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The Concept


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The Concept


The Concept

+ WHAT IS THE REDSHIFT?

The Redshift is a high-performance motorcycle built in America by motorcyclists for motorcyclists. The Redshift is the first production, electric motorcyle capable of racing head to head with its gas competitors. Alta took over 6 years to design a best-in-class motorcycle. With its exceptional handling, power delivery, and ease of operation the Redshift will help novice and pros alike improve their riding ability and decrease their lap times. The Redshift is the Future of Fast.

+ WHY ELECTRIC?

Alta’s founders never set out to make an electric motorcycle. Our goal was always to make a better motorcycle, one that allowed the machine to disappear, enabling riders - of all skill levels - to concentrate on being a better rider. After considering every angle of available technology, we realized that an electric motor would perform best as it gives the rider total control with linear and immediate power delivery. Having decided on an electric power source, the team then designed the rest of the components around the battery. Today we give you, the Redshift. Learn more about our revolutionary battery, powertrain, and chassis here.

+ WHO IS THIS FOR?

People often wonder if the Redshift is made for pros or beginners, and the answer is, both. The Redshift’s electric drivetrain enables riders to control throttle response and engine braking through preloaded software options which can be adjusted on the fly via the map switch. Not needing to shift allows riders to focus completely on improving their technique and enjoying the ride. Whether it is your first time or your thousandth time on a motorcycle, the Redshift will fit your personal riding style and allow you to ride better.

+ REALLY? ELECTRIC? BUT WHAT ABOUT MY BRAAP?

We love our gas bikes. We're not here to get rid of them, we're simply offering an alternative. Batteries and electric vehicle technology have progressed at incredible rates in recent years, but some people still don’t believe an electric motorcycle can match the performance of a gas bike. If you’re one of those people, we encourage you to find the dealer nearest you and take one of our bikes for a demo ride. You’ll be amazed.

Technology


Technology


The Technology

+ THE BATTERY PACK

Mile for mile, there is no smaller, more compact, energy dense battery pack in transportation. The Alta Pack is waterproof rated up to IP67, is durable enough to handle shocks and vibes up to 20G, and is digitally self-monitoring. Our patented stacked honeycomb architecture allows for extreme energy density at 185 watt hours per kilogram. The Alta Pack also boasts a proprietary thermal wicking system to shed heat faster than any other lithium-ion transportation battery in production. Our R5.8 Pack takes advantage of state-of-the-art cell chemistry to deliver extended full-power range at cooler operating temperatures.

+ THE REDSHIFT MOTOR

The Redshift’s liquid-cooled 14,000 RPM motor is pound for pound one of the most powerful in motorsports. It is optimized to the narrow width of the Redshift’s bulkhead and is precisely located at the roll center of the bike. This placement allows for the lowest polar moment of inertia in motorcycling - drastically minimizing any gyroscopic impediment to handling. The Redshift's motor weighs 15lbs and pushes power through a 3.5:1 gear reduction to deliver full torque at the counter shaft from a dead stop and 0 RPM. The Redshift delivers enough torque to lift the front wheel whenever you need to, and it corners like nothing you've ever ridden. The faster you go, the more of an advantage you have. And if you want to go fast, this motor will take you there.

