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ADV NewsHonda Unveils First Electric CRF Motorcycle, Targeted For Youth Market

Honda Unveils First Electric CRF Motorcycle, Targeted For Youth Market

Big Red and Greenger team up to launch the CRF-E2.

Published on 03.11.2022

It’s no secret that Honda has been pushing to electrify their motorcycle lineup, revealing last year its plan to have at least four production e-bikes by 2024. Now, Big Red has announced the release of the CRF-E2 for the youth segment — the first electric bike to have the CRF name. 

But there is a twist. Although the new machine is an officially licensed American Honda product, it is designed and manufactured by Greenger powersports. The California-based electric powersports distributor owns more than 20 technical patents, including those for its battery, motor and controller. Nonetheless, as a result of the partnership with the Japanese manufacturer, the CRF-E2 will be sold exclusively through Honda’s dealerships across the United States.

Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids

According to Honda, the new e-motorcycle “is a fun training tool for young new riders, as it eliminates the need to operate a clutch or shift lever.” Driven by a low-voltage (48-volt) BLDC electric motor with an inner rotor, the CRF-E2 produces a maximum output of 3.4 horsepower and 18.4 foot-pounds of torque. Its lithium-ion battery has a claimed best-in-class range of approximately two hours in ideal conditions and can be fully charged in four hours, or two-and-a-half hours with the optional quick-charge system. Better yet, with an available spare battery, it can be swapped out in seconds – a Greenger exclusive feature in this class.

Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids

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The CRF-E2 features a twin-spar aluminum frame, tapered aluminum handlebar, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with petal-style rotors, adjustable aluminum brake levers and 12-inch aluminum wheels with Kenda® Millville K771 knobby tires. Suspension components comprise a 33mm telescopic hydraulic fork and a DNM shock with adjustable preload and rebound damping; front- and rear-wheel travel are 3.9 and 8.3 inches, respectively. The bodywork and graphics are not too shabby either, mimicking those of Honda Performance dirt bikes like the CRF450R and CRF250R.

Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids
Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids

With adjustable hand levers and the ability to alter the seat height between 24.8 and 25.5 inches, the CRF-E2 physically accommodates a range of riders weighing 99 pounds or less. In addition, maximum power output can be switched between two levels in order to adapt for varying skill and experience levels.

Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids
Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids

Due to its ease of operation, approachable chassis and reasonable price, Honda is hoping the new machine becomes a practical-but-exciting doorway to the world of powersport. “For kids who already have two-wheel experience, the CRF-E2 is a reasonably priced step up to real dirt bikes,” adds Honda.

The CRF-E2 is currently in stock at an MSRP of $2,950. For more information go to greengerpowersports.com

Honda and Greenger launch CRF-E2 electric dirtbike for kids

2022 CRF-E2 Specifications

Motor  48V BLDC w/ inner rotor
Rated Power1.6 hp / 2,000 rpm
Maximum Power3.4 hp / 4,000 rpm
Rated Torque4.1 lbs.-ft. / 2,000 rpm
Maximum Torque18.4 lbs.-ft. / 4,000 rpm
Drive ModesStage 1 Max speed 10mph, Stage 2 Max speed 20mph
Maximum Motor Speed4,000 rpm
Final Drive1:7.1
Power PackSwappable lithium-ion battery, L*W*H* 5.7 in. x 3.6 in. x 10.6 in. Weight: 13.1 lbs.
Capacity / Energy20 AH / 960 Wh
Charge Time- Standard100% @ 4 hours; 80% @ 3.2 hours
Charge Time- Quick Charge100% @ 2.5 hours; 80% @ 2 hours
Run Time2 hours in ideal conditions with full charge
Charger Line Voltage90-264 V / 50-60 Hz
Charging Input1.3A @ 230V (AC)
Charging Power290 W
Warranty- Battery24 Months or 1,000 charges, whichever comes first
FrameAluminum twin-spar w/ double-cradle
Handlebar22 mm tapered aluminum
Front Suspension33 mm hydraulic conventional telescopic fork w/ 3.9 in. travel
Rear SuspensionDNM® rebound/preload adjustable w/ 8.3 in. travel
Front BrakeHydraulic caliper w/ 190 mm petal-style rotor; right-hand-lever actuated
Rear BrakeHydraulic caliper w/ 190 mm petal-style rotor; left-hand-lever actuated
Front Wheel12×1.6 spoke aluminum rim w/ 60/100-12 Kenda® Millville K771 knobby tire
Rear Wheel12×1.6 spoke aluminum rim w/ 60/100-12 Kenda® Millville K771 knobby tire
Final Drive428H chain
Max Load99 lbs.
Warranty- Powertrain/Chassis12 Months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first
Rake (castor angle)25°
Triple Clamp Offset25°
Trail32mm
Wheelbase38 in.
Overall Length55 in.
Overall Width27.1 in.
Overall Height36.2 in.
Seat HeightAdjustable 24.8 in. – 25.5 in.
Handlebar Height33.8 in.
Ground Clearance 7.8 in.
Curb Weight106 lbs.
MSRP$2,950

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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