38. ENERGICA EGO
THE FACTS O 136bhp O 258kg O Seat height 810mm
HIGHLIGHTS Electric superbike Oil-cooled 3-phase motor Fully-adjustable suspension
Are electric bikes the future of motorcycling? Well, there’s no doubt they’re going to play an increasing part – and if they look as good, or go as well as the Ego, then we’re up for a slice of those electrons.
It’s not what you’d call light, at 258kg, but it carries its weight well. The ride quality is plush and controlled, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres ooze grip and it takes little effort to turn and flick through flip-flops. You notice the weight more at low speed and when you’re paddling it around, but Energica have given it a reverse gear to help you out. The oilcooled three-phase AC permanent magnet motor has twice the torque of a superbike from zero revs to 4700rpm and makes around the same power as a GSX-R750 all the way from 4900rpm to 10,500rpm. Dull it is not. Take a look into the future, and eye up the naked version while you’re there.