+ THE REDSHIFT CHASSIS

The Redshift chassis is a masterful balance of purpose, form, and process. The rear bulkhead is the foundational structure and an ideal place for the motor and its gear reduction. Every mm is structural, even the motor cavity works as an anti-torsion tube stabilizing the right and left sides of the forged front bulkhead. The incredible versatility of casting allowed us to integrate almost the entirety of the drivetrain, from the gear reduction to the water-cooled inverter, into a single piece. This saves weight and part count while providing easy access for service should you ever need it.
The Redshift front bulkhead is forged, light and strong, and engineered for extreme energy absorption and deflection. Forging is the strongest way to produce a metal part, stronger than casting or even machining from billet. However, welds are among the weakest areas of a metal structure and can fail at high stress junctions - this is why on traditional frames you will typically see multiple gussets near welds. Alta’s patented forged monocoque structure places welds out of high stress zones and takes full advantage of the material properties of forged aluminum for a gusset-free main structure of our chassis. What traditional frames accomplish with a dozen parts, the Redshift accomplishes in four, providing perfectly tuned stiffness and strength with minimal weight.
We have a deep respect for the masters that pioneered the geometry that made the modern motorcycles handle so well. To determine the Redshift's geometry, we pulled from the wisdom and experience of those who came before us, and enhanced where we could. This is why the Redshift chassis feels neutral, familiar and precise.

+ THE REDSHIFT COOLING SYSTEM

Running at 95% efficiency the Redshift keeps its cool. Unlike a gas engine which loses 60% of its fuel energy to heat, the Redshift's integrated system losses are minimal. The Redshift Synchronous AC motor and controller are water cooled through lines built into the front bulkhead, utilizing the frame as a heat sink. The 5.8kWh battery flows heat through a sophisticated patented system from every cell to the hard shell exterior. The end result is a cool, robust and maintenance free cooling system.

+ THE REDSHIFT SUBFRAME

Free from the plastic-softening heat of an exhaust system, the Redshift can take advantage of new materials for our subframe. Alta’s subframe is a structural core made of engineered resin alloy of polycarbonate and PBT. This resin(MAKROBLEND) was engineered for high strength, high impact parts like automotive bumpers. Its elastic range is a multiple of aluminum's, so it can take harder hits without bending or breaking. Utilizing different resins in an airframe construction, the Redshift provides the lightest subframe and bodywork combination in the industry, allowing for a more focused center of mass, contributing to the bike’s “flickability” and predictable nature in the air.

The Battery


The Battery


The Battery

+ WHAT MAKES THE ALTA PACK DIFFERENT?

Mile for mile, there is no smaller, more compact, energy dense battery pack in transportation. The Alta Pack is waterproof rated up to IP67, is durable enough to handle shocks and vibes up to 20G, and is digitally self-monitoring. Our patented stacked honeycomb architecture allows for extreme energy density at 185 watt hours per kilogram, combined with a proprietary thermal wicking system to shed heat faster than any other lithium-ion transportation battery in production. Our R5.8 Pack takes advantage of state-of-the-art cell chemistry to deliver extended full-power range at cooler operating temperatures.

+ HOW FAR DOES IT GO?

As with ICE bikes, range varies from rider to rider based on throttle usage, terrain, and riding style. Our R5.8 Pack can deliver a handful of 25+ minute Expert Motocross heats, over an hour of Backyard Moto or Vet Class riding, and 4+ hours of Singletrack and Woods Riding. Typical range in the city is about 60 miles.

+ HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECHARGE?

The Redshift MX, MXR and EX require an off-board charger to recharge. Riders can choose between the R Charger which offers improved charge times, portability, and durability, or the Standard Charger at the time of sale. Both charger models are compatible with the Redshift and can charge on either 120V or 240V power. Typical recharge times are as quick as 1.5 hours for the R Charger and 3 Hours for the Standard.
The Redshift SM comes with an On-Board charger so that there’s no need to lug anything around town with you on your commutes or sprints across town. The SM plugs into any standard household three-prong 110V outlet. The typical recharge time for the On-Board Charger is about 6 hours.

+ CAN’T I JUST SWAP THE BATTERY?

Alta's battery pack was not designed to be readily swapped, and we do not recommend performing battery replacements without an authorized Alta Motors Service Provider.

+ WHAT IS THE BATTERY’S LIFETIME?

