Electric Off-Roader: Gowow Ori
In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of electric motorcycles designed for off-road fun. From unique bikes that blur the line between e-bike and motorcycle to full-fledged electric motocrossers, it's clear that the future is bright for electric off-roaders.
China-based startup Gowow is one of the latest entrants in the rapidly growing electric motorcycle scene. Their newest offering, the Ori, is a dirtbike that aims to compete with established players like Cake and Trevor Motorcycles. The Ori's design takes inspiration from the Cake Kalk, with its athletic enduro stance and minimalist aesthetic.
On paper, the Ori boasts impressive specifications. It weighs approximately 73 kilograms (161 pounds) and has a 50:50 weight distribution. Gowow claims that its in-house electric motor generates up to 420 Nm (310 pound-feet) of torque, but the top speed is electronically limited to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour). The motor produces a maximum power of 9 kilowatts (12 horsepower).
The Ori is equipped with a battery system called "Speedy as Meteor-power," which consists of 21700 cells. It offers a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles) on a single charge, which is decent for a dirtbike. The bike also features tech integration through a proprietary app that allows riders to monitor ride stats and vehicle information in real time.
The Ori's frame is constructed using a double spar composite material, showcasing impressive technology. It has a four-link rear suspension system and hydraulic disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels.
The Gowow Ori has recently been approved for road use in Japan, where it is classified as a Type 2 moped. However, it lacks the necessary lighting, turn signals, and mirrors for road legality. In Japan, it is priced at 1.2 million yen (approximately $8,100 USD), making it more expensive than a premium road-going motorcycle or dual-sport.
Interestingly, the Ori is available in the US for $6,500 USD according to Gowow's website. After some research, we found that Lithium Powersports in Jacksonville, Florida, has the bike in stock for $5,600 USD. However, it should be noted that the Ori is not street-legal in the US due to its lack of safety equipment.