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RedShift Motorcycles Promise Big, Green Fun


Another electric motorcycle startup is jumping into the e-moto arena with a pair of machines it promises will deliver the performance of a 250cc dirt bike.

The RedShift MX motocrosser and RedShift SM supermoto are the first machines from San Francisco startup BRD, a company started by, and for, guys who like to ride.

“We just want to make faster motorcycles,” says CEO Marc Fenigstein. “We’re a team of riders and racers with high-performance gas machines in the garage. We’re building the bikes we’d rather be riding.”

The BRD RedShift MX is good for 40 horsepower and weighs 240 pounds without lights, specs that put it on par with the KTM 250 SX-F. With a 5.2 kilowatt-hour battery pack, the electric motorcycle should be capable of one if not two full motos of anywhere from 10 to 20 miles apiece.

RedShift’s proprietary chassis is based on standard MX dimensions and angles. A monocoque design allows the batteries and motor to be stressed members while locating them ideally for weight distribution and packaging.

“There are decades of development in modern motocross and supermoto chassis,” says Derek Dorresteyn, company CTO. “We chose to harness the best of that while taking advantage of the torque and throttle response an electric motor delivers.”

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