The Alta Pack is a custom lithium-ion battery designed by Alta specifically for the Redshift. The Alta Pack is engineered to withstand 1000 charge cycles before it shows signs of capacity degradation. After 1000 cycles, the Alta Pack will continue to deliver full power but may operate at around 80% of its original capacity. Like all lithium batteries, the Alta Pack will continue to perform optimally for far longer if the user follows the proper maintenance guidelines. Please refer to the Owners Manual for more information about battery maintenance and storage.

The Bike


The Bike


The Bike

+ WHAT IS THE GAS EQUIVALENT OF THE REDSHIFT?

The Redshift platform was designed to compete with the 250 class of motocross bikes. The Redshift MX and EX make for an incredible bike for exploring trails, tackling hillclimbs, racing flat track and competing in EnduroCross. The Redshift SM is as equally capable racing on tight tracks as it is getting across the city in a rush hour commute. Because of this, drawing a parallel to an equivalent gas bike isn't the easiest thing to do. While we consider the Redshift an electric 250 equivalent, it will out-accelerate a KTM 690 Enduro.

+ WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?

Being electric, the Redshift will not produce the familiar ‘braap’ of gas bikes - it’s virtually silent. You'll notice that you can hear the traction of your tires - adding another level of control to your ride. It also lets you talk to your friends while you ride. But most importantly the silent power source allows you to ride in places where you couldn't before - say your backyard, or an empty lot - keeping spaces open and allowing the sport to grow without bothering your neighbors.

+ HOW DURABLE IS THE REDSHIFT?

Alta delivers motorcycles built to be ridden and enjoyed every day. The components on them are top quality, and to prove our faith in them, Alta offers a minimum of a one-year warranty on all of it's new motorcycles. Redshifts readily tackle MX and Enduro X terrain, and any damages can be repaired with readily available parts carried by all Alta dealers. Still don't believe us? Check out Nate Adams doing some backflips.

+ WHAT ARE PERFORMANCE MAPS?

Performance maps are software setting that change the ride dynamics of the motorcycle. The Redshift has 4 performance maps that allow a rider to change the power delivery and amount of regenerative braking of the bike allowing the Redshift to perform more like a 250 or more like a 450 depending on the rider's preference. A new rider might use Map 1 or 2 with slower power delivery and less regen while an experienced racer is going to want to feel the full power of the bike available in Maps 3 and 4. The Redshift Performance Maps allow all types of riders to get exactly what they want out of the same bike with the click of a button. No upgrades necessary.

+ WHAT IS REGENERATIVE BRAKING?

When a rider brakes on the Redshift, energy from the rear wheel is used to recharge the battery and provides the sensation of engine braking. This regenerative braking makes the Redshift respond like a 450, and the amount of braking/regen can be adjusted in the Performance Maps on the handlebar.

Ownership


Ownership


Ownership

+ WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE DOES THE REDSHIFT REQUIRE?

Unlike gas bikes which need regular oil and filter changes, the Redshift requires little to no regular maintenance. Other than taking a moment to adjust the chain and check tire pressure, you won’t need to take time away from your life to wrench. Additionally, not having to worry about top and bottom end rebuilds will keep money in your pocket and your wheels on the road.

+ WHERE CAN I FIND THE OWNER’S MANUAL?

Our Owner’s Manual is located in the footer of our website. If you run into any problems you can’t figure out, give your local Alta dealer a call - they're your best source for parts and service. If you'd like to contact the Alta team, send us an email at info@altamotors.co

+ WILL THERE BE FARKLES?

One exciting benefit of not having a clutch is being able to put your rear brake lever on the left handlebar. This gives riders incredible control over the application of the brakes. To purchase this and other accessories or replacement hardware, call your local Alta dealer.

+ IS THERE AFTERMARKET COMPATIBILITY?

Yes. The best place to look for aftermarket products and parts is at your local Alta dealer. Alta is working with leading aftermarket groups to bring the best hardware and customizable components to our riders. These will be available to you through our Alta dealer network.

+ WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS?

Yes, we want you to love your Redshift and to ride it hard. Spares of any parts will be available at your local Alta dealership.

