Story has been updated with new pricing and preorder information. Quick note: ADVrider will be riding the new bike in Italy in mid-June, so look for an in-depth review soon.
Representing ADVrider.com, I recently took some of Energica’s street models on a short spin around New York City following the acquisition of the brand by EV-focused investment firm Ideanomics (IDEX). Thumbnail review: Energica makes three high-quality, high-performance electric motorcycle models that are as good if not better (especially performance-wise) than anything else out there. The only problem: with very limited production capabilities, they’ve only produced just over a thousand motorcycles across 10 years of operation, but according to our conversations with Energica’s CEO Livia Cevolini and the leaders of Ideanomics, that’s all about to change – and in more ways than expected.
Energica has now revealed a fourth model, a clean sheet “green touring” machine called the Experia that seems to have a bit of a bent towards multi-surface capabilities. Initial images seen here show the Experia as a ADV-styled road bike with hard panniers and some ADV styling cues, especially around the fairing and stance. Indeed, the Experia is shown (from high above) meandering down a dirt road, which doesn’t automatically qualify it for ADV status but hey, at least they got it dusty.
Otherwise, the Experia’s specs actually speak more to adventure riding than pure high-speed tarmac blasting. While Energica’s top-spec Ego and Eva Ribelle bikes boast truly eyeball-flattening performance numbers including 171 peak horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque from their liquid-cooled single-gear motors, the Experia will use a new motor making “only” 105 ponies at 7,500rpm and 85 pound-feet of torque. Those specs compete nicely with other mid-to-large size ADV bikes like the Honda Africa Twin and Yamaha Ténéré 700, and more importantly, the smaller motor trims 22 pounds from the drive train used by the big Energica machines. Energica claims a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and top speed of 112 mph.
More importantly (or at least equally important) are the upgraded power reserves for the Experia. The bike will come with a newly engineered lithium-polymer battery rated for 19.6 kWh at 80 percent charge, and 22.5 kWh fully topped up. Pro tip: Battery makers discourage keeping EV batteries fully topped due to degradation concerns, unless the rider is heading out on a long ride where the maximum range is needed. Coupling that big battery with a smaller motor brings better range, with Energica claiming 130 miles of straight highway range and 160 miles of mixed riding, but 256 miles of urban range due to the lower speeds and more regenerative braking. No word yet on if the “urban” riding range may relate to picking your way through a steep and slow BDR route.
While those numbers don’t quite double up the range of Zero’s top bikes or the Harley Livewire, they are considerable improvements. It’s important to recognize what a potential jump forward that range is for electric motorcycles, especially in Europe. In the EU, destinations are generally closer together than in the US and Canada. The EU also has more chargers in more places versus the more spread-out North American landscape, making 130 miles of highway range a significant factor for EU riders who are perhaps looking to add an electric bike to their routine. Energica’s prices are higher than Zero and LiveWire, but not by much, and the capabilities of the Experia may be a strong draw. Energica bikes also include another advantage over its main rivals: Fast charging ability.
All Energica models feature Level III “DCFC” fast charging capability built in, and Energica claims the Experia can go from zero to an 80% charged in 40 minutes on a hot charger. That’s enough time for a rest stop with some food and maybe a few minutes of shuteye or phone gazing, and it’s certainly better than the 2.5 hour wait I endured with a rural Level II charger when taking the Zero SR/S on a road trip a while back. The Energica bikes will also accept Level II and Level 1 (wall outlet) charging as well.
Beyond those important aspects, the Experia is loaded with tech goodness—and some space for making it a bit more dirt worthy. At 573 lb /260 kg, it’s not light, but a GS/SuperTen/KLR/SuperAdventure/PanAmerica isn’t exactly flyweight either. The Experia includes 17-inch cast wheels front and rear, with Sachs ZF fully (manually) adjustable legs front and rear with nearly 6 inches of travel. Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires come standard, but upgrading to something a bit more grippy could grant the Experia passage to some more interesting off-road destinations. Dual 330mm front Brembo brakes with ABS team with a 240mm rear Brembo setup and Bosch IMU, which adds cornering ABS to the control package. No word yet on how much riders will be able to control ABS action and activation, but there will be four standard ride modes and three user-programmable modes as well, including traction control controls. Riders can also tweak regen/engine braking across four levels.
Up top, riders will perch on a 33.3-inch high seat and tweak the bike through a 5-inch TFT LCD screen, and most likely, an app as well. The windscreen looks adjustable but we don’t have confirmation on that just yet. Hard-sided ADV-style panniers and a top box are prominently featured in the Experia photos and video, and early buyers can get them included as part of a special intro package. Prices start at about $27,500 USD or € 25,590 + VAT and the pre-order link on Energica’s site is active. Energica told ADVrider.com that pre-orders would officially begin June 1.
On balance, the Energica Experia looks to be a more 80/20 bike as designed, with highway strafing as the primary focus. However, a few key changes could lend it more off-road prowess. Since I’m the lucky ducky heading to the Dolomites to test it out, I’ll see if we can at least try it out on some not-paved roads.
It’s a good-looking bike as well, and from most angles, it’s a bit tough to tell it’s an electric. And now with the financial backing of Ideanomics, who told me they were committed to expanding the brand and stoking production, more bikes with lower prices (eventually) may indicate a bright future for the Energica brand, which actually got its start in electric motorcycle racing years ago. Time, of course, will tell.
Check back soon for a ride review. What do you think of the new Experia?