CIR­CUIT BREAKER

Motorcycle News (UK) - - GARAGE - emma.franklin@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

Be­fore we get stuck into a sum­mer of com­mut­ing and tour­ing on our elec­tric street­fighter, we de­cided it would be a good idea to test the out­right per­for­mance of the Energica Eva against what its Ital­ian man­u­fac­tur­ers claim.

The 11kw pro­duced by the Eva’s Per­ma­nent Mag­net oil-cooled AC motor equates to around 95bhp, which puts it into a sim­i­lar horse­power cat­e­gory as a naked mid­dleweight like a Honda CB650F. How­ever, with 125ftlb of torque the Eva has the en­gine pick-up of bikes like Ducati’s Pani­gale and Tri­umph’s Rocket III. So, what do these fig­ures mean for its straight­line per­for­mance? We took it to our Brunt­ingth­orpe test track to find out.

The Eva has four rid­ing modes – Sport, Eco, Ur­ban and Rain – and the most power and per­for­mance is re­leased in the Sport, at the cost of bat­tery range. Although, in our ex­cite­ment to get go­ing, we for­got to change the Eva’s mode from Eco, so were a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed when we found we were lim­ited to a top speed of just 52mph.

Re­al­is­ing the er­ror of our ways, we used the left-hand trig­ger switch on the han­dle­bars to scroll through the op­tions and se­lected Sport, to un­leash the Eva’s full po­ten­tial. Then MCN speed tester Bruce Dunn lined up the elec­tric ma­chine at the start of Brunt­ingth­orpe’s two-mile run­way and let it rip. The Eva whirred away down into the dis­tance, sound­ing very much like a weird fu­tur­is­tic fighter jet.

Down­load­ing the data we found that the Eva reached a Gps-ver­i­fied speed of 120mph – so that’s 11mph shy of the Honda CB650F’S top speed, which will be down to the fact that the Eva’s giv­ing away an ex­tra 88kg over the Honda. The two bikes’ quar­ter-mile times are sim­i­lar too, with the Eva post­ing a re­spectable 12.99-sec­ond stand­ing quar­ter mile, just 0.7s slower than the CB650F.

In terms of brak­ing, the heavy­weight Eva does a de­cent job con­sid­er­ing its mass. The Abs-as­sisted Brem­bos haul the bike up from 70mph to zero in 3.6 sec­onds in a dis­tance of 54 me­tres – as­ton­ish­ingly that’s bet­ter than the brand new 92kg lighter Suzuki GSX-R1000R.

The elec­tric Eva’s straight line per­for­mance claims are put to the test at Brunt­ingth­orpe ‘The Eva whirred down the run­way like a fu­tur­is­tic jet fighter’

‘Keep scrolling, that’s it, Sport!’

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