+ WHERE IS THE WARRANTY MANUAL?

In brief, our Off-road models(MX/MXR) carry a 12 Month Limited Warranty on the frame, mechanical drivetrain, and electrical Powertrain. Our Street-Legal models(SM/EX/EXR) carry a 12 Month Limited Warranty on the frame and Mechanical Drivetrain, and a 24 Month Limited Warranty on the Electrical Powertrain. For more information, the full Warranty Manuals can be found here:
2018 Redshift EX/SM/EXR
2018 Redshift MX/MXR

+ CAN I CONVERT THE REDSHIFT MX TO A STREET-LEGAL MOTORCYCLE?

Many states allow owners to register their dirt bikes as street-legal machines after the addition of proper DOT compliant lighting, mirrors and switchgear such as the ones on the Redshift SM, and DOT rated tires. California is one state where this is not possible, but please look into your local legislature, or consider our Redshift EX - a street-legal trail bike.

+ CAN I RACE MY REDSHIFT?

The introduction of electric motorcycles to the race world has caught some folks by surprise. As it stands, competition qualifications vary on a case-by-case basis. Contact your local race authority to determine regulations.

Purchasing


Purchasing


Purchasing

+ HOW DO I GET A REDSHIFT?

Check out our Alta Dealer Map to find a dealer near you.

+ IS THERE FINANCING?

Yes, financing is available at any authorized Alta Motors dealership through our preferred lending partner MB Financial or your local lenders. Rates and terms wil vary depending on your credit score. Please reach out to your local dealer for more info.

+ CAN I QUALIFY FOR ANY TAX BREAKS OR REBATES?

Yes. The federal tax rebates for electric vehicles were discontinued in 2016 then retroactively revived to apply to on-highway electric motorcycles purchased in 2017. If you purchased a Redshift EX or Redshift SM in 2017, you qualify for a rebate on your 2017 taxes.
Additionally, some states do offer rebates of their own. For example, the Redshift SM and Redshift EX qualify for a $900 rebate in the state of California through the CVRP. We recommend using the site pluginamerica.org to see if there are additional rebates in your area.

+ ARE THERE DEMOS?

Yes! All of our dealers are equipped with demo vehicles, and Alta will often run demo events at special industry events. You can Request a demo at the bottom of the page, or reach out directly to your closest dealer to schedule a ride. If you don't see a dealer near you, head to your preferred dealer and tell them you're interested and they should get on board! Please also sign up for the Alta newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive updates on new dealers and demo events.

+ WHERE ARE THE REDSHIFT DEALERS?

All over! Alta is currently establishing a dealer network in most major metropolitan markets in the United States. To keep up with our latest additions to our dealer network, please sign up for our Newsletter at the bottom of the page, keep an eye on our Social Media pages(also at the bottom), or check our Dealer Map.

+ WILL ALTA GO INTERNATIONAL?

Alta does plan to expand to Europe and other parts of the world as soon as possible. As of now, no concrete plans have been announced. If you want Alta motorcycles in your part of the world and you can't wait, you can still work with one of our established dealers to get one shipped to you. You can keep up with our expansion by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Facebook - links are located at the bottom of the page.

+ HOW DO I BECOME A DEALER?

To partner with Alta as a dealer, please follow the link to our Dealer Application. We look forward to hearing from you.

Competitions & Availability


Competitions & Availability


Competition

+ WILL ALTA BE AT RACES?

Alta is not sanctioned to race in AMA events, but our team, our dealers, and the growing fleet of Redshift owners will be at as many local, novice and independent dirt and track events as we can. Keep an eye on our Facebook and sign up for our Newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up with our race schedule as well as our appearances at trade shows and other events.

+ HOW DO I CONTACT YOUR MARKETING TEAM?

Think you want to ride for Alta? Want to feature the Redshift in your publication? Just want to meet the team? Reach out and we will be happy to meet you and see if we can work together.