Rieju, the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer, is well-known in the enduro and dual-sport worlds. The company has gone the extra mile with its brand-new electric model, aptly named the E-MR. This machine is a powerhouse, outperforming even the larger 450cc four-stroke motorcycles in terms of performance.
Rieju’s new E-MR is by no means intended for the inexperienced rider, boasting a powerful air-cooled and mid-mounted motor that reaches peak output of 81.6 horsepower – quite a step up from electric mountain bikes and dual sports on the market today. This incredible machine can provide an exhilarating if not somewhat intimidating ride with its impressive power capabilities.
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The E-MR has a classic enduro setup, with 47mm inverted front forks providing 270mm of travel and full adjustability. The 121mm linkage monoshock provides plenty of rear wheel travel. The 21-inch front and 18-inch rear alloy wheels come shod with burly enduro tyres. The Nissin enduro-specific disc brakes provide sure stopping power.
Electric models of motorcycles, such as the E-MR, tend to have two primary drawbacks when measured up against gas-fuelled bikes. The biggest one is a higher weight – conventional 450cc dirt bikes weigh around 105kg, while the battery-powered version has more heft due to its 120kg total weight. That being said, this model compensates with increased power and improved balance that comes from having the battery closer to the bottom of the bike.
Rieju claim the E-MR has a range of 62 miles on a single charge which isn’t suitable for all motocross circuits or trails as charging facilities might not be available. This means some extra planning is required, although fortunately, the battery takes only three hours to fully recharge.
The Rieju E-MR could very well be a sign of the times. Not only does it provide enduro and motocross fans with a way to enjoy their beloved sport without worrying about noise complaints or environmental damage, but it might also just be the future of motorsport across Europe. With residential developments becoming increasingly common near racing parks and circuits, the option of electric bikes offers an ideal solution for maintaining these essential facilities.
Rieju says this bike has been in development for 2 years and pre-production units will be available for testing as early as June of 2023, with a production arrival toward the end of 2023 or early 2024 and an expected price to be around £12,000.
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