2018 Alta Redshift EX - FIRST LOOK

A street-legal off-road electric motorcycle from Alta Motors

Legal for the street, ready for the trails.Provided by Alta Motors

There is something unprecedented going on here with the Alta Redshift EX. No, it's not because it is a street-legal, electric dirt bike. It is unprecedented to have a closed-course, competition-only model become a street-legal machine with so little work. You don't see any of the Japanese manufactures turning their MX bikes into dual-sports. The European makers are closer but they are typically off-road bikes going to a road-ready version. The Alta Redshift EX is unchanged from the MX, other than softer suspension settings and the necessary street legal hardware (lights, blinkers, horn, mirrors). Being an electric bike has its advantages here. There is no extra hoops to jump through with CARB or the EPA. No massive exhaust can to put on, no evap canister to hide somewhere, and no noise regulations that come close to being surpassed.

This is a First Look—we do have a bike in our possession and now that the 250F shootout is over, we can turn our attention to our off-road bikes, but we haven't ridden it yet. Yet, since nearly everything should be the same as the Redshift MX, check out our first ride video on that bike here:

What we are trying to do with this post is basically let you know this bike exists. We’ve talked to a lot of industry folks lately who didn’t even know the Redshift EX was on the market. The following is a photo gallery of the pieces that make up the Redshift and some action shots of Alta testers, including Tarah Gieger.

Do we still call this pipe side?Provided by Alta Motors
We can still call this drive side.Provided by Alta Motors
No radiators make for a slim profile.Provided by Alta Motors
A few more buttons, a few less levers.Provided by Alta Motors
The “fuel tank.”Provided by Alta Motors
This is how the drive components, including the motor, come together.Provided by Alta Motors
Rear view of the frame and swingarm.Provided by Alta Motors
Front view of the frame.Provided by Alta Motors
Side view of the frame.Provided by Alta Motors
Side view of the frame.Provided by Alta Motors
The middle section of the frame without motor.Provided by Alta Motors
Hard to believe this is all there is to the motor.Provided by Alta Motors
The front section of the frame Alta calls the “skidframe.”Provided by Alta Motors
Standard triple clamps.Provided by Alta Motors
A license plate means more places to ride.Provided by Alta Motors
Tarah Gieger on the trails.Provided by Alta Motors
We are anxious to get this bike on some single-track.Provided by Alta Motors
At 275 pounds confirmed on our Dirt Rider scale, this isn't a light machine.Provided by Alta Motors
But it should feel light without all that reciprocating mass.Provided by Alta Motors