To move forward you have those riding modes to choose from, three standard, three race: Green (race), which is similar power to a 125-200cc petrol; Blue (race), a 250cc; and Red (race), a 300cc and full power. The standard modes restrict power even further, for example for young riders. You also have the option to activate the clutch. To get acquainted with the bike and conditions, I opt for Green (race), low power, and no clutch. Simply twist the throttle and move forward. No gears, no noise… This is so simple my seven-year-old son could ride the Epure.
Aside from the lack of noise and gears, it rides much like a conventional petrol trials bike, with a low seat, low weight and a natural sanding-up riding position. Power delivery is smooth, easy to use, but there is still enough poke to pop the front wheel in the air or spin the rear tyre for fun.
I’ve ridden trials before and am looking forward to riding the first section (negotiating obstacles between small flags without putting a foot down). We walk the section first, discussing the easiest route, then attempt the section for real. With trials conducted at walking pace, I opt for the Green (race) mode again.
The Epure makes easy work of the first section and compliments the rider. I don’t have to worry about gears or clutch and I can clearly hear my instructor’s advice. Stood up on the pegs there is a lovely balance to the bike, and the throttle is smooth, not snappy.
We change the route to make it a little harder, but again the Epure makes life simple. Yes, a petrol bike would have done the same, but without a clutch, gears of fear of stalling I can focus on what I’m doing: looking ahead and choosing the correct line.
After making light work of the first few sections, we move onto more challenging terrain, and I decide to opt for Blue (race) and the new clutch.
With the clutch in, you can hear the electric motor increase in revs slightly; this is the new TKO, or tick over. Without touching the throttle, you can release the clutch and slowly move forward (without the fear of stalling). To increase the speed you can either simply accelerate or add some clutch for a burst of torque.