Alta Motors unveils new battery powered bike

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Alta motors has unveiled its new concept model, the Street Tracker, a road-legal battery-powered motorcycle built around the Redshift platform.

Californian startup Alta Motors spent six years setting up a production facility, organizing a dealer network, and developing its first model from the ground up ahead of its market launch in 2016.

The American company builds the motorcycle’s engine, frame and battery cases in-house, as well as the electronic gear tasked with controlling the motor’s 40 hp (29.8 kW) power and 165 Nm of torque. These are coupled to WP suspensions and Brembo brakes.

The Redshift enjoyed a breakout debut year with a national-level EnduroCross race win in September, topping off an exciting racing season with the runner-up spot of the EnduroCross Vet class with seasoned rider Kurt Nicoll at the handlebars of the Redshift MX – then made more headlines last October with Josh Hill’s first round win at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event.

Apparently, a warm reaction from its potential customer base should transform the Street Tracker concept to the third commercially available model in Alta Motors’ lineup. While the company is admittedly trying to extend its dealer network to most major US cities, and plans to also expand overseas in 2017, a lightweight and powerful electric commuter with fashionably appropriate looks could be just the thing to add to its catalogue.

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