EV-RF: Honda CRF-E2 Takes the Mini Dirt Bike Electric

2022 Honda CRF-E2 electric dirt bike article highlights:

  • Honda licensed Greenger Powersports to make an entry-level electric dirt bike for kids, the CRF-E2
  • While more expensive than the gasoline-powered CRF50F, the Honda CRF-E2 is significantly cheaper than KTM’s and Husqvarna’s kid-friendly electric dirt bikes
  • Order allocations are limited, but it’s now available at participating Honda motorcycle dealerships

Whether you prefer technical tracks or just playing in the mud, there’s a dirt bike out there for you. But in addition to considering segments, riders don’t just have to choose between two- and four-stroke engines anymore. Slowly but surely, electric dirt bikes are spreading across the market. And now, with help from Ontario, California-based Greenger Powersports, Honda is joining in with a new addition to its CRF line: the 2022 CRF-E2.

Greenger Powersports and Honda make an electric CRF50F alternative: the 2022 CRF-E2

A red-white-and-blue 2022 Honda CRF-E2 electric dirt bike on its kick-stand
2022 Honda CRF-E2 electric dirt bike | Greenger Powersports
2022 Honda CRF-E22022 Honda CRF50F
Engine/motor arrangement48V brushless electric motor49cc air-cooled carbureted single-cylinder
Horsepower2 hp (extended)
3 hp (max)
N/A
Torque4 lb-ft (extended)
18 lb-ft (max)
N/A
TransmissionSingle-speed direct driveThree-speed manual with automatic clutch
Front suspension and travel33mm telescopic fork; 3.9”Inverted telescopic fork; 3.5”
Rear suspension and travelPreload- and rebound-adjustable DNM monoshock; 8.3”Monoshock; 2.8”
Seat height24.8”-25.6”21.6″
Curb weight106 lbs110 lbs
MSRP$2950$1649

Honda’s CRF dirt bike family runs the gamut from 450cc dual-sports to small-capacity trail bikes. It even includes a model designed to get kids dirty: the CRF50F. And now, thanks to Greenger Powersports’ collaboration with Honda, the CRF50F has an electric sibling, the CRF-E2.

To be clear, the CRF-E2 isn’t a full Honda product, Cycle World explains. Rather, it’s a Greenger electric dirt bike with officially-licensed Honda styling and decals. While Honda can make two-wheeled EVs, the California-based company already has a bunch of patents in the field. By licensing its image, Honda gets another entry-level dirt bike but rewards Greenger for its efforts. And it gives potential buyers an option that doesn’t involve dealing with gasoline and carburetors.

Admittedly, the Honda CRF-E2 is almost twice as expensive as the CRF50F. However, you do get a lot for the extra cash. Firstly, it has an aluminum frame, not a steel one. Secondly, besides more suspension travel and adjustability, the CRF-E2 also has disc brakes with adjustable levers, not drums like the CRF50F. Also, while the gasoline-powered dirt bike uses a manual screw to limit its top speed, the electric one has a button. Mode One limits the CRF-E2 to 10 mph, while Mode Two goes up to 20 mph.

Plus, the CRF-E2 is even easier to ride than the CRF50F. The latter might have an automatic clutch, but the former doesn’t even have a shifter.

How does the 2022 Honda CRF-E2 compare to its mini electric dirt bike rivals?

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2022 Honda CRF-E22022 Husqvarna EE 5/KTM SX-E 5
Horsepower2 hp (extended)
3 hp (max)
3 hp (extended)
7 hp (max)
Torque4 lb-ft (extended)
18 lb-ft (max)
10 lb-ft
Battery capacity960 Wh907 Wh
Max running time2 hours2 hours (general riding)
0.42 hours (full-power racing)
Charging time100%: 4 hours (standard), 2.5 hours (quick charge)
80%: 3.2 hours (standard), 2 hours (quick charge)
100%: 1.2 hours
80%: 0.75 hours
Front suspension and travel33mm telescopic fork; 3.9”35mm preload-adjustable XACT WP inverted fork; 8.1”
Rear suspension and travelPreload- and rebound-adjustable DNM monoshock; 8.3”Fully-adjustable WP monoshock; 7.3”
Seat height24.8”-25.6”24.2”-26.2”
Curb weight106 lbs89 lbs (dry weight)
MSRP$2950$5499 (Husqvarna)
$5399 (KTM)

Given that the electric dirt bike segment is fairly new, the Honda CRF-E2 doesn’t have many competitors in the kid-friendly part. But it does have the KTM SX-E 5 and its Husqvarna counterpart, the EE 5.

Since the KTM and Husqvarna models are almost twice as expensive as the Honda, they have some extra features. For example, they have significantly more front suspension travel and horsepower. Also, they can recharge noticeably faster. That’s because while the Honda CRF-E2’s onboard charger maxes out at 290 W, the SX-E 5 and EE 5 can accept 900 W. In addition, while the CRF-E2 has two riding modes, KTM and Husqvarna offer six.

However, KTM’s and Husqvarna’s electric dirt bikes are focused on older kid riders, while the CRF-E2 is all about the utter beginners. Not to mention lightweight ones. Unlike the other two, the CRF-E2 has a weight limit of 99 lbs. So, its more modest output, price, and suspension make sense.

But the CRF-E2 has one significant advantage over the other two: a swappable battery pack. While the KTM and Husqvarna riders must wait by the outlet if they run out of juice, the Honda rider can just drop in a fresh pack. And $2500 can buy quite a few spare packs.

How can you get a 2022 CRF-E2?

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The 2022 CRF-E2 is currently available to order from participating Honda motorcycle dealerships. However, according to Greenger Powersports’ website, potential buyers are currently limited to two bikes each due to high demand. Also, the $2950 MSRP doesn’t include a $200 destination charge or $100 freight charge.

Hopefully, though, these fume-free dirt bikes will start making appearances on trails and tracks soon.

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