ELEC­TRIC BIKE

Liv­ing with a £28k En­er­gica Eva

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Join­ing the MCN long-term fleet for 2017 is this, the En­er­gica Eva Ð an Ital­ian­built, 100% elec­tric, per­for­mance naked. Over re­cent years our test team have tried var­i­ous elec­tric bikes, from the Brammo Em­pluse, the BMW C Evo­lu­tion, and also the En­er­gi­caõs slightly more pow­er­ful su­per­bike brother the Ego (MCN Oc­to­ber 9, 2013), but weõve never spent any pro­longed pe­ri­ods of time liv­ing with one.

So this sum­mer weõll be rack­ing up the miles and try­ing to ride it in much the same way as we would a con­ven­tional petrol-pow­ered mo­tor­cy­cle. So that in­cludes com­mut­ing miles, long trips, sunny Sun­day blasts and tak­ing it to a few events. Weõll also be putting En­er­gi­caõs claims about the Evaõs per­for­mance and range to the test, as well as find­ing out about the UKÕS EV in­fra­struc­ture and how to use it.

What is an Eva?

Made in Mo­dena by Ital­ian firm En­er­gica Motor Com­pany, them­selves a sub­sidiary of pi­o­neer­ing mo­tor­sports group CRP, the Eva is a state-of-theart lux­ury mo­tor­cy­cle Ð a fact thatõs re­flected in its de­li­cious specé and also in its ex­tremely salty £28,000 price. The Eva shares its trel­lis frame, Mar­zoc­chi fork, Bi­tubo shock, ABSas­sisted Brembo calipers, forged OZ Rac­ing wheels and cut­ting-edge ride-by-wire and speed con­trol sys­tems with En­er­gi­caõs range-top­ping su­per­bike the Ego, but fea­tures a slightly de­tuned ver­sion of the motor.

Whereas the Ego kicks out a claimed 136bhp and is ca­pa­ble of a top speed of 150mph, En­er­gica say the naked Eva gen­er­ates 95bhp and is ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 124mph in the most po­tent of its four rid­ing modes: Sport (thereõs also Rain, Ur­ban and Eco). In its most con­ser­va­tive mode, Eco, which lim­its the mo­torõs RPM and out­right speed to just 52mph and also ap­plies the max­i­mum amount of re­gen­er­a­tive en­gine brak­ing when coast­ing, En­er­gica say the Eva is ca­pa­ble of 124 miles on a full charge.

The first short ride

Wheel­ing the Eva out of the garage its weight is im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent, so much so that weõre obliged to shove it straight on the scales. It comes as no sur­prise that the hefty beast is a far-from-light­weight 296kg, which is why itõs re­ally handy that it comes with a re­verse func­tion, which gen­tly glides the bike back at 1.74mph.

Switch­ing it on is a si­lent af­fair, the full colour dash bursts into life but thereõs no prim­ing of fuel pumps or whirring. In or­der to make the Eva move, the stand must be up and the brake lever held in be­fore press­ing and hold­ing the starter but­ton un­til a green GO icon il­lu­mi­nates on the screen. From then on in itõs just twist-and-go.

Re­sponse from the ride-by-wire throt­tle is ex­cel­lent, al­low­ing plenty of fine and low-speed con­trol even with­out the help of a clutch. Itõs easy to think that with all that torque avail­able so low in the rev range that the Eva will just shoot off on the mer­est whiff of juice, but the speed con­trol soft­ware is so good that it makes swift ac­cel­er­a­tion to­tally ef­fort­less. In terms of per­for­mance, it feels sim­i­lar to a punchy mid­dleweight like a Yamaha MT-07 Ð def­i­nitely enough shove to have fun with.

An­other sur­prise is how much of that low-slung 295kg dis­ap­pears once on the move. The Eva seems frisky, sta­ble and rea­son­ably com­posed, and with a bit of sus­pen­sion tweak­ery will be even bet­ter.

Thereõs so much more of the Eva to ex­plore, which is ex­actly what weõll be do­ing with it over the next few months within the pages of MCN and also on www.mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com Ð so stay plugged in to find out more.

That cun­ning lit­tle pan­nier holds the charg­ing ca­ble, you’ll be need­ing that

Now, where’s that ex­ten­sion lead? Emma gets to grips with the En­er­gica

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