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Riding Your e-Motorcycle for the First Time: Essential Tips for You

By 26/07/2022Blogs
While an electric motorcycle is considerably easier to ride than a standard-issue, gas-powered bike, feeling a bit of nervousness before your first ride is understandable. Most of us also felt the same way — excitement mixed with some jitters.
Not to worry, you’ll be speeding along on your e-motorcycle in no time and loving it!
But, there’s a bit of a learning curve, and it doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced bike or a beginner. You’ll need to learn some new skills while others — such as how to balance on your bike — are directly transferable.
Not to worry, this article shares some tips to help e-motorbike first-time riders enjoy their experience. We also share some essential differences to look out for if you’re switching from engine bikes to an e-motorcycle.
Can I Ride an e-Motorbike if I Can Ride an Engine Bike?
If you can already ride a gas-powered motorcycle, chances are you’ll be able to pick up riding an e-motorcycle much faster than the average person. However, while there are many similarities between both bikes, there are several critical differences you should note.
For one, an electric motorcycle will accelerate much faster than a  gas-powered bike due to less internal friction. So, you need to be ready for that. Another notable difference is the absence of a clutch and gears on the e-motorcycle.
No doubt, this and several other differences will take some getting used to on your first few tries. But, with time and practice, you’ll get the hang of the e-motorbike and start riding like a pro.
However, even if you don’t have a history of riding gas-powered bikes, you can quickly learn to ride an electric motorcycle. This is because e-motorcycles have less complicated designs, which makes learning to ride them much more straightforward.
What to Look Out for When Riding Your Electric Motorcycle for the First Time
If you have just acquired your first electric motorcycle, we’d like to congratulate you on a fine choice. However, this also means you have a new agenda — learning to ride an e-motorbike. Thankfully, we can help you!
In the following paragraphs, we walk you through what to expect when riding an electric motorcycle for the first time:
Instant Acceleration
Unlike gas-powered motorcycles, e-motorcycles will give you instant acceleration. In other words, immediately you twist the throttle, the bike will give 100% torque and accelerate instantly. This is quite unlike bikes with petrol engines that need some time to get going.
This means that as long as your e-motorcycle is switched on, you should not twist the throttle if you don’t intend to get moving. Otherwise, you may end up falling off the bike.
Not to worry, you’ll get familiar with this high-level acceleration with time.
No Mechanical Cues
Another thing you need to look out for when riding an electric motorcycle for the first time is its lack of mechanical cues.
You’ll typically not hear any acoustic sounds associated with acceleration, change in gears, or maximum speed. Instead, you’ll only hear a gentle buzz when accelerating on an e-motorbike.
Of course, this means you can enjoy your bike ride in silence.
But, you’ll also need to keep an eye on your bike display to keep track of your riding situation.
No Engine Braking
In addition to the silent rides you’ll get on an electric motorcycle, there is essentially zero engine braking on e-motorbikes.
This is another thing you need to keep in mind when riding an e-motorcycle.
Interestingly, some electric motorcycles have regeneration systems that act as engine brake. But, for the most part, you’ll typically not have any engine braking when riding e-motorbikes.
Speed increases downhill
Most gas-powered bikes (and even cars) will usually help you slow down when going downhill by leveraging their gears. But, electric bikes will not since they have no gears.
Instead, e-motorbikes will, in fact, accelerate as you go downhill.
Therefore, this is another thing you must prepare for when riding an electric motorcycle for the first time.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend keeping at least one finger on your brake lever, especially when riding down a slope.
It is super silent
While you probably already know that electric motorcycles are significantly more silent than gas-powered bikes, it is easy to forget that.
For one, you can’t tell whether your bike is on or not by just listening. This means you can set your bike going without you if you mistakenly twist the throttle.
More Tips for Riding Your e-Motorbike Safely

Now that you know how riding an e-motorcycle for the first time feels, let us explore some tips to help you ride safely:
●     Watch out for other road users: The silent operation of electric motorcycles means that pedestrians and other road users will usually not hear you coming. Therefore, you need to pay more attention to what every other person on the road does, especially pedestrians.
●     Remember to charge your e-motorcycle: This may take some time. But, you need to get used to charging your e-motorbike. After all, electricity is fuel, and your bike’s battery is the tank.
Pro tip? You don’t want your battery to run out while on the road. Or worse, in the middle of nowhere.
●     Go easy on the throttle: We overemphasize this. e-motorcycles will accelerate super fast. So, go easy on your throttle until you can safely handle your bike’s speed.
Final Take
Acquiring an electric motorcycle has several benefits — from more enjoyable rides to fewer maintenance expenses and less stress. However, these bikes also come with a bit of a learning curve, but you can start to enjoy all they have to offer.
Hopefully, the tips in this article will help you along the way to mastering your e-motorbike.
Please let us know if you have more questions or want to buy your electric motorcycle!