.
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