MCN Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves, recently took the Energica Eva Esse Esse9 out for its first ride, giving it an overall 4 out of 5 MCN star rating.
Michael said: "Energica are slowly proving electric bikes are a fun, practical alternative to petrol power. The Esse Esse9 is classy, smooth and has a shrieking character all of its own. But electric bikes still have a way to go in terms of price, weight and range. "
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There are three Energicas and they all share the same electric motor, lithium battery pack, tubular steel frame, suspension, geometry and wheels. They differ in styling, riding position, level of spec and power.
Energica Ego, 145bhp, 280kg – £29,599
The bike that started Energica’s electric bike story. It was MCN’s 2017 Electric Bike of the Year and last year became the first production electric bike to finish the TT Zero, in the hands of MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child (in sixth).
Despite its lack of petrol power and 280kg bulk, it’s every inch a ‘proper’ sportsbike. It accelerates and handles like a supersport bike, will crack 125mph and is built like a genuine piece of Italian exotica.
The motor might not rumble, but it’s impeccably smooth and screams like a jet at high rpm, which gives it a character of its own.
Battery range is around 90-miles, depending on how hard you ride it and if you can find a fast-charging station you get it to 85% full in half an hour, three-to-four hours if you plug it in at home.
The naked Eva and Eva Esse Esse9 versions, share the same basic chassis, electric motor (the Esse Esse 9 is less powerful) and battery spec, but have different riding positions and styling.
Energica Eva, 145bhp, 270kg – £29,599
An Ego without a fairing and a sporty super-naked riding position. For 2018 power is up from 109bhp to 145bhp.
And the Eva Esse Esse9, 109bhp, 270kg – £25,454
Based on the standard Eva, the Esse Esse9 has retro styling and also available as a £27,249 Special version with cosmetic tweaks.
You can choose from a whole host of mouthwatering, official bolt-ons when you order your bike, from Öhlins suspension, to anodised bar ends, forged and spoked ali wheels, carbon goodies, luggage and paddock stands. At a cost, of course!
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