Trial Magazine

EPURE ESCAPE

- Words: Trial Magazine with Michael Brown • Pictures: Trial Magazine

In an ever-changing world, electric-powered vehicles’ evolution is a strong topic in the media, especially as the government supports moves to electric vehicles from diesel and petrol engines in the automotive sector as soon as 2030. Produced in France, Electric Motion is still the only motorcycle trials manufactur­er to produce an adult model range. Its vision of the future of the trials and off-road motorcycle market is gathering pace at a very rapid rate. When testing dedicated trials models early in 2020, we were not surprised how the good they were. Our test rider, Michael Brown, was so impressed that he chose to compete on one in the ACU British Trials Championsh­ip! Taking things a little bit further, we enquired about the three Electric Motion Escape ‘Crossover’ models: the LITE, ESCAPE and the ‘R’. The three models are similar in the adult range, with one using more high-end parts than the other, which is reflected in the price. Our test venue allowed us the opportunit­y for Michael to test the Electric Motion Escape on some tracks before returning and riding it on some trials hazards in the new Inch Perfect Trials Park.

The three-model Electric Motion Escape line-up encompasse­s the LITE, ESCAPE and ‘R’ models which are very similar. The main difference is that the LITE has a smaller battery – same size as the Epure 1.9KwH – for smaller excursions or a training machine. Fitted with a PRB (Progressiv­e Regenerati­ve Brake), it uses an electric and progressiv­e brake to charge the battery while in use. On top of that, the system delivers comfortabl­e security on the challengin­g slopes while avoiding overheatin­g the brakes or electric clutch. Depending on rider preference, changes can be made quickly and easily via a small accessible connector.

The ESCAPE has the same electric clutch/ regenerati­ng brake but with the larger battery (2.7KwH) with a range of 61km. The RACE model does not offer this option and comes with just the mechanical clutch.

For this ‘Quick Spin’ we will focus on the ESCAPE. The new cockpit gives you all the informatio­n you need at a quick glance. It’s easy-to-read (and follow) map control with remaining battery life is displayed in % for even more riding comfort. The tried-andtested three engine-mapping systems used across the models are controlled through a set of LED lights: red for the most power, blue in the middle and green providing the least power output. An easily accessible handlebarm­ounted switch allows you to change these settings whilst on the move.

POWER

For the all-important, all-round power, the engine flywheel is coupled with a set of different balancing weights. It allows several inertia settings to deliver a good range of available power. The power needed for some of the more extreme forms of riding out on the track and trail comes from the engine flywheel.

On this Escape model, it provides a better feeling with the engine’s inertia. It aims to improve the machine’s overall control and sensitivit­y to throttle openings at very low engine revolution­s, enabling the rider to gain more power and reaction time at mid- and high-power when needed; ideal for trail riding.

The all-important battery range is improved further on the Escape with a larger capacity. It can run for between four to five hours ( approximat­ely 38 miles) on one charge, although it depends on the rider’s throttle actions and engine power settings.

If you fancy a much-needed recharge with a lunch break during your ride, you can also recharge the battery accessed by an easy-touse connection on the side of the machine. From empty, a full charge will take just over three hours or 60% in as little as 40 minutes. That gives you enough time to take in the soup, sandwich, coffee and the all-important cake.

COMFORT

Yes, the long seat unit is as comfortabl­e as it looks, and is narrow enough for some trials action when needed. The adjustable suspension allows you to choose your own ride, making it easier to compromise comfort and use to suit each individual. The front TECH branded forks is a significan­t difference between the ESCAPE and RACE models. Though both offer excellent action, the LITE and ESCAPE have the steel sliders fitted; the RACE is anodised aluminium. These look more appealing, and both work very well.

Both models share the same well-proven and reliable R 16 V adjustable rear shock absorber. The whole Electric Motion EPURE range uses a lightweigh­t tubular frame. It is constructe­d using the best available 1mm thick 15CDV6 steel and weighs less than 5kg. Giving more than enough protection to the battery and the associated electrics, a sturdy aluminium sump shield is fitted. Finishing off the flowing lines is another piece of sturdy-looking kit in the aluminium swinging-arm. As a package, the quality of components is very good in all areas, and the associated aesthetics complement the whole machine.

LET’S RIDE

Michael: “My experience with the Electric Motion off-road models continues to expand, and I was more than happy to be invited to have a good ride around on the 2021 Escape.

“I class this model more as a ‘crossover’ model than a trial or trail-type machine. It’s so easy to ride and use. It’s really comfortabl­e, which is always a bonus. For me, the ‘whizz’ noise, as opposed to the two-stroke exhaust notes, has to be a massive bonus. It allows you to ride with no noise interrupti­on to anyone else. It’s often met with surprise and friendly responses with walkers, horse riders and mountain-bike riders. They actually stop and ask you what is it you are riding! When I explain that it is the latest allelectri­c off-road motorcycle, the usual reaction is a smile complement­ed with ‘What a brilliant idea!’ answer. It has to be a good sign to offer, which helps to secure the future of off-road riding. As you have very little noise from the machine you have to be a little more alert, as obviously the noise element is so low.

“Both models brake very well even when riding at a higher speed, but once again you have to be alert, and I always ride with one foot over the rear brake lever and one hand on the front brake; it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”

CROSSOVER TIME

“After a good ride around, I arrived at the Inch Perfect Trials Park, making my grand entrance under the road in the river through a new tunnel! It really was a ‘crossover’ moment as you go from open tracks to a multitude of manmade and natural trials hazards.

“Soon I heard the echo of John Hulme from Trial Magazine to ‘try this, try that’ — I am sure he will one day kill me in a huge crash! In truth, I always have a smile on my face when we are testing, The electric machines always bring out a good time to be had by all.

“I extensivel­y tested the Electric Motion trials models earlier in the year, and this Escape model was just as at home on some of the less challengin­g hazards. I will be totally honest, and yes, the electric machines need a different technique to a fuel-powered machine, but once you understand how they work, they are a pleasure to ride. I would suggest to anyone who has never ridden one, go and book a test ride and maybe you will be as impressed with the performanc­e as I was.”

ELECTRIC MOTION ESCAPE LITE: £6,899

 ??  ?? My experience with the Electric Motion off-road models continues to expand. I was more than happy to be invited to have a good ride around on the 2021 Escape.
My experience with the Electric Motion off-road models continues to expand. I was more than happy to be invited to have a good ride around on the 2021 Escape.
 ??  ?? I will be totally honest, the electric machines need a different technique to a fuel-powered machine but once you understand how they work they are a pleasure to ride.
It’s got ‘Crossover’ written all over it.
I will be totally honest, the electric machines need a different technique to a fuel-powered machine but once you understand how they work they are a pleasure to ride. It’s got ‘Crossover’ written all over it.
 ??  ?? After a good ride around I arrived at the Inch Perfect Trials Park.
After a good ride around I arrived at the Inch Perfect Trials Park.
 ??  ?? For anyone who has never ridden one, go and book a test ride, and maybe you will be as impressed with the performanc­e as I was! The long seat unit is as comfortabl­e as it looks, and is narrow enough for some trials action when needed.
For anyone who has never ridden one, go and book a test ride, and maybe you will be as impressed with the performanc­e as I was! The long seat unit is as comfortabl­e as it looks, and is narrow enough for some trials action when needed.
 ??  ?? The ESCAPE has the larger battery (2.7KwH) with a range of 61km.
The ESCAPE has the larger battery (2.7KwH) with a range of 61km.

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