BRD RedShift MX: all your motocross are belong to electric

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Raced motocross? If you have, then you’re aware of how cripplingly expensive maintaining ICE race bikes is. If you haven’t, then you can’t afford to. That’s where this new BRD RedShift MX comes in, it’ll likely cost twice as much as a 250cc MX bike, but makes up for that by being exponentially cheaper to run, only requiring a minor service once every 200 hours. ICE MX bikes? You’re lucky if you’re waiting to 20 hours before opening the engine. That 250 is a good point of comparison too, when we tested the BRD RedShift SM sister bike, it was faster than an equivalent 250cc KTM supermoto.

This new MX is essentially that SM, just with shorter gearing (a 52T rear sprocket as opposed to 44T), 21/19″ wheels and less powerful front brakes. No price has yet been released for the MX, but the SM retails for $15,495, so expect that ballpark.

BRD is unveiling the MX at the Indy Dealer Expo, where it’s so far receiving excellent response from the crowds. Slick styling combined with long service intervals will do that for bike dealers. Aside from consumables like tires and brake pads, the only time you’ll have to work on the MX is every 200 hours or 10,000 miles and then, it only needs its gear oil changed. Compare that to ICE equivalents, which require engine rebuilds as often as every 40 hours at the cost of hundred of dollars and you can begin to understand the appeal.

The SM is scheduled for its first customer deliveries late in 2012. The MX will follow shortly after.


  • R.Sallee (Ninja 250)

    How hard to slap a plate on this thing?

    • fasterfaster

      Both the MX and the SM can ship as street legal. Kinda strange for a race bike, but it makes them eligible for the current 10% fed tax rebates plus any state rebates, so it’s worth it. Plus it means you can take a race bike out on the streets, legally.

  • Scott-jay

    Twenty hours then forty hours: I don’t begin to understand.

    • Wes Siler

      It’s a range. You’re going to need to perform a major service on an ICE MX bike as soon as 20 hours, but definitely by 40. Engine rebuilds come as soon as 40.

    • Sean Smith

      Or if your really serious, you might pull the top end to do rings at ten hours. It depends on how hard you ride, but it’s not unheard of to replace valves, piston, crank bearings and cylinder at 40 hours. Like, that’s just normal maintenance for a well-ridden MXer.

      • Ben

        Having raced mx for a while, not that many people stick to the proper intervals. They just thrash the bike and then sell it and buy a new one. Works out cheaper a lot of the time.

        • Sean Smith

          Yup. I’ve wrenched on a lot of those bikes that some guy got a smokin deal on. No one likes it when you tell them it’ll be $2,200 to fix that funny clicking noise and the smoking problem.

  • smoke4ndmears

    Being lazy: what’s the range?

    • Campisi

      I think they claimed two hours of use at race pace per charge. Motocross is very physically demanding, so that’s probably plenty of range for the target users.

      • smoke4ndmears

        Cool, thanks!

    • fasterfaster

      We’re still in testing and trying to be conservative about range estimates… we’re saying about 2 hours (clock time) of aggressive trail riding. More like 1 hour of full on race pace. On pavement, we’re getting 4-5 15 minute supermoto sessions.

      • Campisi

        Considering that riding in anger would probably wear me down faster than the battery, how long does a top-off take? Could a decent camping or track pit generator charge the thing in a timely manner?

        • fasterfaster

          From completely drained to full it’s about 4 hours from a 110V/15A outlet. Not sure what output your generator is, but it would need 1500W to match that time.

          As amazing as the bike is on trails (no stalling, perfect low speed control), we’re trying to be careful not to bill it as an XC bike – we don’t want anyone stranded in the woods on one of our bikes.

  • Coreyvwc

    Has the AMA taken any stance regarding eligibility to race these against 250′s at a professional level? Seems like the real litmus test for this thing.

    • Dr. Gellar

      I’m interested to know this too. It would be really cool to see this bike race in the Supercross Lites class or 250cc Outdoor Nationals, even if it was on a non-points scoring basis (initially at least).

    • fasterfaster

      We’d love to see this bike in AMA Lites, too. That’s been the goal from the beginning – to build a competitive American race bike. It will take some time as equivalency isn’t a simple thing, but we’re going to roll these bikes to any starting line we can next year.

      • Dr. Gellar

        From the look of things, regarding building a competitive American race bike…I think you guys are on the right track. I really like what your company is doing.. :-)

  • wwalkersd

    I’m thinking the dealers would prefer the ICE, since it will result in a lot more service business.

    • TuffGong

      Dealers definitely like service and parts dollars. Chains,sprockets and tires,brake pads remain as well…The real question for a dealer is whether the profit margin on the bike makes up for the loss of service/parts revenue. …Also whether the manufacturer allows them to be “whored” or not….It also creates a choice/dilemma for their customers,which is always a great sales generator. To be the first dealer on the block will be a good thing,creating buzz,sales and lots of traffic.

  • tbowdre

    It would have to be so easy to green sticker this thing for offroad riding in cali

    • fasterfaster

      The bike above is green stickered.

  • filly-fuzz

    just wanted to say that the Police spec bike looks badass, really great idea.

    • Will


  • TreMoto_Eddie

    I saw this thing in person at the Indy show. It has the most beautiful frame and sub frame I’ve seen in a long time. The best looking MX bike I’ve seen in a long time as well.

    • fasterfaster

      Thanks, Eddie. It was great meeting you and the crew out there. Hope to catch you guys again soon.