Husqvarna finally take a step into the electric kids motorcycle market with the launch of the EE 5 model for model year 2020.
Husqvarna Motorcycles’ new EE 5 model promises to be “the first step into the world of electric motorcycles.” More than that the new model due to be with authorised Husqvarna dealers in time for the MY20 range (mid-2019) will stand a strong first step for any kid taking their first steps on any motorcycle.
Husqvarna say the EE 5 combines “the latest in high-quality componentry with a design that clearly identifies with Husqvarna Motorcycles’ values.”
“Adaptable and adjustable” ring out of the limited press release info but it clearly will be an easy-to-use bike that allows up and coming riders to enter off road motorcycling with confidence.
EE 5 Highlights:
- State-of-the-art electric motor with 5 kW peak performance
- Six different ride modes
- 907 Wh Li-ion battery
- Quick charging
- High-end chassis with race proven technology
- Modern, Swedish-inspired design
- Ergonomic bodywork & adjustable seat height
- WP suspension offering advanced performance & control
The EE 5 looks good, which is half the battle for a kids bike!. Perfectly matching the established kids off road range from Husqvarna it fits seamlessly into the line-up – a mini version of the ‘grown-ups’.
Having the Swedish Husqvarna colours sets it apart and with the WP suspension and chassis developed and adapted from the established models the EE 5 should be a winner.
Having six different ride modes will help different rider abilities – this is where electric bikes are at their best in welcoming different levels of rider with easily controllable settings.
The modes area easily switched using what appears to be existing control panel from the KTM Freeride E model.
For our money the EE 5 (and KTM SX-E 5 launched at the same time in EICMA) could be an easier first bike for many kids to take than the full step into two-stroke dirt bike. That can only be a good thing because it gets kids riding which means our sport continues and progresses.
Speaking of money there is no mention of cost at present and we await that nugget of info to see how it compares to the higher spec 65cc Husqvarna MX models (approx $5500/£4249/7700AUD) and the established bikes already out there, notably Oset and Torrot bikes.
Electric bikes aren’t the future, they are the now, especially in the kids market – the benefit of quiet, easy to ride and easy to maintain machines is way easier to swallow for all parties concerned (kids getting their first bike, parents, grandparents etc.).
The new EE 5 machine will be available at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers during summer 2019.
More information: husqvarna-motorcycles.com/news
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.email@example.com