Motorcycling WA was requested earlier this year to look into the possibility of allowing the new range of E5 electric dirt bikes to be included at state level competition events.
This is a question that has been asked across the country and WA is the first state to actively research the possibility to ensure electric bikes are evenly matched to the current combustion engine machines.
A KTM SX-E5 was supplied to Motorcycling WA to be dyno tested for its power output across the setting range (the KTM SX-E5 has 6 different power modes) and the findings concluded the bike had impressive torque as to be expected from an electric motor, but was around 1-bhp down on a commonly raced 2T combustion engine. A test rider confirmed this finding, making the comment “It’s great off the mark but seems to run out of legs a bit early.”
The bike has been actively watched at club level events and Motorcycling WA findings were confirmed by multiple sources that the bike does accelerate well off the turns but lacks slightly in it’s out right speed.
The 6 different power modes also make this bike a great adaptable machine for young riders to take their first ever ride, right through to competition.
It is with these findings that Motorcycling WA is pleased to announce with the support of Motorcycling Australia, the KTM SX-E5 and Husqvarna EE-5 will be permitted to compete in all appropriate classes and disciplines within the state, including the 2020 WAMX State Championship.
For further information, please contact MWA.