Three New Electric Off-Road Bikes From Italy

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An Italian company called Tacita is launching electric motorcycles in three versions – motocross, enduro and rally – which it says can all be used off-road.

Tacita, based in Turin, Italy has been in operation since 2009, working on developing all-electric motorcycles that would appeal to the enduro and adventure rider and has designed and developed the RC-Cross, the RE-Enduro and the RR Rally.

All three bikes have recently been shown in Italy this past month and the company now has plans to put all three into full production.

T-RC Cross
Tacita T-RC Cross

Starting at around $10,900 is the RC-Cross that has a three-phase electric engine, producing 44.2 lb.-ft. of torque with an internal rotor cage. Tacita claims it has a very high power output with more than 90% of the motor’s power transferred to the rear wheel.

There are three mapping options for the engine – Sport (full performance), Eco for low speed trail riding and ‘Reserve Power’, which is automatically activated when the engine has less than 20% charge remaining, effectively reducing the bike’s power.

When you’re on the move, additional power is also generated through a regenerative braking system (using 270mm front and 220mm rear discs).

The single Li-Po Lithium battery carried on the bike is guaranteed for 2000 charges. It will, according to Tacita, take one hour to charge with a 3 kW charger or three hours to charge with a 1 kW charger,

Unlike some other electrically powered motorcycles the Tacita bikes feature a five-speed transmission, which uses a conventional hydraulic clutch.

The RC-Cross has steel single beam frame and has 330mm of ground clearance. Front suspension is via inverted telescopic forks with a fully adjustable Ohlin rear unit.

T-RR Rally
Tacita T-RR Rally

Essentially the Tacita RC-Cross, RE-Enduro and RR-Rally are the same motorcycle with the major differences being the power of the batteries used and number you carry on the bike. For example a single 10.6 kW battery will give you a range of up to four hours riding time or you can opt for a combination of batteries to travel even further.

The Tacita RR Rally version is essentially the same motorcycle as the RC-Cross and the RR-Rally with the same features and same motor. Where they differentiate is the number and type of batteries you have fitted to your bike. There is a sliding scale of 3.3kw up to 10. 6kw and depending on your combination can cost from the entry-level price of $10,900 for a pair of batteries generating 3.3 kW up to around $22,500 for a four battery pack that generates 10.6 kW.

There are no details yet of sales into the U.S. as the Tacita range has just been launched in Europe. For further information on pricing and specification visit Tacita’s web site at:

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  • Beale

    As much as l love the sound of ringdingding/braaap, I also love the idea of exploring tight trails almost silently with an electric trials bike or enduro. It’s getting close to being a practical idea.

  • Chris

    No oil changes or valve adjustments every 15 hours, sign me up. Just oil the chain and ride. 4 hours endurance is plenty for dirt riding. eDirtbikes will be successful in the market, it’s the perfect application for electrics.

  • William Hardy

    I’d be knackered before the battery with 4 hours run time ;) Maybe build in the ringdingding/braaap sound track from my EXC stroker somehow…

  • Markus

    I like the potential of the adventure bike very much. Would be excellent if you could carry renewable energy accessories to recharge the bike during your trip.

  • kswaid

    Please try to learn a little bit about electric vehicles before posting these articles. I am no expert in the field but I am annoyed by the general ignorance of the press about such simple machines, which leads to confusion and misconceptions in the general public.

    1. Electrics have motors, not engines. An engine is usually defined as a device that converts thermal energy to mechanical work.
    2. Regenerative braking is not done with the discs. It is performed by treating the motor as a generator and charging the battery (or dumping heat through a load resistor for excessive load.) This is the electrical equivalent of engine braking.
    3. Battery capacities are not rated in kW, which is a measure of power. They are rated in kWh (kilowatt-hour.) As an example, the offered 10.6 kWh battery running for 4 hours would be able to provide an average power of 10.6 kWh / 4h = 2.65 kW (about 3.6 HP).

    • Tim Watson

      Thank you for clarifying.

  • Adam

    I assume the saddle bag looking things on the Tacita T-RR Rally are batteries. That seems pretty vulnerable on a dirt bike…do they just expect you not to crash? I realize they are reasonably mechanically durable (relative to say, a radiator) but they can be the most expensive component of the bike.