Alta Motors Redshift ST Street Tracker Concept

01/25/2017 @ 4:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler49 COMMENTS

The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon is just a couple weeks away, an event where hipsters and custom bike builder will come together to celebrate all things two-wheeled. One of the show’s sponsors this year is electric startup Alta Motors, and they will be debuting a street tracker concept to the masses.

The concept bike is built off Alta’s Redshift platform, with changes made to the bodywork (made via rapid prototyping), lowered suspension, and an LED headlight, along with the addition of 19″ carbon fiber BST wheels shod in flat-tracking rubber.

As a concept, the Redshift ST still has some evolving to do before it can be a production model, but it shows that Alta Motors is considering adding something to its lineup that resonates with a younger, more urban crowd (The One Moto Show being a prime spot to test those waters).

More importantly perhaps, the Redshift ST could a model to Alta’s lineup that has a seat height below 32″ – a key dimension when it comes to making motorcycles accessible to a wider variety of riders, both in terms of physical height and experience level.

To our sport-bikey senses, the machine looks svelte and intriguing, though I have to say that I have never been a big fan of the “Daymaker” LED headlight – on any motorcycle, really.

When it comes to headlight designs that are DOT legal though, options are rather limited. It is also worth mentioning that putting a headlight design through the DOT regulatory process is a very expensive proposition.

That being said, the idea of an electric street tracker based on the Redshift platform certainly sounds appealing, and a smart application of an electric drivetrain for a motorcycle.

We have been big fans of the company’s work on their supermoto and motocross machines, so we imagine the Redshift ST rides like a slideways firecracker.

If you are not at The One Moto Show to see the Alta Motors Redshift ST concept in person, that’s ok – A&R got the exclusive on a bunch of hi-res shots of the machine. You can see them after the jump.

Photos: Alta Motors


    Looking forward to seeing all the breaking Alta exclusives here on A&R first, thanks Q!

  • paulus

    With this and the Yamaha PES/PED there are finally some electric motorcycle concepts that I would not mind owning… Still not replacements for my enduro and touring itch… but an alternative for the shorter commutes and sprint to gym/shops.

  • Joonil Park

    Ohm my goodness that is a shocking design. I wonder watt the reception will be from the current “post-authentic” crowd at the One Show…will it be the spark of a new trend…or will it be met with resistance?

  • paulus

    It’s a Teslament to modern design

  • Note the lack of a kickstand…


    Oh I noticed, I was just waiting for the right time to bring it up. The kickstand that is. As you know, timing is everything when bringing kickstands up.

  • TB

    Some beautiful individual lines there, no doubt made possible by rapid prototyping techniques, but to me, the overall harmony doesn’t work. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I think it’s the interaction between the chunky black tyres, the spindly and delicate looking frame/bodywork and the big box of a battery module that jars in my mind.
    Not sure what they could do, I’m an NVH engineer not a designer, but maybe if they made the wheels a lighter colour or the bike a tiny bit wider and chunkier (contravening form over function) it could work (?).

  • paulus

    I thought it had some cool gyro gizmo. damn.

  • Eric Meyer

    It’s the fact that the front and rear tires and rims look to be identical parts that kills it for me. And it looks like it’s riding low.

    Other than that it’s pretty neat.

  • Jon B.

    I do hope to show it again soon with RSD 19’s in a staggered 2.75/3.0 fitment.

  • PeteN95

    Very cool! Will you be racing it in Salem too?! Flat tracking seems like an excellent application for the perfectly linear powerband of an electric bike.

  • Jon B.

    We’ll be racing its sister bike at Salem, similar to the bike Andy DiBrino raced back in November.

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  • Ryan Donahue

    Oh my, that’s a great looking bike. I’d ride that, lustily.

    Also, “…rides like a slideways firecracker.” Sounds very much like a Hayden or Colin Edwards-ism. I love it.

  • Emptybee

    I’ve seen thicker seats on trials bikes.

  • Dan Weaver

    I dig it. It would make a perfect commuter bike for me. Always feel bad starting/warming my bike up every morning.

  • Peter Jowett

    1: Quentin begins working at Alta. 2: Alta immediately releases hipster bike. Coincidence?

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    The proportions could use some work. The long flowing tail looks weak and distracting. I understand the lack of a tank, but a street bike needs a little something there to help the silhouette, provide a backbone to the bike, and give it a more confident stance. The frame/battery would be pretty cool if it didn’t have that boring cradle around the battery. Also why fake radiator?

  • Brett Lewis

    “a seat height below 32″ – a key dimension” to someone like me. That’s the target for my next bike – a thirty-one point something inch seat height. I’ve gotten very good at mentally converting mm to in too.


    Its not a fake radiator…i’m sure its to cool the electric motor. there are a number Elec motors that use liquid cooling.

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    The other versions of the Alta use the frame as a heat sink and dont have a radiator… Alternately If you look close enough youll notice theres nothing behind the louvers

  • J.

    Alta is a wicked company. I’d love to see a Moto3 sized race rep – could be astonishing fun on short circuits / kart tracks. Not that the Supermoto wouldn’t be already, mind, but it would make for a hellaciously cool, single make race series.

