The all-new Energica Experia adventure tourer may narrow the gap to real-world, practical electric motorcycling, as battery technology improves and fast-charging infrastructure becomes increasingly accessible.

Italian electric bike manufacturer Energica last week revealed its new Experia adventurer, the first of its kind to take the form of conventionally powered heavyweights like the BMW S 1000 XR and Ducati Multistrada V4.

The Energica Experia is priced from $49,214 and backed up by a three-year/50,000km warranty, with made-to-order units expected to arrive in November of this year.

2023 Energica Experia electric adventure bike

With the largest battery capacity of any electric motorcycle, according to the brand, the Energica Experia (260kg) is capable of 420 kilometres of riding range in urban areas, or 246km in long-distance conditions.

When hooked up to a DC fast charger, of which there are 3000 public chargers across Australia and growing, the Energica Experia can be regenerated from zero to 80 per cent in 40 minutes. A full charge takes just over an hour.

While riding range and top speed (180km/h limited) do not match that of its petrol competitors, the ‘instant torque’ characteristics of an electric powertrain and continuously variable transmission (CVT) allow the Experia to sprint from zero-to-100km/h in 3.5 seconds. Energica rates the Experia’s output at 75kW and 115Nm at the rear wheel.

As expected from a bike in this segment, the Experia features hard panniers (112L), a two-up seat, an adjustable windscreen, USB ports and a waterproof storage compartment.

2023 Energica Experia electric adventure bike

Energica’s sole local distributor Australian Electric Motor Company anticipates full-volume approval for the Experia by year’s end, as its newest model uses a new battery, motor and frame compared to its regular eight bike range. Meanwhile, the current Energica Esseesse9 ($35,478), Ego ($41,725) and Ribelle ($50,374) are sold with a 60-day wait time.

Australian Electric Motor Company founder Tobin Page today told INFO MOTO that it is seeing increasing interest in electric vehicles in Australia, and even more so in New Zealand.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest [in electric bikes], though we are mainly focussing on the premium end of the market,” said Mr Page.

“There are less expensive [electric] vehicles from brands like Super Soco, so there is already a market here, but on the premium end there is also a lot of interest.

“New Zealand is punching above its weight but there’s enough early adopters [in Australia] that will carry the orders that we need. Beyond that, we are hoping that what happened in New Zealand will happen here.”

Mr Page also noted the distinct perks of riding an electric motorcycle.

“The Energicas are mind-blowing, in fact it’s hard to go back. No fuel tank on top and the battery is positioned quite low, so they are surprisingly flickable.

“It’s just a different experience. No noise, smelly petrol – for what you lose with a classic motorcycle, there are things you gain from an electric motorcycle.”

While riding range and pricing remain sticking points for would-be electric bike owners, new models like the Energica Experia may narrow the gap to real-world, practical and fast electrified motorcycling. So we ask you, what must electric bike manufacturers achieve to satisfy your needs as a rider?

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