When will one of the majors bring an E-bike to the market

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Hi All,

I may have an opportunity to buy an MXR this year, as noise has become an issue on my property and I want to keep riding

I have read a lot on this forum which has answered a lot of questions but one of my main worries is, now that I will be spending 3 times what I usually pay for a second hand dirt bike, it's reseal value may fall off a cliff when one of the major brands like Honda bring out their version of an E-bike.

What are peoples thoughts on this?
 

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The time is never right. If you are always waiting for the perfect thing to come along, you will never buy anything. You can wait for a sweet Honda CR-e, which is currently just vapor-ware that they may never make.

Or you can buy a sweet Alta today, and have lots of (silent) fun in the meantime. At the moment, the prices for Altas seem to be going up. Even if you broke the bike and couldn’t fix it (which I don’t think has happened yet), I bet you could part the thing out and make your money back easily.

If you have the chance to get one of these bikes, jump on the opportunity. They are a blast. I could not go back to a gas bike at this point. Altas are too much fun and I really enjoy not doing bike maintenance. Buying an Alta (even after they went out of business) was the best decision I have made to put the joy back in riding.

My only advice on buying one is that if you have the chance, buy two! Sharing the experience with others is just too much fun. Having a spare is also nice.
 

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Honda had already a prototype. There was a test and a mini presentation in Japan. Never heard of it again. KTMs bosses said, there is no market at that pricelevel. Yamaha is working on a prototype out of a ICE frame. I think, the next 5 years nothing happens! As long as there is no race class with certain rules for power and KWhs in the battery, the story will not begin. No one invests money into a project without rules or reglementations like in the 250/450 classes.
 

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I bought my MXR a couple of years ago because for me life is too short to wait around for something that may or may not happen. I decided if I bought the Alta and one of the majors dropped an Alta killer and the value of my Alta plummeted that I would be ok with that. Just like when I've invested money in business, before I invested that money I had to accept that I might lose all of it. In some cases I have lost it all and I'm ok with that.

But so far there are no indication that anyone is even close to producing an Alta comparable bike, much less an Alta killer. I don't see that happening for at least 5 years based on what's being sold currently.

Even if someone does start selling an Alta killer, its going to be very expensive, so there will still be a market for used Altas for some time. The used Altas may not command the prices that they do now, but no dirt bikes hold their value anyway, so to me its the same as buying the latest ICE dirt bike.

I love my MXR, hardly ever ride my Husky FE 350 anymore. The Alta puts a huge smile on my face every time I ride, way more so then my ICE bikes ever did, so I'm good with whatever happens with new e-dirt bikes coming out, whatever the future value of Altas are.
 
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I think they are just going to wait until the mandates start in 2035. They'll use all the time between now and then to get working, but I don't think they're going to try and move any faster than that timeline. It's hard to say what the value of the Alta will be. If the majors don't make one as good as the Alta and they create race classes that would allow the Alta to compete against the majors, It's possible the value could go up. The price of new electrics will be as expensive as the Alta first was. But I wouldn't bank an anything coming out real soon.
 
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But CA is a huge state that does a lot of powersports sales. Mfr's won't want to lose that, and with support of all the majors they can add electric only races and because the noise is low you can now add tracks where you couldn't before and we might actually grow the sport. Besides, as CA goes so goes the rest of the country. Other states won't be too far behind if it doesn't become a gov't mandate before then. What will be funny is in 20-30 years when there are no new ice bikes being made and those old bikes we sold to get our electric bikes are worth 10X what they used be, like classic muscle cars.
 

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My bet is KTM will time their release of full size e-bikes to match the age of the kids currently riding the e-pint size.
Exactly. KTM and the FIM are already setting the stage for this. At the Supercross races, the minis are now on KTM SX-E-5 electrics, and they added an even younger class for the ankle biters on the Stacyc electric balance bikes. The Stacyc races are hilarious, giant kid heads bobbing all over the place.

Getting the youngsters involved at the youngest ages, exposing the fans to the electrics. I predict as these kids get older, they will not want to transition to ICE bikes. I’m thinking KTM will want to sell these kids progressively larger and more capable dirt bikes as they age. Should dove tail nicely with e-dirt bikes getting greater range, lighter, and more cost competitive with ICE bikes in the coming years.
 
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