  • TB

    Agreed. Some other questions I would ask are
    Can the space that might have once been the liquid fuel tank now be a storage space so you keep the lines and offer something ICE bikes (except maybe the BMW F650 or the Suzuki Across) can’t?
    Can the battery also be made into a design feature (see Guzzi cylinder heads)?
    Then again, maybe I’m stuck in the past and this is what kids want these days?
    Still.. exciting times..

  • TB

    I agree about the tank, but thinking about it, I wonder if that’s because we’ve been programmed to like those lines from decades of styling. To be honest, the two bikes I’ve lusted after, and have had the privilege to own, have been the Suzuki TL1000R and the Moto Guzzi Centauro so I’m in the big bold lines camp. Maybe the future is slimmer, shorter and tighter?
    Re the ‘radiator’ the batteries can get quite warm when pushed so maybe they ‘package protected’ that in the design in case it needed it later. Or maybe they thought it needed something up front to balance the bike stylistically or hide the frame to head stock transition. The head stock looks like it sticks out a fair way exposing the area where the cradle arms attach to the frame so without something to cover it, it might’ve looked a bit off(?).

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    I’m with you on the compactness future design will bring us, but I still don’t understand the solution. to your point of decade old styling, why package a hollow box for a “potential radiator” there with all the real estate under the tail? Also, that cheap plastic is a wasted opportunity to show off that awesome frame they put all that effort in. Less is usually more when it comes to bike aesthetics, and exposing the frame can connect the front end with the rest of the bike. Here’s some examples of what I mean.

  • TB

    Couple of nice examples there though my preference is the chunkier second bike. Also, note how both have lighter coloured or spindly wheels. That might be follow the “Street tracker” aesthetic, but directs your glance at the frame and bodywork first.
    Unless the hollow box has purpose, I’m leaning toward chalking it to Alta’s infancy as a company at this kind thing, but am happy to be corrected. Nothing against them going out on a limb and trying their own design language, but it will make some people scratch their heads more than if they hired a known and experienced designer/ styling house to do the lines for them to backfill with awesome tech.

  • teanau

    love it, i guess the key administers a free vasectomy if you botch a corner?

  • That’s not the key, that’s the cover for the charging point.

  • I don’t think anyone who has met Quentin would lump him into the hipster demographic. If anything, he has more in common with 13-year-old Japanese girls.

  • Trademarking that.

  • I would think that in a supermoto or dirt bike application, where you’re more likely to go for a tumble, that you’d want the battery housing as protected as possible.

  • Oh good. Thanks.

  • teanau

    its not an ignition key, but its certainly a little brass key

  • BBQdog

    Not bad. I own a Yamaha Tricker XG 250. Build by Yamaha in Italy as a city bike.
    Not much power but loads of fun. Light, nimble and very sharp steering.
    The bike you always take if you quick quick quick want to go somewhere.

  • TB

    Good point, but does that constrain what a “concept” is?

  • TB

    His voice changes when he’s trying to be cute? O_o
    In all seriousness, I’d kill to have the work history he’s had but I got stuck in the 4 wheel world due to what was available and a shortage of bravery..

  • Eric Meyer

    I agree the battery isn’t much to look at but I’d much rather it be a purposefully designed, functional piece. If it doesn’t need cooling fins, then there shouldn’t be cooling fins.

    I definitely agree with what you’re saying with the fuel tank area. The Honda NC700 has a storage area there too, actually. Then again, for the size of the bike, it might be kind of awkwardly huge. With a nice backpack, this could be a good bike for my daily commute in to the city. Especially with these larger wheels over the tiny sumo wheels on the Redshift.

  • The shrouds on the both the production MX/SM and the TR concept are functional air scoops – they pull air across both the front bulkhead/frame (which cools the motor and inverter) and the electronics housed in the top of the battery pack (which are cooled independently from the cells that cool via the battery cases).

  • Part of the reason this is a concept is that we were trying out a couple of new things to see what works both functionally and aesthetically, so we definitely appreciate the feedback. The approach to our designs is that all parts are functional, and highly integrated. That doesn’t allow extra parts just for aesthetics, so there is no “hollow box.” As I noted above the shrouds are functional air scoops. Additionally the spine houses two of the main electrical systems: our charge port and the ACM (which is sort of our ECU but with a lot more functionality).

  • Sayyed Bashir

    I guess the rider in the picture who is looking hungrily at the people eating in the cafe but is holding up his bike with both feet will have to go home and eat leftovers because there is no kickstand.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Tanks only get in the way when you are doing wheelies.

  • Antony

    My opinion is that this design is fantastic…but copicat of this

    that you can see on the site endless sphere
    where someone uploaded in may 2014….

  • Antony

    uhmmm…the link does not work properly I add other one from google

  • Armotia

    I add a picture hereafter

  • Armotia
  • teanau

    frame geometry| NOPE
    fork design | NOPE
    motor position | NOPE
    front hub motor | | NOPE
    rear sets as an after thought | NOPE
    slender tail | PLAGIARISM!!!!

  • Armotia

    of course, they must use their own mechanic platform. but the tail give a big impact in terms of design. With a standard tail this design is…standard…;-)

  • Dirt Quake!

  • NortNad

    does anyone know what the targeted retail cost will be? this is the killer for electric bikes….