Then there’s the price: the Energica Ego, which went on sale last year, costs £23,000. Its sister bike, the Eva, a street fighter version, will be only slightly less pricey when it goes on sale this year.
The noise, weirdly, is apparently less of an issue – GRR’s motorcycling correspondent, Roland Brown, rode the Ego and quite liked the high-pitched whine, likening it to the sound of a jet fighter. They certainly look the part, and all that low-rev torque makes for more acceleration than I’m happy with, but I’m a lily-livered girl when it comes to riding and am happy with about 50bhp.
But bikes are at a much earlier phase of adopting this technology than cars, and have much further to go before they are considered viable, mass-market, alternative rides.
Still, GRR's Roland Brown is broadly a fan. “Electric bikes have definitely improved over the years,” he told me the other day. “To the point where the latest ones (KTM Freeride E, Zeros and Victory impulse TT) are really fun to ride. But, yes, the ones that have better performance tend to be heavy or have very short range and they’re all very expensive, with virtually no financial incentives in the UK.”