The Energica Esse Esse 9 Concept Cannot Be Unseen

11/08/2016 @ 2:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


When it comes to the technology that Energica uses to make its electric motorcycles, we can sing only strong praises. The Italian firm has one of the best electric motorcycle packages on the market.

However when it comes to more subjective matters, like the styling of their machines, we find Energica’s designs to be challenging to enjoy, if not sometimes impalpable.

The Energica Ego superbike and the Eva streetfighter are not the most beautiful machines we have ever seen, though their designs do grow on you over time.

We don’t think we will be making the same concessions about the Energica Esse Esse 9 concept though, which debuted at EICMA today.

There is certainly a little lost in translation, but that aside, it is hard to decipher in Energica’s press release what exactly the Esse Esse 9 concept is trying to achieve.

Perhaps the Esse Esse 9 itself is a result of that lack of focus, with some elements looking like a neo-retro play on the seemingly played-out scrambler format, and other elements making the sport bike looking more like a prop off a bad sci-fi production.

To add a little clarity, Energica does make mention in its writings of wanting to highlight the battery pack of its electric motorcycle, a technical achievement the Italian firm is clearly very proud of, as it should be.

However, large boxes are not terribly attractive forms to see on a motorcycle, and usually electric motorcycle manufacturers go to great lengths to hide these large and unsightly battery packs that their machines require.

If there is one thing that is clear from the mess that is the Esse Esse 9 concept, it is that Energica needs to take a closer look at its branding and design of its machines and company.

Energica’s masterful technical prowess is being betrayed by its tacky designs and creations, like the bike we see here, which we now cannot un-see.






Source: Energica

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  • ‘Mike Smith

    I’ll gladly stick with my American Zero SR. That thing is horrible.

  • Those Zeros aren’t exactly winning any design awards, you know…

  • Ur Momma

    I like how you all talk like anyone can buy one of these…. That’s cute.


    All that sheet metal looks like sheet. Metal. I’d be impressed if I was really into HVAC.

  • Lowflying

    Jam an RZ350 motor in there and you’d have something. Ha ha ha ha. I crack me up…

  • Lowflying

    And furthermore, each part of this bike is cool. Put it all together and its fugly.
    Lucky it’s only a concept. It’s not too late! Abort!

  • imprezive

    Is this a joke? It looks like someone built it out of tinker toys.

  • imprezive

    Best design of a non-nondescript generic motorcycle?

  • sarathmenon

    Okay, if it’s a sports bike, what is that pair of Pirelli MT60 doing on it? Is this the new face of adventure bikes?

    I have a feeling their design team phoned this in. And at the end, they took what was in the parts bin to shod the bike.

  • Jeffrey Anderson


  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    Well put. The only two electric designs that come to mind that aren’t amateur are the Mission R and the Livewire

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    and the PES1 I suppose

  • paulus

    All the right farckles on a fugly pig… still make it a fugly pig.

  • sigsegv


    I’d even guess that Energica had nothing else ready for EICMA, so they ended up concoting this contraption to get some visibility. Mission accomplished?

  • AndrewF

    It’s not the prettiest bike out there but I’ve seen worse – most recently that MV Agusta Zagato one-off that still turns up in my nightmares…

  • Lee Scuppers


    If only it were. Imperceptible, better yet.

  • Louis Valdivia

    what about the lightning ls-218

  • ‘Mike Smith

    True but I took the mirrors off and eliminated the tail guard thingy with a home made license plate bracket and rely on my Revue helmet. It is a huge improvement.

  • Fidel Cash-Flow

    Ah, nope. if you use cheap plastic and weirdly designed bits to cover up the parts that makes these bikes unique, its a failed attempt. They always come off looking half assed, and reeks of the brand not putting a full effort into the presentation of the product. The Mission celebrates the electric motor, its hanging out on display with fairly minimal bodywork which is beautiful, and the livewire has an ornate casting (I believe the prototypes were milled) around its motor bits, and a package that compliments this. The PES1 has a tank area with a hole through it and an interesting battery pack! Point is, If these companies continue to put the design of these electric bikes on the back burner because all you care about is making a bike that works, they will continue to underwhelm the consumer.